Accession: 661B.71.042
Editorial Title: Elisha Dayton to Mary Baker Eddy, November 18, 1883
Author: Elisha Dayton 
Recipient: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: November 18, 1883
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Elisha Dayton on embossed lined paper from Marengo, Illinois.
Editorial Note: Dayton writes that he has the two volumes of Science and Health and wonders if he can learn Christian Science just from studying them. He is not able to go to Chicago to study. Dayton also asks Eddy the following question: "If as you state all that is mortal is a dream an error & not God-made, I wish to inquire if our capacity for formulating a dream is not back of all of this & is not the capacity real? If real it is God-made & if God-made can it be error?" A notation on the letter says that Dayton's question will be answered in the February issue of The Christian Science Journal. In that issue Eddy restated the question and provided an answer. The question and answer later appeared, in revised and expanded form, in Eddy's book, Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, on pages 49-50Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 1883-189649:15If all that is mortal is a dream or error, is not
 our capacity for formulating a dream, real; is it not
 God-made; and if God-made, can it be wrong, sinful, or
49:18an error?
 The spirit of Truth leads into all truth, and enables
 man to discern between the real and the unreal. Enter‐
49:21taining the common belief in the opposite of goodness,
 and that evil is as real as good, opposes the leadings of
 the divine Spirit that are helping man Godward: it pre‐
49:24vents a recognition of the nothingness of the dream, or
 belief, that Mind is in matter, intelligence in non-intel‐
 ligence, sin, and death. This belief presupposes not
49:27only a power opposed to God, and that God is not All-
 in-all, as the Scriptures imply Him to be, but that the
 capacity to err proceeds from God.
49:30That God is Truth, the Scriptures aver; that Truth
 never created error, or such a capacity, is self-evident;
50:1that God made all that was made, is again Scriptural;
 therefore your answer is, that error is an illusion of
50:3mortals; that God is not its author, and it cannot be
 real.
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