Atonement

The greatest possible contribution to the settlement of theological problems is found in the teaching of Christian Science that the rational and demonstrably true interpretation of the Scripture must in every instance begin with God, and that it must consent to no concepts which are out of harmony with His ideal and infinite nature. This at once settles the question of the spiritual nature of God's universe and of man. It also settles the question of the nature of evil and supplies an intelligible basis for the doctrine of atonement, the philosophy of salvation.

To have part in the atonement, writes Mrs. Eddy, is to "rise into newness of life with regeneration" (Science and Health, p. 24). The definition of the meaning of the word is thus taken out of the field of dogmatic contention, and made a matter of practical demonstration. The thought of divine appeasement, or of meeting the demands of violated divine law, as modern scholastics would put it, thus gives place to the thought of human redemption, and passive dependence upon what Christ has done for us yields to the impelling realization that we must become Christlike, and do the Master's works.

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