There Is No Halfway House

In many closely reasoned passages in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy deals with the question of the unreality of matter. For instance she says (p. 270): "Matter and Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence; hence both cannot be real. If one is real, the other must be unreal. Only by understanding that there is but one power,—not two powers, matter and Mind,—are scientific and logical conclusions reached."

Thus Christian Science accepts the Scriptural truth that man is God's image and likeness, the forever expression of Spirit. This true spiritual state of existence is permanent and intact; there is no halfway house, no joint existence of Spirit and matter, because there is in fact no reality in matter.

Putting First Things First
April 7, 1945

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