Science discovered 107
In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ
Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery
Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for
the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of
scientific mental healing.
of Christian Science 107
This apodictical Principle points to the
revelation of Immanuel, "God with us," - the sovereign
ever-presence, delivering the children of men from every ill "that flesh
is heir to." Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are
inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith
and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God.
with life 107
Feeling so perpetually the false consciousness
that life inheres in the body, yet remembering that in reality God is our
Life, we may well tremble in the prospect of those days in which we must say,
"I have no pleasure in them."
Whence came to me this heavenly conviction, - a
conviction antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses? According to
St. Paul, it was "the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the
effectual working of His power." It was the divine law of Life and Love,
unfolding to me the demonstrable fact that matter possesses neither sensation
nor life; that human experiences show the falsity of all material things; and
that immortal cravings, "the price of learning love," establish the
truism that the only sufferer is mortal mind, for the divine Mind cannot
My conclusions were reached by allowing the
evidence of this revelation to multiply with mathematical certainty and the
lesser demonstration to prove the greater, as the product of three multiplied
by three, equalling nine, proves conclusively that three times three
duodecillions must be nine duodecillions, - not a fraction more, not a unit
shining in darkness 108
When apparently near the confines of mortal
existence, standing already within the shadow of the death-valley, I learned
these truths in divine Science: that all real being is in God, the divine
Mind, and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present; that
the opposite of Truth, - called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, - is the
false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter; that this false
sense evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same
so-called mind names matter,
thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit.
lines of thought 108
My discovery, that erring, mortal, misnamed mind
produces all the organism and action of the mortal body, set my thoughts to
work in new channels, and led up to my demonstration of the proposition that
Mind is All and matter is naught as the leading factor in Mind-science.
Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that
Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This
great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until
its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved
absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.
For three years after my discovery, I sought
the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read
little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to
discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with
hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew the Principle of all harmonious
Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian
healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing,
and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason,
and demonstration. The revelation of Truth in the understanding came to me
gradually and apparently through divine power. When a new spiritual idea is
borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled:
"Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called
Jesus once said of his lessons: "My
doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, he
shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of
myself." (John vii. 16, 17.)
allness learned 109
The three great verities of Spirit,
omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, - Spirit possessing all power, filling
all space, constituting all Science, - contradict forever the belief that
matter can be actual. These eternal verities reveal primeval existence as the
radiant reality of God's creation, in which all that He has made is pronounced
by His wisdom good.
Thus it was that I beheld, as never before, the
awful unreality called evil. The equipollence of God brought to light another
glorious proposition, - man's perfectibility and the establishment of the
kingdom of heaven on earth.
In following these leadings of scientific
revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined;
reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian
Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue taught me the Science
contained in this book, SCIENCE AND HEALTH; and neither tongue nor pen can
overthrow it. This book may be distorted by shallow criticism or by careless
or malicious students, and its ideas may be temporarily abused and
misrepresented; but the Science and truth therein will forever remain to be
discerned and demonstrated.
demonstration lost and found 110
Jesus demonstrated the power of Christian
Science to heal mortal minds and bodies. But this power was lost sight of, and
must again be spiritually discerned, taught, and demonstrated according to
Christ's command, with "signs following." Its Science must be
apprehended by as many as believe on Christ and spiritually understand Truth.
No analogy exists between the vague hypotheses
of agnosticism, pantheism, theosophy, spiritualism, or millenarianism and the
demonstrable truths of Christian Science; and I find the will, or sensuous
reason of the human mind, to be opposed to the divine Mind as expressed
through divine Science.
illustration of Science 111
Christian Science is natural, but not physical.
The Science of God and man is no more supernatural than is the science of
numbers, though departing from the realm of the physical, as the Science of
God, Spirit, must, some may deny its right to the name of Science. The
Principle of divine metaphysics is God; the practice of divine metaphysics is
the utilization of the power of Truth over error; its rules demonstrate its
Science. Divine metaphysics reverses perverted and physical hypotheses as to
Deity, even as the explanation of optics rejects the incidental or inverted
image and shows what this inverted image is meant to represent.
A prize of one hundred pounds, offered in
Oxford University, England, for the best essay on Natural Science, - an essay
calculated to offset the tendency of the age to attribute physical effects to
physical causes rather than to a final spiritual cause, - is one of many
incidents which show that Christian Science meets a yearning of the human race
After a lengthy examination of my discovery and
its demonstration in healing the sick, this fact became evident to me, - that
Mind governs the body, not partially but wholly. I submitted my metaphysical
system of treating disease to the broadest practical tests. Since then this
system has gradually gained ground, and has proved itself, whenever
scientifically employed, to be the most effective curative agent in medical
school of Truth 112
Is there more than one school of Christian
Science? Christian Science is demonstrable. There can, therefore, be but one
method in its teaching. Those who depart from this method forfeit their claims
to belong to its school, and they become adherents of the Socratic, the
Platonic, the Spencerian, or some other school. By this is meant that they
adopt and adhere to some particular system of human opinions. Although these
opinions may have occasional gleams of divinity, borrowed from that truly
divine Science which eschews man-made systems, they nevertheless remain wholly
human in their origin and tendency and are not scientifically Christian.
From the infinite One in Christian Science
comes one Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude come
spiritual rules, laws, and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver,
are "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;" for thus are the
divine Principle of healing and the Christ-idea characterized in the epistle
to the Hebrews.
Any theory of Christian Science, which departs
from what has already been stated and proved to be true, affords no foundation
upon which to establish a genuine school of this Science. Also, if any
so-called new school claims to be Christian Science, and yet uses another
author's discoveries without giving that author proper credit, such a school
is erroneous, for it inculcates a breach of that divine commandment in the
Hebrew Decalogue, "Thou shalt not steal."
and practice 112
God is the Principle of divine metaphysics. As
there is but one God, there can be but one divine Principle of all Science;
and there must be fixed rules for the demonstration of this divine Principle.
The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit
comes only in small degrees. The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian
Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, -
pulseless, cold, inanimate.
The fundamental propositions of divine
metaphysics are summarized in the four following, to me, self-evident
propositions. Even if reversed, these propositions will be found to agree in
statement and proof, showing mathematically their exact relation to Truth. De
Quincey says mathematics has not a foot to stand upon which is not purely
1. God is All-in-all.
2. God is good. Good is Mind.
3. God, Spirit, being all, nothing is matter.
4. Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death,
evil, sin, disease. - Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipotent God,
Which of the denials in proposition four is
true? Both are not, cannot be, true. According to the Scripture, I find that
God is true, "but every [mortal] man a liar."
The divine metaphysics of Christian Science,
like the method in mathematics, proves the rule by inversion. For example:
There is no pain in Truth, and no truth in pain; no nerve in Mind, and no mind
in nerve; no matter in Mind, and no mind in matter; no matter in Life, and no
life in matter; no matter in good, and no good in matter.
of mortal mind 114
Usage classes both evil and good together as mind;
therefore, to be understood, the author calls sick and sinful humanity mortal
mind, - meaning by this term the flesh opposed to Spirit, the
human mind and evil in contradistinction to the divine Mind, or Truth and
good. The spiritually unscientific definition of mind is based on the evidence
of the physical senses, which makes minds many and calls mind
both human and divine.
In Science, Mind is one,
including noumenon and phenomena, God and His thoughts.
Mortal mind is a solecism in language, and
involves an improper use of the word mind.
As Mind is immortal, the phrase mortal
mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal; and as the
phrase is used in teaching Christian Science, it is meant to designate that
which has no real existence. Indeed, if a better word or phrase could be
suggested, it would be used; but in expressing the new tongue we must
sometimes recur to the old and imperfect, and the new wine of the Spirit has
to be poured into the old bottles of the letter.
Christian Science explains all cause and effect
as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. It
shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced
ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science,
the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal. Science
shows that what is termed matter
is but the subjective state of what is termed by the author mortal
Apart from the usual opposition to everything
new, the one great obstacle to the reception of that spirituality, through
which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of material
terms for metaphysical statements, and the consequent difficulty of so
expressing metaphysical ideas as to make them comprehensible to any reader,
who has not personally demonstrated Christian Science as brought forth in my
discovery. Job says: "The ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth
meat." The great difficulty is to give the right impression, when
translating material terms back into the original spiritual tongue.
SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL
GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul,
MAN: God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect,
IDEA: An image in Mind; the immediate object of
SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND
First Degree: Depravity.
PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites,
fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge,
sin, sickness, disease, death. (Unreality)
Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.
MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection,
compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.
Third Degree: Understanding.
SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual
understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.
In the third degree mortal mind disappears, and
man as God's image appears. Science so reverses the evidence before the
corporeal human senses, as to make this Scriptural testimony true in our
hearts, "The last shall be first, and the first last," so that God
and His idea may be to us what divinity really is and must of necessity be, -
of Science 116
A correct view of Christian Science and of its
adaptation to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen. Works on
metaphysics leave the grand point untouched. They never crown the power of
Mind as the Messiah, nor do they carry the day against physical enemies, -
even to the extinction of all belief in matter, evil, disease, and death, -
nor insist upon the fact that God is all, therefore that matter is nothing
beyond an image in mortal mind.
Christian Science strongly emphasizes the
thought that God is not corporeal,
but incorporeal, - that
is, bodiless. Mortals are corporeal, but God is incorporeal.
As the words person
and personal are
commonly and ignorantly employed, they often lead, when applied to Deity, to
confused and erroneous conceptions of divinity and its distinction from
humanity. If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite
personality, then God is
infinite Person, - in
the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense. An infinite
Mind in a finite form is an absolute impossibility.
The term individuality
is also open to objections, because an individual may be one of a series, one
of many, as an individual man, an individual horse; whereas God is One,
- not one of a series, but one alone and without an equal.
God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit
must be, and is, spiritual. Christian Science attaches no physical nature and
significance to the Supreme Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do this.
God's essential language is spoken of in the last chapter of Mark's Gospel as
the new tongue, the spiritual meaning of which is attained through "signs
miracles of Jesus 117
Ear hath not heard, nor hath lip spoken, the
pure language of Spirit. Our Master taught spirituality by similitudes and
parables. As a divine student he unfolded God to man, illustrating and
demonstrating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over the sick and
sinning. Human theories are inadequate to interpret the divine Principle
involved in the miracles (marvels) wrought by Jesus and especially in his
mighty, crowning, unparalleled, and triumphant exit from the flesh.
of the senses 117
Evidence drawn from the five physical senses
relates solely to human reason; and because of opacity to the true light,
human reason dimly reflects and feebly transmits Jesus' works and words. Truth
is a revelation.
of Truth 117
Jesus bade his disciples beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, which he defined as human doctrines.
His parable of the "leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures
of meal, till the whole was leavened," impels the inference that the
spiritual leaven signifies the Science of Christ and its spiritual
interpretation, - an inference far above the merely ecclesiastical and formal
applications of the illustration.
Did not this parable point a moral with a
prophecy, foretelling the second appearing in the flesh of the Christ, Truth,
hidden in sacred secrecy from the visible world?
Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at
work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified
in man's spiritual freedom.
divine and human contrasted 118
In their spiritual significance, Science,
Theology, and Medicine are means of divine thought, which include spiritual
laws emanating from the invisible and infinite power and grace. The parable
may import that these spiritual laws, perverted by a perverse material sense
of law, are metaphysically presented as three measures of meal, - that is,
three modes of mortal thought. In all mortal forms of thought, dust is
dignified as the natural status of men and things, and modes of material
motion are honored with the name of laws.
This continues until the leaven of Spirit changes the whole of mortal thought,
as yeast changes the chemical properties of meal.
The definitions of material law, as given by
natural science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against itself,
because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore
they contradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which
nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.
When we endow matter with vague spiritual
power, - that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot
really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, - we disown the
Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose
the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that
matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and
consider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the creator out of
His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God
as the creator of matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all
disasters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby
making Him guilty of maintaining perpetual misrule in the form and under the
name of natural law.
In one sense God is identical with nature, but
this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The lawgiver, whose
lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the
divine ideal of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is represented only
by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because
it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.
and Soul 119
In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it
contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in
motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the
movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming
relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with
man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems
otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit
that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in
non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man
coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.
of testimony 120
Science reverses the false testimony of the
physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the fundamental facts
of being. Then the question inevitably arises: Is a man sick if the material
senses indicate that he is in good health? No! for matter can make no
conditions for man. And is he well if the senses say he is sick? Yes, he is
well in Science in which health is normal and disease is abnormal.
and the senses 120
Health is not a condition of matter, but of
Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of
health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but
Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the
divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses,
reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of
health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false
evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.
Any conclusion pro
or con, deduced from
supposed sensation in matter or from matter's supposed consciousness of health
or disease, instead of reversing the testimony of the physical senses,
confirms that testimony as legitimate and so leads to disease.
When Columbus gave freer breath to the globe,
ignorance and superstition chained the limbs of the brave old navigator, and
disgrace and starvation stared him in the face; but sterner still would have
been his fate, if his discovery had undermined the favorite inclinations of a
Copernicus mapped out the stellar system, and
before he spake, astrography was chaotic, and the heavenly fields were
The Chaldean Wisemen read in the stars the fate
of empires and the fortunes of men. Though no higher revelation than the
horoscope was to them displayed upon the empyrean, earth and heaven were
bright, and bird and blossom were glad in God's perennial and happy sunshine,
golden with Truth. So we have goodness and beauty to gladden the heart; but
man, left to the hypotheses of material sense unexplained by Science, is as
the wandering comet or the desolate star - "a weary searcher for a
The earth's diurnal rotation is invisible to
the physical eye, and the sun seems to move from east to west, instead of the
earth from west to east. Until rebuked by clearer views of the everlasting
facts, this false testimony of the eye deluded the judgment and induced false
conclusions. Science shows appearances often to be erroneous, and corrects
these errors by the simple rule that the greater controls the lesser. The sun
is the central stillness, so far as our solar system is concerned, and the
earth revolves about the sun once a year, besides turning daily on its own
As thus indicated, astronomical order imitates
the action of divine Principle; and the universe, the reflection of God, is
thus brought nearer the spiritual fact, and is allied to divine Science as
displayed in the everlasting government of the universe.
The evidence of the physical senses often
reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, -
assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of
Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false
witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, - the actual reign of harmony on
earth. The material senses' reversal of the Science of Soul was practically
exposed nineteen hundred years ago by the demonstrations of Jesus; yet these
so-called senses still make mortal mind tributary to mortal body, and ordain
certain sections of matter, such as brain and nerves, as the seats of pain and
pleasure, from which matter reports to this so-called mind its status of
happiness or misery.
of the senses 122
The optical focus is another proof of the
illusion of material sense. On the eye's retina, sky and tree-tops apparently
join hands, clouds and ocean meet and mingle. The barometer, - that little
prophet of storm and sunshine, denying the testimony of the senses, - points
to fair weather in the midst of murky clouds and drenching rain. Experience is
full of instances of similar illusions, which every thinker can recall for
sense of life 122
To material sense, the severance of the jugular
vein takes away life; but to spiritual sense and in Science, Life goes on
unchanged and being is eternal. Temporal life is a false sense of existence.
and psychical error 122
Our theories make the same mistake regarding
Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that
soul is in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical science
has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies,
and Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as to our
terrestrial bodies. The true idea and Principle of man will then appear. The
Ptolemaic blunder could not affect the harmony of being as does the error
relating to soul and body, which reverses the order of Science and assigns to
matter the power and prerogative of Spirit, so that man becomes the most
absolutely weak and inharmonious creature in the universe.
and being 123
The verity of Mind shows conclusively how it is
that matter seems to be, but is not. Divine Science, rising above physical
theories, excludes matter, resolves things
into thoughts, and
replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas.
The term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE was introduced by
the author to designate the scientific system of divine healing.
The revelation consists of two parts:
1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind
healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and through the teachings
of the Comforter, as promised by the Master.
2. The proof, by present demonstration, that
the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now
ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle. The
operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order
and continuity of being.
Christian Science differs from material
science, but not on that account is it less scientific. On the contrary,
Christian Science is pre-eminently scientific, being based on Truth, the
Principle of all science.
science a blind belief 124
Physical science (so-called) is human
knowledge, - a law of mortal mind, a blind belief, a Samson shorn of his
strength. When this human belief lacks organizations to support it, its
foundations are gone. Having neither moral might, spiritual basis, nor holy
Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find
life and intelligence in matter, thus limiting Life and holding fast to
discord and death. In a word, human belief is a blind conclusion from material
reasoning. This is a mortal, finite sense of things, which immortal Spirit
The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by
Science from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be understood; but
when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as subject to
growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is, and must continue to
be, an enigma.
force mental 124
Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are
properties of Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support the equipoise
of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the
proud wave, "Thus far and no farther."
Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity
of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse.
Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that
they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores
them to their rightful home and classification.
The elements and functions of the physical body
and of the physical world will change as mortal mind changes its beliefs. What
is now considered the best condition for organic and functional health in the
human body may no longer be found indispensable to health. Moral conditions
will be found always harmonious and health-giving. Neither organic inaction
nor overaction is beyond God's control; and man will be found normal and
natural to changed mortal thought, and therefore more harmonious in his
manifestations than he was in the prior states which human belief created and
As human thought changes from one stage to
another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, - from fear to
hope and from faith to understanding, - the visible manifestation will at last
be man governed by Soul, not by material sense. Reflecting God's government,
man is self-governed. When subordinate to the divine Spirit, man cannot be
controlled by sin or death, thus proving our material theories about laws of
health to be valueless.
and tide 125
The seasons will come and go with changes of
time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agriculturist will
find that these changes cannot affect his crops. "As a vesture shalt Thou
change them and they shall be changed." The mariner will have dominion
over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls
of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, - he will look
out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before
Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more
than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man through its supposed
organic action or supposed existence. Error will be no longer used in stating
truth. The problem of nothingness, or "dust to dust," will be
solved, and mortal mind will be without form and void, for mortality will
cease when man beholds himself God's reflection, even as man sees his
reflection in a glass.
of originality 126
All Science is divine. Human thought never
projected the least portion of true being. Human belief has sought and
interpreted in its own way the echo of Spirit, and so seems to have reversed
it and repeated it materially; but the human mind never produced a real tone
nor sent forth a positive sound.
The point at issue between Christian Science on
the one hand and popular theology on the other is this: Shall Science explain
cause and effect as being both natural and spiritual? Or shall all that is
beyond the cognizance of the material senses be called supernatural, and be
left to the mercy of speculative hypotheses?
I have set forth Christian Science and its
application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have
demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and
morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on
which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great
Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only
authority. I have had no other guide in "the straight and narrow
way" of Truth.
and Christianity 126
If Christendom resists the author's application
of the word Science to Christianity, or questions her use of the word Science,
she will not therefore lose faith in Christianity, nor will Christianity lose
its hold upon her. If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual
universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as
truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God,
for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.
The terms Divine Science, Spiritual Science,
Christ Science or Christian Science, or Science alone, she employs
interchangeably, according to the requirements of the context. These
synonymous terms stand for everything relating to God, the infinite, supreme,
eternal Mind. It may be said, however, that the term Christian Science relates
especially to Science as applied to humanity. Christian Science reveals God,
not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle,
Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil. It teaches that matter is the
falsity, not the fact, of existence; that nerves, brain, stomach, lungs, and
so forth, have - as matter - no intelligence, life, nor sensation.
physical science 127
There is no physical science, inasmuch as all
truth proceeds from the divine Mind. Therefore truth is not human, and is not
a law of matter, for matter is not a lawgiver. Science is an emanation of
divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual,
and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, - the Comforter which
leadeth into all truth.
Christian Science eschews what is called
natural science, in so far as this is built on the false hypotheses that
matter is its own lawgiver, that law is founded on material conditions, and
that these are final and overrule the might of divine Mind. Good is natural
and primitive. It is not miraculous to itself.
The term Science, properly understood, refers
only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of
man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found
that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges
their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and
an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this
spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater
endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge
of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of
man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader
and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and
An odor becomes beneficent and agreeable only
in proportion to its escape into the surrounding atmosphere. So it is with our
knowledge of Truth. If one would not quarrel with his fellow-man for waking
him from a cataleptic nightmare, he should not resist Truth, which banishes -
yea, forever destroys with the higher testimony of Spirit - the so-called
evidence of matter.
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Science relates to Mind, not matter. It rests
on fixed Principle and not upon the judgment of false sensation. The addition
of two sums in mathematics must always bring the same result. So is it with
logic. If both the major and the minor propositions of a syllogism are
correct, the conclusion, if properly drawn, cannot be false. So in Christian
Science there are no discords nor contradictions, because its logic is as
harmonious as the reasoning of an accurately stated syllogism or of a properly
computed sum in arithmetic. Truth is ever truthful, and can tolerate no error
in premise or conclusion.
If you wish to know the spiritual fact, you can
discover it by reversing the material fable, be the fable pro
or con, - be it in
accord with your preconceptions or utterly contrary to them.
Pantheism may be defined as a belief in the
intelligence of matter, - a belief which Science overthrows. In those days
there will be "great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of
the world;" and earth will echo the cry, "Art thou [Truth] come
hither to torment us before the time?" Animal magnetism, hypnotism,
spiritualism, theosophy, agnosticism, pantheism, and infidelity are
antagonistic to true being and fatal to its demonstration; and so are some
We must abandon pharmaceutics, and take up
ontology, - "the science of real being." We must look deep into
realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things. Can we gather
peaches from a pine-tree, or learn from discord the concord of being? Yet
quite as rational are some of the leading illusions along the path which
Science must tread in its reformatory mission among mortals. The very name, illusion,
points to nothingness.
The generous liver may object to the author's
small estimate of the pleasures of the table. The sinner sees, in the system
taught in this book, that the demands of God must be met. The petty intellect
is alarmed by constant appeals to Mind. The licentious disposition is
discouraged over its slight spiritual prospects. When all men are bidden to
the feast, the excuses come. One has a farm, another has merchandise, and
therefore they cannot accept.
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It is vain to speak dishonestly of divine
Science, which destroys all discord, when you can demonstrate the actuality of
Science. It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God,
divine Principle, - if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy
all discord, - since you admit that God is omnipotent; for from this premise
it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.
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Christian Science, properly understood, would
disabuse the human mind of material beliefs which war against spiritual facts;
and these material beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for
truth. You cannot add to the contents of a vessel already full. Laboring long
to shake the adult's faith in matter and to inculcate a grain of faith in God,
- an inkling of the ability of Spirit to make the body harmonious, - the
author has often remembered our Master's love for little children, and
understood how truly such as they belong to the heavenly kingdom.
If thought is startled at the strong claim of
Science for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the supremacy of good,
ought we not, contrariwise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims of evil and
doubt them, and no longer think it natural to love sin and unnatural to
forsake it, - no longer imagine evil to be ever-present and good absent? Truth
should not seem so surprising and unnatural as error, and error should not
seem so real as truth. Sickness should not seem so real as health. There is no
error in Science, and our lives must be governed by reality in order to be in
harmony with God, the divine Principle of all being.
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When once destroyed by divine Science, the
false evidence before the corporeal senses disappears. Hence the opposition of
sensuous man to the Science of Soul and the significance of the Scripture,
"The carnal mind is enmity against God." The central fact of the
Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power.