A College Student Writes

Ideal Models

During his college experience a student may be introduced to many concepts through the use of ''ideal models," such as ideal gases, ideal political systems, or ideal verbal communication, to name a few. Although these models serve as useful bases for illustration, the student recognizes, however, that they are hypothetical, that the seeming nature of things precludes the possibility of ever attaining the state they describe. Instead limitations and deviations must be imposed before actual conditions are reached.

College students who are also Christian Scientists make use of yet another ideal model, set forth in the Bible statement, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him."  Gen. 1:27; These students hold that this ideal—man in God's image—is the true explanation of man. They learn of God in Mrs. Eddy's words, "The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence."  Science and Health, p. 587; This definition of God, which clearly indicates His allness, is given in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health.

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