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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

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Dr. Phineas P. Quimby
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The World of Science

January 1864

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 to 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 inquiries, 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 display 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.



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