A College Student Writes

"Dominion, not subjection"

We often hear it said today that man is a creature of his environment or a helpless victim of the society that produced him. And how often the college student who has had Christian Science training has to refute these same claims in his everyday learning experience! He realizes that one must constantly guard his thought against the boastful delusions of mortal mind and replace erroneous suggestions with a knowledge of what is true concerning man. The Christian Scientist does not wait for worldly thinking to challenge him; he challenges the world's materialism with Christian Science.

Taking the Bible and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy as his sole authority for understanding man's God-given dominion, he agrees with the inspired words from Genesis, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over ...all the earth." Gen. 1:26; Writes Mrs. Eddy: "Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection." Science and Health, pp. 517,518;

Much of college experience, however, seems to concern itself with subjection to false desires. The casual reach for a cigarette or an occasional alcoholic drink may seem trifling enough at first; but analyzed under the microscope of Science, it presents quite a different story. Underlying the desire to conform to the crowd or to relax tensions exists a subtle pull toward matter as a satisfying outlet for release.

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July 13, 1968

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