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How can I understand ‘the scientific statement of being’ better?

From the April 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy poses the question “What is the scientific statement of being?” and provides this answer: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual” (p. 468). 

Recently on Sentinel Watch, a podcast of the Christian Science Sentinel, Rita Polatin asked Christian Science practitioner and teacher Janet Clements to share her insights on “the scientific statement of being.” The following is an edited summary of their conversation, including questions from Sentinel Watch listeners.

Our first question is from California: “Why is ‘the scientific statement of being’ called ‘scientific’?” 

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