True Transcendentalism

On page 492 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes, "For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence." We frequently hear the remark made that Christian Scientists are too transcendental,—meaning that they are given to a sort of daydreaming, believing in a vague something which has no real existence or reality.

Webster's dictionary defines the word "transcend" as "to rise above or beyond;" and transcendentalism as the "true knowledge of all things, ... so far as the mind is capable of knowing them." On page 301 of Science and Health, in speaking of the real man, Mrs. Eddy says: "He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science." Here is a definite and concise explanation of the fact that real and eternal verities are cognized only through spiritual sense, and this, to the extent that the transcending thought is capable of comprehending these truths. This does not mean that Christian Scientist walk with their heads in the clouds or are visionaries. The true Christian Scientist knows that the human footsteps cannot be ignored; neither does he wish to ignore them. That is the very reason why Christian Science is available in human affairs, and is such a blessed and practical religion.

Unlimited Capacity
October 4, 1924

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