The search for absolute reality has long engaged the attention of thinkers. Early it was recognized that the ever-changing phenomena of the material universe afforded no evidence of the real and permanent. To discover the real has called forth some of the best intellectual effort of the ages—with only negative results. Philosophy, in its quest for reality, has pushed the capacities of the human mind to their farthest reaches, only to arrive at a dead end.

In his "First Principles" (1888 Printing of Fourth Edition, pp. 68, 69) Herbert Spencer sums up the situation in these words: "The conviction, so reached, that human intelligence is incapable of absolute knowledge, is one that has been slowly gaining ground as civilization has advanced.... All possible conceptions have been tried one by one and found wanting; and so the entire field of speculation has been gradually exhausted without positive result: the only result arrived at being the negative one above stated—that the reality lying behind all appearances is, and must ever be, unknown. To this conclusion almost every thinker of note has subscribed."

With the discovery of Christian Science, however, has come the revelation of reality as God, the one and only Mind, or Spirit, and His perfect creation, the spiritual universe, including man. In I Corinthians Paul gives the key to reality. He writes (2:11, 14): "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.... But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." One could scarcely ask for a clearer explanation than this. It defines the things of God as spiritual.

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August 12, 1950

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