"The most active human faculty"

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," its author, Mary Baker Eddy, says (p. 327), "Reason is the most active human faculty." Mankind is constantly exercising this faculty in its efforts to choose between good and evil, and to ascertain the correct methods to be utilized in the adjustment of human affairs.

We learn in Christian Science that when we reason from the standpoint of materiality we get incorrect results, since we are starting with a belief in the reality of a material universe and a mortal man subject to the limitations and fallacies of the corporeal senses. Reasoning from spiritual premises results in our discernment of the universe as spiritual, created by God and peopled with His spiritual ideas. This type of reasoning leads to the recognition of the scientific unity which forever exists between God and man. Mrs. Eddy says in "Unity of Good" (p. 54): "To admit that sin hasany claim whatever, just or unjust, is to admit a dangerous fact. Hence the fact must be denied; for if sin's claim be allowed in any degree, then sin destroys the at-one-ment, or oneness with God,—a unity which sin recognizes as its most potent and deadly enemy." An understanding of this unity is a sure foundation upon which to build.

Discovery and Proof
October 25, 1941

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