In the article, "The Material Universe," printed in the...

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In the article, "The Material Universe," printed in the Tribune, your contributor generously and kindly acknowledged the great growth in numbers of those who have accepted and profitably applied to their own experiences the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. It was with due appreciation that I observed this acknowledgment on the part of one who has devoted much time to research in physical science.

I should like, however, to point out that the writer of the article evidenced a misconception of Christian Science when he likened its teachings to those of a certain philosopher who claimed that matter is not substance, but is an idea of mind. Mrs. Eddy, it is true, declares that matter is not substance, but she at the same time denies that matter in any form emanates from divine Mind, God. Matter, according to Christian Science, is but a concept of the mortal, human mind and is unknown to God, whose creation, including man, is wholly spiritual, even as the Scriptures declare.

On this basis of the spirituality of God and His creation, Christian Science holds that nothing is real or has actual existence except God and all that He creates. This point was said by the writer for your columns to be beyond his "courage to follow," but he graciously conceded that those who held such a view had a perfect right to do so. So, for the benefit of those who, like our esteemed friend, may not yet clearly see the logic of the point in question, I beg leave to add a brief word of explanation.

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