A divinely scientific solution to climate change

Climate change has become a heated issue because of the contentious disagreements about the nature of the problem and the potential solutions. So, as I considered this subject, I knew I had to approach it not only as an engineering professor, but much more so as a Christian Scientist. Christian Science shows that we are never without a definite solution; in fact, it points to truly scientific solutions. It gives the Christianly scientific perspective, resting as it does on the order of all creation as established and maintained by God, divine Love itself, and God’s law of universal harmony.

The textbook of Christian Science written by Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, explains that material existence is completely mental. While there is mounting empirical evidence—particularly in the realm of quantum physics—as to the importance of mental causes, Mrs. Eddy discovered, through the Bible and divine revelation, that matter is simply a false construct of mortal consciousness. She makes this point throughout Science and Health, as in this statement: “Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mortal mind. This so-called mind builds its own superstructure, of which the material body is the grosser portion; but from first to last, the body is a sensuous, human concept” (p. 177).

Naturalism, which pervades the current scientific view, is a philosophical assumption that physical effects must be the result of a physical cause, generally excluding any mental or, most particularly, any spiritual cause. So in the case of our climate, natural science would claim that any negative effect must be the result of a negative physical cause. But Christian Science explains that a negative physical effect is best explained by a negative mental cause. And even more important is the understanding that the wholesome influence of divine Mind, God—the one and only real and perfect spiritual cause—when understood and accepted, has a harmonizing effect on our bodies and on our earth. This is scientific prayer whereby Christ, Truth, spiritualizes thought and therefore destroys the effect of matter-based thinking—sin, fear, and even death.

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