The "rapid strides" of Youth

Mary Baker Eddy recognized the advantages of youth—its teachableness and its openness to follow fresh developments. She says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "While age is halting between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid strides towards Truth." Science and Health, p. 236;

The tendency of young people is often to break with the past, to set up their own standards and goals, and to strike out along new paths. The explosion of material knowledge in our times makes this break seem more feasible than ever before. The improvement in communication and transportation, bringing the world into one great family, has a profound influence on youth. It should rouse in them a determination to take quick strides toward the good that human knowledge includes—that which represents Truth—and not toward the evil that has proliferated through increased intercommunication of mortals.

Christ, Truth, the divine ideal, which Jesus exemplified, has not changed, but the understanding of it has, especially in those instructed in Christian Science. To make "easy and rapid strides towards Truth," young people need to see the character, the purpose, and the demands of Christ. The ideal man revealed by Christ, Truth, is the perfect likeness of God, Spirit. This man knows no limits of intelligence but reflects God's omniscience, His all-knowing characteristic.

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No Chemical Shortcut to Inspiration
August 26, 1967

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