This seems to be an age when "the materialistic Thomas" is yet in evidence upon every plane of life. "To this dull and doubting disciple" Jesus still remains "a fleshly reality." "Nothing but a display of matter" can "make existence real to Thomas" (Science and Health, p. 317). There are abundant proofs, however, of a vast and steadily increasing spiritual current which is accomplishing innumerable rescues on every side.—from the perilous rocks and reefs and from the slimy abysses of mortal thought many a human bark has been brought by it into a safe and serene haven. The devil-fishes of materialism seem to be lurking for their prey almost everywhere in the waters of modern life, but the Christ is walking the wave, to cheer and to save.

Mythological beliefs in the reality of matter are still surviving deities in the thoughts of men. Jupiter yet thunders, Vulcan yet stirs his fires, and Charon is yet busily steering his well-laden boat into the dreaded darkness of the Styx; but the rainbows of faith and joy with their celestial promises are spanning the skies, and by those who will listen the tender and loving voice of the Christ is being heard more and more distinctly above the tumult. The reign of the old materialistic gods is drawing to its close. They have lingered long, and men have suffered in despairing anguish under their cruel domination, but while these sufferings have not yet passed, and may not pass altogether for years to come, the voice of the Christ is heard in our hearts, and the dawn of a brighter day, a nobler sense, is at hand.

September 15, 1906

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