Reason and Revelation

In the common thought of mankind that alone is entitled to classification as fact, or truth, which is arrived at through the processes of reason. Especially in the realm of physical science, so called, only that is accepted as true and final which is established through experimentation and reason. Nothing is accepted through faith alone. Only proved results are received into the category of fact. Religionists, on the other hand, have been accustomed to ask that the precepts of religion be accepted largely upon faith. Proof has not always been available.

Reason and demonstration played small part in the religious teachings of the world until the advent of Christian Science. Faith and hope were the chief pillars in the temple of religion until the revelation of the truth about God and man was made—truth which has proved to be largely demonstrable. Now, it is no longer necessary that the teachings of the Founder of Christianity be accepted unquestioningly, that is, merely through faith. With the revelation in Christian Science of the rule and method of scientific Christianity, abundant proof is adduced, proof which is both reasonable and conclusive. In writing of the Scriptural foundation of her discovery and the leadings of the revelation which came to her, Mrs. Eddy states in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 110), "The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated." For the first time, Christianity was found to be scientific, and the spiritual truths discovered through revelation were found to correspond with both logic and reason. Christianity has taken on a new meaning since this discovery, and in consequence humanity is blessed beyond measure.

Upward Wings
July 13, 1929

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