Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   The following ideas of Deity, antagonized by finite
theories, doctrines, and hypotheses, I found to be
demonstrable rules in Christian Science, and that we
must abide by them.
   Whatever diverges from the one divine Mind, or God,
- or divides Mind into minds, Spirit into spirits, Soul
into souls, and Being into beings, - is a misstatement
of the unerring divine Principle of Science, which interrupts
the meaning of the omnipotence, omniscience, and
omnipresence of Spirit, and is of human instead of divine
   War is waged between the evidences of Spirit and the
evidences of the five physical senses; and this contest
must go on until peace be declared by the final triumph
of Spirit in immutable harmony.  Divine Science disclaims
sin, sickness, and death, on the basis of the omnipotence
and omnipresence of God, or divine good.
   All consciousness is Mind, and Mind is God.  Hence
there is but one Mind; and that one is the infinite good,
supplying all Mind by the reflection, not the subdivision,
of God.  Whatever else claims to be mind, or consciousness,
is untrue.  The sun sends forth light, but not suns; so
God reflects Himself, or Mind, but does not subdivide
Mind, or good, into minds, good and evil.  Divine Science

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demands mighty wrestlings with mortal beliefs, as
we sail into the eternal haven over the unfathomable
sea of possibilities.
   Neither ancient nor modern philosophy furnishes a
scientific basis for the Science of Mind-healing.  Plato
believed he had a soul, which must be doctored in order
to heal his body.  This would be like correcting the principle
of music for the purpose of destroying discord.  Principle
is right; it is practice that is wrong.  Soul is right;
it is the flesh that is evil.  Soul is the synonym of Spirit,
God; hence there is but one Soul, and that one is infinite.
If that pagan philosopher had known that physical sense,
not Soul, causes all bodily ailments, his philosophy would
have yielded to Science.
   Man shines by borrowed light.  He reflects God as
his Mind, and this reflection is substance, - the substance
of good.  Matter is substance in error, Spirit is substance
in Truth.
   Evil, or error, is not Mind; but infinite Mind is sufficient
to supply all manifestations of intelligence.  The notion
of more than one Mind, or Life, is as unsatisfying as it is
unscientific.  All must be of God, and not our own, separated
from Him.
   Human systems of philosophy and religion are departures
from Christian Science.  Mistaking divine Principle
for corporeal personality, ingrafting upon one First Cause
such opposite effects as good and evil, health and sickness,
life and death; making mortality the status and rule of
divinity, - such methods can never reach the perfection
and demonstration of metaphysical, or Christian Science.

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   Stating the divine Principle, omnipotence (omnis potens),
and then departing from this statement and taking the
rule of finite matter, with which to work out the problem
of infinity or Spirit, - all this is like trying to compensate
for the absence of omnipotence by a physical, false, and
finite substitute.
   With our Master, life was not merely a sense of existence,
but an accompanying sense of power that subdued
matter and brought to light immortality, insomuch that
the people "were astonished at his doctrine:  for he taught
them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."

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