A correspondent, criticizing a Christian Science lecture...

Sevenoaks (Kent) News

A correspondent, criticizing a Christian Science lecture given under the auspices of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Sevenoaks, is puzzled at the distinction made in Christian Science between the material, so-called man, and spiritual man. Mary Baker Eddy was confronted with similar criticism, and answers it clearly in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she writes as follows (p. 346): "I regret that such criticism confounds man with Adam. When man is spoken of as made in God's image, it is not sinful and sickly mortal man who is referred to, but the ideal man, reflecting God's likeness."

There is no confusion in Christian Science between the spiritual and material. The material is the temporal and unreal, while the spiritual is the eternal and real. Elucidating this point, Mrs. Eddy writes (ibid., p. 302), "Continuing our definition of man, let us remember that harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and is always beyond and above the mortal illusion of any life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter."

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