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"WHAT IS TRUTH?"
Charlotte (Mich.) Leader
This is a question of considerable meaning. It has been asked by all generations of the past, back as far as history, tradition, or mythology reach, and no answer yet written on the trestle-board of matter except that of the sphinx—silence. When "truth" is finally perceived by average humanity it will probably be found there, in the silence, and not in the boorish gibberish and exploitation of the "Eureka" crowd, who in every Sunday newspaper or monthly doggerel flaunt the remnant of some speck of matter aloft with the cry, "I have found it."
It is already learned, by all students and searchers, that what promises to lead closest to that most desired haven, toward which all intelligent people are faced, is not in matter. We have to deal, unfortunately perhaps, almost constantly with what we call matter, but we know that real truth is not there any more than in the rainbow or the mirage, for under the skilful hand of the chemist and modern chemical equipment we find that matter is easily resolved into shifting, changing, unsubstantial chaos. It does not need the metaphysician or philosopher to tell us that the real seeker for truth must look elsewhere than in the domain of what we call matter. In fact, to dismiss all senseless arguing and petifogging. and step directly into the heart of the problem, there is but one direction to look with any promise for truth and what is most to be desired by the human soul, and that is into the realm of the unseen, into the deep silence of being. And we are compelled to go there more or less and sooner or later, in spite of ourselves.
Every one of us, driven from the unseen realms of life, would be no more than chunks of clay. Everything of value to the world, as also to its individual parts, comes from what cannot be seen, felt, tasted, smelled, or heard by the physical senses. All ambition, all love and affection existing between the parent and child or between friends, all hope, all pleasure, all that can possibly be real in life, comes from the unseen. The manifestations of what we know as matter can only be used for convenience, as the hoe to the farmer, the boat to the mariner, or vegetation for food. None of us would underrate the usefulness of matter in our present evolutionary pilgrimage, but neither can we afford to embrace it, wallow in it, and call it all. Every hour of our lives gives us experiences that would stamp such a proposition as a gross and unfortunate error.
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AN ARCTIC AURORA
by George Kennan.
THE CORRECTION OF MISTAKES
HENRY BRADFORD SIMMONS.
AN ERRONEOUS REPORT CORRECTED
with contributions from Editor, John D. Long
A SEEKER AFTER LIGHT
with contributions from Losthope Yesterday, R. Stanhope Easterday
When it is remembered that Mrs. Eddy's mission for...
Willard S. Mattox
Christian Science does not teach that "the trees, the...
The unbiased outsider is forced to regard the Christian Scientist...
with contributions from Theodore Roosevelt
with contributions from Judge Hanna, Harry D'Esta
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
MRS. EDDY'S RELATION TO THE PEACE MOVEMENT
THE ROOTS OF BITTERNESS
John B. Willis
LETTERS TO OUR LEADER
with contributions from Clarence A. Buskirk, Mary E. Backus, J. Knox Leslie, A. Florence Grant, M. Ethel Whitcomb, Sarah C. Linscott, Alice E. Linnell, Albert S. Parmelee, Sue H. Mims, Villa Mills Grant, Florence Maria Henerey, Robert Q. Grant, Archie E. Van Ostrand
AMONG THE CHURCHES
Charles D. Holcombe
When I first heard of Christian Science I had been...
Jennie W. Copwell
About nine years have passed since I quit taking medicine...
Lizzie A. McDowell
About twenty-two years ago I was operated upon in a...
M. Iowa Clark
I am a man of middle age, and until June, 1900, I...
C. George Miller
With a grateful heart I testify to the blessings I have...
When Christian Science was first presented to me,...
Nettie S. Allen
It is now over three years that I have been interested...
Frances L. Trayser
For fifteen years I was a sufferer from stomach trouble,...
For twenty years I was a great sufferer
About six years ago our three children were taken very...
M. Elizabeth Bottorff
About five years ago I had very severe attack of...
L. R. Harrah
Until about eight years ago, when Christian Science was...
Marie L. Armstrong
February, 1896, found me in Ames, Ia., bedfast, and...
Ella Ginn Cord
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