Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter I
Natural Science
A few years since we clipped the following from the
reports on Science:
"At the University at Oxford, a prize of one hundred
pounds was offered for the best Essay on Natural Sci-
ence, to refute the materialism of the present age, or
the tendency to attribute physical effects to physical
causes, rather than to a final spiritual cause."
This de-
mand for metaphysics coming from the very fount of
erudition meets the wants of the age, and is the one
question towering above all others, insomuch as it re-
lates more intimately to the happiness and perfection of
man. The control mind holds over matter becomes no
longer a question when with mathematical certainty we
gain its proof, and can demonstrate the facts assumed.
This proof we claim to have gained, and reduced to its
statement in science that furnishes a key to the har-
mony of man, and reveals what destroys sickness, sin,
and death.
Metaphysical science explains cause and effect; re-
moving the veil of mystery and doubt, from Soul and
body, and from man and God; it unwinds the interlaced
ambiguities of Spirit and matter, and sets free the im-
prisoned Intelligence; explains the phenomenon man,
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

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