Rudimental Divine Science, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

DEFINITIONS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
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believe man and the universe to be the football of chance
and sinking into oblivion.  Destroy the five senses as
organized matter, and you must either become non-existent,
or exist in Mind only; and this latter conclusion is


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the simple solution of the problem of being, and leads to
the equal inference that there is no matter.


   The sweet sounds and glories of earth and sky, assum-
ing manifold forms and colors, - are they not tangible and
material?

   As Mind they are real, but not as matter.  All beauty
and goodness are in and of Mind, emanating from God;
but when we change the nature of beauty and goodness
from Mind to matter, the beauty is marred, through a
false conception, and, to the material senses, evil takes
the place of good.
   Has not the truth in Christian Science met a response
from Prof. S. P. Langley, the young American astronomer?
He says that "color is in us," not "in the rose;" and he
adds that this is not "any metaphysical subtlety," but a
fact "almost universally accepted, within the last few
years, by physicists."


   Is not the basis of Mind-healing a destruction of the
evidence of the material senses, and restoration of the true
evidence of spiritual sense?

   It is, so far as you perceive and understand this predicate
and postulate of Mind-healing; but the Science of
Mind-healing is best understood in practical demonstration.
The proof of what you apprehend, in the simplest
definite and absolute form of healing, can alone answer
this question of how much you understand of Christian

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Science Mind-healing.  Not that all healing is Science,
by any means; but that the simplest case, healed in Science,
is as demonstrably scientific, in a small degree, as the most
difficult case so treated.
   The infinite and subtler conceptions and consistencies
of Christian Science are set forth in my work Science and
Health.


   Is man material or spiritual?

   In Science, man is the manifest reflection of God, perfect
and immortal Mind.  He is the likeness of God; and
His likeness would be lost if inverted or perverted.
   According to the evidence of the so-called physical
senses, man is material, fallen, sick, depraved, mortal.
Science and spiritual sense contradict this, and they afford
the only true evidence of the being of God and man, the
material evidence being wholly false.
   Jesus said of personal evil, that "the truth abode not
in him," because there is no material sense.  Matter, as
matter, has neither sensation nor personal intelligence.
As a pretension to be Mind, matter is a lie, and "the
father of lies;" Mind is not in matter, and Spirit cannot
originate its opposite, named matter.
   According to divine Science, Spirit no more changes its
species, by evolving matter from Spirit, than natural
science, so-called, or material laws, bring about alteration
of species by transforming minerals into vegetables
or plants into animals, - thus confusing and confounding

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the three great kingdoms.  No rock brings forth an apple;
no pine-tree produces a mammal or provides breast-milk
for babes.
   To sense, the lion of to-day is the lion of six thousand
years ago; but in Science, Spirit sends forth its own harmless
likeness.


   How should I undertake to demonstrate Christian Science
in healing the sick?

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