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[Of Special Interest to Young People]
Many persons today are flattered to be known as sophisticated. Through popular use the word "sophistication"' has taken on a disguise which makes it seem a desirable quality, but dictionary definitions strip it of its glamorous pretenses and reveal it for what it is.
One definition of "sophistication" is "sophistry." Sophistry was a form of teaching in ancient Greece. The word is defined in part as "specious but fallacious reasoning; employment of arguments which are intentionally deceptive."
Today we are besieged on every hand by sophisms. Expensive advertising campaigns of depraving products propagandize mortals through an endless succession of arguments in appealing words and pictures. With their specious but fallacious reasoning, these arguments would endeavor to deceive mankind into believing that the use of tobacco and alcohol, as well as other stimulants, is desirable; that it can enhance the joy and beauty of living and make individuals more attractive.
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MAN'S CONTINUING USEFULNESS
ARTHUR W. WERNER
LOUISE EVANS HANSCHKE
OUR IMPERSONAL PASTOR
Robert Oliver Shipman
Often we hear of healings...
KATHRYN E. DAVIS
HERBERT M. ROSE
JANE KIRK HUNTLEY
THE NEEDLE'S EYE
Margery Todahl Blokhine
The Christian Science Board of Directors
DEMONSTRATING THE UNREALITY OF EVIL
GOD'S CALL AND OUR ANSWER
John J. Selover
With the hope of encouraging...
H. Gerald Bird with contributions from Marion B. Bird
Words are inadequate to express...
Betty Weatherwax Beaudreau
My testimony was printed in the...
Christian Science came to my...
Nearly forty years ago I turned...
Henry Calvert Knight
I feel that the time has come for...
Jean V. Smith
To have been reared in Christian Science...
Sally Cole Gorman with contributions from Helen R. Cole
Our family has had many wonderful...
Signs of the Times
Canon A. H. Walker