Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter I - Natural Science


on the basis of his Principle, and how to gain his
harmony in science, which seems to us more import-
ant morally and physically than the discovery of the
powers of steam, the electric telegraph, or any other
advanced idea that science has revealed. Views taken
on trust cause conflicting opinions and beliefs that
emit a poisonous atmosphere of mind more destructive
to the harmony of body than the miasma of matter.
Understanding cools and purifies this atmosphere, and
thus invigorates the body; but before this result is ob-
tained, understanding and belief, or Truth and error
must meet in a war of ideas, and the thunderbolt of
public opinion burst overhead; but when this outburst
of opinion is spent of its fury, like the rain-drops on
the earth it will have moistened the parched thought,
whereby the rich buds and blossoms that come from
the tree of Life may put forth new beauty.
Because Christendom may resist the word science,
we shall lose no faith in Christianity, and because we
shall apply this word to Truth, Christianity will lose no
hold on us. We shall let the Principle of things alone
interpret them, and never take an opinion or belief to
steady the altar of science. The Principle of the uni-
verse and man embraces the understanding, and expla-
nation of Soul and body, and is the basis of all science;
but opinions and beliefs regarding God and man, or
Soul and body, are the foundations of all error. There
is no physical science, the Principle of science is God,
Intelligence, and not matter; therefore, science is spir-
itual, for God is Spirit and the Principle of the universe
and man.
We learn from science mind is universal, the first
and only cause of all that really is; also, that the real
and unreal constitute what is, and what is not; that
the real is Spirit, which is immortality, and the un-
real matter, or mortality. The real is Truth, Life,
Love and Intelligence, all of which are Spirit, and Spirit
is God, and God, Soul, the Principle of the universe
and man. Spirit is the only immortal basis. Matter
is mortality; it has no Principle, but is change and de-
cay, embracing what we term sickness, sin, and death.
God is not the author of these, hence Spirit is not the
author of matter; discords are the unreal that make
up the opposite to harmony, or the real that emanates
Truth and not error. Spirit never requires matter to
aid it, or through which to act; no partnership or
fellowship exists between them; matter cannot co-ope-
rate with Spirit, the mortal and unreal with the real
and eternal, the mutable and imperfect with the immu-
table and perfect, the inharmonious and self-destroying
with the harmonious and undying. Spirit is Truth,
matter its opposite; viz., error; and these two forces
control man and the universe, and are the tares and
wheat that never mingle, but grow side by side until
the harvest, until matter is self-destroyed; for not until
then do we learn ourselves Spirit, and yield up the ghost
of error, that would make substance, Life and Intelli-
gence, matter. God and His idea are all that is real
primitively; all is mind, and mind produces mind only,
nature, reason and revelation decide, that like produces
like; matter does not produce mind, nor, vice versa.
We name matter, error, it being a false claim to Life
and Intelligence, that returns to dust ignored by Spirit,
that is supreme over all, and knows nothing of matter.
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