The Path of Progress

Reviewing the social conditions of the present day, one may regard with wonder the progress that has been made within the last few years. The beginning of the overturning of autocratic institutions, the increasing desire for democracy all over the world, the signs of a change in the status of woman, and the spread of prohibition—all these things compel attention and induce the question, What impels such progress? Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 170), "Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress."

There is only one teaching which rightly explains spiritual causation, and that is Christian Science. It is based upon Jesus' declaration that "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." If the cause of all things is Spirit, God, then in the words of Paul, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Now the recognition of God as infinite Spirit and of man as His image and likeness, spiritual and not material, is something that must change every human condition for the better. It is this fundamental fact about the true nature of God and man which impels progress. The evil which so long slept undisturbed in the mentalities of nations, churches, and individuals is stirred up and brought to light by the activity of spirituality. This spiritual awakening may be expressed in the words of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," by Julia Ward Howe:—

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Leave It with Him
May 3, 1919

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