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The ‘stuff’—or substance—of our being

From the October 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What is the “stuff” we’re made of?

The answer is often sought in analyzing the structures of matter—the elementary particles, atoms, molecules, compounds, and mixtures that obey physical laws. Even our consciousness has been described by scientific opinion and popular assumption as a highly evolved outcome of inanimate matter. Although some religions and philosophies argue for the existence of an immaterial soul or psyche to help explain our sense of mental, moral, and spiritual identity, they generally accept that this identity is—at least temporarily—tied to a material body.

The understanding of identity taught by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, is revolutionarily different. Based on the teachings of Christ Jesus, Christian Science explains that the fundamental substance of all true being is Spirit, God, not matter. As Mrs. Eddy puts it in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (p. 468).

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