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Chapter 6 — Science, Theology, Medicine

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         But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached
         of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither
         was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

         The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman
         took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole
         was leavened.

Christian Science discovered

1      In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or
         divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and
3      named my discovery Christian Science. God
         had been graciously preparing me during many
         years for the reception of this final revelation of the ab-
6      solute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.

Mission of Christian Science

         This apodictical Principle points to the revelation of
         Immanuel, “God with us,” — the sovereign ever-pres-
9      ence, delivering the children of men from
         every ill “that flesh is heir to.” Through
         Christian Science, religion and medicine are
12    inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions
         are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts ac-
         quaint themselves intelligently with God.

Discontent with life

15    Feeling so perpetually the false consciousness that life
         inheres in the body, yet remembering that in
         reality God is our Life, we may well tremble
18    in the prospect of those days in which we must say, “I
         have no pleasure in them.”

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1      Whence came to me this heavenly conviction, — a con-
         viction antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses?
3      According to St. Paul, it was “the gift of the grace of
         God given unto me by the effectual working of His power.”
         It was the divine law of Life and Love, unfolding to me
6      the demonstrable fact that matter possesses neither sen-
         sation nor life; that human experiences show the falsity
         of all material things; and that immortal cravings, “the
9      price of learning love,” establish the truism that the
         only sufferer is mortal mind, for the divine Mind cannot

Demonstrable evidence

12    My conclusions were reached by allowing the evidence
         of this revelation to multiply with mathematical certainty
         and the lesser demonstration to prove the
15    greater, as the product of three multiplied by
         three, equalling nine, proves conclusively that three times
         three duodecillions must be nine duodecillions, — not
18    a fraction more, not a unit less.

Light shining in darkness

         When apparently near the confines of mortal existence,
         standing already within the shadow of the death-valley,
21    I learned these truths in divine Science: that
         all real being is in God, the divine Mind, and
         that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-
24    present; that the opposite of Truth, — called error, sin,
         sickness, disease, death, — is the false testimony of false
         material sense, of mind in matter; that this false sense
27    evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which
         this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting
         out the true sense of Spirit.

New lines of thought

30    My discovery, that erring, mortal, misnamed
         mind produces all the organism and action of
         the mortal body, set my thoughts to work in new channels,

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1      and led up to my demonstration of the proposition that
         Mind is All and matter is naught as the leading factor in
3      Mind-science.

Scientific evidence

         Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind
         is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind
6      and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen
         to be supported by sensible evidence, until its
         divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and
9      thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen,
         no other conclusion can be reached.

Solitary research

         For three years after my discovery, I sought the solu-
12    tion of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scrip-
         tures and read little else, kept aloof from so-
         ciety, and devoted time and energies to dis-
15    covering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and
         buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew
         the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God,
18    and that cures were produced in primitive Christian
         healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the
         Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute
21    conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and dem-
         onstration. The revelation of Truth in the understand-
         ing came to me gradually and apparently through divine
24    power. When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the
         prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled:
         “Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be
27    called Wonderful.”

         Jesus once said of his lessons: “My doctrine is not
         mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will,
30    he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or
         whether I speak of myself.” (John vii. 16,17.)

God’s allness learned

         The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omni-

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1      presence, omniscience, — Spirit possessing all power,
         filling all space, constituting all Science, — contradict
3      forever the belief that matter can be actual.
         These eternal verities reveal primeval exist-
         ence as the radiant reality of God’s creation,
6      in which all that He has made is pronounced by His wis-
         dom good.

         Thus it was that I beheld, as never before, the awful
9      unreality called evil. The equipollence of God brought
         to light another glorious proposition, — man’s perfecti-
         bility and the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on
12    earth.

Scriptural foundations

         In following these leadings of scientific revelation,
         the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were
15    illumined; reason and revelation were recon-
         ciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian
         Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue
18    taught me the Science contained in this book, Science
         and Health; and neither tongue nor pen can over-
         throw it. This book may be distorted by shallow criti-
21    cism or by careless or malicious students, and its ideas
         may be temporarily abused and misrepresented; but the
         Science and truth therein will forever remain to be dis-
24    cerned and demonstrated.

The demonstration lost and found

         Jesus demonstrated the power of Christian Science to
         heal mortal minds and bodies. But this power was lost
27    sight of, and must again be spiritually dis-
         cerned, taught, and demonstrated according
         to Christ’s command, with “signs following.”
30    Its Science must be apprehended by as many as believe
         on Christ and spiritually understand Truth.

Mystical antagonists

         No analogy exists between the vague hypotheses of

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1      agnosticism, pantheism, theosophy, spiritualism, or
         millenarianism and the demonstrable truths of Chris-
3      tian Science; and I find the will, or sensuous
         reason of the human mind, to be opposed to
         the divine Mind as expressed through divine Science.

Optical illustration of Science

6      Christian Science is natural, but not physical. The
         Science of God and man is no more supernatural than
         is the science of numbers, though departing
9      from the realm of the physical, as the Science
         of God, Spirit, must, some may deny its right to
         the name of Science. The Principle of divine metaphysics
12    is God; the practice of divine metaphysics is the utiliza-
         tion of the power of Truth over error; its rules demon-
         strate its Science. Divine metaphysics reverses perverted
15    and physical hypotheses as to Deity, even as the ex-
         planation of optics rejects the incidental or inverted
         image and shows what this inverted image is meant to
18    represent.

Pertinent proposal

         A prize of one hundred pounds, offered in Oxford Uni-
         versity, England, for the best essay on Natural Science,
21    — an essay calculated to offset the tendency of
         the age to attribute physical effects to physical
         causes rather than to a final spiritual cause, — is one of
24    many incidents which show that Christian Science meets
         a yearning of the human race for spirituality.

Confirmatory tests

         After a lengthy examination of my discovery and its
27    demonstration in healing the sick, this fact became evi-
         dent to me, — that Mind governs the body,
         not partially but wholly. I submitted my
30    metaphysical system of treating disease to the broad-
         est practical tests. Since then this system has gradually
         gained ground, and has proved itself, whenever scien-

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1      tifically employed, to be the most effective curative agent
         in medical practice.

One school of Truth

3      Is there more than one school of Christian Science?
         Christian Science is demonstrable. There can, there-
         fore, be but one method in its teaching. Those who de-
6      part from this method forfeit their claims to
         belong to its school, and they become adher-
         ents of the Socratic, the Platonic, the Spencerian, or some
9      other school. By this is meant that they adopt and ad-
         here to some particular system of human opinions. Al-
         though these opinions may have occasional gleams of
12    divinity, borrowed from that truly divine Science which
         eschews man-made systems, they nevertheless remain
         wholly human in their origin and tendency and are not
15    scientifically Christian.

Unchanging Principle

         From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one
         Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude
18    come spiritual rules, laws, and their demon-
         stration, which, like the great Giver, are “the
         same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;” for thus are
21    the divine Principle of healing and the Christ-idea charac-
         terized in the epistle to the Hebrews.

On sandy foundations

         Any theory of Christian Science, which departs from
24    what has already been stated and proved to be true, af-
         fords no foundation upon which to establish
         a genuine school of this Science. Also, if any
27    so-called new school claims to be Christian Science, and
         yet uses another author’s discoveries without giving that
         author proper credit, such a school is erroneous, for it
30    inculcates a breach of that divine commandment in the
         Hebrew Decalogue, “Thou shalt not steal.”

Principle and practice

         God is the Principle of divine metaphysics. As there

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1      is but one God, there can be but one divine Principle of
         all Science; and there must be fixed rules for the demon-
3      stration of this divine Principle. The letter
         of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day,
         but its spirit comes only in small degrees. The vital part,
6      the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. With-
         out this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, –
         pulseless, cold, inanimate.

Reversible propositions

9      The fundamental propositions of divine metaphysics
         are summarized in the four following, to me, self-evident
         propositions. Even if reversed, these proposi-
12    tions will be found to agree in statement and
         proof, showing mathematically their exact relation to
         Truth. De Quincey says mathematics has not a foot to
15    stand upon which is not purely metaphysical.

         1. God is All-in-all.
         2. God is good. Good is Mind.
18    3. God, Spirit, being all, nothing is matter.
         4. Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death, evil, sin,
         disease. — Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipo-
21    tent God, Life.

         Which of the denials in proposition four is true? Both
         are not, cannot be, true. According to the Scripture,
24    I find that God is true, “but every [mortal] man a

Metaphysical inversions

         The divine metaphysics of Christian Science, like the
27    method in mathematics, proves the rule by inversion.
         For example: There is no pain in Truth, and
         no truth in pain; no nerve in Mind, and no
30    mind in nerve; no matter in Mind, and no mind in mat-
         ter; no matter in Life, and no life in matter; no matter
         in good, and no good in matter.

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Definition of mortal mind

1      Usage classes both evil and good together as mind;
         therefore, to be understood, the author calls sick and sin-
3      ful humanity mortal mind, — meaning by this
         term the flesh opposed to Spirit, the human
         mind and evil in contradistinction to the divine Mind, or
6      Truth and good. The spiritually unscientific definition
         of mind is based on the evidence of the physical senses,
         which makes minds many and calls mind both human and
9      divine.

         In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phe-
         nomena, God and His thoughts.

Imperfect terminology

12    Mortal mind is a solecism in language, and involves an
         improper use of the word mind. As Mind is immortal,
         the phrase mortal mind implies something un-
15    true and therefore unreal; and as the phrase
         is used in teaching Christian Science, it is meant to
         designate that which has no real existence. Indeed, if
18    a better word or phrase could be suggested, it would
         be used; but in expressing the new tongue we must
         sometimes recur to the old and imperfect, and the new
21    wine of the Spirit has to be poured into the old bottles of
         the letter.

Causation mental

         Christian Science explains all cause and effect as men-
24    tal, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and
         body. It shows the scientific relation of man
         to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities
27    of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine
         Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmoni-
         ous, and eternal. Science shows that what is termed mat-
30    ter
is but the subjective state of what is termed by the
         author mortal mind.

Philological inadequacy

         Apart from the usual opposition to everything new,

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1      the one great obstacle to the reception of that spiritual-
         ity, through which the understanding of Mind-science
3      comes, is the inadequacy of material terms for
         metaphysical statements, and the consequent
         difficulty of so expressing metaphysical ideas as to make
6      them comprehensible to any reader, who has not person-
         ally demonstrated Christian Science as brought forth in
         my discovery. Job says: “The ear trieth words, as the
9      mouth tasteth meat.” The great difficulty is to give the
         right impression, when translating material terms back
         into the original spiritual tongue.


Divine synonyms

         GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love,
         Soul, Spirit, Mind.

Divine image

15    MAN: God’s spiritual idea, individual, per-
         fect, eternal.

Divine reflection

         IDEA: An image in Mind; the immediate
18    object of understanding. — Webster.


First Degree: Depravity.


21    PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear,
         depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, de-
         ceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease,
24    death.

Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.

Transitional qualities

         MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, com-
         passion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.

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1      Third Degree: Understanding.


         SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding,
3      spiritual power, love, health, holiness.

Spiritual universe

         In the third degree mortal mind disappears, and man as
         God’s image appears. Science so reverses the evidence
6      before the corporeal human senses, as to make
         this Scriptural testimony true in our hearts,
         “The last shall be first, and the first last,” so that God
9      and His idea may be to us what divinity really is and
         must of necessity be, — all-inclusive.

Aim of Science

         A correct view of Christian Science and of its adapta-
12    tion to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen.
         Works on metaphysics leave the grand point
         untouched. They never crown the power of
15    Mind as the Messiah, nor do they carry the day against
         physical enemies, — even to the extinction of all belief in
         matter, evil, disease, and death, — nor insist upon the fact
18    that God is all, therefore that matter is nothing beyond an
         image in mortal mind.

Divine personality

         Christian Science strongly emphasizes the thought that
21    God is not corporeal, but incorporeal, — that is,
         bodiless. Mortals are corporeal, but God is

24    As the words person and personal are commonly and
         ignorantly employed, they often lead, when applied to
         Deity, to confused and erroneous conceptions of divinity
27    and its distinction from humanity. If the term personality,
         as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is
         infinite Person, — in the sense of infinite personality, but
30    not in the lower sense. An infinite Mind in a finite form
         is an absolute impossibility.

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1      The term individuality is also open to objections, be-
         cause an individual may be one of a series, one of many,
3      as an individual man, an individual horse; whereas God
         is One, — not one of a series, but one alone and without
         an equal.

Spiritual language

6      God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit must
         be, and is, spiritual. Christian Science attaches no physi-
         cal nature and significance to the Supreme
9      Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do
         this. God’s essential language is spoken of in the last
         chapter of Mark’s Gospel as the new tongue, the spir-
12    itual meaning of which is attained through “signs

The miracles of Jesus

         Ear hath not heard, nor hath lip spoken, the pure lan-
15    guage of Spirit. Our Master taught spirituality by simili-
         tudes and parables. As a divine student he
         unfolded God to man, illustrating and demon-
18    strating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over
         the sick and sinning. Human theories are inadequate to
         interpret the divine Principle involved in the miracles
21    (marvels) wrought by Jesus and especially in his mighty,
         crowning, unparalleled, and triumphant exit from the

Opacity of the senses

24    Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relates
         solely to human reason; and because of opaci-
         ty to the true light, human reason dimly re-
27    flects and feebly transmits Jesus’ works and words. Truth
         is a revelation.

Leaven of Truth

         Jesus bade his disciples beware of the leaven of the
30    Pharisees and of the Sadducees, which he de-
         fined as human doctrines. His parable of the
         “leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures

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1      of meal, till the whole was leavened,” impels the infer-
         ence that the spiritual leaven signifies the Science of Christ
3      and its spiritual interpretation, — an inference far above
         the merely ecclesiastical and formal applications of the
6      Did not this parable point a moral with a prophecy,
         foretelling the second appearing in the flesh of the
         Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the visi-
9      ble world?

         Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at work. It
         must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally
12    glorified in man’s spiritual freedom.

The divine and human contrasted

         In their spiritual significance, Science, Theology, and
         Medicine are means of divine thought, which include spirit-
15    ual laws emanating from the invisible and in-
         finite power and grace. The parable may
         import that these spiritual laws, perverted by
18    a perverse material sense of law, are metaphysically pre-
         sented as three measures of meal, — that is, three modes
         of mortal thought. In all mortal forms of thought, dust
21    is dignified as the natural status of men and things, and
         modes of material motion are honored with the name of
         laws. This continues until the leaven of Spirit changes
24    the whole of mortal thought, as yeast changes the chemical
         properties of meal.

Certain contradictions

         The definitions of material law, as given by natural
27    science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against
         itself, because these definitions portray law as
         physical, not spiritual. Therefore they con-
30    tradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in
         which nature and God are one and the natural order of
         heaven comes down to earth.

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Unescapable dilemma

1      When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, —
         that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we
3      cannot really endow matter with what it does
         not and cannot possess, — we disown the Al-
         mighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They
6      either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government
         of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product
         of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and con-
9      sider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the cre-
         ator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other
         horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of
12    matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disas-
         ters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their
         source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpet-
15    ual misrule in the form and under the name of natural

God and nature

         In one sense God is identical with nature, but this na-
18    ture is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The law-
         giver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in
         death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal
21    of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is repre-
         sented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be
         regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature
24    of Spirit, God.

The sun and Soul

         In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts
         the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth
27    is in motion and the sun at rest. As astron-
         omy reverses the human perception of the
         movement of the solar system, so Christian Science re-
30    verses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes
         body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who
         is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it

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1      seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never under-
         stand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in
3      matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence.
         Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and
         man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God’s
6      image.

Reversal of testimony

         Science reverses the false testimony of the physical
         senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the funda-
9      mental facts of being. Then the question in-
         evitably arises: Is a man sick if the material
         senses indicate that he is in good health? No! for matter
12    can make no conditions for man. And is he well if the
         senses say he is sick? Yes, he is well in Science in which
         health is normal and disease is abnormal.

Health and the senses

15    Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor
         can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the sub-
         ject of health. The Science of Mind-healing
18    shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind
         to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. There-
         fore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testi-
21    mony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously
         existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and
         thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows
24    false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.

         Any conclusion pro or con, deduced from supposed sen-
         sation in matter or from matter’s supposed consciousness
27    of health or disease, instead of reversing the testimony of
         the physical senses, confirms that testimony as legitimate
         and so leads to disease.

Historic illustrations

30    When Columbus gave freer breath to the
         globe, ignorance and superstition chained the
         limbs of the brave old navigator, and disgrace and star-

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1      vation stared him in the face; but sterner still would have
         been his fate, if his discovery had undermined the favor-
3      ite inclinations of a sensuous philosophy.

         Copernicus mapped out the stellar system, and before
         he spake, astrography was chaotic, and the heavenly fields
6      were incorrectly explored.

Perennial beauty

         The Chaldean Wisemen read in the stars the fate of
         empires and the fortunes of men. Though no higher
9      revelation than the horoscope was to them dis-
         played upon the empyrean, earth and heaven
         were bright, and bird and blossom were glad in God’s
12    perennial and happy sunshine, golden with Truth. So
         we have goodness and beauty to gladden the heart; but
         man, left to the hypotheses of material sense unexplained
15    by Science, is as the wandering comet or the desolate
         star — “a weary searcher for a viewless home.”

Astronomic unfoldings

         The earth’s diurnal rotation is invisible to the physical
18    eye, and the sun seems to move from east to west, instead
         of the earth from west to east. Until rebuked
         by clearer views of the everlasting facts, this
21    false testimony of the eye deluded the judgment and in-
         duced false conclusions. Science shows appearances often
         to be erroneous, and corrects these errors by the simple
24    rule that the greater controls the lesser. The sun is the
         central stillness, so far as our solar system is concerned,
         and the earth revolves about the sun once a year, besides
27    turning daily on its own axis.

         As thus indicated, astronomical order imitates the
         action of divine Principle; and the universe, the reflec-
30    tion of God, is thus brought nearer the spiritual fact, and
         is allied to divine Science as displayed in the everlasting
         government of the universe.

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Opposing testimony

1      The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the
         real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, –
3      assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and
         death; but the great facts of Life, rightly un-
         derstood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false
6      witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, — the actual
         reign of harmony on earth. The material senses’ re-
         versal of the Science of Soul was practically exposed nine-
9      teen hundred years ago by the demonstrations of Jesus;
         yet these so-called senses still make mortal mind tributary
         to mortal body, and ordain certain sections of matter, such
12    as brain and nerves, as the seats of pain and pleasure,
         from which matter reports to this so-called mind its status
         of happiness or misery.

Testimony of the senses

15    The optical focus is another proof of the illusion of
         material sense. On the eye’s retina, sky and tree-tops
         apparently join hands, clouds and ocean meet
18    and mingle. The barometer, — that little
         prophet of storm and sunshine, denying the testimony of
         the senses, — points to fair weather in the midst of murky
21    clouds and drenching rain. Experience is full of instances
         of similar illusions, which every thinker can recall for

Spiritual sense of life

24    To material sense, the severance of the jugular vein
         takes away life; but to spiritual sense and
         in Science, Life goes on unchanged and
27    being is eternal. Temporal life is a false sense of

Ptolemaic and psychical error

         Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul
30    and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system.
         They insist that soul is in body and mind therefore tribu-
         tary to matter. Astronomical science has destroyed the

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1      false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies, and
         Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as
3      to our terrestrial bodies. The true idea and
         Principle of man will then appear. The Ptole-
         maic blunder could not affect the harmony of
6      being as does the error relating to soul and body, which
         reverses the order of Science and assigns to matter the
         power and prerogative of Spirit, so that man becomes
9      the most absolutely weak and inharmonious creature in
         the universe.

Seeming and being

         The verity of Mind shows conclusively how it is that
12    matter seems to be, but is not. Divine Science,
         rising above physical theories, excludes matter,
         resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of
15    material sense with spiritual ideas.

         The term Christian Science was introduced by
         the author to designate the scientific system of divine
18    healing.

         The revelation consists of two parts:

         1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind-
21    healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and
         through the teachings of the Comforter, as promised by
         the Master.
24    2. The proof, by present demonstration, that the so-
         called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a
         dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an
27    ever-operative divine Principle. The operation of this
         Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order
         and continuity of being.

Scientific basis

30    Christian Science differs from material sci-
         ence, but not on that account is it less scien-
         tific. On the contrary, Christian Science is pre-emi-

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1      mently scientific, being based on Truth, the Principle of
         all science.

Physical science a blind belief

3      Physical science (so-called) is human knowledge, — a
         law of mortal mind, a blind belief, a Samson shorn of his
         strength. When this human belief lacks organ-
6      izations to support it, its foundations are gone.
         Having neither moral might, spiritual basis,
         nor holy Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect
9      for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in matter,
         thus limiting Life and holding fast to discord and death.
         In a word, human belief is a blind conclusion from material
12    reasoning. This is a mortal, finite sense of things, which
         immortal Spirit silences forever.

Right interpretation

         The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science
15    from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be under-
         stood; but when explained on the basis of
         physical sense and represented as subject to
18    growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is,
         and must continue to be, an enigma.

All force mental

         Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of
21    Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support
         the equipoise of that thought-force, which
         launched the earth in its orbit and said to the
24    proud wave, “Thus far and no farther.”

         Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all
         things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and
27    creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them
         forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they
         belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this
30    Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and

Corporeal changes

         The elements and functions of the physical body and

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1      of the physical world will change as mortal mind changes
         its beliefs. What is now considered the best condition
3      for organic and functional health in the human
         body may no longer be found indispensable
         to health. Moral conditions will be found always har-
6      monious and health-giving. Neither organic inaction
         nor overaction is beyond God’s control; and man will
         be found normal and natural to changed mortal thought,
9      and therefore more harmonious in his manifestations than
         he was in the prior states which human belief created and

12    As human thought changes from one stage to an-
         other of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and
         joy, — from fear to hope and from faith to understand-
15    ing, — the visible manifestation will at last be man gov-
         erned by Soul, not by material sense. Reflecting God’s
         government, man is self-governed. When subordinate
18    to the divine Spirit, man cannot be controlled by sin or
         death, thus proving our material theories about laws of
         health to be valueless.

The time and tide

21    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and
         tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agri-
         culturist will find that these changes cannot
24    affect his crops. “As a vesture shalt Thou
         change them and they shall be changed.” The mariner
         will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great
27    deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air.
         The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, –
         he will look out from them upon the universe; and the
30    florist will find his flower before its seed.

Mortal nothingness

         Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more
         than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man

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1      through its supposed organic action or supposed exist-
         ence. Error will be no longer used in stating truth. The
3      problem of nothingness, or “dust to dust,” will
         be solved, and mortal mind will be without
         form and void, for mortality will cease when man beholds
6      himself God’s reflection, even as man sees his reflection
         in a glass.

A lack of originality

         All Science is divine. Human thought never pro-
9      jected the least portion of true being. Human belief
         has sought and interpreted in its own way
         the echo of Spirit, and so seems to have
12    reversed it and repeated it materially; but the human
         mind never produced a real tone nor sent forth a positive

Antagonistic questions

15    The point at issue between Christian Science on the
         one hand and popular theology on the other is this: Shall
         Science explain cause and effect as being
18    both natural and spiritual? Or shall all that
         is beyond the cognizance of the material senses be called
         supernatural, and be left to the mercy of speculative
21    hypotheses?

Biblical basis

         I have set forth Christian Science and its application
         to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them.
24    I have demonstrated through Mind the effects
         of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals
         of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern
27    systems on which to found my own, except the teachings
         and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of
         prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only au-
30    thority. I have had no other guide in “the straight and
         narrow way” of Truth.

Science and Christianity

         If Christendom resists the author’s application of the

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1      word Science to Christianity, or questions her use of the
         word Science, she will not therefore lose faith in Chris-
3      tianity, nor will Christianity lose its hold upon
         her. If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of
         the spiritual universe, including man, then everything
6      entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be
         comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for
         there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.

Scientific terms

9      The terms Divine Science, Spiritual Science, Christ
         Science or Christian Science, or Science alone, she em-
         ploys interchangeably, according to the re-
12    quirements of the context. These synony-
         mous terms stand for everything relating to God, the in-
         finite, supreme, eternal Mind. It may be said, however,
15    that the term Christian Science relates especially to
         Science as applied to humanity. Christian Science re-
         veals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death,
18    but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt
         from all evil. It teaches that matter is the falsity, not
         the fact, of existence; that nerves, brain, stomach, lungs,
21    and so forth, have — as matter — no intelligence, life, nor

No physical science

         There is no physical science, inasmuch as all truth
24    proceeds from the divine Mind. Therefore truth is not
         human, and is not a law of matter, for matter
         is not a lawgiver. Science is an emanation of
27    divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright.
         It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine
         utterance, — the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.
30    Christian Science eschews what is called natural science,
         in so far as this is built on the false hypotheses that matter
         is its own lawgiver, that law is founded on material con-

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1      ditions, and that these are final and overrule the might of
         divine Mind. Good is natural and primitive. It is not
3      miraculous to itself.

Practical Science

         The term Science, properly understood, refers only to
         the laws of God and to His government of the universe,
6      inclusive of man. From this it follows that
         business men and cultured scholars have found
         that Christian Science enhances their endurance and
9      mental powers, enlarges their perception of character,
         gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an
         ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human
12    mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes
         more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes
         somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowl-
15    edge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities
         and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of
         thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher
18    realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight
         and perspicacity.

         An odor becomes beneficent and agreeable only in pro-
21    portion to its escape into the surrounding atmosphere.
         So it is with our knowledge of Truth. If one would
         not quarrel with his fellow-man for waking him from
24    a cataleptic nightmare, he should not resist Truth, which
         banishes — yea, forever destroys with the higher testi-
         mony of Spirit — the so-called evidence of matter.

Mathematics and scientific logic

27    Science relates to Mind, not matter. It rests on fixed
         Principle and not upon the judgment of false sensation.
         The addition of two sums in mathematics must
30    always bring the same result. So is it with
         logic. If both the major and the minor propo-
         sitions of a syllogism are correct, the conclusion, if properly

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1      drawn, cannot be false. So in Christian Science there
         are no discords nor contradictions, because its logic is as
3      harmonious as the reasoning of an accurately stated syl-
         logism or of a properly computed sum in arithmetic.
         Truth is ever truthful, and can tolerate no error in
6      premise or conclusion.

Truth by inversion

         If you wish to know the spiritual fact, you can dis-
         cover it by reversing the material fable, be the
9      fable pro or con, — be it in accord with your
         preconceptions or utterly contrary to them.

Antagonistic theories

         Pantheism may be defined as a belief in the intelli-
12    gence of matter, — a belief which Science overthrows.
         In those days there will be “great tribulation
         such as was not since the beginning of the
15    world;” and earth will echo the cry, “Art thou [Truth]
         come hither to torment us before the time?” Animal
         magnetism, hypnotism, spiritualism, theosophy, agnos-
18    ticism, pantheism, and infidelity are antagonistic to true
         being and fatal to its demonstration; and so are some
         other systems.

Ontology needed

21    We must abandon pharmaceutics, and take up ontol-
         ogy, — “the science of real being.” We must look deep
         into realism instead of accepting only the out-
24    ward sense of things. Can we gather peaches
         from a pine-tree, or learn from discord the concord of
         being? Yet quite as rational are some of the leading
27    illusions along the path which Science must tread in its
         reformatory mission among mortals. The very name,
         illusion, points to nothingness.

Reluctant guests

30    The generous liver may object to the author’s small
         estimate of the pleasures of the table. The sinner sees,
         in the system taught in this book, that the demands of

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1      God must be met. The petty intellect is alarmed by con-
         stant appeals to Mind. The licentious disposition is dis-
3      couraged over its slight spiritual prospects.
         When all men are bidden to the feast, the ex-
         cuses come. One has a farm, another has merchandise,
6      and therefore they cannot accept.

Excuses for ignorance

         It is vain to speak dishonestly of divine Science, which
         destroys all discord, when you can demonstrate
9      the actuality of Science. It is unwise to doubt
         if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle,
         — if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will
12    destroy all discord, — since you admit that God is om-
         nipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and
         its sweet concords have all-power.

Children and adults

15    Christian Science, properly understood, would dis-
         abuse the human mind of material beliefs which war
         against spiritual facts; and these material
18    beliefs must be denied and cast out to make
         place for truth. You cannot add to the contents of a
         vessel already full. Laboring long to shake the adult’s
21    faith in matter and to inculcate a grain of faith in God, –
         an inkling of the ability of Spirit to make the body har-
         monious, — the author has often remembered our Master’s
24    love for little children, and understood how truly such as
         they belong to the heavenly kingdom.

All evil unnatural

         If thought is startled at the strong claim of Science
27    for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the su-
         premacy of good, ought we not, contrari-
         wise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims
30    of evil and doubt them, and no longer think it natural to
         love sin and unnatural to forsake it, — no longer imagine
         evil to be ever-present and good absent? Truth should

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1      not seem so surprising and unnatural as error, and error
         should not seem so real as truth. Sickness should not seem
3      so real as health. There is no error in Science, and our
         lives must be governed by reality in order to be in har-
         mony with God, the divine Principle of all being.

The error of carnality

6      When once destroyed by divine Science, the false evi-
         dence before the corporeal senses disappears. Hence the
         opposition of sensuous man to the Science of
9      Soul and the significance of the Scripture, “The
         carnal mind is enmity against God.” The central fact of
         the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power.


Churchly neglect

         Must Christian Science come through the Christian
         churches as some persons insist? This Science has come
15    already, after the manner of God’s appoint-
         ing, but the churches seem not ready to re-
         ceive it, according to the Scriptural saying, “He came
18    unto his own, and his own received him not.” Jesus once
         said: “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and
         earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise
21    and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even
         so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” As afore-
         time, the spirit of the Christ, which taketh away the cere-
24    monies and doctrines of men, is not accepted until the
         hearts of men are made ready for it.

John the Baptist, and the Messiah

         The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and ex-
27    plained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural
         demonstrations of the divine power, demonstra-
         tions which were not understood. Jesus’ works
30    established his claim to the Messiahship. In
         reply to John’s inquiry, “Art thou he that should come,”

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1      Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works
         instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this
3      exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully an-
         swer the question. Hence his reply: “Go and show
         John again those things which ye do hear and see: the
6      blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers
         are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up,
         and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And
9      blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” In
         other words, he gave his benediction to any one who
         should not deny that such effects, coming from divine
12    Mind, prove the unity of God, — the divine principle
         which brings out all harmony.

Christ rejected

         The Pharisees of old thrust the spiritual idea and the
15    man who lived it out of their synagogues, and retained
         their materialistic beliefs about God. Jesus’
         system of healing received no aid nor approval
18    from other sanitary or religious systems, from doctrines
         of physics or of divinity; and it has not yet been gener-
         ally accepted. To-day, as of yore, unconscious of the
21    reappearing of the spiritual idea, blind belief shuts the
         door upon it, and condemns the cure of the sick and sin-
         ning if it is wrought on any but a material and a doctrinal
24    theory. Anticipating this rejection of idealism, of the
         true idea of God, — this salvation from all error, physi-
         cal and mental, — Jesus asked, “When the Son of man
27    cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

John’s misgivings

         Did the doctrines of John the Baptist confer healing
         power upon him, or endow him with the truest concep-
30    tion of the Christ? This righteous preacher
         once pointed his disciples to Jesus as “the
         Lamb of God;” yet afterwards he seriously questioned

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1      the signs of the Messianic appearing, and sent the inquiry
         to Jesus, “Art thou he that should come?”

Faith according to works

3      Was John’s faith greater than that of the Samaritan
         woman, who said, “Is not this the Christ?”
         There was also a certain centurion of whose
6      faith Jesus himself declared, “I have not found so great
         faith, no, not in Israel.”

         In Egypt, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from
9      belief in the plagues. In the wilderness, streams flowed
         from the rock, and manna fell from the sky. The Israelites
         looked upon the brazen serpent, and straightway believed
12    that they were healed of the poisonous stings of vipers.
         In national prosperity, miracles attended the successes of
         the Hebrews; but when they departed from the true
15    idea, their demoralization began. Even in captivity
         among foreign nations, the divine Principle wrought
         wonders for the people of God in the fiery furnace and
18    in kings’ palaces.

Judaism antipathetic

         Judaism was the antithesis of Christianity, because
         Judaism engendered the limited form of a national or
21    tribal religion. It was a finite and material
         system, carried out in special theories concern-
         ing God, man, sanitary methods, and a religious cultus.
24    That he made “himself equal with God,” was one of the
         Jewish accusations against him who planted Christianity
         on the foundation of Spirit, who taught as he was in-
27    spired by the Father and would recognize no life, intelli-
         gence, nor substance outside of God.

Priestly learning

         The Jewish conception of God, as Yawah, Jehovah,
30    or only a mighty hero and king, has not quite
         given place to the true knowledge of God.
         Creeds and rituals have not cleansed their hands of

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1      rabbinical lore. To-day the cry of bygone ages is re-
         peated, “Crucify him!” At every advancing step, truth
3      is still opposed with sword and spear.

Testimony of martyrs

         The word martyr, from the Greek, means witness; but
         those who testified for Truth were so often persecuted
6      unto death, that at length the word martyr
         was narrowed in its significance and so has
         come always to mean one who suffers for his convictions.
9      The new faith in the Christ, Truth, so roused the hatred
         of the opponents of Christianity, that the followers of
         Christ were burned, crucified, and otherwise persecuted;
12    and so it came about that human rights were hallowed
         by the gallows and the cross.

Absence of Christ-power

         Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed
15    strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power,
         how can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ
         or the miracles of grace? Denial of the possi-
18    bility of Christian healing robs Christianity of the very
         element, which gave it divine force and its astonishing and
         unequalled success in the first century.

Basis of miracles

21    The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the
         natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, — not
         because this Science is supernatural or pre-
24    ternatural, nor because it is an infraction of
         divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God,
         good. Jesus said: “I knew that Thou hearest me al-
27    ways;” and he raised Lazarus from the dead, stilled the
         tempest, healed the sick, walked on the water. There
         is divine authority for believing in the superiority of
30    spiritual power over material resistance.

Lawful wonders

         A miracle fulfils God’s law, but does not violate that
         law. This fact at present seems more mysterious than

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1      the miracle itself. The Psalmist sang: “What ailed
         thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? Thou Jordan,
3      that thou wast driven back? Ye mountains,
         that ye skipped like rams, and ye little hills,
         like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the
6      Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” The miracle
         introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order,
         establishing the Science of God’s unchangeable law.
9      Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of
         divine power.

Fear and sickness identical

         The same power which heals sin heals also sickness.
12    This is “the beauty of holiness,” that when Truth heals
         the sick it casts out evils, and when Truth
         casts out the evil called disease, it heals the
15    sick. When Christ cast out the devil of
         dumbness, “it came to pass, when the devil was gone out,
         the dumb spake.” There is to-day danger of repeating
18    the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel
         and asking: “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”
         What cannot God do?

         The unity of Science and Christianity
21    It has been said, and truly, that Christianity must be
         Science, and Science must be Christianity, else one or the
         other is false and useless; but neither is unim-
24    portant or untrue, and they are alike in demon-
         stration. This proves the one to be identical
         with the other. Christianity as Jesus taught it was not
27    a creed, nor a system of ceremonies, nor a special gift
         from a ritualistic Jehovah; but it was the demonstration
         of divine Love casting out error and healing the sick,
30    not merely in the name of Christ, or Truth, but in demon-
         stration of Truth, as must be the case in the cycles of
         divine light.

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The Christ-mission

1      Jesus established his church and maintained his mission
         on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing. He taught
3      his followers that his religion had a divine
         Principle, which would cast out error and heal
         both the sick and the sinning. He claimed no intelli-
6      gence, action, nor life separate from God. Despite the
         persecution this brought upon him, he used his divine
         power to save men both bodily and spiritually.

Ancient spiritualism

9      The question then as now was, How did Jesus heal the
         sick? His answer to this question the world rejected.
         He appealed to his students: “Whom do
12    men say that I, the Son of man, am?” That
         is: Who or what is it that is thus identified with casting
         out evils and healing the sick? They replied, “Some
15    say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and
         others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” These prophets
         were considered dead, and this reply may indicate that
18    some of the people believed that Jesus was a medium,
         controlled by the spirit of John or of Elias.

         This ghostly fancy was repeated by Herod himself.
21    That a wicked king and debauched husband should have
         no high appreciation of divine Science and the great work
         of the Master, was not surprising; for how could such
24    a sinner comprehend what the disciples did not fully
         understand? But even Herod doubted if Jesus was con-
         trolled by the sainted preacher. Hence Herod’s asser-
27    tion: “John have I beheaded: but who is this?” No
         wonder Herod desired to see the new Teacher.

Doubting disciples

         The disciples apprehended their Master better than
30    did others; but they did not comprehend all
         that he said and did, or they would not have
         questioned him so often. Jesus patiently persisted in

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1      teaching and demonstrating the truth of being. His stu-
         dents saw this power of Truth heal the sick, cast out evil,
3      raise the dead; but the ultimate of this wonderful work
         was not spiritually discerned, even by them, until after the
         crucifixion, when their immaculate Teacher stood before
6      them, the victor over sickness, sin, disease, death, and
         the grave.

         Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated,
9      “But whom say ye that I am?” This renewed inquiry
         meant: Who or what is it that is able to do the work, so
         mysterious to the popular mind? In his rejection of the
12    answer already given and his renewal of the question,
         it is plain that Jesus completely eschewed the narrow
         opinion implied in their citation of the common report
15    about him.

A divine response

         With his usual impetuosity, Simon replied for his
         brethren, and his reply set forth a great fact: “Thou
18    art the Christ, the Son of the living God!”
         That is: The Messiah is what thou hast de-
         clared, — Christ, the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and
21    Love, which heals mentally. This assertion elicited from
         Jesus the benediction, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-
         jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee,
24    but my Father which is in heaven;” that is, Love hath
         shown thee the way of Life!

The true and living rock

         Before this the impetuous disciple had been called
27    only by his common names, Simon Bar-jona, or son of
         Jona; but now the Master gave him a spir-
         itual name in these words: “And I say also
30    unto thee, That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [the
         meaning of the Greek word petros, or stone] I will build
         my church; and the gates of hell [hades, the under

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1      world, or the grave] shall not prevail against it.” In
         other words, Jesus purposed founding his society, not
3      on the personal Peter as a mortal, but on the God-
         power which lay behind Peter’s confession of the true

Sublime summary

6      It was now evident to Peter that divine Life, Truth, and
         Love, and not a human personality, was the healer of the
         sick and a rock, a firm foundation in the realm
9      of harmony. On this spiritually scientific basis
         Jesus explained his cures, which appeared miraculous to
         outsiders. He showed that diseases were cast out neither
12    by corporeality, by materia medica, nor by hygiene, but by
         the divine Spirit, casting out the errors of mortal mind.
         The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which
15    Jesus built. His sublime summary points to the religion
         of Love.

New era in Jesus

         Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for
18    all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are
         under as direct orders now, as they were then,
         to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to
21    follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as
         the sinning. It is easier for Christianity to cast out sick-
         ness than sin, for the sick are more willing to part with
24    pain than are sinners to give up the sinful, so-called pleas-
         ure of the senses. The Christian can prove this to-day as
         readily is it was proved centuries ago.

Healthful theology

27    Our Master said to every follower: “Go ye into all the
         world, and preach the gospel to every creature! . . .
         Heal the sick! . . . Love thy neighbor as
30    thyself!” It was this theology of Jesus which
         healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this
         book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which

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1      heals the sick and causes the wicked to “forsake his way,
         and the unrighteous man his thoughts.” It was our Mas-
3      ter’s theology which the impious sought to destroy.

Marvels and reformations

         From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of
         accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter.
6      Moses proved the power of Mind by what men
         called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and
         Elisha. The Christian era was ushered in with signs and
9      wonders. Reforms have commonly been attended with
         bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been
         brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, re-
12    form in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely
         to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows

Science obscured

15    The decisions by vote of Church Councils as to what
         should and should not be considered Holy Writ; the man-
         ifest mistakes in the ancient versions; the
18    thirty thousand different readings in the Old
         Testament, and the three hundred thousand in the New,
         — these facts show how a mortal and material sense stole
21    into the divine record, with its own hue darkening to some
         extent the inspired pages. But mistakes could neither
         wholly obscure the divine Science of the Scriptures seen
24    from Genesis to Revelation, mar the demonstration of
         Jesus, nor annul the healing by the prophets, who foresaw
         that “the stone which the builders rejected” would be-
27    come “the head of the corner.”

Opponents benefited

         Atheism, pantheism, theosophy, and agnosticism are
         opposed to Christian Science, as they are to ordinary re-
30    ligion; but it does not follow that the profane
         or atheistic invalid cannot be healed by Chris-
         tian Science. The moral condition of such a man de-

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1      mands the remedy of Truth more than it is needed in most
         cases; and Science is more than usually effectual in the
3      treatment of moral ailments.

God invisible to the senses

         That God is a corporeal being, nobody can truly affirm.
         The Bible represents Him as saying: “Thou canst not
6      see My face; for there shall no man see Me
         and live.” Not materially but spiritually we
         know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We
9      shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the
         divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no
         more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence
12    of our God. Religion will then be of the heart and not of
         the head. Mankind will no longer be tyrannical and pro-
         scriptive from lack of love, — straining out gnats and
15    swallowing camels.

The true worship

         We worship spiritually, only as we cease to worship
         materially. Spiritual devoutness is the soul of Chris-
18    tianity. Worshipping through the medium of
         matter is paganism. Judaic and other rituals
         are but types and shadows of true worship. “The true
21    worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in


         The Jewish tribal Jehovah was a man-projected God,
24    liable to wrath, repentance, and human changeableness.
         The Christian Science God is universal, eter-
         nal, divine love, which changeth not and caus-
27    eth no evil, disease, nor death. It is indeed mournfully
         true that the older Scripture is reversed. In the begin-
         ing God created man in His, God’s, image; but mor-
30    tals would procreate man, and make God in their own
         human image. What is the god of a mortal, but a mortal

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More than profession required

1      This indicates the distance between the theological and
         ritualistic religion of the ages and the truth preached by
3      Jesus. More than profession is requisite for
         Christian demonstration. Few understand or
         adhere to Jesus’ divine precepts for living and
6      healing. Why? Because his precepts require the disci-
         ple to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye,
         — that is, to set aside even the most cherished beliefs
9      and practices, to leave all for Christ.

No ecclesiastical monopoly

         All revelation (such is the popular thought!) must come
         from the schools and along the line of scholarly and eccle-
12    siastical descent, as kings are crowned from a
         royal dynasty. In healing the sick and sinning,
         Jesus elaborated the fact that the healing effect
15    followed the understanding of the divine Principle and
         of the Christ-spirit which governed the corporeal Jesus.
         For this Principle there is no dynasty, no ecclesiastical
18    monopoly. Its only crowned head is immortal sover-
         eignty. Its only priest is the spiritualized man. The
         Bible declares that all believers are made “kings and
21    priests unto God.” The outsiders did not then, and
         do not now, understand this ruling of the Christ; there-
         fore they cannot demonstrate God’s healing power.
24    Neither can this manifestation of Christ be com-
         prehended, until its divine Principle is scientifically

A change demanded

27    The adoption of scientific religion and of divine heal-
         ing will ameliorate sin, sickness, and death. Let our
         pulpits do justice to Christian Science. Let
30    it have fair representation by the press. Give
         to it the place in our institutions of learning now occu-
         pied by scholastic theology and physiology, and it will

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1      eradicate sickness and sin in less time than the old systems,
         devised for subduing them, have required for self-estab-
3      lishment and propagation.

Two claims omitted

         Anciently the followers of Christ, or Truth, measured
         Christianity by its power over sickness, sin, and death;
6      but modern religions generally omit all but one
         of these powers, — the power over sin. We
         must seek the undivided garment, the whole Christ, as our
9      first proof of Christianity, for Christ, Truth, alone can
         furnish us with absolute evidence.

Selfishness and loss

         If the soft palm, upturned to a lordly salary, and archi-
12    tectural skill, making dome and spire tremulous with
         beauty, turn the poor and the stranger from the
         gate, they at the same time shut the door on
15    progress. In vain do the manger and the cross tell their
         story to pride and fustian. Sensuality palsies the right
         hand, and causes the left to let go its grasp on the divine.

Temple cleansed

18    As in Jesus’ time, so to-day, tyranny and pride need to
         be whipped out of the temple, and humility and divine Sci-
         ence to be welcomed in. The strong cords of
21    scientific demonstration, as twisted and wielded
         by Jesus, are still needed to purge the temples of their
         vain traffic in worldly worship and to make them meet
24    dwelling-places for the Most High.


Question of precedence

         Which was first, Mind or medicine? If Mind was
27    first and self-existent, then Mind, not matter, must have
         been the first medicine. God being All-in-
         all, He made medicine; but that medicine was
30    Mind. It could not have been matter, which departs
         from the nature and character of Mind, God. Truth

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1      is God’s remedy for error of every kind, and Truth de-
         stroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day,
3      as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the

Methods rejected

         It is plain that God does not employ drugs or hygiene,
6      nor provide them for human use; else Jesus would have
         recommended and employed them in his heal-
         ing. The sick are more deplorably lost than
9      the sinning, if the sick cannot rely on God for help and
         the sinning can. The divine Mind never called matter
         medicine, and matter required a material and human be-
12    lief before it could be considered as medicine.

Error not curative

         Sometimes the human mind uses one error to medi-
         cine another. Driven to choose between two difficulties,
15    the human mind takes the lesser to relieve the
         greater. On this basis it saves from starva-
         tion by theft, and quiets pain with anodynes. You
18    admit that mind influences the body somewhat, but
         you conclude that the stomach, blood, nerves, bones,
         etc., hold the preponderance of power. Controlled by
21    this belief, you continue in the old routine. You lean on
         the inert and unintelligent, never discerning how this de-
         prives you of the available superiority of divine Mind.
24    The body is not controlled scientifically by a negative

Impossible coalescence

         Mind is the grand creator, and there can be no power
27    except that which is derived from Mind. If Mind was
         first chronologically, is first potentially, and
         must be first eternally, then give to Mind the
30    glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its
         holy name. Inferior and unspiritual methods of healing
         may try to make Mind and drugs coalesce, but the two will

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1      not mingle scientifically. Why should we wish to make
         them do so, since no good can come of it?
3      If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind,
         which needs no cooperation from lower powers, even if
         these so-called powers are real.

6           Naught is the squire, when the king is nigh;
              Withdraws the star, when dawns the sun’s brave light.

Soul and sense

         The various mortal beliefs formulated in human philoso-
9      phy, physiology, hygiene, are mainly predicated of matter,
         and afford faint gleams of God, or Truth.
         The more material a belief, the more obstinately
12    tenacious its error; the stronger are the manifestations of
         the corporeal senses, the weaker the indications of Soul.

Will-power detrimental

         Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs
15    to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be con-
         demned. Willing the sick to recover is not the
         metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but
18    is sheer animal magnetism. Human will-power may in-
         fringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually,
         and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, and
21    not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to
         disease, “Peace, be still.”

Conservative antagonism

         Because divine Science wars with so-called physical
24    science, even as Truth wars with error, the old schools
         still oppose it. Ignorance, pride, or prejudice
         closes the door to whatever is not stereotyped.
27    When the Science of being is universally understood,
         every man will be his own physician, and Truth will be
         the universal panacea.

Ancient healers

30    It is a question to-day, whether the ancient inspired
         healers understood the Science of Christian healing, or

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1      whether they caught its sweet tones, as the natural
         musician catches the tones of harmony, without being
3      able to explain them. So divinely imbued
         were they with the spirit of Science, that the
         lack of the letter could not hinder their work; and that
6      letter, without the spirit, would have made void their

The struggle and victory

         The struggle for the recovery of invalids goes on, not
9      between material methods, but between mortal minds
         and immortal Mind. The victory will be on
         the patient’s side only as immortal Mind
12    through Christ, Truth, subdues the human belief in
         disease. It matters not what material method one may
         adopt, whether faith in drugs, trust in hygiene, or reliance
15    on some other minor curative.

Mystery of godliness

         Scientific healing has this advantage over other meth-
         ods, — that in it Truth controls error. From this fact
18    arise its ethical as well as its physical ef-
         fects. Indeed, its ethical and physical effects
         are indissolubly connected. If there is any mystery
21    in Christian healing, it is the mystery which godliness
         always presents to the ungodly, — the mystery always
         arising from ignorance of the laws of eternal and unerr-
24    ing Mind.

Matter versus matter

         Other methods undertake to oppose error with error,
         and thus they increase the antagonism of one form of
27    matter towards other forms of matter or error,
         and the warfare between Spirit and the flesh
         goes on. By this antagonism mortal mind must con-
30    tinually weaken its own assumed power.

How healing was lost

         The theology of Christian Science includes healing
         the sick. Our Master’s first article of faith propounded

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1      to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by
         his works. The ancient Christians were healers. Why
3      has this element of Christianity been lost?
         Because our systems of religion are governed
         more or less by our systems of medicine. The first idol-
6      atry was faith in matter. The schools have rendered
         faith in drugs the fashion, rather than faith in Deity. By
         trusting matter to destroy its own discord, health and
9      harmony have been sacrificed. Such systems are barren
         of the vitality of spiritual power, by which material sense
         is made the servant of Science and religion becomes
12    Christlike.

Drugs and divinity

         Material medicine substitutes drugs for the power of
         God — even the might of Mind — to heal the body.
15    Scholasticism clings for salvation to the per-
         son, instead of to the divine Principle, of the
         man Jesus; and his Science, the curative agent of God,
18    is silenced. Why? Because truth divests material drugs
         of their imaginary power, and clothes Spirit with suprem-
         acy. Science is the “stranger that is within thy gates,”
21    remembered not, even when its elevating effects prac-
         tically prove its divine origin and efficacy.

Christian Science as old as God

         Divine Science derives its sanction from the Bible,
24    and the divine origin of Science is demonstrated through
         the holy influence of Truth in healing sick-
         ness and sin. This healing power of Truth
27    must have been far anterior to the period in
         which Jesus lived. It is as ancient as “the Ancient of
         days.” It lives through all Life, and extends throughout
30    all space.

Reduction to system

         Divine metaphysics is now reduced to a system, to a
         form comprehensible by and adapted to the thought of

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1      the age in which we live. This system enables the
         learner to demonstrate the divine Principle,
3      upon which Jesus’ healing was based, and
         the sacred rules for its present application to the cure of

6      Late in the nineteenth century I demonstrated the divine
         rules of Christian Science. They were submitted to the
         broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly ap-
9      plied under circumstances where demonstration was hu-
         manly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost
         none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though cen-
12    turies had passed away since Jesus practised these rules
         on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee.

Perusal and practice

         Although this volume contains the complete Science of
15    Mind-healing, never believe that you can absorb the whole
         meaning of the Science by a simple perusal
         of this book. The book needs to be studied,
18    and the demonstration of the rules of scientific healing
         will plant you firmly on the spiritual groundwork of
         Christian Science. This proof lifts you high above the
21    perishing fossils of theories already antiquated, and en-
         ables you to grasp the spiritual facts of being hitherto
         unattained and seemingly dim.

A definite rule discovered

24    Our Master healed the sick, practised Christian heal-
         ing, and taught the generalities of its divine Principle to
         his students; but he left no definite rule for
27    demonstrating this Principle of healing and
         preventing disease. This rule remained to be discovered
         in Christian Science. A pure affection takes form in good-
30    ness, but Science alone reveals the divine Principle of
         goodness and demonstrates its rules.

Jesus’ own practice

         Jesus never spoke of disease as dangerous or as difficult

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1      to heal. When his students brought to him a case they
         had failed to heal, he said to them, “O faithless gen-
3      eration,” implying that the requisite power
         to heal was in Mind. He prescribed no drugs,
         urged no obedience to material laws, but acted in direct
6      disobedience to them.

The man of anatomy and of theology

         Neither anatomy nor theology has ever described man
         as created by Spirit, — as God’s man. The former ex-
9      plains the men of men, or the “children of
         men,” as created corporeally instead of spir-
         itually and as emerging from the lowest, in-
12    stead of from the highest, conception of being. Both
         anatomy and theology define man as both physical and
         mental, and place mind at the mercy of matter for every
15    function, formation, and manifestation. Anatomy takes
         up man at all points materially. It loses Spirit, drops the
         true tone, and accepts the discord. Anatomy and the-
18    ology reject the divine Principle which produces harmo-
         nious man, and deal — the one wholly, the other primarily
         — with matter, calling that man which is not the counter-
21    part, but the counterfeit, of God’s man. Then theology
         tries to explain how to make this man a Christian, — how
         from this basis of division and discord to produce the con-
24    cord and unity of Spirit and His likeness.

Physiology deficient

         Physiology exalts matter, dethrones Mind, and claims
         to rule man by material law, instead of spiritual. When
27    physiology fails to give health or life by this
         process, it ignores the divine Spirit as unable
         or unwilling to render help in time of physical need.
30    When mortals sin, this ruling of the schools leaves them
         to the guidance of a theology which admits God to be
         the healer of sin but not of sickness, although our great

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1      Master demonstrated that Truth could save from sickness
         as well as from sin.

Blunders and blunderers

3      Mind as far outweighs drugs in the cure of disease as
         in the cure of sin. The more excellent way is divine
         Science in every case. Is materia medica a
6      science or a bundle of speculative human
         theories? The prescription which succeeds in one in-
         stance fails in another, and this is owing to the different
9      mental states of the patient. These states are not com-
         prehended and they are left without explanation except
         in Christian Science. The rule and its perfection of opera-
12    tion never vary in Science. If you fail to succeed in any
         case, it is because you have not demonstrated the life of
         Christ, Truth, more in your own life, — because you have
15    not obeyed the rule and proved the Principle of divine

Old-school physician

         A physician of the old school remarked with great
18    gravity: “We know that mind affects the body some-
         what, and advise our patients to be hopeful
         and cheerful and to take as little medicine as
21    possible; but mind can never cure organic difficulties.”
         The logic is lame, and facts contradict it. The author
         has cured what is termed organic disease as readily as she
24    has cured purely functional disease, and with no power
         but the divine Mind.

Tests in our day

         Since God, divine Mind, governs all, not partially but
27    supremely, predicting disease does not dignify therapeutics.
         Whatever guides thought spiritually benefits
         mind and body. We need to understand the
30    affirmations of divine Science, dismiss superstition, and
         demonstrate truth according to Christ. To-day there
         is hardly a city, village, or hamlet, in which are not to

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1      be found living witnesses and monuments to the virtue
         and power of Truth, as applied through this Christian
3      system of healing disease.

The main purpose

         To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demon-
         strated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a
6      phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the
         coming anew of the gospel of “on earth peace,
         good-will toward men.” This coming, as was promised
9      by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent
         dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian
         Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration,
12    is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then,
         signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical heal-
         ing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demon-
15    strate its divine origin, — to attest the reality of the higher
         mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the

Exploded doctrine

18    The science (so-called) of physics would have one be-
         lieve that both matter and mind are subject to disease,
         and that, too, in spite of the individual’s pro-
21    test and contrary to the law of divine Mind.
         This human view infringes man’s free moral agency; and
         it is as evidently erroneous to the author, and will be to
24    all others at some future day, as the practically rejected
         doctrine of the predestination of souls to damnation or
         salvation. The doctrine that man’s harmony is gov-
27    erned by physical conditions all his earthly days, and that
         he is then thrust out of his own body by the operation of
         matter, — even the doctrine of the superiority of matter
30    over Mind, — is fading out.

Disease mental

         The hosts of AEsculapius are flooding the world with
         diseases, because they are ignorant that the human mind

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1      and body are myths. To be sure, they sometimes treat
         the sick as if there was but one factor in the case; but
3      this one factor they represent to be body, not
         mind. Infinite Mind could not possibly create
         a remedy outside of itself, but erring, finite, human mind
6      has an absolute need of something beyond itself for its
         redemption and healing.

Intentions respected

         Great respect is due the motives and philanthropy of
9      the higher class of physicians. We know that if they un-
         derstood the Science of Mind-healing, and were
         in possession of the enlarged power it confers
12    to benefit the race physically and spiritually, they would
         rejoice with us. Even this one reform in medicine would
         ultimately deliver mankind from the awful and oppres-
15    sive bondage now enforced by false theories, from which
         multitudes would gladly escape.

Man governed by Mind

         Mortal belief says that death has been occasioned by
18    fright. Fear never stopped being and its action. The
         blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., have nothing
         to do with Life, God. Every function of the
21    real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human
         mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no com-
         trol over God’s man. The divine Mind that made man
24    maintain His own image and likeness. The human
         mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul
         declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and
27    its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found har-
         monious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to
         see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and
30    follow the leadings of truth.

Mortal mind dethroned

         That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the
         mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-

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1      called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield
         to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but
3      it is powerless. The immortal divine Mind
         takes away all its supposed sovereignty, and
         saves mortal mind from itself. The author has endeavored
6      to make this book the AEsculapius of mind as well as of
         body, that it may give hope to the sick and heal them,
         although they know not how the work is done. Truth
9      has a healing effect, even when not fully understood.

All activity from thought

         Anatomy describes muscular action as produced by
         mind in one instance and not in another. Such errors
12    beset every material theory, in which one
         statement contradicts another over and over
         again. It is related that Sir Humphry Davy once ap-
15    parently cured a case of paralysis simply by introducing
         a thermometer into the patient’s mouth. This he did
         merely to ascertain the temperature of the patient’s body;
18    but the sick man supposed this ceremony was intended
         to heal him, and he recovered accordingly. Such a fact
         illustrates our theories.

The author’s experiments in medicine

21    The author’s medical researches and experiments had
         prepared her thought for the metaphysics of Christian
         Science. Every material dependence had
24    failed her in her search for truth; and she can
         now understand why, and can see the means
         by which mortals are divinely driven to a spiritual source
27    for health and happiness.

Homoeopathic attenuations

         Her experiments in homoeopathy had made her skep-
         tical as to material curative methods. Jahr, from
30    Aconitum to Zincum oxydatum, enumerates
         the general symptoms, the characteristic
         signs, which demand different remedies; but the drug

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1      is frequently attenuated to such a degree that not a ves-
         tige of it remains. Thus we learn that it is not the drug
3      which expels the disease or changes one of the symptoms
         of disease.

Only salt and water

         The author has attenuated Natrum muriaticum (com-
6      mon table-salt) until there was not a single saline property
         left. The salt had “lost his savour;” and yet,
         with one drop of that attenuation in a goblet of
9      water, and a teaspoonful of the water administered at in-
         tervals of three hours, she has cured a patient sinking in
         the last stage of typhoid fever. The highest attenuation
12    of homoeopathy and the most potent rises above matter into
         mind. This discovery leads to more light. From it may
         be learned that either human faith or the divine Mind is
15    the healer and that there is no efficacy in a drug.

Origin of pain

         You say a boil is painful; but that is impossible, for
         matter without mind is not painful. The boil simply
18    manifests, through inflammation and swell-
         ing, a belief in pain, and this belief is called a
         boil. Now administer mentally to your patient a high
21    attenuation of truth, and it will soon cure the boil. The
         fact that pain cannot exist where there is no mortal mind
         to feel it is a proof that this so-called mind makes its
24    own pain — that is, its own belief in pain.

Source of contagion

         We weep because others weep, we yawn because they
         yawn, and we have smallpox because others have it; but
27    mortal mind, not matter, contains and carries
         the infection. When this mental contagion is
         understood, we shall be more careful of our mental con-
30    ditions and we shall avoid loquacious tattling about
         disease, as we would avoid advocating crime. Neither
         sympathy nor society should ever tempt us to cherish

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1      error in any form, and certainly we should not be error’s
3      Disease arises, like other mental conditions, from as-
         sociation. Since it is a law of mortal mind that certain
         diseases should be regarded as contagious, this law ob-
6      tains credit through association, — calling up the fear that
         creates the image of disease and its consequent manifes-
         tation in the body.

Imaginary cholera

9      This fact in metaphysics is illustrated by the following
         incident: A man was made to believe that he occupied a
         bed where a cholera patient had died. Imme-
12    diately the symptoms of this disease appeared,
         and the man died. The fact was, that he had not caught
         the cholera by material contact, because no cholera patient
15    had been in that bed.

Children’s ailments

         If a child is exposed to contagion or infection, the
         mother is frightened and says, “My child will be sick.”
18    The law of mortal mind and her own fears gov-
         ern her child more than the child’s mind gov-
         erns itself, and they produce the very results which might
21    have been prevented through the opposite understanding.
         Then it is believed that exposure to the contagion wrought
         the mischief.

24    That mother is not a Christian Scientist, and her affec-
         tions need better guidance, who says to her child: “You
         look sick,” “You look tired,” “You need rest,” or “You
27    need medicine.”

         Such a mother runs to her little one, who thinks she has
         hurt her face by falling on the carpet, and says, moaning
30    more childishly than her child, “Mamma knows you are
         hurt.” The better and more successful method for any
         mother to adopt is to say: “Oh, never mind! You’re not

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1      hurt, so don’t think you are.” Presently the child forgets
         all about the accident, and is at play.

Drug-power mental

3      When the sick recover by the use of drugs, it is the law
         of a general belief, culminating in individual faith, which
         heals; and according to this faith will the effect
6      be. Even when you take away the individual
         confidence in the drug, you have not yet divorced the drug
         from the general faith. The chemist, the botanist, the
9      druggist, the doctor, and the nurse equip the medicine
         with their faith, and the beliefs which are in the majority
         rule. When the general belief endorses the inanimate
12    drug as doing this or that, individual dissent or faith, un-
         less it rests on Science, is but a belief held by a minority,
         and such a belief is governed by the majority.

Belief in physics

15    The universal belief in physics weighs against the high
         and mighty truths of Christian metaphysics. This errone-
         ous general belief, which sustains medicine and
18    produces all medical results, works against
         Christian Science; and the percentage of power on the
         side of this Science must mightily outweigh the power of
21    popular belief in order to heal a single case of disease. The
         human mind acts more powerfully to offset the discords
         of matter and the ills of flesh, in proportion as it puts less
24    weight into the material or fleshly scale and more weight
         into the spiritual scale. Homoeopathy diminishes the
         drug, but the potency of the medicine increases as the
27    drug disappears.

Nature of drugs

         Vegetarianism, homoeopathy, and hydropathy have
         diminished drugging; but if drugs are an antidote to
30    disease, why lessen the antidote? If drugs
         are good things, is it safe to say that the
         less in quantity you have of them the better? If drugs

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1      possess intrinsic virtues or intelligent curative qualities,
         these qualities must be mental. Who named drugs, and
3      what made them good or bad for mortals, beneficial or

Dropsy cured without drugs

         A case of dropsy, given up by the faculty, fell into
6      my hands. It was a terrible case. Tapping had been
         employed, and yet, as she lay in her bed, the
         patient looked like a barrel. I prescribed
9      the fourth attenuation of Argentum nitratum with occa-
         sional doses of a high attenuation of Sulphuris. She im-
         proved perceptibly. Believing then somewhat in the
12    ordinary theories of medical practice, and learning that
         her former physician had prescribed these remedies, I
         began to fear an aggravation of symptoms from their
15    prolonged use, and told the patient so; but she was
         unwilling to give up the medicine while she was re-
         covering. It then occurred to me to give her un-
18    medicated pellets and watch the result. I did so, and
         she continued to gain. Finally she said that she would
         give up her medicine for one day, and risk the
21    effects. After trying this, she informed me that she
         could get along two days without globules; but on
         the third day she again suffered, and was relieved by
24    taking them. She went on in this way, taking the
         unmedicated pellets, — and receiving occasional visits
         from me, — but employing no other means, and she was
27    cured.

A stately advance

         Metaphysics, as taught in Christian Science, is the
         next stately step beyond homoeopathy. In metaphysics,
30    matter disappears from the remedy entirely,
         and Mind takes its rightful and supreme
         place. Homoeopathy takes mental symptoms largely

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1      into consideration in its diagnosis of disease. Christian
         Science deals wholly with the mental cause in judging and
3      destroying disease. It succeeds where homoeopathy fails,
         solely because its one recognized Principle of healing is
         Mind, and the whole force of the mental element is em-
6      ployed through the Science of Mind, which never shares
         its rights with inanimate matter.

The modus of homoeopathy

         Christian Science exterminates the drug, and rests on
9      Mind alone as the curative Principle, acknowledging that
         the divine Mind has all power. Homoeopathy
         mentalizes a drug with such repetition of
12    thought-attenuations, that the drug becomes
         more like the human mind than the substratum of this so-
         called mind, which we call matter; and the drug’s power
15    of action is proportionately increased.

Drugging unchristian

         If drugs are part of God’s creation, which (according
         to the narrative in Genesis) He pronounced good, then
18    drugs cannot be poisonous. If He could cre-
         ate drugs intrinsically bad, then they should
         never be used. If He creates drugs at all and designs
21    them for medical use, why did Jesus not employ them
         and recommend them for the treatment of disease?
         Matter is not self-creative, for it is unintelligent. Erring
24    mortal mind confers the power which the drug seems to

         Narcotics quiet mortal mind, and so relieve the body;
27    but they leave both mind and body worse for this sub-
         mission. Christian Science impresses the entire corpore-
         ality, — namely, mind and body, — and brings out the
30    proof that Life is continuous and harmonious. Science
         both neutralizes error and destroys it. Mankind is the
         better for this spiritual and profound pathology.

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Mythology and materia medica

1      It is recorded that the profession of medicine originated
         in idolatry with pagan priests, who besought the gods to
3      heal the sick and designated Apollo as “the god
         of medicine.” He was supposed to have dic-
         tated the first prescription, according to the
6      “History of Four Thousand Years of Medicine.” It is
         here noticeable that Apollo was also regarded as the sender
         of disease, “the god of pestilence.” Hippocrates turned
9      from image-gods to vegetable and mineral drugs for heal-
         ing. This was deemed progress in medicine; but
         what we need is the truth which heals both mind and
12    body. The future history of material medicine may
         correspond with that of its material god, Apollo, who was
         banished from heaven and endured great sufferings
15    upon earth.

Footsteps to intemperance

         Drugs, cataplasms, and whiskey are stupid substitutes
         for the dignity and potency of divine Mind and its effi-
18    cacy to heal. It is pitiful to lead men into
         temptation through the byways of this wil-
         derness world, — to victimize the race with intoxicating
21    prescriptions for the sick, until mortal mind acquires an
         educated appetite for strong drink, and men and women
         become loathsome sots.

Advancing degrees

24    Evidences of progress and of spiritualization greet us
         on every hand. Drug-systems are quitting their hold on
         matter and so letting in matter’s higher stra-
27    tum, mortal mind. Homoeopathy, a step in
         advance of allopathy, is doing this. Matter is going out
         of medicine; and mortal mind, of a higher attenuation
30    than the drug, is governing the pellet.

Effects of fear

         A woman in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, was
         etherized and died in consequence, although her physi-

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1      cians insisted that it would be unsafe to perform a needed
         surgical operation without the ether. After the autopsy,
3      her sister testified that the deceased protested
         against inhaling the ether and said it would kill
         her, but that she was compelled by her physicians to take
6      it. Her hands were held, and she was forced into sub-
         mission. The case was brought to trial. The evidence
         was found to be conclusive, and a verdict was returned that
9      death was occasioned, not by the ether, but by fear of
         inhaling it.

Mental conditions to be heeded

         Is it skilful or scientific surgery to take no heed of men-
12    tal conditions and to treat the patient as if she were so
         much mindless matter, and as if matter were
         the only factor to be consulted? Had these
15    unscientific surgeons understood metaphysics,
         they would have considered the woman’s state of mind,
         and not have risked such treatment. They would either
18    have allayed her fear or would have performed the opera-
         tion without ether.

         The sequel proved that this Lynn woman died from
21    effects produced by mortal mind, and not from the disease
         or the operation.

False source of knowledge

         The medical schools would learn the state of man
24    from matter instead of from Mind. They examine the
         lungs, tongue, and pulse to ascertain how
         much harmony, or health, matter is permit-
27    ting to matter, — how much pain or pleasure, action or
         stagnation, one form of matter is allowing another form
         of matter.

30    Ignorant of the fact that a man’s belief produces dis-
         ease and all its symptoms, the ordinary physician is
         liable to increase disease with his own mind, when he

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1      should address himself to the work of destroying it through
         the power of the divine Mind.

3      The systems of physics act against metaphysics, and
         vice versa. When mortals forsake the material for the
         spiritual basis of action, drugs lose their healing force,
6      for they have no innate power. Unsupported by the
         faith reposed in it, the inanimate drug becomes

Obedient muscles

9      The motion of the arm is no more dependent upon the
         direction of mortal mind, than are the organic action and
         secretion of the viscera. When this so-called
12    mind quits the body, the heart becomes as tor-
         pid as the hand.

Anatomy and mind

         Anatomy finds a necessity for nerves to convey the man-
15    date of mind to muscle and so cause action; but what does
         anatomy say when the cords contract and be-
         come immovable? Has mortal mind ceased
18    speaking to them, or has it bidden them to be impotent?
         Can muscles, bones, blood, and nerves rebel against mind
         in one instance and not in another, and become cramped
21    despite the mental protest?

         Unless muscles are self-acting at all times, they are
         never so, — never capable of acting contrary to mental
24    direction. If muscles can cease to act and become rigid
         of their own preference, — be deformed or symmetrical,
         as they please or as disease directs, — they must be self-
27    directing. Why then consult anatomy to learn how mor-
         tal mind governs muscle, if we are only to learn from
         anatomy that muscle is not so governed?

Mind over matter

30    Is man a material fungus without Mind
         to help him? Is a stiff joint or a contracted
         muscle as much a result of law as the supple and

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1      elastic condition of the healthy limb, and is God the

3      You say, “I have burned my finger.” This is an
         exact statement, more exact than you suppose; for mor-
         tal mind, and not matter, burns it. Holy inspiration
6      has created states of mind which have been able to nullify
         the action of the flames, as in the Bible case of the three
         young Hebrew captives, cast into the Babylonian furnace;
9      while an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous

Restrictive regulations

         In 1880, Massachusetts put her foot on a proposed
12    tyrannical law, restricting the practice of medicine. If
         her sister States follow this example in har-
         mony with our Constitution and Bill of Rights,
15    they will do less violence to that immortal sentiment of the
         Declaration, “Man is endowed by his Maker with certain
         inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the
18    pursuit of happiness.”

         The oppressive state statutes touching medicine re-
         mind one of the words of the famous Madame Roland,
21    as she knelt before a statue of Liberty, erected near the
         guillotine: “Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy

Metaphysics challenges physics

24    The ordinary practitioner, examining bodily symptoms,
         telling the patient that he is sick, and treating the case ac-
         cording to his physical diagnosis, would natu-
27    rally induce the very disease he is trying to cure,
         even if it were not already determined by mor-
         tal mind. Such unconscious mistakes would not occur, if
30    this old class of philanthropists looked as deeply for cause
         and effect into mind as into matter. The physician agrees
         with his “adversary quickly,” but upon different terms

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1      than does the metaphysician; for the matter-physician
         agrees with the disease, while the metaphysician agrees
3      only with health and challenges disease.

Truth an alterative

         Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of
         Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science
6      acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with
         Truth. It changes the secretions, expels hu-
         mors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores
9      carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is
         to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it
         may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

Practical success

12    Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs
         the body, not in one instance, but in every instance. The
         indestructible faculties of Spirit exist without
15    the conditions of matter and also without the
         false beliefs of a so-called material existence. Working
         out the rules of Science in practice, the author has re-
18    stored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in
         their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the
         structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been
21    elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and
         carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I
         have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and
24    healthy organizations have been established where disease
         was organic. Christian Science heals organic disease as
         surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires
27    only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of
         Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.

Testimony of medical teachers

         With due respect for the faculty, I kindly
30    quote from Dr. Benjamin Rush, the famous
         Philadelphia teacher of medical practice. He
         declared that “it is impossible to calculate the mischief

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1      which Hippocrates has done, by first marking Nature
         with his name, and afterward letting her loose upon sick
3      people.”

         Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse, Professor in Harvard Uni-
         versity, declared himself “sick of learned quackery.”

6      Dr. James Johnson, Surgeon to William IV, King Of
         England, said:

         “I declare my conscientious opinion, founded on long
9      observation and reflection, that if there were not a single
         physician, surgeon, apothecary, man-midwife, chemist,
         druggist, or drug on the face of the earth, there would be
12    less sickness and less mortality.”

         Dr. Mason Good, a learned Professor in London,

15    “The effects of medicine on the human system are in
         the highest degree uncertain; except, indeed, that it has
         already destroyed more lives than war, pestilence, and
18    famine, all combined.”

         Dr. Chapman, Professor of the Institutes and Practice
         of Physic in the University of Pennsylvania, in a published
21    essay said:

         “Consulting the records of our science, we cannot
         help being disgusted with the multitude of hypotheses
24    obtruded upon us at different times. Nowhere is the
         imagination displayed to a greater extent; and perhaps
         so ample an exhibition of human invention might gratify
27    our vanity, if it were not more than compensated by the
         humiliating view of so much absurdity, contradiction,
         and falsehood. To harmonize the contrarieties of med-
30    ical doctrines is indeed a task as impractible as to
         arrange the fleeting vapors around us, or to reconcile the
         fixed and repulsive antipathies of nature. Dark and

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1      perplexed, our devious career resembles the groping of
         Homer’s Cyclops around his cave.”

3      Sir John Forbes, M.D., F.R.S., Fellow of the Royal
         College of Physicians, London, said:

         “No systematic or theoretical classification of diseases
6      or of therapeutic agents, ever yet promulgated, is true, or
         anything like the truth, and none can be adopted as a safe
         guidance in practice.”

9      It is just to say that generally the cultured class of medi-
         cal practitioners are grand men and women, therefore
         they are more scientific than are false claimants to Chris-
12    tian Science. But all human systems based on material
         premises are minus the unction of divine Science. Much
         yet remains to be said and done before all mankind is
15    saved and all the mental microbes of sin and all diseased
         thought-germs are exterminated.

         If you or I should appear to die, we should not be
18    dead. The seeming decease, caused by a majority of
         human beliefs that man must die, or produced by mental
         assassins, does not in the least disprove Christian Science;
21    rather does it evidence the truth of its basic proposition
         that mortal thoughts in belief rule the materiality mis-
         called life in the body or in matter. But the forever fact
24    remains paramount that Life, Truth, and Love save from
         sin, disease, and death. “When this corruptible shall have
         put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
27    immortality [divine Science], then shall be brought to pass
         the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
         victory” (St. Paul).

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