"Elevating the race"

In Christian Science we are convinced that salvation is an individual affair. That is, each one must feel the coming of Christ, the true idea of God, in his thinking and living so that he may demonstrate the power of God and come to a better sense of health, of morals, and of supply. One cannot do this for another, and this cannot be accomplished en masse. It is individual.

But naturally this development is related to the general good and the general progress of society. The question then arises, If salvation is individual and comes from the spiritual idea of man's sonship with God unfolding within the individual consciousness, how are the great masses going to come to this state of development? How can the downtrodden, the deprived, the poor, even begin to lift their heads above the lowest level of subsistence and come to realize some sense of dominion? Is it necessary to create a climate of opportunity? Does society have the responsibility to provide the way for the poor to come into a better sense of their individual potentiality?

An answer to these questions can be seen in Mrs. Eddy's definition of "Church" in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" which reads:

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