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traordinary manner; and when, instead of coming in

great pomp and splendor, it appears in the simpleness

of demonstration, we are staggered at it, and refuse to

accept it; our intellectual pride is shocked, and we are

sure that there has been some mistake. Human nature

is ever the same. The Jews were looking for something

transcendently wonderful, and the absence of it made

the Christ, Truth, to them a stumbling-block. It was

foolishness to the Greeks, who excelled in the worldly

wisdom of that day; but in all ages of the world it has

ever been the power of God to them that believe, not

blindly, but because of an enlightened understanding.

I always did think that there was something beautiful

in the philosophy of life as taught by Jesus Christ, but

that it was impracticable and not susceptible of applica-

tion to the affairs of life in a world constituted as this

appeared to be. As I now view it, that belief was the

result of ignorance of the real power that "moves the

universe," — too much faith in matter or effect, and not

enough in Mind or cause, which is God.

To one who can accept the truth that all causation is

in Mind, and who therefore begins to look away from

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matter and into Mind, or Spirit, for all that is real and

eternal, and for all that produces anything that is last-

ing, the doubts and petty annoyances of life become

dissolved in the light of a better understanding, which

has been refined in the crucible of charity and love; and

they fade away into the nothingness from whence they

came, never having had any existence in fact, being only

the inventions of erring human belief.

Read the teachings of the Christ from a Christian Science

standpoint, and they no longer appear vague and mysti-

cal, but become luminous and powerful, — and, let me

say, intelligible.

It is true, as you intimate, that this theory of life is

much more generally accepted by women than by men,

and it may be true that as a rule their reasoning is much

less rigid in its nature than that of the sterner sex, and

that they may be liable to scan their premises less keenly;

but may it not also be true, that they are of finer texture

and more spiritual in their natures, and that they may

be just as likely to arrive at the truth through their in-

tuitions, in connection with their logic, as we are through

the more rugged courses? If it be true that man is the

more logical, the fallibility of our own reasonings very

frequently becomes painfully apparent even to ourselves,

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