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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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World of Science, The

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What progress has the wisdom of this world made in the world of science? I answer none at all and in making this bold statement I will try and explain what I mean. Ever since the remembrance of man, phenomena have taken place in the world, the origin of which has baffled the skill of the most profound scholars of the age. They see the shadow and treat it as though intelligence was contained in it. Its form, locality and growth has occasioned much doubt and questioning among the people. And the wisdom of this world, not wishing to be considered unable to give satisfaction to the various repeated enquiries, comes forward with all gravity due to the profession to still the troubled waters by presenting the fact to the world in the form of an opinion which says: The problem is beyond the power of man to fathom and in order to give proof that no further investigation may be deemed necessary, he is followed by priestly robes who displays them to the gazing multitude by repeating the psalmist's words, Thy knowledge is too wonderful for me, I cannot attain unto it. And the people with reverential awe say, “Amen.” Thus conceived, born and baptized into a belief is man's opinions, and its offspring is the shadow or idea, the life of which is its light; and if its light is darkness or ignorance, then the more fearful and dense is the darkness, and its ignorance or false knowledge, which is seen, makes the shadow or trouble, and the world calls it disease.

That which is made was made. Then if it was made, it did not make itself but must have been made by a wisdom or knowledge outside, or independent of what was made; and the wisdom that made it must be in what it made, under whose government it lives. If under the government of this world or man's opinions, then the shadow or disease is its offspring. And if man cannot recognize that which he has made and sees, how can he teach his brother man the wisdom of God or science which he has not seen? This world sees nothing without a form and in order to make a form, there must be something to make the form out of. The mind, it is said, changes; therefore it must be matter and is capable of assuming any form or idea it pleases according to the direction given. In wisdom or science there is no matter or form. We cannot see God or wisdom in a form or idea. There is no darkness in it but perfect light which destroys all darkness or shadow by filling all space. A knowledge of it leads this world out of its false ideas or disease to perfect knowledge or health, which is the world of science.

January 1864

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