The highest philosophic thought has for many centuries grasped the sense that there is and must be an invisible reality opposed to the phenomenal and transient view of things. Kant teaches the difference between "empirical reality, or appearance of facts in our experience, and absolute reality, which belongs to the thing itself;" while Bronson Alcott writes that "the idealist is the true realist, grasping the substance and not the shadow; the man of sense is the visionary or illusionist, grasping things as permanencies and thoughts as fleeting phantoms." In the light of this statement, surely we cannot be surprised that our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, should say of Alcott: "His athletic mind, scholarly and serene, was the first to bedew my hope with a drop of humanity" (Pulpit and Press, p. 5).

St. Paul defines this difference from the Christian point of view, when he admonishes us to "look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." The power, the wonderful power which accompanies the spiritual understanding of this philosophic and Christian truth, is today through the teaching of Christian Science being demonstrated to the world, and is the spiritual leaven that will "overturn, overturn, overturn, ... until he come whose right it is." Mrs. Eddy writes: "Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal" (Science and Health, p. 335). In the New Testament we find this luminous verse in the fifth chapter of I John: "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true [real], and we are in him that is true [real], in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true [real] God, and eternal life."

December 30, 1911

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