Since the advent of what we call the atomic age a few educators, physicists, artists, and statesmen, as well as religionists and metaphysicians, have been saying that a new moral and spiritual atmosphere is essential if civilization as we know it is to be preserved and advanced. It is increasingly observed by the very experts themselves that however necessary and significant are technological development, academic education, and mechanized might, they have not saved mankind from its own ingenuity.

We are seeing more clearly what the writer of Ecclesiastes meant when he said (Eccl. 7:29), "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions." And we are understanding better what the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, means when in referring to the Preacher's words she says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 196): "If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. It is but a blind force. Man has 'sought out many inventions,' but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can save him from the dire effects of knowledge."

In stressing the need of wider education as the surest means of saving the race from its own material devices, a noted educator has recently said in effect that education will demonstrate its fitness to cope with the threatening problems of the new age only as we honor and accept the one Father, God, when we acclaim the brotherhood of man.

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October 16, 1948

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