What is idealism?

by Matt Slick

Idealism is a philosophy that emphasizes mind over matter.  It states that the material world has no real existence and everything is mind.  “Idealism was the philosophy that reality does not exist in the physical realm but in the mind.  Behind all reality is a divine mind, moving the world toward good.” 1

Christian Science would be a form of idealism.  It teaches God is Mind, S&H 330:20-21; 469:13; God is the only intelligence in the universe, including man S&H 330:11-12; Evil and good are not real, S&H 330:25-27; 470:9-14; Life is not material or organic, " S&H 83:21; Matter, sin, and sickness are not real, but only illusions,"  S&H 335:7-15; 447:27-28.

Idealism is a philosophy of the mind.

  • 1. Enns, P. P. (1997, c1989). The Moody handbook of theology (546). Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press.

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.