The Relationship of Cause and Effect

It is interesting to note these days the number of writers who are turning their attention to God, not necessarily to deny, but obviously to question, the existence of the Supreme Being. This, of course, is but an indication of a universal questioning.

There was a time when such questioning would have been shunned as irreverent, when it would not have occurred to some to doubt the existence of a primal cause from which to deduce the nature of effect. It is possible that critical questioning today evidences a real desire to understand this cause-and-effect relationship. If so, it will lead to a concept of God and His creation that will do justice to the questioner. Of course Christian Scientists believe that one's quest for understanding would be incomplete without a thorough investigation of Christian Science, including both its theory and its practice.

The most casual reasoning confirms the fact that an effect must have a cause. Similarly, a cause must have an effect. Such reasoning leads one to the conclusion that in an intelligently designed universe there must be a continuing relationship between cause and effect. Such a relationship makes law invariable, and a divine Principle a necessity.

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From the Treasurer of The Mother Church
January 27, 1962

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