Unchanging Church, Changing Culture

Culture, as the term is generally used, refers to the fabric of human living woven of skills, arts, customs, traditions, technology, politics, education, language, and the like. Such elements express human thought; they change as mentality changes. And thought is especially changeful today under the impact of divine Truth.

By contrast, Church, in its spiritual essence, is unchanging. This spiritual concept, represented by the Church of Christ, Scientist, is the idea of divine Truth. To use Mary Baker Eddy's words in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle." Science and Health, p. 583; Church is as immutable as Truth. Though the spiritual concept of Church is not subject to social or cultural processes, it elevates these in the measure it is understood. But being wholly spiritual, Church is itself untouched by the forces of material acculturation.

Natural Rather than Artificial Stimulus
June 20, 1977

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