"The time for thinkers"

The time for thinkers has come" is the dynamic statement of Mrs. Eddy on the first page of the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and we do well if we consider whether we as individuals can be counted among the thinkers. The human mind is disinclined to exert itself, and, with its belief of minds many, would rather gather in predigested thought, or fashion its thinking after that of another human mind more active or greater than itself. In this day and age, however, when the opportunities for intellectual development are so extensive, one would expect active exercise of the thinking faculty. We have progressed somewhat, to be sure, but at the same time there is a tendency toward "a little folding of the hands to sleep," while newspapers, magazines, lecturers, or our respected neighbors do our thinking for us, and we parrotlike voice their opinions.

Christian Scientists of all people should be thinkers. Most of them had to do a great deal of thinking before they accepted Christian Science. It meant leaving the religion of their fathers, or turning from agnosticism or skepticism to an understanding of God. It meant relying upon God for healing instead of upon more generally accepted material methods. It often meant estrangement from friends and relatives. Such steps as these could not be taken without deep thought or without turning to the Mind which is God for help and guidance.

The Symbol of the Sun
September 25, 1920

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