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The world is engrossed in what it calls ideas, and, generally, the word is applied to any kind of formulated thought or opinion. Humanly speaking, an idea is a mental conception which may be worked out in ways cognized by the physical senses, such as a method of running a business, a clever invention, a new kind of food, an original mode of expression in art or music, a progressive political step.
"Idea" is a useful word. But Christian Scientists need to take care in the way they employ it. For Christian Science unfolds absolute, spiritual ideas. It reveals that God is divine Mind and that His entire creation is made up of His ideas; and these, being spiritual, must be carefully distinguished from human ideas.
In Christian Science, ideas have certain categories. For instance, God's ideas are His formations: living identities, conscious spiritual beings, of which man is the highest. Then, as Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 88), "To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine idea." All true concepts are Mind's ideas. The concept of God's allness is a spiritual idea. The truth of man's spiritual perfection is a spiritual idea. The fact of man's inseparability from his source is a spiritual idea. Man, Church, and universe are compound ideas, that is, they are compounded of all spiritual ideas.
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Obedience versus Resistance
EVELYN M. S. DUCKETT
The Precious Volume
HAROLD TAYLOR WEEKS
Man, the Loved of Love
ETHEL DELILAH PURDY
The Tenderness of Deity
ALEXANDER A. LE M. SIMPSON
Prayer for Peace
ELLEN WILES BUNTING
Using Our Talents
LESLIE LOWELL CORAM
Helen Wood Bauman
"One step out of error"
Ralph E. Wagers
with contributions from The Christian Science Board of Directors
I had been a semi-invalid for a...
Ora Smith Richardson
My introduction to Christian Science...
L. D. Button
At the invitation of a friend, I...
Elizabeth Newkirk Duncan
Some time ago a lump began to...
Donald Pearce with contributions from Mary Veronica Pearce
In offering this testimony I trust...
Frances A. Gray
Some years ago an infection...
Rachel Miller with contributions from Samuel Miller
Signs of the Times
Ted E. Martin