Originally published in the May 15, 1890 issue of the Christian Science Series (Vol. 2, No. 2)

Medicine is from the Latin medeor, to cure; the art of healing, preventing, curing “abnormal beliefs of the flesh.”

Theology has a sound basis but departs from it. Medicine has no foundation, and consequently the attempt to build a foundationless structure is vain. At the end of time the structure will be no nearer completion, nor will it become a greater source of safety.

Philosophy ascribes permanence, substance, persistence, to the objects of the senses or outward universe. Mind, sentiment, morals, Spirit,—these are abstractions, transcendental, ghostly, unreal; but workshops, mines, money, stomach and appetite are impregnable realities. In the Science of Mind, demonstrable Truth is solid substance;—health, goodness, virtue, substantiality, Love. The causal side of existence, is the thought of God that gives meaning to time, space, immortality, and man; this is the stability of the universe.

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