The faculty of reason is one which we can all exercise. In fact, we cannot get very far without it. It is important to reason rightly, for only through right reasoning can correct conclusions be arrived at. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 492) Mary Baker Eddy writes: "For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there is no other existence, since Life cannot be united to its unlikeness, mortality."

This important pronouncement by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science strikes a note unfamiliar to the one accustomed to reason from a material standpoint. If matter were causative, then the accepted premise would be that all is matter, and conclusions drawn from this premise would keep in the direct line of matter without taking cognizance of spiritual causation. This is the standpoint of dialectic materialism, a doctrine today trailing its dragon tail across the path towards heaven, claiming to becloud the light of Truth and to draw to earth many of the spiritual luminaries of heaven.

It is sad to think how many noble thinkers have been dragged down by this fable of materialism. Christian Science shows the doctrine of dialectic materialism, which assumes basic and expanding proportions, to be a negation. This doctrine is seen to have neither true basis nor real proportions, but to fall headlong to its own self-destruction.

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February 5, 1949

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