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December 23, 2006

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Tony L

Hi there-

As a Christian Scientist myself I just wanted to say that you have remembered quite a lot quite accurately. One thing I would like to tweak is that it is not the world itself that is unreal to the Christian Scientist, it is the limited, material aspects of it that are. The good in the world - individual qualities like creativity, intelligence, patience, love, forgiveness, etc...are very real. So, too, is the beauty in art and nature, the harmony and rhythm in music, the grace and grit in sport, etc. As Mary Baker Eddy puts it, "the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and utility...is more than imagination. It is next to divine beauty and the grandeur of Spirit. It lives with our earth-life, and is the subjective state of high thoughts." There are so many things in day to day life that are, to my mind, the evidences of a divine source, and of our connectedness to Him/Her, but I can understand those who would differ with that conclusion. I appreciate your honestly expressed perspective, given your experience, and I would have to say that I would always rather be in the company of an honest and tolerant atheist than in the company of an intolerant and judgmental religionist...and there seem to be quite a few of those around! As a matter of interest, I grew up in a family of Jewish non-believers (my dad was a communist in Hitler's Germany) before feeling touched by a healing God and then finding the letter of CS afterwards, and so it just shows that it takes all types to make up this planet of ours! All the best to you!

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