Christian Science and the College Student

The creeds and ideologies of mankind have failed to unite their adherents on the basis of Love, and this is made manifest in the chaos of modern civilization. Thus a portentous challenge faces the thinker of today. There is, however, throughout the world an ever-increasing number of those who are demonstrating unity because their religion is based upon divine Principle, through their individual and collective perception of truth. Those who have found Christian Science know that in its teachings the revelation and perception of spiritual realities which will bring a society on "earth, as it is in heaven" are set forth; that the "city foursquare," the New Jerusalem, can be—indeed is—a present, demonstrable fact.

This unity is in evidence in many university organizations formed under the provisions of Article XXIII, Section 8, of the Church Manual. Members of these organizations form their own constitution and modify it from time to time as the occasion arises under the provision of the Manual, for the organizations are self-governed. They meet formally in meetings that are patterned after the Wednesday evening meetings in Christian Science churches, and they sponsor Christian Science lectures.

These organizations are a means whereby university students who are interested in Christian Science may move and work together on problems of mutual interest. These are the problems of humanity, common to everyone. At a university they have to do, among other things, with the study of literature, history, philosophy, and science. The students are able to work together because they recognize their common tie of brotherhood as sons of God: they are united in one Church, which Mary Baker Eddy defines in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583) in part as, "The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle."

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