A GENETIC BASIS FOR INTELLIGENCE?

The opposing nature of the spiritual and material views of man is perhaps nowhere more striking than in their different perspectives on intelligence. Basing its spiritual perspective in the Bible, Christian Science explains that intelligence comes from God, the one infinite, omnipotent, divine Mind of the universe. The book of Job, for example, says of God, "He is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth" (23:13).

Since God is also Spirit, intelligence must be wholly spiritual, not dependent on matter for its origin, manifestation, enhancement, or perpetuation. Man, the eternal likeness or outcome of God, divine Mind, reflects this intelligence continuously, boundlessly, eternally.

January 3, 2000
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