"Let your light so shine"

In these days of breaking away from customs and traditions, Christian Scientists, like every one else, are confronted with the lure of the extreme in dress, in amusements, and in the exploitation of the sexes which is now so popular through newspapers, magazines, current fiction, and the stage. That these things constitute dangers to be guarded against, just as surely as the danger which Mrs. Eddy saw thirty-one years ago, there can be no doubt. At that time she wrote, speaking from the standpoint of editor and publisher of the Christian Science magazine, which had just been given to the public,—

"Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally reflects that it is dangerous to live, so loaded with disease seems the very air. These descriptions carry fears to many minds, to be depicted in some future time upon the body. . . . If we can aid in abating suffering and diminishing sin, we shall have accomplished much; but if we can bring to the general thought this great fact that drugs do not, cannot, produce health and harmony, since 'in Him [Mind] we live, and move, and have our being,' we shall have done more" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 7).

That in the succeeding years much has been accomplished in the wide-spread dissemination of the "healing, purifying thought" which the Christian Science periodicals have carried into such a multitude of homes all over the world, there can be no doubt, nor should there be any doubt that much can be accomplished at the present time by bringing to the general thought the fact that "man is not material; he is spiritual" (Science and Health, p. 468).

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Flesh and Spirit
March 14, 1914

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