Phrase-by-phrase partial listing of Bible quotations, paraphrases, and allusions
in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy
(This webpage is now and will continue to be a work in progress.)
copyright 1996-2004 Robert Nguyen Cramer (version 126.96.36.199)
There is a Topical Index with many more biblical phrases, cross-references, and other resources at http://www.bibletexts.com/topical.htm.
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When [in 1498] Florence was threatened with excommunication, Savonarola was thrown into prison and suffered a martyr's death. At the last when told that he was being cut off from the church, he declared, "From the church militant, yes, but not from the church triumphant."
The implications of a theology based on the sufficiency of faith could be quite significant in simplifying a therapeutic strategy. First, such a notion could logically lead to eliminating the perceived need for pharmaceuticals. Tatian, the noted Christian polemicist of the second century, confirms the power of this logic in his portrayal of the whole pharmceutical enterprise as a Satanic artifice:
"Pharmacy in all its forms is due to the same artificial devising. If anyone is healed by matter because he trusts in it, all the more will he be healed if in himself he relies on the power of God. Just as poisons are material concoctions, so remedies too belong to the same substance." [Tatian, Oracio ad Graecos 18]
Thus, for Tatian, faith in the power of God should indeed eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals. The other argument in Tatian is that remedies are as dangerous as poisons because they presumably share the same material constitution... A similar antipharmaceutical sentiment appears in Justin Martyr, who praises Christians able to heal patients who could not be cured by "those who used incantations and drugs." [Justin, Second Apology 6; Ante-Nicene Fathers 1:190]
Athenagoras [writing between 176-180 A.D.] was the first apologist to identify God as Mind (Leg. 10.3). Philo accasionally referred to God in this way, treating him as "the active cause, the most pure and unsullied Mind of the universe" (On the Creation of the World 8), but such a doctrine was only one of his interpretations. Athenagoras himself also used the term "Mind" in regard to the Son...
Both Athenagoras and Theophilus [writing in the late 2nd century A.D.] are willing to call the Son or Logos the Mind of the Father (Clement calls the Logos the Son of the Father-Mind).
For "the image of God" is his Word (and the divine Word, the light who is the archetype of light, is a genuine son of Mind [the Father]); and an image of the Word is the true man, that is, the mind of man, who on this account is said to have been created "in the image" of God and "in his likeness," because through his understanding heart he is made like the divine Word or Reason [Logos], and so rational [logikos]
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