READY FOR A JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE?

A LINE from this week's Bible Lesson, titled "Soul and Body," launched me on a journey into space! Science and Health states: "Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system" (p. 122, citation 4). Remember Ptolemy? He's the astronomer/mathematician from the second century a.d. whose geocentric model claimed that the sun, planets, and all space revolved around the earth. That view seems ancient to us today, but it actually took centuries of sacrifice and scientific research to establish the truth of a heliocentric (sun-centered) solar system.

How does this bit of astronomy relate to Soul and body? According to the "mistaken theories" of our day, humanity is educated to place the body at the center of life with health, sight, well-being revolving around it. We may often feel defined, even trapped by our bodies. But that's all backward! As Science and Health puts it: "As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind" (p. 119, cit. 5 ).

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