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

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   Christian Science reveals the grand verity, that
to believe man has a finite and erring mind, and
consequently a mortal mind and soul and life, is error.
Scientific terms have no contradictory significations.
   In Science, Life is not temporal, but eternal, without
beginning or ending.  The word Life never means that
which is the source of death, and of good and evil.  Such
an inference is unscientific.  It is like saying that addition
means subtraction in one instance and addition in another,
and then applying this rule to a demonstration of
the science of numbers; even as mortals apply finite terms
to God, in demonstration of infinity.  Life is a term used
to indicate Deity; and every other name for the Supreme
Being, if properly employed, has the signification of
Life.  Whatever errs is mortal, and is the antipodes of
Life, or God, and of health and holiness, both in idea
and demonstration.
   Christian Science reveals Mind, the only living and true
God, and all that is made by Him, Mind, as harmonious,
immortal, and spiritual:  the five material senses define
Mind and matter as distinct, but mutually dependent,
each on the other, for intelligence and existence.  Science
defines man as immortal, as coexistent and coeternal with
God, as made in His own image and likeness; material

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sense defines life as something apart from God, beginning
and ending, and man as very far from the divine likeness.
Science reveals Life as a complete sphere, as eternal, self-existent
Mind; material sense defines life as a broken
sphere, as organized matter, and mind as something separate
from God.  Science reveals Spirit as All, averring
that there is nothing beside God; material sense says that
matter, His antipode, is something besides God.  Material
sense adds that the divine Spirit created matter, and that
matter and evil are as real as Spirit and good.
   Christian Science reveals God and His idea as the All
and Only.  It declares that evil is the absence of good;
whereas, good is God ever-present, and therefore evil is
unreal and good is all that is real.  Christian Science saith
to the wave and storm, "Be still," and there is a great
calm.  Material sense asks, in its ignorance of Science,
"When will the raging of the material elements cease?"
Science saith to all manner of disease, "Know that God
is all-power and all-presence, and there is nothing beside
Him;" and the sick are healed.  Material sense saith,
"Oh, when will my sufferings cease?  Where is God?
Sickness is something besides Him, which He cannot, or
does not, heal."
   Christian Science is the only sure basis of harmony.
Material sense contradicts Science, for matter and its
so-called organizations take no cognizance of the spiritual
facts of the universe, or of the real man and God.
Christian Science declares that there is but one Truth,
Life, Love, but one Spirit, Mind, Soul.  Any attempt
to divide these arises from the fallibility of sense, from

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mortal man's ignorance, from enmity to God and divine
   Christian Science declares that sickness is a belief, a
latent fear, made manifest on the body in different forms
of fear or disease.  This fear is formed unconsciously in
the silent thought, as when you awaken from sleep and
feel ill, experiencing the effect of a fear whose existence
you do not realize; but if you fall asleep, actually conscious
of the truth of Christian Science, - namely, that
man's harmony is no more to be invaded than the rhythm

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