The sense and nonsense of Christian science

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byLeon Cushing Prince

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V The Loose Screw in Christian Science Metaphysics IT must be apparent to one who has ever tried to discuss with a Christian Scientist the subject of his faith and doctrine, that the followers of Mrs. Eddy, generally speaking, have never learned to think more than one layer deep. Attempt to get a lucid and consistent exposition of the Christian Science theory of life, health or disease, and they will retreat from the issue in a circle or else back into a metaphysical quicksand and quit with the illuminating argument, "Well, I cannot explain it, but if you will study 'Science and Health' it will be perfectly clear to you." Despite the oft-reiterated claim that Christian Science is a system of philosophy, that side of the subject does not appeal strongly to the average Christian Scientist, and an attempt to engage him in discussion is apt to be interpreted as an attack upon his religious beliefs. In the first place, the Christian Science conception of God is not always clear. He is defined both as "Divine Mind" and as "Divine Principle." But as a synonym for mind, "principle" is not a felicitous choice, for the reason that the word carries an impersonal implication which is inconsistent with the attributes of love, intelligence, will, purpose and compassion which Christian Science unequivocally ascribes to the "Divine Mind" and which are inseparable from the idea of personality, human or divine. The conception of God as a mere rule or logical relation, capable of being applied in the manner of an algebraic or geometrical formula to the solution of problems in hygiene or economics, satisfies neither religion nor philosophy. Religion demands an object of adoration and the ties of love and obedience. A mere principle is as blind, as colorless, as devoid ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V The Loose Screw in Christian Science Metaphysics IT must be apparent to one who has ever tried to discuss with a Chris...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217766447

ISBN - 13:9780217766449

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