On Keeping "abreast of the times"

The requirement of the By-Law in the Church Manual (Art. VIII, Sect. 14) that the Directors of The Mother Church see that the periodicals, the organs of the church, are "kept abreast of the times," implies the necessity of similar alertness on the part of contributors and subscribers. Without this reciprocal relation, how can the far-reaching purpose of our Leader be realized?

Many students may vividly remember the sudden, startling impetus given thought when in 1908 it was announced to the Field through the church periodicals that a daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, would soon be issued. The spiritual demand that Christian Scientists promptly awake to their added responsibilities became insistent. They felt the summons to lift their eyes to a horizon far beyond their own doorstep. This imperative call to aid in the world's thinking could not be unheeded. Things they did not like to look at or think of, problems they did not feel able to cope with, must now be faced courageously, and correct thinking concerning the world's doings must be cultivated and maintained.

January 14, 1933

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