A reader sent in the following quote:
Max Planck, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, considered the father of Quantum Theory, made the following statement when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics:
As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
It’s amazing that Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, had the unreality of matter figured out decades before quantum physicists started making statements like the above.
Eddy did not have an electron microscope or complex mathematical equations at her disposal to reach her conclusions. She relied upon divine wisdom, her healing work, spiritual reasoning, Jesus’ teachings and the Bible to discover the ultimate reality of all things in Spirit.
Quantum physicists still have more to learn for they generally believe that matter is some type of entity. They are trying to figure out what it is, whereas Eddy saw further to the reality of Mind where matter disappears entirely and is replaced by idea.
She wrote in her landmark book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,
“Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.” Mary Baker Eddy
From this quote, one might conclude that Eddy came to her conclusion about the unreality of matter by proving the unreality of disease. Disease looks very real to the physical senses, but in spiritual sense, it disappears.
Eddy was very good at tuning into spiritual sense and seeing the unreality of discordant material conditions, for she healed hundreds of so-called incurable diseases, often instantaneously. Evidently, she saw the unreality of matter too through the same spiritual awareness, and left her inspiring teachings for us to learn from.
She also wrote,
“These two contradictory theories — that matter is something, or that all is Mind — will dispute the ground, until one is acknowledged to be the victor. Discussing his campaign, General Grant said: “I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.” Science says: All is Mind and Mind’s idea. You must fight it out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid.” Mary Baker Eddy