What is progress? In these days of world upheaval, probably many of us have been tempted to believe that actually there is very little progress in evidence. We may even have asked ourselves if what we have considered our fine modern civilization is anything more than an empty shell concealing, with what appear to be new and advanced ways of dealing with human problems, the same old unregenerate wickedness of mortal mind. Looked at from a material standpoint, and in the aggregate, there seems to be much substantiation for such a conclusion. This should lead us as Christian Scientists to seek for evidences of progress in "a better country, that is, an heavenly," as the Bible phrases it.

"Progress," Mary Baker Eddy tells us on page 181 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," "is spiritual. Progress is the maturing conception of divine Love; it demonstrates the scientific, sinless life of man and mortal's painless departure from matter to Spirit, not through death, but through the true idea of Life,—and Life not in matter but in Mind."

Co-operative Competition
March 4, 1944

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