Christianity, Democracy, and the Real Man

One day a student of Christian Science was pondering the statement, frequently made after the World War, that Christianity had proved a failure, and its refutation by thinking people, who showed beyond cavil that it was not Christianity that had failed, but the poor concept of Christianity which many had held. Then there came to her the same argument in another form, saying that democracy had failed. Again came the answer that it was not democracy, but the false concept of democracy, which had failed. The perfect concept of democracy had not as yet become evident to humanity, although men were striving valiantly to discern and to understand its true nature.

While she thus reasoned, the "still small voice" of spiritual Truth gave forth this question: Then, what about man? And as never before came the recognition that as yet, by the world at large, the real man, made in God's image and likeness, had only been imperfectly seen. It is true that the ages had sought for this man, as the later years had sought for an understanding of Christianity and democracy; but, except in the case of Jesus and a few of his followers, what had been seen had been more or less vague, having come as "through a glass, darkly."

Until the advent of Christian Science—"the Comforter ... even the Spirit of truth"—progress in this direction had been slow. During Jesus' time, and for about three hundred years after his resurrection, great gains were made; but after that the movement slowed perceptibly. Now, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we have the rules by which to proceed in our search for the real man.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

"In due season"
April 24, 1926

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.