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The Christian Science writings of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, as nearly as I can understand them, speak of God as Principle and Person. How can God be both Principle and Person:—Inquirer.

In the ordinary sense of personality God cannot be both Principle and Person. Christian Science does not so teach. God could not be divine Principle and person, as personality is humanly understood, unless He is both divine and human. Such a conception is unscriptural, for the Scriptures declare Him to be Spirit. If Spirit is divine, God would be both divine and human—if the theory that the human is divine were correct—and therefore humanity would be co-equal with God. This would lead inevitably to the Pagan doctrine of many gods, and destroy God's unity and supremacy. God, however, as infinite Spirit, universal Love, eternal Truth, and supreme Intelligence, is the highest conception of personality, for we cannot conceive of Intelligence apart from true personality, although we can conceive of Intelligence apart from fleshy embodiment.

In this sense Christian Scientists are always happy to place their conception of God over against that which would have Him to be a big man, or a magnified human being.

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