Constructive Argument

Because of the preparation it requires, debating is considered a valuable training in logical thinking. This preparation involves two distinct processes: the debater must build a clear argument and be equipped to refute the arguments advanced by his opponent. If he would be successful in his efforts, he must diligently search through writings on the subject, that he may be prepared to speak with authority. Students of Christian Science may draw an interesting parallel between debate and the practical application of Christian Science.

Thus, the Christian Scientist, through careful study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, fills his thought with convincing truths about God and man's relationship to Him. In addition to firmly upholding the true side of the question, he must refute the arguments of the opponent—evil—and show wherein they are false, for the student learns to detect and correct every erroneous assertion of mortal mind.

Let us consider a practical illustration of constructive argument and refutation of error as applied through Christian Science. The student is acquiring the ability to discern and choose wisely between true and false attraction. In his constructive argument he must declare and maintain the facts about true attraction. On page 102 of Science and Health he may read: "There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind." True attraction, then, is the drawing power of God, of Spirit, Love, Mind. The prophet Jeremiah referred to this true attraction when he wrote, "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." The attraction of immortal Mind, being all-inclusive, operates to exclude the counterattractions of so-called mortal mind.

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May 11, 1935

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