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MATTER OR MIND?
Christian Science makes clear the issues underlying the world's unrest; and the more clearly the Christian Scientist comprehends these issues, the greater will be his contribution to the peace of mankind. This Science shows that the conflict is between the belief that matter is the basis of life and mind and the revealed and demonstrable truth that God, the only Mind, is the source of man and of the spiritual universe. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 268), "Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect."
One's standpoint on this issue determines his theories of government and worship, his prospects of life, and his salvation from every limitation. Starting from matter as the cause of every effect, material rationality would discard God and have matter evolve mortals—advancing them from apehood to mortal manhood through processes of material law and self-determination. Such an evolution, not being subject to the control of Love, divine Principle, could culminate in nothing but godless effects of envy, immorality, destructive power, war, self-annihilation—all companions of matter.
But Christian Science, starting from God as the only source of effect, proves in practical ways that love, constructive good, brotherhood, harmony, and eternal life are the effects of Spirit and the facts of real being. Christian Science maintains that Mind, not matter, is the source of health; and it proves what it declares by healing countless cases and types of disease. It maintains that Spirit, not matter, is the fount of man's supply, and it proves this declaration by bringing freedom from poverty to those who treasure good as real substance and stop believing in the reality of matter.
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THE ALLNESS OF GOOD
JAMES K. WESTOVER
LELA MAY AULTMAN
THE ANSWER TO INFLATION
CYRIL GIBBS NORTON
P. John A. Moore
CHARLES F. G. SMITH
LEARNING TO LISTEN ARIGHT
JEAN M. GARBER
JANE ENTERTAINS ANGELS
MARY F. MOORE
Eleanor L. Shepherd
THE CALL OF THESE LATTER DAYS
Robert Ellis Key
MATTER OR MIND?
Helen Wood Bauman
Ruby C. Padfield
It has long been my desire to...
In February, 1948, I was piloting...
William Herbert Wetton
Thoroughly discouraged because...
"I will praise thee, O Lord my...
Anne L. Montazel
Many years ago Christian Science...
Anna M. Eisenberger
Christian Science came to me...
Alma G. Olthouse
I have been healed, comforted,...
Marian G. Lady
I wish to express gratitude for...
Christian H. Winnecke
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