The Resurrection and Realism

Many today do not believe that Christ Jesus actually rose from the grave. They regard the resurrection as a story which symbolizes the triumph of the spirit of Love which Jesus preached, but they fail to recognize the possibility of a human life restored after crucifixion, death, and burial. They believe in realism, and realism to them means that which is demonstrable today as a material phenomenon.

Christian Science accepts the resurrection of Christ Jesus as a literal fact. It insists further that, given a sufficient understanding of what really happened, we can prove that it is a fact. And an important part of what really happened was a demonstration of the nature of matter.

We are all conscious of matter through the physical senses. It exists in the minds of mortals, and there is no evidence of its existence in any other place. But because mortals have consistent views of matter—a thousand people passing by a single object will see it and describe it similarly—people conclude that matter exists of itself and that the mind of a mortal observes it through the senses. The fact that there are optical illusions does not afford sufficient evidence to deny all material sensation as false.

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The Unreality of Matter
March 25, 1967

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