"In the midst of a revolution"

The woman in the pulpit doesn't know of Einstein, Heisenberg, or Bohr, doesn't know of the great physicists of the twentieth century still to come. Her sermon is being delivered in 1880 in Boston. Yet in it she states with assurance: "We are in the midst of a revolution; physics are yielding slowly to metaphysics; mortal mind rebels at its own boundaries; weary of matter, it would catch the meaning of Spirit." Christian Healing, p. 11.

The woman was Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science. And some decades later, popular books and magazines were immersed in explaining to the public the extraordinary change that had indeed been taking place in the natural sciences' concept of matter.

No longer was matter being seen as the collection of substantial atoms it had been taken to be in the nineteenth century. Now it was apprehended as an aggregation of tiny, unseen, short-lived particles smaller than neutrons. But these particles themselves are seen as a pattern of subatomic happenings—constantly changing events that could be described only in terms of mathematical probability. And the probabilities are altered by the very act of observing!

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BIBLE NOTES Pullout Section
October 29, 1984

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