"The spirit of Christ calling us together"

The challenge of materialism thrown down to the Christian church is a serious one and calls for much more than mere unification, helpful and desirable as this may appear to be. Effective unity can be achieved in only one way: through spiritualization of thought. By means of this the spiritual facts of being can be made the basis of our refutation of the claims of materialism, for these would do violence to the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.

Spiritual facts must be spiritually interpreted if they are to be used in meeting the atheistic reactions to Christianity that are prevalent today. Even though Christian Scientists are at present seldom brought into ecumenical discussions, they are nevertheless doing much prayerful thinking on the needs of the Christian church in this century.

It is evident throughout Mrs. Eddy's writings that she gave thoughtful consideration to the subject of Christian unity. A telling sentence in her article entitled "One Cause and Effect" is this one (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 21): "As the ages advance in spirituality, Christian Science will be seen to depart from the trend of other Christian denominations in no wise except by increase of spirituality."

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February 6, 1965

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