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         What do you consider to be mental malpractice? [1]

         Mental malpractice is a bland denial of Truth,
         and is the antipode of Christian Science. To
         mentally argue in a manner that can disastrously
5      affect the happiness of a fellow-being—harm him
         morally, physically, or spiritually—breaks the Golden
         Rule and subverts the scientific laws of being. This,
         therefore, is not the use but the abuse of mental treat-
         ment, and is mental malpractice. It is needless to
10    say that such a subversion of right is not scientific. Its
         claim to power is in proportion to the faith in evil, and
         consequently to the lack of faith in good. Such false
         faith finds no place in, and receives no aid from, the
         Principle or the rules of Christian Science; for it denies
15    the grand verity of this Science, namely, that God, good,
         has all power.

         This leaves the individual no alternative but to re-
         linquish his faith in evil, or to argue against his own
         convictions of good and so destroy his power to be or
20    to do good, because he has no faith in the omnipotence
         of God, good. He parts with his understanding of good,
         in order to retain his faith in evil and so succeed with his


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1      wrong argument,—if indeed he desires success in this
         broad road to destruction.

         How shall we demean ourselves towards the students
         of disloyal students? And what about that clergyman’s
5      remarks on “Christ and Christmas”?

         From this question, I infer that some of my students
         seem not to know in what manner they should act towards
         the students of false teachers, or such as have strayed
         from the rules and divine Principle of Christian Science.
10    The query is abnormal, when “precept upon precept;
         line upon line” are to be found in the Scriptures, and in
         my books, on this very subject.

         In Mark, ninth chapter, commencing at the thirty-
         third verse, you will find my views on this subject; love
15    alone is admissible towards friend and foe. My sym-
         pathies extend to the above-named class of students more
         than to many others. If I had the time to talk with all
         students of Christian Science, and correspond with them,
         I would gladly do my best towards helping those un-
20    fortunate seekers after Truth whose teacher is straying
         from the straight and narrow path. But I have not mo-
         ments enough in which to give to my own flock all the
         time and attention that they need,—and charity must
         begin at home.

25    Distinct denominational and social organizations and
         societies are at present necessary for the individual,
         and for our Cause. But all people can and should be
         just, merciful; they should never envy, elbow, slander,
         hate, or try to injure, but always should try to bless their
30    fellow-mortals.

         To the query in regard to some clergyman’s com-


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1      ments on my illustrated poem, I will say: It is the righteous
         prayer that avails with God. Whatever is wrong will
         receive its own reward. The high priests of old caused
         the crucifixion of even the great Master; and thereby
5      they lost, and he won, heaven. I love all ministers and
         ministries of Christ, Truth.

         All clergymen may not understand the illustrations
         in “Christ and Christmas;” or that these refer not to
         personality, but present the type and shadow of Truth’s
10    appearing in the womanhood as well as in the manhood
         of God, our divine Father and Mother.

         Must I have faith in Christian Science in order to be
         healed by it?

         This is a question that is being asked every day. It
15    has not proved impossible to heal those who, when they
         began treatment, had no faith whatever in the Science,
         —other than to place themselves under my care, and
         follow the directions given. Patients naturally gain con-
         fidence in Christian Science as they recognize the help
20    they derive therefrom.

         What are the advantages of your system of healing, over
         the ordinary methods of healing disease?

         Healing by Christian Science has the following advantages:—

25    First: It does away with all material medicines, and
         recognizes the fact that, as mortal mind is the cause of
         all “the ills that flesh is heir to,” the antidote for sickness,
         as well as for sin, may and must be found in mortal mind’s
         opposite,—the divine Mind.

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Second: It is more effectual than drugs; curing where


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1      these fail, and leaving none of the harmful “after effects”
         of these in the system; thus proving that metaphysics
         is above physics.

         Third: One who has been healed by Christian Sci-
5      ence is not only healed of the disease, but is improved
         morally. The body is governed by mind; and mortal
         mind must be improved, before the body is renewed
         and harmonious,—since the physique is simply thought
         made manifest.

10    Is spiritualism or mesmerism included in Christian
         Science?

         They are wholly apart from it. Christian Science is
         based on divine Principle; whereas spiritualism, so far
         as I understand it, is a mere speculative opinion and
15    human belief. If the departed were to communicate
         with us, we should see them as they were before death,
         and have them with us; after death, they can no more
         come to those they have left, than we, in our present state
         of existence, can go to the departed or the adult can re-
20    turn to his boyhood. We may pass on to their state
         of existence, but they cannot return to ours. Man is
         im-mortal, and there is not a moment when he ceases to
         exist. All that are called “communications from spirits,”
         lie within the realm of mortal thought on this present plane
25    of existence, and are the antipodes of Christian Science;
         the immortal and mortal are as direct opposites as light
         and darkness.

         Who is the Founder of mental healing?

         The author of “Science and Health with Key to the
30    Scriptures,” who discovered the Science of healing em-


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1      bodied in her works. Years of practical proof, through
         homœopathy, revealed to her the fact that Mind, in-
         stead of matter, is the Principle of pathology; and
         subsequently her recovery, through the supremacy of
5      Mind over matter, from a severe casualty pronounced
         by the physicians incurable, sealed that proof with the
         signet of Christian Science. In 1883, a million of peo-
         ple acknowledge and attest the blessings of this mental
         system of treating disease. Perhaps the following
10    words of her husband, the late Dr. Asa G. Eddy,
         afford the most concise, yet complete, summary of the
         matter:—

         “Mrs, Eddy’s works are the outgrowths of her life.
         I never knew so unselfish an individual.”

15    Will the book Science and Health, that you offer for sale
         at three dollars, teach its readers to heal the sick,—or is
         one obliged to become a student under your personal in-
         struction? And if one is obliged to study under you, of
         what benefit is your book?

20    Why do we read the Bible, and then go to church to
         hear it expounded? Only because both are important.
         Why do we read moral science, and then study it at
         college?

         You are benefited by reading Science and Health, but
25    it is greatly to your advantage to be taught its Science
         by the author of that work, who explains it in detail.

         What is immortal Mind?

         In reply, we refer you to “Science and Health with
         Key to the Scriptures,”(2) Vol. I. page 14: “That which


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1      is erring, sinful, sick, and dying, termed material or
         mortal man, is neither God’s man nor Mind; but to be
         understood, we shall classify evil and error as mortal
         mind, in contradistinction to good and Truth, or the
5      Mind which is immortal.”

         Do animals and beasts have a mind?

         Beasts, as well as men, express Mind as their origin;
         but they manifest less of Mind. The first and only
         cause is the eternal Mind, which is God, and there is
10    but one God. The ferocious mind seen in the beast is
         mortal mind, which is harmful and proceeds not from
         God; for His beast is the lion that lieth down with
         the lamb. Appetites, passions, anger, revenge, subtlety,
         are the animal qualities of sinning mortals; and the
15    beasts that have these propensities express the lower
         qualities of the so-called animal man; in other words,
         the nature and quality of mortal mind,—not immortal
         Mind.

         What is the distinction between mortal mind and immortal
20    Mind?

         Mortal mind includes all evil, disease, and death;
         also, all beliefs relative to the so-called material laws,
         and all material objects, and the law of sin and death.

         The Scripture says, “The carnal mind [in other words,
25    mortal mind] is enmity against God; for it is not sub-
         ject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Mortal
         mind is an illusion; as much in our waking moments
         as in the dreams of sleep. The belief that intelligence,
         Truth, and Love, are in matter and separate from God,
30    is an error; for there is no intelligent evil, and no power


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1      besides God, good. God would not be omnipotent if
         there were in reality another mind creating or governing
         man or the universe.

         Immortal Mind is God; and this Mind is made
5      manifest in all thoughts and desires that draw man-
         kind toward purity, health, holiness, and the spiritual
         facts of being.

         Jesus recognized this relation so clearly that he said,
         “I and my Father are one.” In proportion as we oppose
10    the belief in material sense, in sickness, sin, and death,
         and recognize ourselves under the control of God,
         spiritual and immortal Mind, shall we go on to leave the
         animal for the spiritual, and learn the meaning of those
         words of Jesus, “Go ye into all the world … heal the
15    sick.”

         Can your Science cure intemperance?

         Christian Science lays the axe at the root of the tree.
         Its antidote for all ills is God, the perfect Mind, which
         corrects mortal thought, whence cometh all evil. God
20    can and does destroy the thought that leads to moral
         or physical death. Intemperance, impurity, sin of every
         sort, is destroyed by Truth. The appetite for alcohol
         yields to Science as directly and surely as do sickness
         and sin.

25    Does Mrs. Eddy take patients?

         She now does not. Her time is wholly devoted to in-
         struction, leaving to her students the work of healing;
         which, at this hour, is in reality the least difficult of the
         labor that Christian Science demands.


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1      Why do you charge for teaching Christian Science, when
         all the good we can do must be done freely?

         When teaching imparts the ability to gain and main-
         tain health, to heal and elevate man in every line of
5      life,—as this teaching certainly does,—is it un-
         reasonable to expect in return something to support
         one’s self and a Cause? If so, our whole system
         of education, secular and religious, is at fault, and the
         instructors and philanthropists in our land should ex-
10    pect no compensation. “If we have sown unto you
         spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your
         carnal things?”

         How happened you to establish a college to instruct in
         metaphysics, when other institutions find little interest in
15    such a dry and abstract subject?

         Metaphysics, as taught by me at the Massachusetts
         Metaphysical College, is far from dry and abstract. It
         is a Science that has the animus of Truth. Its practical
         application to benefit the race, heal the sick, enlighten
20    and reform the sinner, makes divine metaphysics need-
         ful, indispensable. Teaching metaphysics at other col-
         leges means, mainly, elaborating a man-made theory,
         or some speculative view too vapory and hypothetical
         for questions of practical import.

25    Is it necessary to study your Science in order to be healed
         by it and keep well?

         It is not necessary to make each patient a student
         in order to cure his present disease, if this is what
         you mean. Were it so, the Science would be of less


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1      practical value. Many who apply for help are not
         prepared to take a course of instruction in Christian
         Science.

         To avoid being subject to disease, would require the
5      understanding of how you are healed. In 1885, this
         knowledge can be obtained in its genuineness at the
         Massachusetts Metaphysical College. There are abroad
         at this early date some grossly incorrect and false
         teachers of what they term Christian Science; of such
10    beware. They have risen up in a day to make this claim;
         whereas the Founder of genuine Christian Science has
         been all her years in giving it birth.

         Can you take care of yourself?

         God giveth to every one this puissance; and I have
15    faith in His promise, “Lo, I am with you alway”—
         all the way. Unlike the M. D.’s, Christian Scientists
         are not afraid to take their own medicine, for this
         medicine is divine Mind; and from this saving, ex-
         haustless source they intend to fill the human mind with
20    enough of the leaven of Truth to leaven the whole lump.
         There may be exceptional cases, where one Christian
         Scientist who has more to meet than others needs support
         at times; then, it is right to bear “one another’s burdens,
         and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

25    In what way is a Christian Scientist an instrument by
         which God reaches others to heal them, and what most
         obstructs the way?

         A Christian, or a Christian Scientist, assumes no more
         when claiming to work with God in healing the sick,
         than in converting the sinner. Divine help is as neces-


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1      sary in the one case as in the other. The scientific Prin-
         ciple of healing demands such cooperation; but this
         unison and its power would be arrested if one were to
         mix material methods with the spiritual,—were to min-
5      gle hygienic rules, drugs, and prayers in the same pro-
         cess,—and thus serve “other gods.” Truth is as
         effectual in destroying sickness as in the destruction
         of sin.

         It is often asked, “If Christian Science is the same
10    method of healing that Jesus and the apostles used,
         why do not its students perform as instantaneous cures
         as did those in the first century of the Christian era?”

         In some instances the students of Christian Science
         equal the ancient prophets as healers. All true healing
15    is governed by, and demonstrated on, the same Princi-
         ple as theirs; namely, the action of the divine Spirit,
         through the power of Truth to destroy error, discord
         of whatever sort. The reason that the same results fol-
         low not in every ease, is that the student does not in
20    every case possess sufficiently the Christ-spirit and its
         power to cast out the disease. The Founder of Chris-
         tian Science teaches her students that they must possess
         the spirit of Truth and Love, must gain the power
         over sin in themselves, or they cannot be instantaneous
25    healers.

         In this Christian warfare the student or practitioner
         has to master those elements of evil too common to other
         minds. If it is hate that is holding the purpose to kill
         his patient by mental means, it requires more divine
30    understanding to conquer this sin than to nullify either
         the disease itself or the ignorance by which one unin-
         tentionally harms himself or another. An element of


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1      brute-force that only the cruel and evil can send forth, is
         given vent in the diabolical practice of one who, having
         learned the power of liberated thought to do good, per-
         verts it, and uses it to accomplish an evil purpose. This
5      mental malpractice would disgrace Mind-healing, were it
         not that God overrules it, and causes “the wrath of man”
         to praise Him. It deprives those who practise it of the
         power to heal, and destroys their own possibility of
         progressing.

10    The honest student of Christian Science is purged
         through Christ, Truth, and thus is ready for victory in
         the ennobling strife. The good fight must be fought by
         those who keep the faith and finish their course. Mental
         purgation must go on: it promotes spiritual growth,
15    scales the mountain of human endeavor, and gains the
         summit in Science that otherwise could not be reached,
         —where the struggle with sin is forever done.

         Can all classes of disease be healed by your method?

         We answer, Yes. Mind is the architect that builds
20    its own idea, and produces all harmony that appears.
         There is no other healer in the case. If mortal mind,
         through the action of fear, manifests inflammation and a
         belief of chronic or acute disease, by removing the cause
         in that so-called mind the effect or disease will disappear
25    and health will be restored; for health, alias harmony,
         is the normal manifestation of man in Science. The
         divine Principle which governs the universe, including
         man, if demonstrated, is sufficient for all emergencies.
         But the practitioner may not always prove equal to
30    bringing out the result of the Principle that he knows to
         be true.


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1      After the change called death takes place, do we meet
         those gone before?—or does life continue in thought only
         as in a dream?

         Man is not annihilated, nor does he lose his identity,
5      by passing through the belief called death. After the
         momentary belief of dying passes from mortal mind, this
         mind is still in a conscious state of existence; and the in-
         dividual has but passed through a moment of extreme
         mortal fear, to awaken with thoughts, and being, as
10    material as before. Science and Health clearly states
         that spiritualization of thought is not attained by the death
         of the body, but by a conscious union with God. When
         we shall have passed the ordeal called death, or destroyed
         this last enemy, and shall have come upon the same plane
15    of conscious existence with those gone before, then we
         shall be able to communicate with and to recognize them.

         If, before the change whereby we meet the dear de-
         parted, our life-work proves to have been well done, we
         shall not have to repeat it; but our joys and means of ad-
20    vancing will be proportionately increased.

         The difference between a belief of material existence
         and the spiritual fact of Life is, that the former is a dream
         and unreal, while the latter is real and eternal. Only
         as we understand God, and learn that good, not evil,
25    lives and is immortal, that immortality exists only in
         spiritual perfection, shall we drop our false sense of Life
         in sin or sense material, and recognize a better state of
         existence.

         Can I be treated without being present during treatment?

30    Mind is not confined to limits; and nothing but our
         own false admissions prevent us from demonstrating this


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1      great fact. Christian Science, recognizing the capabili-
         ties of Mind to act of itself, and independent of matter,
         enables one to heal cases without even having seen the
         individual,—or simply after having been made ac-
5      quainted with the mental condition of the patient.

         Do all who at present claim to be teaching Christian
         Science, teach it correctly?

         By no means: Christian Science is not sufficiently un-
         derstood for that. The student of this Science who under-
10    stands it best, is the one least likely to pour into other
         minds a trifling sense of it as being adequate to make safe
         and successful practitioners. The simple sense one gains
         of this Science through careful, unbiased, contemplative
         reading of my books, is far more advantageous to the
15    sick and to the learner than is or can be the spurious
         teaching of those who are spiritually unqualified. The
         sad fact at this early writing is, that the letter is gained
         sooner than the spirit of Christian Science: time is re-
         quired thoroughly to qualify students for the great ordeal
20    of this century.

         If one student tries to undermine another, such sinister
         rivalry does a vast amount of injury to the Cause. To
         fill one’s pocket at the expense of his conscience, or to
         build on the downfall of others, incapacitates one to
25    practise or teach Christian Science. The occasional tem-
         porary success of such an one is owing, in part, to the im-
         possibility for those unacquainted with the mighty Truth
         of Christian Science to recognize, as such, the barefaced
         errors that are taught—and the damaging effects these
30    leave on the practice of the learner, on the Cause, and
         on the health of the community.


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1      Honest students speak the truth “according to the
         pattern showed to thee in the mount,” and live it: these
         are not working for emoluments, and may profitably
         teach people, who are ready to investigate this subject,
5      the rudiments of Christian Science.

         Can Christian Science cure acute cases where there is
         necessity for immediate relief, as in membranous croup?

         The remedial power of Christian Science is positive,
         and its application direct. It cannot fail to heal in
10    every case of disease, when conducted by one who un-
         derstands this Science sufficiently to demonstrate its
         highest possibilities.

         If I have the toothache, and nothing stops it until I
         have the tooth extracted, and then the pain ceases, has
15    the mind, or extracting, or both, caused the pain to

         cease?

         What you thought was pain in the bone or nerve, could
         only have been a belief of pain in matter; for matter
         has no sensation. It was a state of mortal thought made
20    manifest in the flesh. You call this body matter, when
         awake, or when asleep in a dream. That matter can re-
         report pain, or that mind is in matter, reporting sensa-
         tions, is but a dream at all times. You believed that if
         the tooth were extracted, the pain would cease: this de-
25    mand of mortal thought once met, your belief assumed
         a new form, and said, There is no more pain. When
         your belief in pain ceases, the pain stops; for matter
         has no intelligence of its own. By applying this men-
         tal remedy or antidote directly to your belief, you scien-


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1      tifically prove the fact that Mind is supreme. This is not
         done by will-power, for that is not Science but mesmerism.
         The full understanding that God is Mind, and that mat-
         ter is but a belief, enables you to control pain. Chris-
5      tian Science, by means of its Principle of metaphysical
         healing, is able to do more than to heal a toothache;
         although its power to allay fear, prevent inflammation,
         and destroy the necessity for ether—thereby avoiding
         the fatal results that frequently follow the use of that
10    drug—render this Science invaluable in the practice
         of dentistry.

         Can an atheist or a profane man be cured by metaphysics,
         or Christian Science?

         The moral status of the man demands the remedy of
15    Truth more in this than in most cases; therefore, under
         the deific law that supply invariably meets demand, this
         Science is effectual in treating moral ailments. Sin is
         not the master of divine Science, but vice versa; and
         when Science in a single instance decides the conflict,
20    the patient is better both morally and physically.

         If God made all that was made, and it was good, where
         did evil originate?

         It never originated or existed as an entity. It is but a
         false belief; even the belief that God is not what the
25    Scriptures imply Him to be, All-in-all, but that there
         is an opposite intelligence or mind termed evil. This
         error of belief is idolatry, having “other gods before me.”
         In John i. 3 we read, “All things were made by Him;
         and without Him was not anything made that was made.”


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1      The admission of the reality of evil perpetuates the belief
         or faith in evil. The Scriptures declare, “To whom ye
         yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are.”
         The leading self-evident proposition of Christian Science
5      is: good being real, evil, good’s opposite, is unreal. This
         truism needs only to be tested scientifically to be found
         true, and adapted to destroy the appearance of evil to an
         extent beyond the power of any doctrine previously
         entertained.

10    

Do you teach that you are equal with God?

         A reader of my writings would not present this ques-
         tion. There are no such indications in the premises or
         conclusions of Christian Science, and such a misconcep-
         tion of Truth is not scientific. Man is not equal with
15    his Maker; that which is formed is not cause, but effect,
         and has no power underived from its creator. It is pos-
         sible, and it is man’s duty, so to throw the weight of his
         thoughts and acts on the side of Truth, that he be ever
         found in the scale with his creator; not weighing
20    equally with Him, but comprehending at every point, in
         divine Science, the full significance of what the apostle
         meant by the declaration, “The Spirit itself beareth wit-
         ness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and
         if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
25    Christ.” In Science, man represents his divine Prin-
         ciple,—the Life and Love that are God,—even as the
         idea of sound, in tones, represents harmony; but thought
         has not yet wholly attained unto the Science of being,
         wherein man is perfect even as the Father, his divine
30    Principle, is perfect.


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1      How can I believe that there is no such thing as matter,
         when I weigh over two hundred pounds and carry about
         this weight daily?

         By learning that matter is but manifest mortal mind.
5      You entertain an adipose belief of yourself as substance;
         whereas, substance means more than matter: it is the
         glory and permanence of Spirit: it is that which is
         hoped for but unseen, that which the material senses
         cannot take in. Have you never been so preoccupied in
10    thought when moving your body, that you did this with-
         out consciousness of its weight? If never in your waking
         hours, you have been in your night-dreams; and these
         tend to elucidate your day-dream, or the mythical nature
         of matter, and the possibilities of mind when let loose
15    from its own beliefs. In sleep, a sense of the body ac-
         companies thought with less impediment than when
         awake, which is the truer sense of being. In Science,
         body is the servant of Mind, not its master: Mind is
         supreme. Science reverses the evidence of material
20    sense with the spiritual sense that God, Spirit, is the only
         substance; and that man, His image and likeness, is
         spiritual, not material. This great Truth does not de-
         stroy but substantiates man’s identity,—together with
         his immortality and preexistence, or his spiritual co-
25    existence with his Maker. That which has a beginning
         must have an ending.

         What should one conclude as to Professor Carpenter’s
         exhibitions of mesmerism?

         That largely depends upon what one accepts as either
30    useful or true. I have no knowledge of mesmerism,


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1      practically or theoretically, save as I measure its demon-
         strations as a false belief, and avoid all that works ill. If
         mesmerism has the power attributed to it by the gentle-
         man referred to, it should neither be taught nor practised,
5      but should be conscientiously condemned. One thing
         is quite apparent; namely, that its so-called power is
         despotic, and Mr. Carpenter deserves praise for his public
         exposure of it. If such be its power, I am opposed to it,
         as to every form of error,—whether of ignorance or
10    fanaticism, prompted by money-making or malice. It
         is enough for me to know that animal magnetism is neither
         of God nor Science.

         It is alleged that at one of his recent lectures in Bos-
         ton Mr. Carpenter made a man drunk on water, and
15    then informed his audience that he could produce the
         effect of alcohol, or of any drug, on the human system,
         through the action of mind alone. This honest declara-
         tion as to the animus of animal magnetism and the pos-
         sible purpose to which it can be devoted, has, we trust,
20    been made in season to open the eyes of the people to the
         hidden nature of some tragic events and sudden deaths
         at this period.

         Was ever a person made insane by studying meta-
         physics?

25    Such an occurrence would be impossible, for the
         proper study of Mind-healing would cure the insane.
         That persons have gone away from the Massachusetts
         Metaphysical College “made insane by Mrs. Eddy’s
         teachings,” like a hundred other stories, is a baseless
30    fabrication offered solely to injure her or her school.
         The enemy is trying to make capital out of the follow-


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1      ing case. A young lady entered the College class who,
         I quickly saw, had a tendency to monomania, and re-
         quested her to withdraw before its close. We are cred-
         ibly informed that, before entering the College, this
5      young lady had manifested some mental unsoundness,
         and have no doubt she could have been restored by
         Christian Science treatment. Her friends employed a
         homœopathist, who had the skill and honor to state, as his
         opinion given to her friends, that “Mrs. Eddy’s teach-
10    ings had not produced insanity.” This is the only case
         that could be distorted into the claim of insanity ever
         having occurred in a class of Mrs. Eddy’s; while ac-
         knowledged and notable cases of insanity have been
         cured in her class.

15    If all that is mortal is a dream or error, is not
         our capacity for formulating a dream, real; is it not
         God-made; and if God-made, can it be wrong, sinful, or
         an error?

         The spirit of Truth leads into all truth, and enables
20    man to discern between the real and the unreal. Enter-
         taining the common belief in the opposite of goodness,
         and that evil is as real as good, opposes the leadings of
         the divine Spirit that are helping man Godward: it pre-
         vents a recognition of the nothingness of the dream, or
25    belief, that Mind is in matter, intelligence in non-intel-
         ligence, sin, and death. This belief presupposes not
         only a power opposed to God, and that God is not All-
         in-all, as the Scriptures imply Him to be, but that the
         capacity to err proceeds from God.

30    That God is Truth, the Scriptures aver; that Truth
         never created error, or such a capacity, is self-evident;


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1      that God made all that was made, is again Scriptural;
         therefore your answer is, that error is an illusion of
         mortals; that God is not its author, and it cannot be
         real.

5      Does “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”
         explain the entire method of metaphysical healing, or is
         there a secret back of what is contained in that book, as
         some say?

         “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”
10    is a complete textbook of Christian Science; and its
         metaphysical method of healing is as lucid in presenta-
         tion as can be possible, under the necessity to express
         the metaphysical in physical terms. There is absolutely
         no additional secret outside of its teachings, or that gives
15    one the power to heal; but it is essential that the student
         gain the spiritual understanding of the contents of this
         book, in order to heal.

         Do you believe in change of heart?

         We do believe, and understand—which is more—
20    that there must be a change from human affections, de-
         sires, and aims, to the divine standard, “Be ye therefore
         perfect;” also, that there must be a change from the be-
         lief that the heart is matter and sustains life, to the
         understanding that God is our Life, that we exist in
25    Mind, live thereby, and have being. This change of
         heart would deliver man from heart-disease, and ad-
         vance Christianity a hundredfold. The human affections
         need to be changed from self to benevolence and love
         for God and man; changed to having but one God and
30    loving Him supremely, and helping our brother man.


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1      This change of heart is essential to Christianity, and
         will have its effect physically as well as spiritually,
         healing disease. Burnt offerings and drugs, God does
         not require.

5      Is a belief of nervousness, accompanied by great mental
         depression, mesmerism?

         All mesmerism is of one of three kinds; namely, the
         ignorant, the fraudulent, or the malicious workings of
         error or mortal mind. We have not the particulars of
10    the case to which you may refer, and for this reason can-
         not answer your question professionally.

         How can I govern a child metaphysically? Doesn’t the
         use of the rod teach him life in matter?

         The use of the rod is virtually a declaration to the
15    child’s mind that sensation belongs to matter. Motives
         govern acts, and Mind governs man. If you make clear
         to the child’s thought the right motives for action, and
         cause him to love them, they will lead him aright: if you
         educate him to love God, good, and obey the Golden
20    Rule, he will love and obey you without your having to
         resort to corporeal punishment.

         “When from the lips of Truth one mighty breath
         Shall, like a whirlwind, scatter in its breeze
         The whole dark pile of human mockeries;
25    Then shall the reign of Mind commence on earth,
         And starting fresh, as from a second birth,
         Man in the sunshine of the world’s new spring,
         Shall walk transparent like some holy thing.”

         Are both prayer and drugs necessary to heal?

30    The apostle James said, “Ye ask, and receive not,
         because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your


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1      lusts.” This text may refer to such as seek the material
         to aid the spiritual, and take drugs to support God’s
         power to heal them. It is difficult to say how much
         one can do for himself, whose faith is divided be-
5      tween catnip and Christ; but not so difficult to know
         that if he were to serve one master, he could do vastly
         more. Whosoever understands the power of Spirit, has
         no doubt of God’s power,—even the might of Truth,—
         to heal, through divine Science, beyond all human means
10    and methods.

         What do you think of marriage?

         That it is often convenient, sometimes pleasant, and
         occasionally a love affair. Marriage is susceptible of
         many definitions. It sometimes presents the most
15    wretched condition of human existence. To be normal,
         it must be a union of the affections that tends to lift
         mortals higher.

         If this life is a dream not dispelled, but only changed,
         by death,—if one gets tired of it, why not commit
20    suicide?

         Man’s existence is a problem to be wrought in divine
         Science. What progress would a student of science
         make, if, when tired of mathematics or failing to dem-
         onstrate one rule readily, he should attempt to work
25    out a rule farther on and more difficult—and this,
         because the first rule was not easily demonstrated? In
         that case he would be obliged to turn back and work
         out the previous example, before solving the advanced
         problem. Mortals have the sum of being to work out,
30    and up, to its spiritual standpoint. They must work


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1      out of this dream or false claim of sensation and life
         in matter, and up to the spiritual realities of existence,
         before this false claim can be wholly dispelled. Com-
         mitting suicide to dodge the question is not working
5      it out. The error of supposed life and intelligence in
         matter, is dissolved only as we master error with Truth.
         Not through sin or suicide, but by overcoming tempta-
         tion and sin, shall we escape the weariness and wicked-
         ness of mortal existence, and gain heaven, the harmony
10    of being.

         Do you sometimes find it advisable to use medicine to
         assist in producing a cure, when it is difficult to start the
         patient’s recovery?

         You only weaken your power to heal through Mind,
15    by any compromise with matter; which is virtually ac-
         knowledging that under difficulties the former is not equal
         to the latter. He that resorts to physics, seeks what is
         below instead of above the standard of metaphysics;
         showing his ignorance of the meaning of the term and
20    of Christian Science.

         If Christian Science is the same as Jesus taught, why is
         it not more simple, so that all can readily understand it?

         The teachings of Jesus were simple; and yet he found
         it difficult to make the rulers understand, because of
25    their great lack of spirituality. Christian Science is
         simple, and readily understood by the children; only
         the thought educated away from it finds it abstract or
         difficult to perceive. Its seeming abstraction is the
         mystery of godliness; and godliness is simple to the
30    godly; but to the unspiritual, the ungodly, it is dark


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1      and difficult. The carnal mind cannot discern spiritual
         things.

         Has Mrs. Eddy lost her power to heal?

         Has the sun forgotten to shine, and the planets to
5      revolve around it? Who is it that discovered, dem-
         onstrated, and teaches Christian Science? That one,
         whoever it be, does understand something of what can-
         not be lost. Thousands in the field of metaphysical
         healing, whose lives are worthy testimonials, are her
10    students, and they bear witness to this fact. Instead
         of losing her power to heal, she is demonstrating the
         power of Christian Science over all obstacles that envy
         and malice would fling in her path. The reading of her
         book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,”
15    is curing hundreds at this very time; and the sick, un-
         asked, are testifying thereto.

         Must I study your Science in order to keep well all my
         life? I was healed of a chronic trouble after one month’s
         treatment by one of your students.

20    When once you are healed by Science, there is no rea-
         son why you should be liable to a return of the disease
         that you were healed of. But not to be subject again to
         any disease whatsoever, would require an understanding
         of the Science by which you were healed.

25    Because none of your students haw been able to perform
         as great miracles in healing as Jesus and his disciples did,
         does it not suggest the possibility that they do not heal on
         the same basis?

         You would not ask the pupil in simple equations to
30    solve a problem involving logarithms; and then, because


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1      he failed to get the right answer, condemn the pupil
         and the science of numbers. The simplest problem
         in Christian Science is healing the sick, and the least
         understanding and demonstration thereof prove all its
5      possibilities. The ability to demonstrate to the extent
         that Jesus did, will come when the student possesses as
         much of the divine Spirit as he shared, and utilizes its
         power to overcome sin.

         Opposite to good, is the universal claim of evil that
10    seeks the proportions of good. There may be those
         who, having learned the power of the unspoken thought,
         use it to harm rather than to heal, and who are using
         that power against Christian Scientists. This giant sin
         is the sin against the Holy Ghost spoken of in Matt.
15    xii. 31, 32.

         Is Christian Science based on the facts of both Spirit
         and matter?

         Christian Science is based on the facts of Spirit and
         its forms and representations, but these facts are the
20    direct antipodes of the so-called facts of matter; and
         the eternal verities of Spirit assert themselves over their
         opposite, or matter, in the final destruction of all that
         is unlike Spirit.

         Man knows that he can have one God only, when
25    he regards God as the only Mind, Life, and substance.
         If God is Spirit, as the Scriptures declare, and All-in-
         all, matter is mythology, and its laws are mortal
         beliefs.

         If Mind is in matter and beneath a skull bone, it is
30    in something unlike Him; hence it is either a godless and
         material Mind, or it is God in matter,—which are theo-


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1      ries of agnosticism and pantheism, the very antipodes
         of Christian Science

         What is organic life?

         Life is inorganic, infinite Spirit; if Life, or Spirit,
5      were organic, disorganization would destroy Spirit and
         annihilate man.

         If Mind is not substance, form, and tangibility, God
         is substanceless; for the substance of Spirit is divine
         Mind. Life is God, the only creator, and Life is im-
10    mortal Mind, not matter.

         Every indication of matter’s constituting life is mortal,
         the direct opposite of immortal Life, and infringes the
         rights of Spirit. Then, to conclude that Spirit consti-
         tutes or ever has constituted laws to that effect, is a mor-
15    tal error, a human conception opposed to the divine
         government. Mind and matter mingling in perpetual
         warfare is a kingdom divided against itself, that shall be
         brought to desolation. The final destruction of this
         false belief in matter will appear at the full revelation
20    of Spirit,—one God, and the brotherhood of man.
         Organic life is an error of statement that Truth destroys.
         The Science of Life needs only to be understood; its dem-
         onstration proves the correctness of my statements, and
         brings blessings infinite.

25    Why did God command, “Be fruitful, and multiply,
         and replenish the earth,” if all minds (men) have existed
         from the beginning, and have had successive stages of
         existence to the present time?

         Your question implies that Spirit, which first spirit-
30    ually created the universe, including man, created man


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1      over again materially; and, by the aid of mankind, all
         was later made which He had made. If the first record
         is true, what evidence have you—apart from the evi-
         dence of that which you admit cannot discern spiritual
5      things—of any other creation? The creative “Us”
         made all, and Mind was the creator. Man originated
         not from dust, materially, but from Spirit, spiritually.
         This work had been done; the true creation was finished,
         and its spiritual Science is alluded to in the first chapter
10    of Genesis.

         Jesus said of error, “That thou doest, do quickly.”
         By the law of opposites, after the truth of man had been
         demonstrated, the postulate of error must appear. That
         this addendum was untrue, is seen when Truth, God,
15    denounced it, and said: “I will greatly multiply thy
         sorrow.” “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
         surely die.” The opposite error said, “I am true,” and
         declared, “God doth know … that your eyes shall be
         opened, and ye shall be as gods,” creators. This was false;
20    and the Lord God never said it. This history of a falsity
         must be told in the name of Truth, or it would have no
         seeming. The Science of creation is the universe with man
         created spiritually. The false sense and error of creation
         is the sense of man and the universe created materially.

25    Why does the record make man a creation of the sixth
         and last day, if he was coexistent with God?

         In its genesis, the Science of creation is stated in mathe-
         matical order, beginning with the lowest form and ascend-
         ing the scale of being up to man. But all that really is,
30    always was and forever is; for it existed in and of the Mind
         that is God, wherein man is foremost.


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1      If one has died of consumption, and he has no remem-
         brance of that disease or dream, does that disease have any
         more power over him?

         Waking from a dream, one learns its unreality; then
5      it has no power over one. Waking from the dream of
         death, proves to him who thought he died that it was a
         dream, and that he did not die; then he learns that con-
         sumption did not kill him. When the belief in the power
         of disease is destroyed, disease cannot return.

10    How does Mrs. Eddy know that she has read and studied
         correctly, if one must deny the evidences of the senses?
         She had to use her eyes to read.

         Jesus said, “Having eyes, see ye not?” I read the in-
         spired page through a higher than mortal sense. As
15    matter, the eye cannot see; and as mortal mind, it is a
         belief that sees. I may read the Scriptures through a
         belief of eyesight; but I must spiritually understand
         them to interpret their Science.

         Does the theology of Christian Science aid its heal-
20    ing?

         Without its theology there is no mental science, no
         order that proceeds from God. All Science is divine,
         not human, in origin and demonstration. If God does
         not govern the action of man, it is inharmonious: if He
25    does govern it, the action is Science. Take away the
         theology of mental healing and you take away its science,
         leaving it a human “mind-cure,” nothing more nor less,
         —even one human mind governing another; by which,
         if you agree that God is Mind, you admit that there is


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1      more than one government and God. Having no true
         sense of the healing theology of Mind, you can neither
         understand nor demonstrate its Science, and will prac-
         tise your belief of it in the name of Truth. This is the
5      mortal “mind-cure” that produces the effect of mes-
         merism. It is using the power of human will, instead
         of the divine power understood, as in Christian Science;
         and without this Science there had better be no “mind-
         cure,”—in which the last state of patients is worse than
10    the first.

         Is it wrong to pray for the recovery of the sick?

         Not if we pray Scripturally, with the understanding
         that God has given all things to those who love Him;
         but pleading with infinite Love to love us, or to restore
15    health and harmony, and then to admit that it has been
         lost under His government, is the prayer of doubt and
         mortal belief that is unavailing in divine Science.

         Is not all argument mind over mind?

         The Scriptures refer to God as saying, “Come now, and
20    let us reason together.” There is but one right Mind, and
         that one should and does govern man. Any copartnership
         with that Mind is impossible; and the only benefit in
         speaking often one to another, arises from the success that
         one individual has with another in leading his thoughts
25    away from the human mind or body, and guiding them
         with Truth. That individual is the best healer who as-
         serts himself the least, and thus becomes a transparency
         for the divine Mind, who is the only physician; the divine
         Mind is the scientific healer.


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1      How can you believe there is no sin, and that God does
         not recognize any, when He sent His Son to save from
         sin, and the Bible is addressed to sinners? How can you
         believe there is no sickness, when Jesus came healing the
         sick? [5]

         To regard sin, disease, and death with less deference,
         and only as the woeful unrealities of being, is the only
         way to destroy them; Christian Science is proving this by
         healing cases of disease and sin after all other means have
10    failed. The Nazarene Prophet could make the unreality
         of both apparent in a moment.

         Does it not limit the power of Mind to deny the possi-
         bility of communion with departed friends—dead only in
         belief?

15    Does it limit the power of Mind to say that addition
         is not subtraction in mathematics? The Science of Mind
         reveals the impossibility of two individual sleepers, in
         different phases of thought, communicating, even if touch-
         ing each other corporeally; or for one who sleeps to
20    communicate with another who is awake. Mind’s possi-
         bilities are not lessened by being confined and conformed
         to the Science of being.

         If mortal mind and body are myths, what is the con-
         nection between them and real identity, and why are there
25    as many identities as mortal bodies?

         Evil in the beginning claimed the power, wisdom, and
         utility of good; and every creation or idea of Spirit has
         its counterfeit in some matter belief. Every material be-
         lief hints the existence of spiritual reality; and if mortals
30    are instructed in spiritual things, it will be seen that ma-


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1      terial belief, in all its manifestations, reversed, will be
         found the type and representative of verities priceless,
         eternal, and just at hand.

         The education of the future will be instruction, in spir-
5      itual Science, against the material symbolic counterfeit
         sciences. All the knowledge and vain strivings of mortal
         mind, that lead to death,—even when aping the wisdom
         and magnitude of immortal Mind,—will be swallowed
         up by the reality and omnipotence of Truth over error,
10    and of Life over death.

         “Dear Mrs. Eddy:—In the October Journal I read
         the following: “But the real man, who was created in the
         image of God, does not commit sin.” What then does sin?
         What commits theft? Or who does murder?
For instance,
15    the man is held responsible for the crime; for I went once
         to a place where a man was said to be “hanged for mur-
         der”—and certainly I saw him, or his effigy, dangling
         at the end of a rope. This “man” was held responsible
         for the ‘sin.’ ”

20    What sins?

         According to the Word, man is the image and likeness
         of God. Does God’s essential likeness sin, or dangle at
         the end of a rope? If not, what does? A culprit, a sinner,
         —anything but a man! Then, what is a sinner? A
25    mortal; but man is immortal.

         Again: mortals are the embodiments (or bodies, if
         you please) of error, not of Truth; of sickness, sin, and
         death. Naming these His embodiment, can neither make
         them so nor overthrow the logic that man is God’s like-
30    ness. Mortals seem very material; man in the likeness


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1      of Spirit is spiritual. Holding the right idea of man in my
         mind, I can improve my own, and other people’s individ-
         uality, health, and morals; whereas, the opposite image
         of man, a sinner, kept constantly in mind, can no more
5      improve health or morals, than holding in thought the
         form of a boa-constrictor can aid an artist in painting a
         landscape.

         Man is seen only in the true likeness of his Maker.
         Believing a lie veils the truth from our vision; even as
10    in mathematics, in summing up positive and negative
         quantities, the negative quantity offsets an equal positive
         quantity, making the aggregate positive, or true quantity,
         by that much, less available.

         Why do Christian Scientists hold that their theology is
15    essential to heal the sick, when the mind-cure claims to heal

         without it?

         The theology of Christian Science is Truth; opposed
         to which is the error of sickness, sin, and death, that
         Truth destroys.

20    A “mind-cure” is a matter-cure. An adherent to this
         method honestly acknowledges this fact in her work
         entitled “Mind-cure on a Material Basis.” In that
         work the author grapples with Christian Science, attempts
         to solve its divine Principle by the rule of human mind,
25    fails, and ends in a parody on this Science which is amus-
         ing to astute readers,—especially when she tells them
         that she is practising this Science.

         The theology of Christian Science is based on the action
         of the divine Mind over the human mind and body;
30    whereas, “mind-cure” rests on the notion that the human
         mind can cure its own disease, or that which it causes,


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1      and the sickness of matter,—which is infidel in the one
         case, and anomalous in the other. It was said of old by
         Truth-traducers, that Jesus healed through Beelzebub;
         but the claim that one erring mind cures another one was
5      at first gotten up to hinder his benign influence and to hide
         his divine power.

         Our Master understood that Life, Truth, Love are the
         triune Principle of all pure theology; also, that this divine
         trinity is one infinite remedy for the opposite triad, sick-
10    ness, sin, and death.

         If there is no sin, why did Jesus come to save sinners?

         If there is no reality in sickness, why does a Chris-
         tian Scientist go to the bedside and address himself to
         the healing of disease, on the basis of its unreality?
15    Jesus came to seek and to save such as believe in the
         reality of the unreal; to save them from this false belief;
         that they might lay hold of eternal Life, the great reality
         that concerns man, and understand the final fact,—that
         God is omnipotent and omnipresent; yea, “that the Lord
20    He is God; there is none else beside Him,” as the Scrip-
         tures declare.

         If Christ was God, why did Jesus cry out, “My God,
         why hast Thou forsaken me?”

         Even as the struggling heart, reaching toward a higher
25    goal, appeals to its hope and faith, Why failest thou
         me? Jesus as the son of man was human: Christ as
         the Son of God was divine. This divinity was reaching
         humanity through the crucifixion of the human,—that
         momentous demonstration of God, in which Spirit proved
30    its supremacy over matter. Jesus assumed for mortals the


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1      weakness of flesh, that Spirit might be found “All-in-all.”
         Hence, the human cry which voiced that struggle;
         thence, the way he made for mortals’ escape. Our
         Master bore the cross to show his power over death;
5      then relinquished his earth-task of teaching and dem-
         onstrating the nothingness of sickness, sin, and death,
         and rose to his native estate, man’s indestructible eternal
         life in God.

         What can prospective students of the College take for
10    preliminary studies? Do you regard the study of litera-

         ture and languages as objectionable?

         Persons contemplating a course at the Massachusetts
         Metaphysical College, can prepare for it through no
         books except the Bible, and “Science and Health with
15    Key to the Scriptures.” Man-made theories are nar-
         row, else extravagant, and are always materialistic.
         The ethics which guide thought spiritually must bene-
         fit every one; for the only philosophy and religion that
         afford instruction are those which deal with facts and
20    resist speculative opinions and fables.

         Works on science are profitable; for science is not
         human. It is spiritual, and not material. Literature
         and languages, to a limited extent, are aids to a student
         of the Bible and of Christian Science.

25    Is it possible to know why we are put into this condition
         of mortality?

         It is quite as possible to know wherefore man is thus
         conditioned, as to be certain that he is in a state of
         mortality. The only evidence of the existence of a mor-
30    tal man, or of a material state and universe, is gathered


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1      from the five personal senses. This delusive evidence,
         Science has dethroned by repeated proofs of its falsity.

         We have no more proof of human discord,—sin,
         sickness, disease, or death,—than we have that the
5      earth’s surface is flat, and her motions imaginary. If
         man’s ipse dixit as to the stellar system is correct, this
         is because Science is true, and the evidence of the senses
         is false. Then why not submit to the affirmations of
         Science concerning the greater subject of human weal
10    and woe? Every question between Truth and error,
         Science must and will decide. Left to the decision of
         Science, your query concerns a negative which the posi-
         tive Truth destroys; for God’s universe and man are
         immortal. We must not consider the false side of exist-
15    ence in order to gain the true solution of Life and its
         great realities.

         Have you changed your instructions as to the right way
         of treating disease?

         I have not; and this important fact must be, and al-
20    ready is, apprehended by those who understand my in-
         structions on this question. Christian Science demands
         both law and gospel, in order to demonstrate healing,
         and I have taught them both in its demonstration, and
         with signs following. They are a unit in restoring the
25    equipoise of mind and body, and balancing man’s ac-
         count with his Maker. The sequence proves that strict
         adherence to one is inadequate to compensate for the
         absence of the other, since both constitute the divine law
         of healing.

30    The Jewish religion demands that “whoso sheddeth
         man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” But this


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1      law is not infallible in wisdom; and obedience thereto
         may be found faulty, since false testimony or mistaken
         evidence may cause the innocent to suffer for the guilty.
         Hence the gospel that fulfils the law in righteousness,
5      the genius whereof is displayed in the surprising wisdom
         of these words of the New Testament: “Whatsoever
         a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” No possible
         injustice lurks in this mandate, and no human mis-
         judgment can pervert it; for the offender alone suffers,
10    and always according to divine decree. This sacred,
         solid precept is verified in all directions in Mind-
         healing, and is supported in the Scripture by parallel
         proof.

         The law and gospel of Truth and Love teach, through
15    divine Science, that sin is identical with suffering, and
         that suffering is the lighter affliction. To reach the sum-
         mit of Science, whence to discern God’s perfect ways
         and means, the material sense must be controlled by
         the higher spiritual sense, and Truth be enthroned,
20    while “we look not at the things which are seen, but at
         the things which are not seen.”

         Cynical critics misjudge my meaning as to the sci-
         entific treatment of the sick. Disease that is superin-
         duced by sin is not healed like the more physical
25    ailment. The beginner in sin-healing must know this, or
         he never can reach the Science of Mind-healing, and
         so “overcome evil with good.” Error in premise is met
         with error in practice; yea, it is “the blind leading the
         blind.” Ignorance of the cause of disease can neither
30    remove that cause nor its effect.

         I endeavor to accommodate my instructions to the
         present capability of the learner, and to support the


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1      liberated thought until its altitude reaches beyond the
         mere alphabet of Mind-healing. Above physical wants,
         lie the higher claims of the law and gospel of healing.
         First is the law, which saith:—

5      “Thou shalt not commit adultery;” in other words,
         thou shalt not adulterate Life, Truth, or Love,—men-
         tally, morally, or physically. “Thou shalt not steal;”
         that is, thou shalt not rob man of money, which is but
         trash, compared with his rights of mind and character.
10    “Thou shalt not kill;” that is, thou shalt not strike at the
         eternal sense of Life with a malicious aim, but shalt
         know that by doing thus thine own sense of Life shall be
         forfeited. “Thou shalt not bear false witness;” that is,
         thou shalt not utter a lie, either mentally or audibly, nor
15    cause it to be thought. Obedience to these command-
         ments is indispensable to health, happiness, and length
         of days.

         The gospel of healing demonstrates the law of Love.
         Justice uncovers sin of every sort; and mercy demands
20    that if you see the danger menacing others, you shall,
         Deo volente, inform them thereof. Only thus is the right
         practice of Mind-healing achieved, and the wrong prac-
         tice discerned, disarmed, and destroyed.

         Do you believe in translation?

25    If your question refers to language, whereby one ex-
         presses the sense of words in one language by equiva-
         lent words in another, I do. If you refer to the removal
         of a person to heaven, without his subjection to death,
         I modify my affirmative answer. I believe in this
30    removal being possible after all the footsteps requisite
         have been taken up to the very throne, up to the


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1      spiritual sense and fact of divine substance, intelligence,
         Life, and Love. This translation is not the work of mo-
         ments; it requires both time and eternity. It means more
         than mere disappearance to the human sense; it must
5      include also man’s changed appearance and diviner form
         visible to those beholding him here.

         The Rev. —— said in a sermon: A true Christian
         would protest against metaphysical healing being called
         Christian Science. He also maintained that pain and
10    disease are not illusions but realities; and that it is not

         Christian to believe they are illusions. Is this so?

         It is unchristian to believe that pain and sickness are
         anything but illusions. My proof of this is, that the
         penalty for believing in their reality is the very pain and
15    disease. Jesus cast out a devil, and the dumb spake;
         hence it is right to know that the works of Satan are the
         illusion and error which Truth casts out.

         Does the gentleman above mentioned know the
         meaning of divine metaphysics, or of metaphysical
20    theology?

         According to Webster, metaphysics is defined thus:
         “The science of the conceptions and relations which are
         necessary to thought and knowledge; science of the
         mind.” Worcester defines it as “the philosophy of mind,
25    as distinguished from that of matter; a science of which
         the object is to explain the principles and causes of
         all things existing,” Brande calls metaphysics “the
         science which regards the ultimate grounds of being, as
         distinguished from its phenomenal modifications.” “A
30    speculative science, which soars beyond the bounds of
         experience,” is a further definition.


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1      Divine metaphysics is that which treats of the exist-
         ence of God, His essence, relations, and attributes. A
         sneer at metaphysics is a scoff at Deity; at His goodness,
         mercy, and might.

5      Christian Science is the unfolding of true metaphysics;
         that is, of Mind, or God, and His attributes. Science rests
         on Principle and demonstration. The Principle of Chris-
         tian Science is divine. Its rule is, that man shall utilize
         the divine power.

10    In Genesis i. 26, we read: “Let us make man in
         our image, after our likeness: and let them have
         dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of
         the air.”

         I was once called to visit a sick man to whom the
15    regular physicians had given three doses of Croton
         oil, and then had left him to die. Upon my arrival I
         found him barely alive, and in terrible agony. In one
         hour he was well, and the next day he attended to his
         business. I removed the stoppage, healed him of en-
20    teritis, and neutralized the bad effects of the poison-
         ous oil. His physicians had failed even to move his
         bowels,—though the wonder was, with the means
         used in their effort to accomplish this result, that
         they had not quite killed him. According to their
25    diagnosis, the exciting cause of the inflammation and
         stoppage was—eating smoked herring. The man is
         living yet; and I will send his address to any one
         who may wish to apply to him for information about
         his case.

30    Now comes the question: Had that sick man dominion
         over the fish in his stomach?

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1      have been an illusion, or else the Scriptures misstate
         man’s power. That the Bible is true I believe, not
         only, but I demonstrated its truth when I exercised
         my power over the fish, cast out the sick man’s illu-
5      sion, and healed him. Thus it was shown that the
         healing action of Mind upon the body has its only ex-
         planation in divine metaphysics. As a man “thinketh
         in his heart, so is he.” When the mortal thought, or be-
         lief, was removed, the man was well.

10    What did Jesus mean when he said to the dying thief,
         “To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise”?

         Paradisaical rest from physical agony would come to
         the criminal, if the dream of dying should startle him
         from the dream of suffering. The paradise of Spirit
15    would come to Jesus, in a spiritual sense of Life and
         power. Christ Jesus lived and reappeared. He was too
         good to die; for goodness is immortal. The thief was
         not equal to the demands of the hour; but sin was de-
         stroying itself, and had already begun to die,—as
20    the poor thief’s prayer for help indicated. The dy-
         ing malefactor and our Lord were inevitably sepa-
         rated through Mind. The thief’s body, as matter,
         must dissolve into its native nothingness; whereas the
         body of the holy Spirit of Jesus was eternal. That
25    day the thief would be with Jesus only in a finite
         and material sense of relief; while our Lord would
         soon be rising to the supremacy of Spirit, working
         out, even in the silent tomb, those wonderful demon-
         strations of divine power, in which none could equal his
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1      Is it right for me to treat others, when I am not entirely
         well myself?

         The late John B. Gough is said to have suffered from
         an appetite for alcoholic drink until his death; yet he
5      saved many a drunkard from this fatal appetite. Paul
         had a thorn in the flesh: one writer thinks that he was
         troubled with rheumatism, and another that he had sore
         eyes; but this is certain, that he healed others who were
         sick. It is unquestionably right to do right; and heal-
10    ing the sick is a very right thing to do.

         Does Christian Science set aside the law of transmission,
         prenatal desires, and good or bad influences on the unborn
         child?

         Science never averts law, but supports it. All actual
15    causation must interpret omnipotence, the all-knowing
         Mind. Law brings out Truth, not error; unfolds divine
         Principle,—but neither human hypothesis nor matter.
         Errors are based on a mortal or material formation; they
         are suppositional modes, not the factors of divine presence
20    and power.

         Whatever is humanly conceived is a departure from
         divine law; hence its mythical origin and certain end.
         According to the Scriptures,—St. Paul declares astutely,
         “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all
25    things,”—man is incapable of originating; nothing can
         be formed apart from God, good, the all-knowing Mind.
         What seems to be of human origin is the counterfeit
         of the divine,—even human concepts, mortal shadows
         flitting across the dial of time.

30    Whatever is real is right and eternal; hence the im-
         mutable and just law of Science, that God is good only,


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1      and can transmit to man and the universe nothing evil,
         or unlike Himself. For the innocent babe to be born a
         lifelong sufferer because of his parents’ mistakes or sins,
         were sore injustice. Science sets aside man as a creator,
5      and unfolds the eternal harmonies of the only living and
         true origin, God.

         According to the beliefs of the flesh, both good and
         bad traits of the parents are transmitted to their help-
         less offspring, and God is supposed to impart to man
10    this fatal power. It is cause for rejoicing that this belief
         is as false as it is remorseless. The immutable Word
         saith, through the prophet Ezekiel, “What mean ye, that
         ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,
         The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s
15    teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God,
         ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb
         in Israel.”

         Are material things real when they are harmonious, and
         do they disappear only to the natural sense? Does this
20    Scripture, “Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have
         need of all these things” imply that Spirit takes note of
         matter?

         The Science of Mind, as well as the material unii
         verse, shows that nothing which is material is in
35    perpetual harmony. Matter is manifest mortal mind,
         and it exists only to material sense. Real sensation
         is not material; it is, and must be, mental: and Mind
         is not mortal, it is immortal. Being is God, infinite
         Spirit; therefore it cannot cognize aught material, or
30    outside of infinity.

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1      the reality of matter, or that God is conscious of it.
         The so-called material body is said to suffer, but this
         supposition is proven erroneous when Mind casts out
         the suffering. The Scripture saith, “Whom the Lord
5      loveth He chasteneth;” and again, “He doth not
         afflict willingly.” Interpreted materially, these pas-
         sages conflict; they mingle the testimony of immor-
         tal Science with mortal sense; but once discern their
         spiritual meaning, and it separates the false sense from
10    the true, and establishes the reality of what is spiritual,
         and the unreality of materiality.

         Law is never material: it is always mental and moral,
         and a commandment to the wise. The foolish disobey
         moral law, and are punished. Human wisdom therefore
15    can get no farther than to say, He knoweth that we have
         need of experience. Belief fulfils the conditions of a be-
         lief, and these conditions destroy the belief. Hence the
         verdict of experience: We have need of these things; we
         have need to know that the so-called pleasures and pains
20    of matter—yea, that all subjective states of false sensa-
         tion—are unreal.

         “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
         That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when
         the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory,
25    ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
         twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt. xix. 28.) What is meant
         by regeneration?

         It is the appearing of divine law to human under-
         standing; the spiritualization that comes from spiritual
30    sense in contradistinction to the testimony of the so-
         called material senses. The phenomena of Spirit in


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1      Christian Science, and the divine correspondence of
         noumenon and phenomenon understood, are here signi-
         fied. This new-born sense subdues not only the false
         sense of generation, but the human will, and the un-
5      natural enmity of mortal man toward God. It quickly
         imparts a new apprehension of the true basis of being,
         and the spiritual foundation for the affections which en-
         throne the Son of man in the glory of his Father; and
         judges, through the stern mandate of Science, all human
10    systems of etiology and teleology.

         If God does not recognize matter, how did Jesus, who was
         “the way, the truth, and the life,” cognize it?

         Christ Jesus’ sense of matter was the opposite of that
         which mortals entertain: his nativity was a spiritual and
15    immortal sense of the ideal world. His earthly mission
         was to translate substance into its original meaning,
         Mind. He walked upon the waves; he turned the water
         into wine; he healed the sick and the sinner; he raised
         the dead, and rolled away the stone from the door of his
20    own tomb. His demonstration of Spirit virtually van-
         quished matter and its supposed laws. Walking the
         wave, he proved the fallacy of the theory that matter is
         substance; healing through Mind, he removed any sup-
         position that matter is intelligent, or can recognize or
25    express pain and pleasure. His triumph over the grave
         was an everlasting victory for Life; it demonstrated the
         lifelessness of matter, and the power and permanence
         of Spirit. He met and conquered the resistance of the
         world.

30    If you will admit, with me, that matter is neither
         substance, intelligence, nor Life, you may have all that


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1      is left of it; and you will have touched the hem of the
         garment of Jesus’ idea of matter, Christ was “the way;”
         since Life and Truth were the way that gave us, through
         a human person, a spiritual revelation of man’s possible
5      earthly development.

         Why do you insist that there is but one Soul, and that
         Soul is not in the body?

         First: I urge this fundamental fact and grand verity
         of Christian Science, because it includes a rule that must
10    be understood, or it is impossible to demonstrate the Sci-
         ence. Soul is a synonym of Spirit, and God is Spirit.
         There is but one God, and the infinite is not within the
         finite; hence Soul is one, and is God; and God is not in
         matter or the mortal body.

15    Second: Because Soul is a term for Deity, and this
         term should seldom be employed except where the word
         God can be used and make complete sense. The word
         Soul may sometimes be used metaphorically; but if this
         term is warped to signify human quality, a substitution
20    of sense for soul clears the meaning, and assists one to
         understand Christian Science. Mary’s exclamation,
         “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” is rendered in Sci-
         ence, “My spiritual sense doth magnify the Lord;”
         for the name of Deity used in that place does not bring
25    out the meaning of the passage. It was evidently an
         illuminated sense through which she discovered the
         spiritual origin of man. “The soul that sinneth, it shall
         die,” means, that mortal man (alias material sense) that
         sinneth, shall die; and the commonly accepted view is
30    that soul is deathless. Soul is the divine Mind,—for
         Soul cannot be formed or brought forth by human


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1      thought,—and must proceed from God; hence it must
         be sinless, and destitute of self-created or derived capacity
         to sin.

         Third: Jesus said, “If a man keep my saying, he
5      shall never see death.” This statement of our Master
         is true, and remains to be demonstrated; for it is the
         ultimatum of Christian Science; but this immortal saying
         can never be tested or proven true upon a false premise,
         such as the mortal belief that soul is in body, and life
10    and intelligence are in matter. That doctrine is not
         theism, but pantheism. According to human belief the
         bodies of mortals are mortal, but they contain immortal
         souls! hence these bodies must die for these souls to
         escape and be immortal. The theory that death must
15    occur, to set a human soul free from its environments,
         is rendered void by Jesus’ divine declaration, who spake
         as never man spake,—and no man can rationally reject
         his authority on this subject and accept it on other topics
         less important.

20    Now, exchange the term soul for sense whenever this
         word means the so-called soul in the body, and you will
         find the right meaning indicated. The misnamed human
         soul is material sense, which sinneth and shall die; for
         it is an error or false sense of mentality in matter, and
25    matter has no sense. You will admit that Soul is the
         Life of man. Now if Soul sinned, it would die; for “the
         wages of sin is death.” The Scripture saith, “When
         Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
         appear with him in glory.” The Science of Soul, Spirit,
30    involves this appearing, and is essential to the fulfilment
         of this glorious prophecy of the master Metaphysician,
         who overcame the last enemy, death.


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1      Did the salvation of the eunuch depend merely on his
         believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God?

         It did; but this believing was more than faith in the
         fact that Jesus was the Messiah. Here the verb believe
5      took its original meaning, namely, to be firm,—yea, to
         understand those great truths asserted of the Messiah:
         it meant to discern and consent to that infinite demand
         made upon the eunuch in those few words of the apostle.
         Philip’s requirement was, that he should not only ac-
10    knowledge the incarnation,—God made manifest through
         man,—but even the eternal unity of man and God, as
         the divine Principle and spiritual idea; which is the in-
         dissoluble bond of union, the power and presence, in
         divine Science, of Life, Truth, and Love, to support their
15    ideal man. This is the Father’s great Love that He
         hath bestowed upon us, and it holds man in endless
         Life and one eternal round of harmonious being. It
         guides him by Truth that knows no error, and with
         supersensual, impartial, and unquenchable Love. To
20    believe is to be firm. In adopting all this vast idea of
         Christ Jesus, the eunuch was to know in whom he be-
         lieved. To believe thus was to enter the spiritual sanctuary
         of Truth, and there learn, in divine Science, somewhat
         of the All-Father-Mother God. It was to understand
25    God and man: it was sternly to rebuke the mortal
         belief that man has fallen away from his first estate; that
         man, made in God’s own likeness, and reflecting Truth,
         could fall into mortal error; or, that man is the father
         of man. It was to enter unshod the Holy of Holies, where
30    the miracle of grace appears, and where the miracles of
         Jesus had their birth,—healing the sick, casting out
         evils, and resurrecting the human sense to the belief


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1      that Life, God, is not buried in matter. This is the spirit-
         ual dawn of the Messiah, and the overture of the
         angels. This is when God is made manifest in the
         flesh, and thus it destroys all sense of sin, sickness, and
5      death,—when the brightness of His glory encompasseth
         all being.

         Can Christian Science Mind-healing be taught to those
         who are absent?

         The Science of Mind-healing can no more be taught
10    thus, than can science in any other direction. I know
         not how to teach either Euclid or the Science of Mind
         silently; and never dreamed that either of these partook
         of the nature of occultism, magic, alchemy, or necro-
         mancy. These “ways that are vain” are the inventions
15    of animal magnetism, which would deceive, if possible,
         the very elect. We will charitably hope, however, that
         some people employ the et cetera of ignorance and self-
         conceit unconsciously, in their witless ventilation of false
         statements and claims. Misguiding the public mind and
20    taking its money in exchange for this abuse, has become
         too common: we will hope it is the froth of error passing
         off; and that Christian Science will some time appear all
         the clearer for the purification of the public thought con-
         cerning it.

25    

Has man fallen from a state of perfection?

         If God is the Principle of man (and He is), man is the
         idea of God; and this idea cannot fail to express the ex-
         act nature of its Principle,—any more than goodness,
         to present the quality of good. Human hypotheses are
30    always human vagaries, formulated views antagonistic


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1      to the divine order and the nature of Deity. All these
         mortal beliefs will be purged and dissolved in the cru-
         cible of Truth, and the places once knowing them will
         know them no more forever, having been swept clean
5      by the winds of history. The grand verities of Science
         will sift the chaff from the wheat, until it is clear to hu-
         man comprehension that man was, and is, God’s perfect
         likeness, that reflects all whereby we can know God. In
         Him we live, move, and have being. Man’s origin and
10    existence being in Him, man is the ultimatum of per-
         fection, and by no means the medium of imperfection.
         Immortal man is the eternal idea of Truth, that cannot
         lapse into a mortal belief or error concerning himself
         and his origin: he cannot get out of the focal distance of
15    infinity. If God is upright and eternal, man as His like-
         ness is erect in goodness and perpetual in Life, Truth,
         and Love. If the great cause is perfect, its effect is per-
         fect also; and cause and effect in Science are immutable
         and immortal. A mortal who is sinning, sick, and dying,
20    is not immortal man; and never was, and never can be,
         God’s image and likeness, the true ideal of immortal
         man’s divine Principle. The spiritual man is that per-
         fect and unfallen likeness, coexistent and coeternal with
         God. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be
25    made alive.”

         What course should Christian Scientists take in regard
         to aiding persons brought before the courts for violation of
         medical statutes?

         Beware of joining any medical league which in any
30    way obligates you to assist—because they chance to be
         under arrest—vendors of patent pills, mesmerists,


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1      occultists, sellers of impure literature, and authors of
         spurious works on mental healing. By rendering error
         such a service, you lose much more than can be gained
         by mere unity on the single issue of opposition to unjust
5      medical laws.

         A league which obligates its members to give money
         and influence in support and defense of medical char-
         latans in general, and possibly to aid individual rights
         in a wrong direction—which Christian Science eschews
10    —should be avoided. Anybody and everybody, who
         will fight the medical faculty, can join this league. It is
         better to be friendly with cultured and conscientious
         medical men, who leave Christian Science to rise or fall
         on its own merit or demerit, than to affiliate with a wrong
15    class of people.

         Unconstitutional and unjust coercive legislation and
         laws, infringing individual rights, must be “of few days,
         and full of trouble.” The vox populi, through the provi-
         dence of God, promotes and impels all true reform; and,
20    at the best time, will redress wrongs and rectify injus-
         tice. Tyranny can thrive but feebly under our Govern-
         ment. God reigns, and will “turn and overturn” until
         right is found supreme.

         In a certain sense, we should commiserate the lot of
25    regular doctors, who, in successive generations for cen-
         turies, have planted and sown and reaped in the fields
         of what they deem pathology, hygiene, and therapeutics,
         but are now elbowed by a new school of practitioners,
         outdoing the healing of the old. The old will not patronize
30    the new school, at least not until it shall come to understand
         the medical system of the new.

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1      the broad and sure foundation of Science; and this is
         not the basis of materia medica, as some of the most skil-
         ful and scholarly physicians openly admit.

         To prevent all unpleasant and unchristian action—as
5      we drift, by right of God’s dear love, into more spiritual
         lines of life—let each society of practitioners, the matter-
         physicians and the metaphysicians, agree to disagree, and
         then patiently wait on God to decide, as surely He will,
         which is the true system of medicine.

10    Do we not see in the commonly accepted teachings of the
         day, the Christ-idea mingled with the teachings of John
         the Baptist? or, rather, Are not the last eighteen centuries
         but the footsteps of Truth being baptized of John, and com-
         ing up straightway out of the ceremonial (or ritualistic)
15    waters to receive the benediction of an honored Father, and

         afterwards to go up into the wilderness, in order to over-
         come mortal sense, before it shall go forth into all the cities
         and towns of Judea, or see many of the people from beyond
         Jordan? Now, if all this be a fair or correct view of this
20    question, why does not John hear this voice, or see the

         dove,—or has not Truth yet reached the shore?

         Every individual character, like the individual John
         the Baptist, at some date must cry in the desert of
         earthly joy; and his voice be heard divinely and
25    humanly. In the desolation of human understanding,
         divine Love hears and answers the human call for help;
         and the voice of Truth utters the divine verities of being
         which deliver mortals out of the depths of ignorance
         and vice. This is the Father’s benediction. It gives
30    lessons to human life, guides the understanding, peoples


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1      the mind with spiritual ideas, reconstructs the Judean
         religion, and reveals God and man as the Principle and
         idea of all good.

         Understanding this fact in Christian Science, brings
5      the peace symbolized by a dove; and this peace floweth
         as a river into a shoreless eternity. He who knew the
         foretelling Truth, beheld the forthcoming Truth, as it
         came up out of the baptism of Spirit, to enlighten and
         redeem mortals. Such Christians as John cognize the
10    symbols of God, reach the sure foundations of time, stand
         upon the shore of eternity, and grasp and gather—in all
         glory—what eye hath not seen.

         Is there infinite progression with man after the destruc-
         tion of mortal mind?

15    Man is the offspring and idea of the Supreme Being,
         whose law is perfect and infinite. In obedience to this
         law, man is forever unfolding the endless beatitudes of
         Being; for he is the image and likeness of infinite Life,
         Truth, and Love.

20    Infinite progression is concrete being, which finite
         mortals see and comprehend only as abstract glory. As
         mortal mind, or the material sense of life, is put off,
         the spiritual sense and Science of being is brought to
         light.

25    Mortal mind is a myth; the one Mind is immortal.
         A mythical or mortal sense of existence is consumed
         as a moth, in the treacherous glare of its own flame—
         the errors which devour it. Immortal Mind is God,
         immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith “we live,
30    and move, and have our being.” This Mind, then, is not
         subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine


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1      intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding
         man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss,
         as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible
         good.

5      In your book, Science and Health,(3) page 181, you
         say: “Every sin is the author of itself, and every
         invalid the cause of his own sufferings.” On page
182 you say: “Sickness is a growth of illusion, spring-
         ing from a seed of thought,—either your own thought
10    or another’s.” Will you please explain this seeming
         contradiction?

         No person can accept another’s belief, except it be
         with the consent of his own belief. If the error which
         knocks at the door of your own thought originated in
15    another’s mind, you are a free moral agent to reject or
         to accept this error; hence, you are the arbiter of your
         own fate, and sin is the author of sin. In the words
         of our Master, you are “a liar, and the father of it
         [the lie].”

20    Why did Jesus call himself “the Son of man”?

         In the life of our Lord, meekness was as conspicuous
         as might. In John xvii. he declared his sonship with
         God: “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his
         eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come;
25    glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.”
         The hour had come for the avowal of this great truth,
         and for the proof of his eternal Life and sonship. Jesus’


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1      wisdom ofttimes was shown by his forbearing to speak,
         as well as by speaking, the whole truth. Haply he waited
         for a preparation of the human heart to receive start-
         ling announcements. This wisdom, which character-
5      ized his sayings, did not prophesy his death, and thereby
         hasten or permit it.

         The disciples and prophets thrust disputed points on
         minds unprepared for them. This cost them their lives,
         and the world’s temporary esteem; but the prophecies
10    were fulfilled, and their motives were rewarded by
         growth and more spiritual understanding, which dawns
         by degrees on mortals. The spiritual Christ was infal-
         lible; Jesus, as material manhood, was not Christ. The
         “man of sorrows” knew that the man of joys, his spiritual
15    self, or Christ, was the Son of God; and that the mor-
         tal mind, not the immortal Mind, suffered. The human
         manifestation of the Son of God was called the Son of
         man, or Mary’s son.

         Please explain Paul’s meaning in the text, “For to me
20    to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

         The Science of Life, overshadowing Paul’s sense of
         life in matter, so far extinguished the latter as forever
         to quench his love for it. The discipline of the flesh is
         designed to turn one, like a weary traveller, to the home
25    of Love. To lose error thus, is to live in Christ, Truth.
         A true sense of the falsity of material joys and sorrows,
         pleasures and pains, takes them away, and teaches Life’s
         lessons aright. The transition from our lower sense of
         Life to a new and higher sense thereof, even though it be
30    through the door named death, yields a clearer and
         nearer sense of Life to those who have utilized the present,


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1      and are ripe for the harvest-home. To the battle-
         worn and weary Christian hero, Life eternal brings
         blessings.

         Is a Christian Scientist ever sick, and has he who is
5      sick been regenerated?

         The Christian Scientist learns spiritually all that he
         knows of Life, and demonstrates what he understands.
         God is recognized as the divine Principle of his being,
         and of every thought and act leading to good. His pur-
10    pose must be right, though his power is temporarily lim-
         ited. Perfection, the goal of existence, is not won in a
         moment; and regeneration leading thereto is gradual,
         for it culminates in the fulfilment of this divine rule in
         Science: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
15    which is in heaven is perfect.”

         The last degree of regeneration rises into the rest of
         perpetual, spiritual, individual existence. The first
         feeble fluttering of mortals Christward are infantile
         and more or less imperfect. The new-born Christian
20    Scientist must mature, and work out his own salvation.
         Spirit and flesh antagonize. Temptation, that mist of
         mortal mind which seems to be matter and the environ-
         ment of mortals, suggests pleasure and pain in matter;
         and, so long as this temptation lasts, the warfare is not
25    ended and the mortal is not regenerated. The pleas-
         ures—more than the pains—of sense, retard regenera-
         tion; for pain compels human consciousness to escape
         from sense into the immortality and harmony of Soul.
         Disease in error, more than ease in it, tends to destroy
30    error: the sick often are thereby led to Christ, Truth,
         and to learn their way out of both sickness and sin.


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1      The material and physical are imperfect. The in-
         dividual and spiritual are perfect; these have no fleshly
         nature. This final degree of regeneration is saving, and
         the Christian will, must, attain it; but it doth not yet
5      appear. Until this be attained, the Christian Scientist
         must continue to strive with sickness, sin, and death—
         though in lessening degrees—and manifest growth at
         every experience.

         Is it correct to say of material objects, that they are noth-
10    ing and exist only in imagination?

         Nothing and something are words which need correct
         definition. They either mean formations of indefinite
         and vague human opinions, or scientific classifications
         of the unreal and the real. My sense of the beauty of
15    the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is some-
         thing to be desired. Earth is more spiritually beautiful
         to my gaze now than when it was more earthly to the
         eyes of Eve. The pleasant sensations of human belief,
         of form and color, must be spiritualized, until we gain the
20    glorified sense of substance as in the new heaven and
         earth, the harmony of body and Mind.

         Even the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and
         utility is something that defies a sneer. It is more than
         imagination. It is next to divine beauty and the gran-
25    deur of Spirit. It lives with our earth-life, and is
         the subjective state of high thoughts. The atmos-
         phere of mortal mind constitutes our mortal envi-
         ronment. What mortals hear, see, feel, taste, smell,
         constitutes their present earth and heaven: but we must
30    grow out of even this pleasing thraldom, and find wings
         to reach the glory of supersensible Life; then we shall


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1      soar above, as the bird in the clear ether of the blue tem-
         poral sky.

         To take all earth’s beauty into one gulp of vacuity
         and label beauty nothing, is ignorantly to caricature
5      God’s creation, which is unjust to human sense and
         to the divine realism. In our immature sense of spirit-
         ual things, let us say of the beauties of the sensuous
         universe: “I love your promise; and shall know, some
         time, the spiritual reality and substance of form, light,
10    and color, of what I now through you discern dimly; and
         knowing this, I shall be satisfied. Matter is a frail con-
         ception of mortal mind; and mortal mind is a poorer
         representative of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the
         immortal Mind.”

15    Please inform us through your Journal; if you sent
         Mrs. —— to ——. She said that you sent her there to look
         after the students; and also, that no one there was working
         in Science,—which is certainly a mistake.

         I never commission any one to teach students of mine.
20    After class teaching, he does best in the investigation of
         Christian Science who is most reliant on himself and
         God. My students are taught the divine Principle and
         rules of the Science of Mind-healing. What they need
         thereafter is to study thoroughly the Scriptures and
25    “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” To
         watch and pray, to be honest, earnest, loving, and truth-
         ful, is indispensable to the demonstration of the truth
         they have been taught.

         If they are haunted by obsequious helpers, who, un-
30    called for, imagine they can help anybody and steady
         God’s altar—this interference prolongs the struggle


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1      and tends to blight the fruits of my students. A faith-
         ful student may even sometimes feel the need of
         physical help, and occasionally receive it from others;
         but the less this is required, the better it is for that
5      student.

         Please give us, through your Journal, the name of
         the author of that genuine critique in the September
         number, “What Quibus Thinks.”

         I am pleased to inform this inquirer, that the author
10    of the article in question is a Boston gentleman whose
         thought is appreciated by many liberals. Patience, ob-
         servation, intellectual culture, reading, writing, exten-
         sive travel, and twenty years in the pulpit, have equipped
         him as a critic who knows whereof he speaks. His allu-
15    sion to Christian Science in the following paragraph,
         glows in the shadow of darkling criticism like a mid-
         night sun. Its manly honesty follows like a benediction
         after prayer, and closes the task of talking to deaf ears
         and dull debaters.

20    “We have always insisted that this Science is natural,
         spiritually natural; that Jesus was the highest type of
         real nature; that Christian healing is supernatural, or
         extra-natural, only to those who do not enter into its
         sublimity or understand its modes—as imported ice
25    was miraculous to the equatorial African, who had never
         seen water freeze.”

         Is it right for a Scientist to treat with a doctor?

         This depends upon what kind of a doctor it is. Mind-
         healing, and healing with drugs, are opposite modes of
30    medicine. As a rule, drop one of these doctors when you


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1      employ the other. The Scripture saith, “No man can
         serve two masters;” and, “Every kingdom divided
         against itself is brought to desolation.”

         If Scientists are called upon to care for a member of
5      the family, or a friend in sickness, who is employing a

         regular physician, would it be right to treat this patient
         at all; and ought the patient to follow the doctor’s
         directions?

         When patients are under material medical treatment,
10    it is advisable in most cases that Scientists do not treat
         them, or interfere with materia medica. If the patient
         is in peril, and you save him or alleviate his sufferings,
         although the medical attendant and friends have no
         faith in your method, it is humane, and not unchristian,
15    to do him all the good you can; but your good will gen-
         erally “be evil spoken of.” The hazard of casting “pearls
         before swine” caused our Master to refuse help to some
         who sought his aid; and he left this precaution for
         others.

20    If mortal man is unreal, how can he be saved, and why
         does he need to be saved? I ask for information, not for
         controversy, for I am a seeker after Truth.

         You will find the proper answer to this question in
         my published works. Man is immortal. Mortal man
25    is a false concept that is not spared or prolonged by being
         saved from itself, from whatever is false. This salva-
         tion means: saved from error, or error overcome. Im-
         mortal man, in God’s likeness, is safe in divine Science.
         Mortal man is saved on this divine Principle, if he will
30    only avail himself of the efficacy of Truth, and recog-


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1      nize his Saviour. He must know that God is omnipo-
         tent; hence, that sin is impotent. He must know that
         the power of sin is the pleasure in sin. Take away this
         pleasure, and you remove all reality from its power. Jesus
5      demonstrated sin and death to be powerless. This
         practical Truth saves from sin, and will save all who
         understand it.

         Is it wrong for a wife to have a husband treated for
         sin, when she knows he is sinning, or for drinking and
10    smoking?

         It is always right to act rightly; but sometimes, under
         circumstances exceptional, it is inexpedient to attack
         evil. This rule is forever golden: “As ye would that
         men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Do you
15    desire to be freed from sin? Then help others to be free;
         but in your measures, obey the Scriptures, “Be ye wise
         as serpents.” Break the yoke of bondage in every wise
         way. First, be sure that your means for doing good
         are equal to your motives; then judge them by their
20    fruits.

         If not ordained, shall the pastor of the Church of
         Christ, Scientist, administer the communion,—and
         shall members of a church not organized receive the
         communion?

25    Our great Master administered to his disciples the
         Passover, or last supper, without this prerogative being
         conferred by a visible organization and ordained priest-
         hood. His spiritually prepared breakfast, after his
         resurrection, and after his disciples had left their nets
30    to follow him, is the spiritual communion which Chris-


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1      tian Scientists celebrate in commemoration of the Christ.
         This ordinance is significant as a type of the true worship,
         and it should be observed at present in our churches.

         It is not indispensable to organize materially Christ’s
5      church. It is not absolutely necessary to ordain pas-
         tors and to dedicate churches; but if this be done,
         let it be in concession to the period, and not as a per-
         petual or indispensable ceremonial of the church. If
         our church is organized, it is to meet the demand,
10    “Suffer it to be so now.” The real Christian compact
         is love for one another. This bond is wholly spiritual
         and inviolate.

         It is imperative, at all times and under every cir-
         cumstance, to perpetuate no ceremonials except as
15    types of these mental conditions,—remembrance and
         love; a real affection for Jesus’ character and example.
         Be it remembered, that all types employed in the ser-
         vice of Christian Science should represent the most spir-
         itual forms of thought and worship that can be made
20    visible.

         Should not the teacher of Christian Science have our
         textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,”
         in his schoolroom and teach from it?

         I never dreamed, until informed thereof, that a loyal
25    student did not take his textbook with him into the class-
         room, ask questions from it, answer them according to
         it, and, as occasion required, read from the book as au-
         thority for what he taught. I supposed that students
         had followed my example, and that of other teachers,
30    sufficiently to do this, and also to require their pupils to
         study the lessons before recitations.


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1      To omit these important points is anomalous, con-
         sidering the necessity for understanding Science, and
         the present liability of deviating from Christian Science.
         Centuries will intervene before the statement of the inex-
5      haustible topics of that book become sufficiently under-
         stood to be absolutely demonstrated. The teacher of
         Christian Science needs continually to study this textbook.
         His work is to replenish thought, and to spiritualize human
         life, from this open fount of Truth and Love.

10    He who sees most clearly and enlightens other minds
         most readily, keeps his own lamp trimmed and burning.
         He will take the textbook of Christian Science into his
         class, repeat the questions in the chapter on Recapitula-
         tion, and his students will answer them from the same
15    source. Throughout his entire explanations, the teacher
         should strictly adhere to the questions and answers con-
         tained in that chapter of “Science and Health with Key
         to the Scriptures.” It is important to point out the
         lesson to the class, and to require the students thor-
20    oughly to study it before the recitations; for this spirit-
         ualizes their thoughts. When closing his class, the
         teacher should require each member to own a copy of
         the above-named book and to continue the study of this
         textbook.

25    The opinions of men cannot be substituted for God’s
         revelation. It must not be forgotten that in times past,
         arrogant ignorance and pride, in attempting to steady
         the ark of Truth, have dimmed the power and glory of
         the Scriptures, to which this Christian Science textbook
30    is the Key.

         That teacher does most for his students who most
         divests himself of pride and self, spiritualizes his own


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1      thought, and by reason thereof is able to empty his stu-
         dents’ minds, that they may be filled with Truth.

         Beloved students, so teach that posterity shall call
         you blessed, and the heart of history shall be made
5      glad!

         Can fear or sin bring back old beliefs of disease that have
         been healed by Christian Science?

         The Scriptures plainly declare the allness and oneness
         of God to be the premises of Truth, and that God is
10    good: in Him dwelleth no evil. Christian Science au-
         thorizes the logical conclusion drawn from the Scriptures,
         that there is in reality none besides the eternal, infinite
         God, good. Evil is temporal: it is the illusion of time
         and mortality.

15    This being true, sin has no power; and fear, its coeval,
         is without divine authority. Science sanctions only what
         is supported by the unerring Principle of being. Sin can
         do nothing: all cause and effect are in God. Fear is a
         belief of sensation in matter: this belief is neither main-
20    tained by Science nor supported by facts, and exists only
         as fable. Your answer is, that neither fear nor sin can
         bring on disease or bring back disease, since there is in
         reality no disease.

         Bear in mind, however, that human consciousness does
25    not test sin and the fact of its nothingness, by believing
         that sin is pardoned without repentance and reforma-
         tion. Sin punishes itself, because it cannot go unpun-
         ished either here or hereafter. Nothing is more fatal than
         to indulge a sinning sense or consciousness for even one
30    moment. Knowing this, obey Christ’s Sermon on the
         Mount, even if you suffer for it in the first instance,—


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1      are misjudged and maligned; in the second, you will
         reign with him.

         I never knew a person who knowingly indulged evil,
         to be grateful; to understand me, or himself. He must
5      first see himself and the hallucination of sin; then he
         must repent, and love good in order to understand God.
         The sinner and the sin are the twain that are one flesh,—
         but which God hath not joined together.




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