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From the August 1888 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The answer to the oft-repeated question, Is there no matter? involves another question, What is matter? The word matter is defined, by standard authority, as the material, or substance, out of which any object or thing is made, — substance which changes in form according to the evolution of physical law, as seen in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms, in their various stages of birth, growth, and decay. Matter is also spoken of as something which relates to the metaphysical, as well as physical, world.