Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

There is no Matter
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the Mind that is identical with Truth.
   Brain, thus assuming to testify, is only matter within
the skull, and is believed to be mind only through error
and delusion.  Examine that form of matter called brains,
and you find no mind therein.  Hence the logical sequence,
that there is in reality neither matter nor mortal mind,
but that the self-testimony of the physical senses is
   Examine these witnesses for error, or falsity, and
observe the foundations of their testimony, and you will
find them divided in evidence, mocking the Scripture
(Matthew xviii. 16), "In the mouth of two or three witnesses
every word may be established."

   Sight.  Mortal mind declares that matter sees through
the organizations of matter, or that mind sees by means

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of matter.  Disorganize the so-called material structure,
and then mortal mind says, "I cannot see;" and declares
that matter is the master of mind, and that non-intelligence
governs.  Mortal mind admits that it sees only material
images, pictured on the eye's retina.
   What then is the line of the syllogism?  It must be this:
That matter is not seen; that mortal mind cannot see
without matter; and therefore that the whole function
of material sight is an illusion, a lie.
   Here comes in the summary of the whole matter, wherewith
we started:  that God is All, and God is Spirit; therefore
there is nothing but Spirit; and consequently there
is no matter.

   Touch.  Take another train of reasoning.  Mortal mind
says that matter cannot feel matter; yet put your finger
on a burning coal, and the nerves, material nerves, do
feel matter.
   Again I ask:  What evidence does mortal mind afford
that matter is substantial, is hot or cold?  Take away
mortal mind, and matter could not feel what it calls substance.
Take away matter, and mortal mind could not
cognize its own so-called substance, and this so-called
mind would have no identity.  Nothing would remain to
be seen or felt.
   What is substance?  What is the reality of God and the
universe?  Immortal Mind is the real substance, - Spirit,
Life, Truth, and Love.

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   Taste.  Mortal mind says, "I taste; and this is sweet,
this is sour."  Let mortal mind change, and say that sour
is sweet, and so it would be.  If every mortal mind believed
sweet to be sour, it would be so; for the qualities of matter
are but qualities of mortal mind.  Change the mind, and
the quality changes.  Destroy the belief, and the quality
   The so-called material senses are found, upon examination,
to be mortally mental, instead of material.  Reduced
to its proper denomination, matter is mortal mind; yet,
strictly speaking, there is no mortal mind, for Mind is
immortal, and is not matter, but Spirit.

   Force.  What is gravitation?  Mortal mind says gravitation
is a material power, or force.  I ask, Which was
first, matter or power?  That which was first was God,
immortal Mind, the Parent of all.  But God is Truth,
and the forces of Truth are moral and spiritual, not physical.
They are not the merciless forces of matter.  What
then are the so-called forces of matter?  They are the
phenomena of mortal mind, and matter and mortal
mind are one; and this one is a misstatement of Mind,
   A molecule, as matter, is not formed by Spirit; for
Spirit is spiritual consciousness alone.  Hence this spiritual

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