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Love in Politics, History, and Economics - Part of the series: Sexuality in the Sublime 


Natural Government  

by Rolf A. F. Witzsche (Feb. 1, 2008)



Prologue

Natural government is the opposite to arbitrary government. It is rooted in Truth, reflected in Love, supporting the vast mission of the human and Sublime Soul.

When Mary Baker Eddy discovered what she termed the divine Principle of scientific mental healing, which she later named Christian Science, she supposed that the Christian churches throughout the lands would embrace her science that brought back to the modern age the lost principles of Christ healing by means of science enabling the healings of old to be repeated.

Her hopes were not fulfilled. Christianity and its metaphysical healing processes had drifted apart. As a consequence, the only option open to her was to create her own church with which to carry forward her mission. With this necessity came her opportunity to create a model for scientifically correct natural government, both to govern her church and to stand as model for the natural government of nations, thereby uplifting the world.

As one might expect the Manual for her model form of government is created as an intricate element of the platform that all her scientific achievements are incorporated into.

In the following exploration the two aspects are brought together as they were evidently designed to operate for the protection of individuals, nations, and civilization.

Below is a comparative chart that sequentially relates the 16 sections of Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual to the foursquare structure that covers all aspects of civilization, pioneered by John in Revelation 21 and extensively outlined and fundamentally defined by Mary Baker Eddy.

The title of the 16 sections of the Manual are shown in black. They are shown in conjunction with Mary Baker Eddy's visual metaphor for the 16-element structure in the form of paintings that are a part of her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas, shown in orange. Both structures are sequentially applied in a progressive manner starting at the lowest point in the first column. The Temple-Church division is superimposed. The logic behind it and the definition for the columns and rows has been described in the previous chapter.


The science Manual for natural Government,
building the science Platform for Civilization

 
 

The universal 'Temple'



The universal 'Church'


The Word

northward - dawn
Revelation

Christ

eastward - sunrise
seen by Wisemen

Christianity

southward - heat of day
the Southern Cross

Divine Science

westward - sunset
peace and harmony

The Word  
 
of Life, Truth and Love
 
"day"
 Heaven

The Divine domain (resource)

4
Seeking and Finding

Meetings

8
Christian Science Healing (part 1)

The Mother Church and Branch Churches

12
Christian Unity (part 1)


Board of Education

16
(...the Morning Star)

Church Manual

Christ,  
the spiritual idea of God
 
"morning"
 Kingdom of Heaven

The Spiritual domain

3
Christ Healing
(part 2)

Discipline

Pison (river)

7
Christmas Morn

Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus
Gihon (river)

11
Treating the Sick

Teaching Christian Science

Hiddekel (river)

15
The Way

Church-Building

Euphrates: (river)

Christianity, the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ idea in Christian history
 
"evening"
 Earth

Moral (transitional)

2
Christ Healing
(part 1)

Church Membership

6
Christmas Eve
(part 2)


Reading Rooms

10
I thank thee O Father..

The Christian Science Publishing Society

14
Truth versus Error

Committee on Publication

Christian Science,  
which today and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar
 
"night"
  Hell

The Physical domain

1
Star of Bethlehem


Church Officers

5
Christmas Eve
(part 1)

Church Services

9
Christian Science Healing (part 2)

Guardianship of Funds

13
Christian Unity (part 2)


Board of Lectureship

Please click on the underlined painting title to view the painting.

 

Definition of the rivers

Pison (river). The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality.

Gihon (river). The rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially.

Hiddekel (river). Divine Science understood and acknowledged.

Euphrates (river). Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.

Note: The rivers can be seen to 'globally' define the entire column in which they are located, though their own definition is located in the spiritual domain.

The major divisions

The only reference that Mary Baker Eddy has provided of how the whole structure needs to be 'seen' is actually provided in visual form. We find this visual metaphor provided in the form of a tablet held in the lap of the woman of Science in the second half of the painting Christmas Eve, the woman in the rocking chair.

Her right had, identified above as pertaining to the concept of Church, is positioned at or near the boy's genitals.  A tablet is centered over her own genitals as if she had given birth to it. We also see her left hand touching the left side of it, the side that is identified above as pertaining to the concept of Temple. We also see a girl in bright clothing standing to her left, the side of the Temple.

The boy at her right hand, metaphorically represents the concept of Church in its scientific dimension. We see him holding her textbook in his right hand, reaching high up, holding up high -- the new form of science, divine Science that had has become the new theology. The boy is shown as if he was drawing the book from her head. 

To the left of the woman of science we see the girl as the budding spiritual sense of a new humanity. She has her right hand on the arm of the woman of Science who has placed her left hand at the left side of the tablet, the side of Temple. The girl represents society living in the Temple, the spiritually conscious humanity celebrating the brightness of her being as the reflection of her celebration of the completeness of God. God cannot be perceived in any other form than being fully complete, reflected in humanity as its inherent completeness that is natural for it as the divine image and likeness. The Temple therefore becomes an arena for celebration, both of the completeness of God and the completeness of man.

In the background, separated by the back of the rocking chair, we see 'old theology' representing the empire-ruled world dominated by an elite entertaining a 'captive' society with sophistry.

On the tablet that we find in the lap of the woman of Science we find a major division presented that divides the structure represented by the tablet down the center into two halves. The major division is dividing the tablet into two functional parts, while the hand placed bedside it shows the two halves actually consisting of four individual vertical parts.

We also find a horizontal division near the top of the tablet that separates the top row from the rest as something unique. She defines it as representing the Word of (God, the sublime) of Life, Truth, and Love, as the first of four major divisions. (S&H 577) What pertains to the top row of the horizontal divisions can be seen as our divine, spiritual resource. The lower horizontal dividing line falls across the center of the lower three rows which she also defined. She defined the lower three rows as the spiritual domain, the moral (transitional), and the physical domain. (S&H p. 115/6)

Mary Baker Eddy also defined two terms in the Glossary of her textbook, which structurally and functionally match the major vertical division of the structure into a right and left half. She gave each of the two terms two separate definitions (presented in separate paragraphs) which functionally stand side by side in their respective half. The two defined terms are, Church, and Ark. 

The term Church is defined (below) as structure of science. This term relates the right side where the rivers are defined to relate to science (shown in the previous chapter). 

Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
    The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.

The term Ark (defined below) gives us the manifest sense that we should experience when the structure of Church is fully functioning.

Ark. Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.
    God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever. The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.

However there is another term defined in her glossary, the term Temple (defined below), which combines both aspects of Ark and also includes the concept of the horizontal division of the lower three rows in to an upper part relating to the spiritual domain, and a lower part relating to the physical domain (with the whole pivoting around the moral that she defined as transitional).

Temple. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.

Mary Baker Eddy put the distinction between Temple and Church prominently on the table in her message for the dedication of the great extension edifice of the Mother Church of Christ, Scientists in Boston, Mass. on June 10, 1906. She concluded her message to the over 30,000 who had come for the dedication service, dedicating the giant structure that had been built and fully paid for with two million dollars received in donations from across the land and other lands, asking if they were aware what precisely they had come to dedicate, saying:

"You have dexterously and wisely provided for The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, a magnificent temple wherein to enter and pray.  Greatly impressed and encouraged thereby, deeply do I thank you for this proof of your progress, unity, and love." (Miscellany p.6)  

They had come to dedicate a church edifice. She called it a temple. The Temple is a structure for celebration, celebrating the completeness of both God and by reflection, man. The Church, on the other had is a structure for discovery, a structure of science, of divine Science, a workhouse in which we discover our completeness in the reflected completeness of God. The 16 elements of her foursquare structure cover both grounds, with the two aspects standing side by side.

All the 16 sections of the Manual therfore appear to be designed to interrelate both vertically within their development and horizontally with each other in the form of a reflection. They interrelate vertically according to the definition of the 'river' that defines the development process within a column. And they interrelate horizontally reflecting the common cardinal point of the specific row (or level of the structure).  For example the lowest level right across the board represents a grouping of elements in which society is severely exposed to failures in civilization and is urgently in need of healing. We can find the related aspect of a specific need referenced on both sides, reflected in Church and in the Temple. Thus in the horizontal context the individual elements can be seen to correlate between identical positions within the two major parts of the structure. For example a correlation would result between element 1 and 9, or 5 and 13, see above.


The horizontal correlation
between "Temple" and "Church"


"Guardianship of Funds" (9)
"Church Officers" (1)

The concept of "Guardianship of Funds" is located on the bottom row as an element of Church. The location on the bottom row tells us that it is an element that is in serious need of healing. It has been noted in the previous chapter that this element, "Guardianship of Funds,"  when see in the universal context relates to the crucial need of society to safeguard the value of its currency as an expression of its inherent creative and productive power. It has been further noted that this safeguarding is currently failing, ensuing potentially catastrophic consequences. The vast scope of the ongoing worldwide economic collapse indicates that a great deal of healing is required for the process to function again to safeguard society's currency, society itself, and civilization as a whole, without which the physical existence of much of society is in danger of disintegrating. 

Obviously the required healing of a failure that goes immensely deep, down to the very heart and soul of mankind in its self-perception, cannot be achieved by merely changing governmental policy. The healing has to be won on a platform of science that is rooted in the Sublime of our humanity and is manifest in the spiritual dimension of the Christ principles that are reflected in human culture and support the structure of civilization. 

This pattern, of taking a healing to the deepest level in our spiritual self-perception, extends through the entire bottom row and finds it equivalent in both halves of Mary Baker Eddy's foursquare structure. The position-defined equivalent section of the Manual would therefore be the section "Church Officers." Element 1 and 9 are both the first element in their respective part.

So what about the section "Church Officers?" What causes an impending crisis here that is in urgent need of healing? In the context of Mary Baker Eddy's organizational structure, which is designed to be functioning in the Temple, the officers are not positioned as leaders, but are positioned at the lowest point in the first column, in the servants quarter so to speak, to function as the temple servants. That includes both the Board of Directors and the President. The demand that comes to light here is immense. It demands in the universal context that every President, King, Queen, Prime Minister, Viceroy, politician, or the like perceive themselves as but servant in the temple whose task it is to see to it that the furnace is stoked, the roof repaired, the bills are paid, and whatever society requires to advance its general welfare is made available to the greatest extend possible. If this was to happen, society would function. Unfortunately we are far from that.

The bottom line is, the king on the block is society, celebrating the completeness of God reflected in humanity. That's the tallest position. No one can exceed that. The only form of leadership that is possible is reflected in the fullness of that celebration, celebrating the profundity of it to the fullest extend possible as Christ Jesus had defined the position of leadership in the Temple. Any other form is mythological heterodoxy.

Jesus rose from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (reported in John 13:5-17)


Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. 

Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 

Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 

Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

In today's world the officers that should serve society want to masters; potentates; the deciders in-chief; the dictators in-chief; rulers of empires; kings in pompous palaces -- thy want to be bowed to, cheered, respected, hailed, and be called "leader," though they haven't got a clue what civilization is, much less how it operates, or even what the general welfare it. And so, the world goes to hell.

The cultural failure that we see here is a mirror image of the cultural failure that is reflected in the section related to "Guardianship of Funds." When society begins to discover its inherent value as human beings and brings it to light to the point that it finds this value reflected in the value of its currency, reflecting its creative and productive power, then the corresponding scene in the Temple will change and the dance of kings will be replaced with the dance of the temple servants. That's inevitable.

The example shows how deeply the correlated individual elements of Church and Temple complement each other.

"Committee on Publication."
"Reading Rooms."

For example, on the second-lowest row we find the Manual-section "Committee on Publication." In its specific form it pertains to the functioning of the Church of Christ Scientist. In this context it is the function of the committee is to correct false statements in public literature about Mary Baker Eddy and her discovered science that she named, "Christian Science." It is the committee task in this context to assure that false statements in the public media are corrected and that the truth be published. While the committee is set up to serve a useful function in this context, in the universal sense Mary Baker Eddy established with this provision a model that is of critical importance for the functioning of civilization. It becomes a model for universally assuring truth in journalism and related aspects. 

In today's world truth is largely omitted, up to 99.9% of it in the most critical areas of published journalism. This drifting away from the truth creates a dangerous environment for society. Frank Herbert said in his "Dune" series of novels, "Who controls the spice, controls the universe." In the imperial world it is being said, "Who controls the oil, controls the world." It is also being said in the modern world that, "who controls the media, controls the mentality of society, and thereby owns society."

For millennia civilization has been under the gun of the war of empire versus mankind, and as Hitler's propaganda minister had pointed out "who owns the media does own the nation." Guess who owns the media today? The modern empire has its banners that boldly proclaim, though thinly concealed, "In Lies we Trust." 

It is not an understatement therefore to say that truth in journalism is one of the great pillars of civilization. It is actually more than that. To underscore its critical importance Mary Baker Eddy assigned the highest salary in her church to the manager of that function related to her church, almost twice the salary that she assigned to its directors. In time society as a whole might institute such a function for its own self-government as a necessary step for its self-defense in the still-raging war of empire versus civilization. 

We assume that the news media presents the truth faithfully and fully. In real terms we are extremely far from that happening. One day we may get to it if we care for it enough for the truth. In the mean time we suffer the dire consequences. A people who don't care to protect their mentality, allowing the truth to be discounted to zero,  loose their humanity and with it their culture and civilization.

Also there is again a correlation apparent between the two sides for the specific element-position. For example, the focus on truth in journalism and related aspects, which is focused on in the section of "Committee on Publication" is focused on is a similar manner in respect to the public domain, in the domain of the Temple. We find this correlative aspect in the section of "Reading Rooms." 

Specifically for her church, Mark Baker Eddy established the institution of the Reading Room that is designed to function as a quiet place for reading and contemplating, and as a publicly accessible library facility where Christian Science literature is made available for purchase, loan, study, and perusal. It is designed to provide as an oasis of peace and enrichment in the busy world of the fast hubbub of commercial competition and cultural pollution. As a universal model the concept of the Reading Room becomes more than that. It symbolized the responsibility of each one of society to maintain its 'reading room' -- its mental environment -- free from the raging world of cultural warfare that imposes itself under the banner, "In Lies We Trust!" 

Society needs to maintain in its daily activities a state of spiritual peace and carefully guard its mental sanctuary against the flood of lies that flow in the world around it, lies that are glad in garments of sophistry, false environmentalism, racism, corporatism, fascism, destructive political and social structures. Maintaining ones 'reading' room therefore becomes as crucial for the welfare of individuals as it is crucial to achieve and maintain truth in journalism and associated aspects, such as truthfulness in the sciences, education, and politics. 

An example for the process of maintaining ones 'reading room' is found in a recent cooperative project of a group of youth made a major effort to help their fellow youth to keep the mental environment from becoming destroyed by the currently unfolding cyber revolution. The title of their alerting project is: Is the Devil in Your Laptop? The research results were published in a mass-distribution pamphlet that was distributed by them by the hundreds of thousands across the major campuses in North America. While the project touches only the fringe of the problem, it nevertheless sets a direction that reflects the direction that Mary Baker Eddy had established a hundred years ago with her model for the "Reading Rooms."

"Church-Building"
"Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus."

Another similarly interesting correlation between Church and Temple can be found on the second-highest row from the top, connecting the Church-related Manual-section "Church-Building" (this denotes a process) with the corresponding Manual section in the domain of Temple, called "Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus." 

While the section in the Manual concerned with "Church-Building" speaks about the structure of an edifice and a deed of trust pertaining to the land on which it stands, the title of the section speaks of a process, the process of building. Otherwise it would not have been hyphenated. In other words, the universal Church as a scientific institution that shapes human culture is still in the process of being built and will always remain so. 

Mary Baker Eddy highlights this sense of continuous Church-building in the preface to the Manual in the last paragraph under Historical Sketch.

THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, IN BOSTON, MASS., is designed to be built,,, thus to reflect in some degree the Church Universal and Triumphant.

The larger sense of the dimension of Church-building is reflective of the forever ongoing need to upgrade human culture, giving it the highest spiritual dimension that can be attained for it. Human culture is an accumulative progression made up of advancing ideas that become a part of the platform of human existence for all times, reflecting the principle of the immortality of good. 

For example, while Plato is long dead, his scientific achievements are still with us. The same holds true for all the achievements of good from before Abraham to beyond our present day. The sum total of it defines human culture, a culture that spans far beyond our lifespan and reflects the boundless quality of Truth and Life. Civilization is a construct of advancing culture. While the genetic development in biology is painfully slow, human culture, which is maintained in thought and ideas, has exceeded all previous limits by many orders of magnitude, both in powers of expression and in the rapidity of progression . Anthropology tells us that it took mankind a million years to stand with a fully erect posture, while cultural progression enabled us to build a civilization in less than 10,000 years that makes it possible for mankind to stand on the moon and explore the universe from it, with most parts of this progression stemming from the last few hundred years. And even then, our cultural development seems to have just begun. 

But as history has also shown, cultural achievements are not handed down to us on a silver platter. That Church needs to be built, stone by stone. And the more profoundly spiritual its structure becomes, the freer and more powerful human living becomes. This interrelationship is extensively explored in the previous chapter in the context of the story of Jacob. The same dimension is also reflected in the functional structure of the Temple in the Manual section of, "Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus."

Pastor Emeritus is a title that Mary Baker Eddy assumed for herself when she was called upon to become the pastor of her newly created church. She refused the position of serving personally as pastor, saying that she already speaks to the congregation through her textbook. She suggested therefore that she assume the title, Pastor Emeritus, which she did. However she also said about herself in the very preface of this very textbook: "To-day, though rejoicing in some progress, she still finds herself a willing disciple at the heavenly gate, waiting for the Mind of Christ." And she emphasised in a message to her church in 1901 and again in 1902, "Follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ." (Message... 01, p. 34 /02, p.4)

In the context of Church she defined Christian Science, as the great Exemplar of the Christ-idea, and the example of it (S&H p.577). In the context of Temple the Science of Church becomes everyone's responsibility as pioneered by her example. She makes the advance of human culture everyone's responsibility, powered by the most leading-edge scientific and spiritual development afforded by the function of Church. What begins in Church lights up the Temple. The Pastor Emeritus thereby reflects itself in society as an obligation of it to spiritually and scientifically light up the world.

Here an odd provision comes into play from the Manual section of, "Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus." It is made the duty of any member called upon by the Pastor Emeritus, personally represented by Mary Baker Eddy, to serve in her household without hesitation, is so called, regardless of that member's other family obligations. This by-law provides for servitude that borders on slavery and may have never been implemented.  However, its universal implication is profound. 

Culture is the soul of humanity. Without it, what would we have? When the call comes upon one from the Sublime of our humanity to enrich it with ever-greater spiritual contributions, the call cannot really be turned down, can it? Culture is the life of society. It is a living construct and ultimately the only true riches we have. Indeed, most of the great scientific, spiritual, artistic, literary, and technological contributions that have enriched human culture through the ages were freely offered and often with an intensity of devotion that makes slavery appear like a holiday. Mary Baker Eddy devoted everything to her mission, as inspired by the Christ, holding back nothing. That is the model that she sets before us, reflected in the Temple as Pastor Emeritus, the standard-bearer for the Christ. Her standard is the highest spiritual achievement that she attained. That is what she demands society to emulate. The interrelationship is well illustrated in the painting Christmas Morn.

It appears that all the great advances in culture were produced in this process of following the call of the Sublime, such as the great symphonies of music that have enriched human culture, and the great achievements in science, and likewise the lesser contributions that aid the cultural projects, like contributions of support. When Mary Baker Eddy published the first edition of her textbook, the printing cost took all that she had and the result was useless, being filled with printing errors. So she had to get it redone, which added to the burden. Also the renting of suitable halls for her early public presentation imposed enormous burden on her budget. But in time the contribution were received to advance the work that would in time uplift the whole of human culture with a contribution that has barely begun to unfold. Many became a part of this process in their own way. As the result, thirty years later, her work had permeated and uplifted the nation and had spread into many parts of the world and enriched society universally with a wave of healing which still continues to some degree. When in 1902 the modest church edifice in Boston was deemed too small, two million dollars were pledged in a motion, to built a larger one to seat 5000, which was completed and dedicated in 1906, all fully paid for when it was completed with donations from all over.  More than 30,000 had come to Boston to attend the dedication service that had to be repeated all day long.

The directive by Mary Baker Eddy to serve in the household of the Pastor Emeritus is essentially a model for society to dedicate itself to its own cultural advancement. If that is neglected, what is one's life worth? When society is unprepared to serve in its own household, then it serves as slaves to someone else, or something worse, wasting its life in an ultimately empty pursuit.

A story comes to mind here that appears to be applicable. In the Gospel of John we read about a woman named Mary who took a large supply of costly ointment and anointed the feet of Christ Jesus with it. But Judas objected. "Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?" he asked. Christ Jesus replied to him, "the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always." (John 12) That answer still applies. Modern society maintains huge charitable organizations to still the ever-growing human need brought on by ravishing poverty, and even then the charity is rarely sufficient. Wouldn't it have been far more efficient for society to dedicate its effort to the cultural requirement of creating a poverty-free world, taking a few simple steps to shut down the war of empire versus civilization that leaves a trail of poverty in its wake? In the above story the woman Mary had put the emphasis on where the efficient solution lies. Modern society has not risen yet to match her example. It lets the bleeding continue and supplies a few Band Aids to patch up the worst of the wounds.

In many places throughout the Manual Mary Baker Eddy requires the major decisions to be made "subject to the approval of the Pastor Emeritus." The woman Mary evidently got her approval from the Pastor Emeritus and rightfully so, Her Sublime act was so profound that it still remains a beacon after two millennia of passing history. The approval by the Pastor Emeritus that is required by law in the Manual is one of the greatest demands for constitutional government that has ever been put into law. It literally demands the approval of the Christ in human consciousness, so that the criterion is determined by what most efficiently advances the cultural power of mankind. This criterion demands absolute honesty with oneself. No deceit is possible without deceiving oneself. If this bylaw is understood as a universal model it becomes impossible not not to have a new renaissance erupting on this planet. It is by far the most spiritually demanding bylaw in the Temple.

"Church Manual
"The Mother Church and Branch Churches"

On the top level we have a similar connection unfolding, this time between the section "Church Manual" pertaining to Church, and the section "The Mother Church and Branch Churches" pertaining to the Temple. 

The section, "Church Manual," limits the use of the Manual as an exclusive structure of the Mother Church and assures its endurance without amendments, deletions, and alterations. The provision acknowledges its self-completeness requiring no external improvements. It stands as a monument for the homosexual principle explored throughout the previous chapter. Likewise, it counterpart in the Temple, the section "The Mother Church and Branch Churches" acknowledges that each individual expression of Church is sovereign, distinct, and unique. It assures that there can never be any 'cross-border' controls or imposition between churches of Christ Scientist, including the Mother Church. 

Can you imagine what the world would be like today if this simple law of the Sublime was heeded in the political sphere? All the wars would stop. Indeed, all the world wars of this and the last century would have been avoided, from World War I to the present, which have claimed well over 100,000,000 lives. Even the current Bush-Wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, which accomplish nothing for civilization and cause 30,000 deaths a months (conservatively), wanton destruction, and are costing America $500 million a day (conservatively) that the whole of mankind is paying for, would simply not have been thought of.

On the political platform this single bylaw would assure that every elected member to the U.S. Congress and Senate, for example, would stand as a sovereign individual. It would eradicate the rule of political parties over them (which are not defined in the Constitution); and the rule of the money bags, the financiers, the hedge funds, and the cartels (that have no place in civilization); as well as the rule of the lobbying power groups, industries, the media, and so forth; and the rule of the White House manipulators (that are detrimental to culture). It would bring freedom and honesty to government. Of course it would also close the door to the rule of empire, and that would in itself be ample cause for great celebration.

"Board of Lectureship"
"Church Services"

This combination takes us back to the bottom row where we find the elements that have the most immediate requirement for healing. Here we find the Manual section,  "Board of Lectureship" as an element of Church, and "Church Services" as an element of the Temple.

Both sections are related to scientific education, but of a type that is not accessible anywhere else. High schools, colleges, and universities offer education in all sorts of scientific disciplines, such as the science of engineering, biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and so on, but not Christian science, the one science that most directly supports culture and civilization. The specific discipline of Christian Science is not yet an element of the public education system, even while it is of greater importance than other forms of science and is of critical importance to the development of culture and the advance of civilization. This crucial element of civilization is currently addressed exclusively by a function of Church and by its corresponding expression in a similar function in the Temple.

The Board of Lectureship as a function of Church provides an educational Church-resource that is available to the public to educate it in the innermost dimension of science, which is Christian Science, the science that supports culture and civilization and society's supporting homosexuality as complete spiritual beings. The reflection of it is found in Church Service, a Church-expression in the Temple, which provides for the public's celebration of Science. This Church-expressed service-function includes also a provision for an appropriate form of the celebration of Christian Science in the Sunday School. 

In considering the critical role that scientific spiritual education plays for the advance of culture and civilization one should expect the lecture halls to be full and overflowing as an expression of Church, and likewise the Temple become a crowded place. We are not there yet. In fact society is moving away from it. This negative trend does not reflect a failing Church or a crumbling Temple, but reflects the larger trend of society loosing sight of itself. It reflects the warfare of "cultural freedom" (freedom from culture) imposed by the dark blanket of sophistry, the art of the sophistication of lies, the art of empire. For over a hundred years society has been loosing itself 'progressively,' dropping ever deeper into the sewer. It has correspondingly become a century of war, fascism, terror, and looting, with the blanket getting evermore dense so that hardly anyone remembers the sunshine anymore. Now, education has been put in reverse with the introduction of shooting games in the cyber world where blasting people to smithereens becomes entertainment, and relationship games and financial games become the new controllers of society catering to the great mind-killer, consensus.

Whether society drowns in the sewer or gets its life back depends on how badly society wants its life back. The educational foundation to facility it has been well-established. It only needs to be utilized. Of course the effectiveness of the process depends also on how seriously society is interested in the primary tool for its scientific spiritual education, which is the pedagogical structure for divine Science that Mary Baker Eddy has extensively outlined has made all of her major works contributory to, but which is barely known to exist and even then is rarely acknowledged as something of value.

"The Christian Science Publishing Society"
"Church Membership"

Mary Baker Eddy made a provision for a worldwide membership in the Mother Church of Christ Scientist, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. Why would anyone want to be a member? What does it mean? It means many things to many people. It offers a few privileges. It also offers a form of identity and a form of punishment by excommunication. But I don't think that where its real importance lies.  

The church membership lives in the Temple, not in Church. It is not a servant of Church or Temple. It is the benefactor of them. There are two individuals shown in the first half of the painting Christ Healing. One is roused from the dead, and one is facilitating the process. Both appear to be representative of Church Membership, operating in the Temple, healing and raising civilization up (from the dead). It is here, in the universal sense, operating in the Temple, were the real significance lies of the Church-process of Membership.

In the modern movie version of the Lord of the Rings, saga by J.R.R. Tolkien the wise Lady Galadriel gives to the hero of the saga, Frodo the ring-bearer, a sense of the importance of his mission, in this case a great mission to save mankind. "This task is appointed to you," she says to Frodo, "if you can't find a way, nobody will." This must also be said about us and each human being.

As human beings we have been given a mission to create a civilization that is expressed in a higher manifest of life than has ever been see before on this planet, a spiritual mission, a metaphysical mission, a mission to enrich the Earth, a mission that no other form of life can carry out, but which mankind is uniquely capable of by virtue of mankind's profound intelligence and creative and productive power as the reflected image of God. Ultimately this mission might include spreading life through the galaxy. 

The mission itself is powered by our culture, and we all share in this mission universally by enriching human culture. And so, it must be said about our individual part in the mission that a task has been appoint to us, and that if we can't find a way to fulfill it, nobody will. In that case we'll die without ever having truly lived and without the faintest evidence that we ever existed. Our individual mission is unique and individual so the truly nobody but us can fulfill it. If we don't fulfill our task, it remains undone, and human culture is cheated by a lost potential. That defines our membership in humanity, unfolding in the temple. We have been given a talent to advance human culture, if we don't do it nobody will.

"The Christian Science Publishing Society" exists to support that mission. It becomes a resource for us in carrying out our mission. It doesn't exist as an indoctrination institution, nor as an arbitrator to authorize perception, but exists as the facilitator for the resulting leading edge research papers and books of an actively publishing society of members of the church. Naturally, what Mary Baker Eddy has put on the table here is a tall demand, but it is not different than the one she made herself of the printing company that printed her early editions of her textbook on Christian Science, a most revolutionary work at the time. She challenged consensus. The printer went along with that. Consensus is the mind-killer. An alert publisher might have realized that even then, acknowledging that consensus closes the door to the leading edge of discovery. That is what currently keeps the Christian Science Publishing Society impotent.

"Teaching Christian Science"
"Discipline"

 The section on "Discipline" covers a wide range of topics, but they all merge into one, namely that discipline has nothing to do with punishment, but with assuring the most efficient path to fulfilling one's mission as a human being. If discipline is not observed, the mission fails. That is where the punishment comes in. It is always self-imposed. While the Board of Directors has the power to excommunicate a member, meaning that the offender's name be dropped from the membership roll, such actions bear no weight in the universal domain. Nothing can touch a person's identity as a spiritual being or alter the scope of one's mission to advance civilization. Removing a name from a list doesn't really alter anything, unless it affects one's self-recognition and self-acceptance.

The element "Discipline" is located in the first column, which is the functional correlative of the third column with its river 'flowing' in the world of understanding and acknowledgment -- "Divine Science understood and acknowledged." The functional correlative of understanding and acknowledgment, would be the quality of recognition and acceptance unfolding in the Temple where it is defined in the first column as the love of "the good and beautiful and their immortality." The quality of recognition and acceptance of ones own and one-another's spiritual fullness completeness becomes the real discipline, a discipline in thinking that is demanding, but highly rewarding. It is an active discipline that fulfills the passive demands that are normally called discipline, such as to mental and physical invasion and rape. Recognition and acceptance close the door to the invasion of one-another and rape on the whole front of human interaction; sexually; economically; financially; politically; militarily; socially; intellectually; and so on.

The process of "Discipline" in this sense reflects the process of the Decalogue. The Decalogue presents largely a collection of passive moral demands, such as "thou shalt not kill," and "thou shalt not steal," and "thou shalt not commit adultery," and so on. (Exodus 20) However, each passive demand stands an active principle by which the demand becomes met without fail. For the case of adultery the German translation adds a unique facet where the passive directive is, not to break the honourable bond (ehebrechen), such as the bond (or bonds) that love has forged. here the discipline of recognition and acceptance opens a whole new scene for a more profound social platform. These are the wider implications of 'membership' in the universal sense.

The weighty matter in respect to Church is actually located in joining the membership. The application form for joining that membership needs to be signed by an approver, one who approves of the applicant. Each application form has the following note attached relating to the status of the approver: "If you have been taught by a loyal student who has taken a degree at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, or by one who has passed an examination by the Board of Education, fill this blank." Mary Baker Eddy urges the applicant to evaluate the approver, and to determine if he or she is qualified as an example for the mission that the individual finds essential.

The wording of the note is interesting. The approver can be one who has passed an examination by a Board, or has taken a degree at Mary Baker Eddy's college. The Board awards a bachelor's degree, CSB and issues certificates. That's the current practice. But only the college can award the doctor's degree CSD. However, the college stopped functioning when Mary Baker Eddy died and thereby stopped awarding the degree, though she remained its President. Thus her note suggests that a degree at the college that she is President of can still be obtained, by the deeply conscious act of taking it, based on "Divine Science understood and acknowledged" as it is taught by her through the totality of her works in a spiritual process. Note: the element "Teaching Christian Science" is located in the second horizontal row, the domain that she defined as, spiritual. Here the spiritual dimension is primary, rather than the physical dimension.

Today's convention is that college-course can be taken, but that the resulting degree is always awarded. But with with Mary Baker Eddy's college still intact as a spiritual institution, with Mary Baker Eddy retaining in the position of President, it is possible that she suggests that someone who is taught by Mary Baker Eddy through her writings (in her college) and is by his own honesty qualified for the degree because of the work accomplished, is authorized to "take" (assume) the corresponding degree (but without receiving a certificate that is irrelevant in an environment of self-acceptance). Also, the degree that is thus taken is the higher degree, the CSD degree, instead of the CSB degree that is awarded with a certificate by passing an examination if front of a Board as is the current practice. A certificate is needed only for formal teaching, not for one's self-acknowledgment and self-acceptance. 

In this context the public is alerted that the process of one person sitting in judgement over another person's achievement is inefficient and uncertain, and shouldn't be trusted any further than a bachelor's degree suggests. Mary Baker Eddy seems to suggest that a degree taken from the standpoint of a person's deepest honesty with himself, or herself, is more trustworthy and is of greater value, which raises the whole question of certificates versus achievements, or one person certifying another.

When building a civilization, which is everyone's mission, the mission of Soul, shouldn't the individual person not rather be known by his or her achievement which enriches culture and transcends the ages. This means that a certificate only measures the temporary, while the eternal should really be measured. That puts on the table a critical determinant for the entire system of education with far-reaching consequences. It also defines the parameter of our individual mission as spiritual human beings.

"Board of Education"
"Meetings"

These two elements belong to the highest row where our divine resources are represented.

The subject of "Meetings" here pertains to the regular Annual Meetings of the Mother Church at which only the officers are required to be present. The members are not barred, but neither are they required to attend as no special befit would be derived from it. 

The current convention is, and has been for a long time, that thousands are coming for a mass gathering at Annual Meeting time to be entertained with speeches and presentations. But as Mary Baker Eddy points out in the painting Seeking and Finding, that the spiritual resource for individuals is not located in such meetings, but is located in the individual member's unity with God.

The same sense is reflected in the Manual section, "Board of Education." The central focal point here is the position of her college. She writes about the college in the preface of her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

The first school of Christian Science Mind-healing was started by the author with only one student in Lynn, Massachusetts, about the year 1867. In 1881, she opened the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in Boston, under the seal of the Commonwealth, a law relative to colleges having been passed, which enabled her to get this institution chartered for medical purposes. No charters were granted to Christian Scientists for such institutions after 1883, and up to that date, hers was the only College of this character which had been established in the United States, where Christian Science was first introduced. During seven years over four thousand students were taught by the author (Mary Baker Eddy) in this College... She closed her College, October 29, 1889, in the height of its prosperity with a deep-lying conviction that the next two years of her life should be given to the preparation of the revision of SCIENCE AND HEALTH, which was published in 1891. She retained her charter, and as its President, reopened the College in 1899 as auxiliary to her church.

She never vacated her office of the President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College but established a Board of Education for it, consisting of the President (the position she retained), a Vice-President, and a teacher. The question needs to be asked why she didn't resign her position? In fact she complicated the issue by specifying "The signature of the teacher and of the President of the College shall be on all certificates issued," while also stipulating that "Teachers must have Certificates." (Manual p.85 and p.91) 

Did she suggest that all formal teaching of the science of Christian Science must grind to a halt without her presence? After all, a dead person cannot sign certificates, but certificates are required for all teachers. 

With this consideration another question comes to the surface: Is Mary Baker Eddy dead? Or is the President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College a position that has been established and rests within mankind's cultural continuum of discovered and established spiritual ideas, a continuum that never ends? Didn't she thereby retain her position as the primary teacher? In actual practice, this is the case today. Her position as the primary teacher is still essential, simply because there is not not a single teacher in the field today who is able to teach from the position of her pedagogical structure of divine Science that she made all of her major works subjective to as contributory structures. In fact, there is nobody in the field today, or ever has been, apart from the President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, who is qualified to teach Christian Science. Therefore no teaching is actually happening as the result of this fundamental deficiency of not knowing what Christian Science really is based on.

In time this deficiency will likely be corrected and the process as outlined in the painting Christian Unity may begin to unfold, which of course is foundational for the work of the "Board of Lectureship" (which is liked to by this painting) which cannot really function until the primary deficiency is dealt with. 

Mary Baker Eddy may have expected the deficiency to have been dealt with before her passing, at which point the college could have had a new President. But this was not to be. Nor could she have imposed her pedagogical structure onto the field, though she had made all of her works contributory to it. Such an imposition would have created a dogma instead of opening the scene to the process of discovery, which is the leading edge of Science. Christian Science resulted from a discovery and needs to remain on this platform, as the process of discovery is one of the key elements in human culture without which it wouldn't exist.

In the mean time, until the process of discovery comes anew to Christian Science no degree can be awarded in the Board of Education as none of the signing officers are aware of, much less understand, the very foundation for what the college is designed to be teaching. Still, Mary Baker Eddy didn't close the door completely. She suggested in her application forms for Church membership that the degree that cannot be awarded, can however be simply taken by one who understands and can acknowledge his right to do so.

We face a cultural failure here that is not uncommon in the larger world. In many an election for the leaders of State, none of the candidates who stood for election, or were allowed to stand, were actually qualified for the task, resulting in enormous tragedies in society. In this sense Mary Baker Eddy's continuity as the President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, and the huge challenge that this presents for teaching Christian Science, stands as a model for the kind of challenge that society as a whole must recognize and master in order to assure the continuity of civilization which is increasingly threatened by society's failure to recognize and master this challenge.

Mary Baker Eddy's pedagogical structure (a research presentation)


The Church-Manual elements in vertical alignment


There are four columns in the structure of the Mother Church of Christ Scientists, the first two relating to Temple and the last two relating to Church, but they are all related to metaphysical healing of every disease known, including the most devastating and most deadly disease ever known of the face of the Earth that so far has defied all attempts of healing. It's name is, "empire," a mental disease that has been raging for four millennia and has been shredding human culture as fast as it was being built and now stands poised to eradicate civilization. The disease has grown in sophistication, but its fundamental nature has not changed. 

It stands fundamentally on four distinct pillars, which the structure of the Mother Church of Christ Scientists appears to be specifically designed to counter, and with it affect the healing of society from its debilitating impositions. Each of the pillars of empire comprises a specific attack on the nature of the human being and society as a whole. The attack is carried out in each case through a process of degradation aiming for the destruction of civilization for the simple reason that the rule of empire has no roots in civilization and cannot survive within it.

Historically in the war of empire versus civilization has been fought against mankind (and is still being fought) on four major fronts. 

(1) The claim of a mission -- the supposed divine right of kings to rule, to suppress, to loot, etc.. 
(2) The mythology that the human being is not human. 
(3) The right of property -- the feudal platform for looting expressed by the modern financial empire-apparatus.  
(4) The process of erosion to grind civilization down; to grind it into the dust of impotence, causing its internal collapse.

The last three of these aspects have become prominent in a big way in a timeframe that coincides with Mary Baker Eddy's timeframe, which also was a timeframe of scholarly prominence. It is not likely therefore that Mary Baker Eddy would have been ignorant about these developments. It is more likely that her scientific platform for healing would have included a strong focus on healing the disease of empire, which the Church Manual appears to be specifically designed to address in its universal context. In this respect the the remainder of this article is focused on exploring the functional coincidence of the four columns of Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual with the four fronts in the war of empire versus civilization. 

The sequence that appears to work the best for this particular study is to look backwards, that is, to begin with the grossest attack on mankind, the attack on the metaphysical nature of man. The exposure that society suffers on this front is what the 4th column appears to be designed to counter and heal. This exploration is then followed by exploring the second front related to the second column (the correlative to the fourth column); followed further by exploring the third front and its correlative, the first front.

So, let's begin.


The defense of mankind the 4th column:

Church Manual
Church-Building
Committee on Publication
Board of Lectureship

Here we deal with the empire-process of erosion, which is designed to grind civilization down into the dust of impotence, aiming to cause its internal collapse. This goal is not rooted in conspiracy theory. It's an openly stated policy of empire, formally put on the table in 1884 with the founding of Fabian Society, the policy arm of the then British Empire and remains to the present day the policy center of ruling oligarchical power structure. Also it remains centered in Britain, the host of a vastly expanded empire, while its front-men around the world determine the policies of nations.

The root of the name, Fabian, is located in Roman history. One of the founders of the Fabian Society, Frank Podmore suggested that the group should be named after the Roman General, Quintus Fabius Maximus, whose claim to fame is his military strategy of weakening a superior opposition by harassment operations rather than becoming involved in head-to-head battles. Fabius had aimed to circumvent the military superiority of the Carthaginians when Hannibal invaded Italy. Instead of facing Hannibal head-on in battle he kept his troops just close enough to prevent Hannibal from functioning. His strategy was to stage a war of attrition, to harass the Carthaginian foraging parties, to limit Hannibal's ability to wreak destruction while conserving his own troops. In an over-all sense he was implementing a "scorched earth" policy designed to prevent Hannibal's forces from obtaining grain and other necessities of life. The policy succeeded in grinding Hannibal down, grinding him down into impotence. This policy saved the fledgling Roman Empire back in in 200-BC. It became famous by its success. Thus it became the modern policy of empire in the war of empire versus civilization.

Military professionals have associated Fabius' name with this unique strategic doctrine known as the "Fabian strategy," The imperial Fabian Society believed that capitalism, as practiced by the American System of Economy, which also had rapidly spread in notoriety across Eurasia, had created an "unjust and inefficient environment" (an increasingly impossible environment for imperial rule) so that the Fabian strategy would therefore offer the only possible hope for the continued existence of any empire. They agreed, hiding under the socialist garment, that the ultimate aim of the group should be to reconstruct "society in accordance with the highest 'moral' possibilities" (as laid out in the doctrine of empire, such as extreme private monetarism and private militarism). This doctrine became expressed in official strategy, a coordinated strategy of empire. With the founding of the Fabian Society the march was on towards 'permanent' war that shaped the world-scene of the last century extending to the present.

In real terms the Fabian policy isn't anything new. It is merely a coordinated extension of the old Venetian policy that had been developed in response to the Golden Renaissance that spread from Italy all across Europe, with major transformations happening in France and later in England. Only one big dark spot had remained on the European landscape in the Golden Renaissance environment. This dark spot was the Venetian Empire, the slave trader and financier-looter of the old world. A military alliance was eventually set up to rid Europe of this dark spot that the Venetian Empire had become. However, the forged alliance, The League of Cambrai (app. 1508), was eventually betrayed by the Pope by which it fell apart in 1516. Thus the black empire, the Empire of Venice, was saved. Recovering from its shock it promptly set out to destroy the Golden Renaissance that had threatened its existence. It developed a political scorched-earth policy, staging religious warfare. It created the Reformation and then the Counterreformation. The latter was implemented by the Jesuits (app. 1534) the "foot-soldiers of the Pope - "soldiers for Christ." The end result was an 80 years-string of war, ending with the Thirty Years War that was finally shut down in 1648 with the Treaty of Westphalia after a third of the population had been killed and the economies of Europe lay devastated. 

In the shadow of the religious-war devastation the Venetian Empire (its oligarchy) found a new fertile ground for its 'foraging' in the Netherlands from where it eventually extended itself into England with the invasion of Prince William of Orange, who became William III  in 1689 and set the stage for England to become an oligarchy. The ruling power thereby became the private financier oligarchy, which though the infamous East India Trading Company became an effective private world empire from 1763 onward. Backed by the world's foremost sea power (in Venetian tradition) the Empire's looting reach became global, reaching from India to the Americas.

However, with the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia a new platform for civilization was born -- the institution of the sovereign nation state -- the opposite of empire. This breakthrough in cultural development paved the way for the founding of the USA as a republic on a platforms that is totally divorced from empire and with an opposite practice, especially in economic practice, a practice built on the pioneering renaissance principles, the principle of the sovereignty and of the dignity of the human being. 

Thus the USA became the number-one enemy and the prime target in the war of empire versus civilization. However every military attempt by the British Empire to recapture its American colonies ended in failure, with the last failure being the Civil War that ended in 1865. It probably became apparent that a nation built on high moral principles could only be disabled from within. 

It must have come as a shock then to the British Empire when Christian Science was founded in America that once again raised the moral platform and lifted it higher than anyone had for centuries, and established the identity of man on a spiritual platform with an amazing potential for healing. The dawn of Christian Science must have shocked the British Empire as much as Christ Jesus had shocked the Roman Empire. It appears that the empire reacted.

The Specie Resumption Act in 1875 might have been response to the new situation, and possibly in response to the first edition of Mary Baker Eddy's textbook, Science and Health, that was copyrighted in 1875 but which was evidently completed before that time. The rapid expansion of Christian Science with its textbook already in its 9th Edition in 1884 might have led to another imperial response in the form of the founding of the Fabian Society in 1884. The Fabian ideology was evidently already in the development stage for some time prior to the society's actual founding, which appears to be evident by the fact that all of the 20 names related to the Jacob's story, the story focused on the debilitating effect of inner emptiness and the healing of it (see the previous chapter) were already in place in the Glossary in 1884. It appears thereby that Mary Baker Eddy's treatment of the developing imperial policy structure towards creating inner emptiness in society was incorporated quite early into the design of her foursquare pedagogical structure.

The Fabian ideology is an ideology focused on the "scorched Earth" strategy of creating inner emptiness by grinding down its support structures. We see this policy-direction now reflected evermore in many places around the world in the grinding down of science, education, art, health care, infrastructures, industries, finance, social support structures, including the grinding down of culture itself in a project started in 1951 with the Congress for Cultural Freedom (meaning freedom from culture, since culture is freedom). 

In the aftermath of the American Revolution, which had been to a large part inspired and supported by the leading-edge intellectual elite of Europe, the empire responded with a "scorched Earth" strategy against the intellectual elite of Europe for which the French Revolution was staged primarily by the empire. While a few Aristocrats also lost their head in the unfolding hubbub, the major thrust of the Jacobin terror operations was to eradicate the intellectual foundation of society, a policy that Napoleon carried forward against all of Europe in his more than twenty wars. The thrust was then, as it is still, to create an empty society. Mary Baker Eddy's thrust in the last column of her pedagogical structure is to counter this trend towards emptiness through the offices of Lectureship, truth in journalism, Church-building, and the recognition of the Manual as a model for natural government to advance civilization and to obsolete the war of empire against mankind.

The fundamental fact that all the Fabians in the world, and all their horses and all or their men, cannot touch, much less assail, is the scientific divine fact that man is a spiritual metaphysical being that cannot be diminished, just as God cannot be diminished by any means or any power. Whenever the physical evidence suggests otherwise, we look at the wrong evidence, because the real evidence lies in the spiritual which supersedes the physical. The only means by which we can diminish our life-experience is by subjecting ourselves to the pathetic practice of smallness in thinking, the kind of thinking that one of the great pioneers of the Golden Renaissance called, Learned Ignorance. Mary Baker Eddy provided a definition for it that applies here (that applies to the 4th column). This is the last of four definitions for the name Adam respective of God. She writes in the Glossary, "The name Adam represents the false supposition... that the one God and creator entered what He created, and then disappeared in the atheism of matter." If we bow to this sophistry of learned ignorance the Fabiens have their day and all hope is lost. But if we look deep into the heart of reality -- our native air: Holy Ghost. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love -- then our future will be as Mary Baker Eddy defined the 4th column: westward, to the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony. (S&H 575)


The defense of mankind in 2nd column

The Mother Church and Branch Churches
Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus
Reading Rooms
Church Services

 In the second column we face the mythology of empire, that the human being is not human, much less reflecting the divine. History gives us an interesting example.

The American Independence was declared in 1776. In 1783 the British Empire's first war was lost that it fought in a desperate attempt to recapture its colonies. The military defeat  was officially acknowledged by the Empire in 1784 with the Treaty of Paris, which acknowledged the existence of the USA as an independent nation.  Five years later, in 1789 the USA established itself internally as a brand new nation with a new constitution. 

The US Constitution was adopted in 1787. While the Constitution was being ratified by the individual States, near the end of 1788, the old Congress that had been still operating under the Articles of Confederation, voted for its self-termination and adjourned. The Articles of Federation no longer applied. In 1789 the new government under the most advanced Constitution ever created began its operations.

In this timeframe in which revolutionary changes swept the world, with the curtain fast falling on the Empire, the Empire began to retaliate through the back door in typical Venetian fashion. Its retaliation began with a scientific fraud by the Venetian monk Giammaria Ortes (1713-1790) who conjured up the image of a dying world, caused by overpopulation. In the last year of his life, Ortes published a raving attack on the human population under the gentle sounding title, "Reflections on the Population of Nations in Relation to National Economy." In his attack on humanity the fraudulent notion of the earth's "carrying capacity" was put on the table, for which he set up an an absolute maximum of 3 billion people. It was a fraudulent notion even then, because it was well demonstrated during the Golden Renaissance and onward that the development of mankind was not a function of the good graces of the Earth, which were rather meagre, but was a function of the creative power of the human being, reflecting scientific and technological progress, a metaphysical trend. 

The publication of Ortes' attack on mankind was launched in 1790, the following year after the U.S. Constitution was enacted. The timing suggests that with the publication of this scientific fraud a new phase in the war of empire versus civilization was launched.

Ortes' hoax was certainly a clever fraud. He compared mankind with a herd of cattle that is limited in size by the size of its pasture so that the herd must be culled in order to protect the pasture form being overgrazed. With this comparative fraud on the table, the Empire gave itself the mandate to do the culling of mankind. The worst atrocities, of which there were many, now were said to serve a benign purpose. Of course the fraud remained a fraud. 

If Ortes  had been correct in saying that the "carrying capacity" of the Earth was a function of the quality of the Earth, like a heard of wild cattle is dependent on the quality of the land that an animal herd cannot improve with its own resources, then mankind would have lived in a totally different world than the one in which Ortes found himself. If Ortes had been correct the world population would would have remained limited to the low population level that came out of the last Ice Age because the Earth itself hadn't changed dramatically in those 10,000 years. However, mankind had changed. Mankind had developed the technology of agriculture, irrigation, land cultivation, fertilization, and evermore energy-intensive agricultural methods. At Ortes' time mankind had developed the means to support a world population of 800 million. That's a far cry away from the 5 million population that the Earth by itself had been able to support in a primitive fashion.

Unfortunately Ortes' fraud has been surprisingly successful. The fraud created a world in which society has been 'educated' to hate its own development, to even curse itself as a cancer on the earth, and to slavishly follow their demoralizing leaders like so many  sheep lined up to the slaughter. 

Ortes evidently knew that his "carrying capacity" song was a fraud, and so did all the Empire's stooges and all the Empire's so-called geniuses' who tirelessly continued singing this fraudulent song. The British Empire's infamous pimp, Parson Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), the author of the Essay on the Principle of Population (published in 1798) extensively plagiarized Ortes and invited the whole of society to his depopulation whorehouses, the infamous workhouses that used people up. All of Malthus' arguments for depopulation, especially the depopulation of the poor, were already contained  in the writings of Ortes. Scholars point out that the entire school of the ensuing British Philosophical Radicalism from Malthus onward regurgitates Ortes. This trend of philosophical plagiarism includes the 'works' of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1732), James Mill (1773-1836) and John Stuart Mill (1806-1873). Thus, the most honored British empiricists (possibly by their lack of freedom to speak the truth) saw themselves forced to slavishly plagiarize the ranting of a decadent defrocked 'Venetian' monk who might therefore be recognized as the original master of all modern 'scientific' liars. 

Perhaps the Empire's most honored scientific geniuses in the barnyard of Ortes was Charles Darwin (1809-1882). By his own admission, he was 'inspired' by Malthus, the disciple of Ortes, the original author who was defining the human being as basically an animal instead of as a unique spiritual being with an intellectual quality that no animal has ever come even close to in the entire billion-year history of the proliferation of life on this planet. 

Darwin put the scientific stamp on the fraud of Ortes. With it he opened the door to the perception of lesser human beings and superior human beings, as a kind of extension of the fraud of Ortes, that became known as social Darwinism. While Darwin didn't go as far on this trail as Aristotle went to justify slavery as a good thing -- Aristotle insisted that the slaves benefit from the naturally superior virtue of their master and are ennobled thereby -- Darwin nevertheless went that direction and inspired his cousin Francis Galton (1822-1911) who added his own invention. Galton advanced the science of social Darwinism into a new science, called Eugenics, the science (of the genetically impure that Hitler latched on) that justified the sterilization and eliination of the unwanted populations like the immigrants and the poor. 

Since permanent sterilization rarely ever happens truly voluntarily by the victims, Eugenics should not be labelled a science, but a crime, a crime against mankind and against God. This crime is still being carried out under the original doctrine of Ortes, but with a new political twist as a policy to limit Third World economic development so their their raw materials can be preserved for the needs of empire as was spelled out under the 1974 U.S. National Security Study Memorandum 200 doctrine, which names 13 nations as targets for depopulation measures, including Brazil. One of the lesser-known crimes along this line is that inflicted onto the Brazilian women of the poor with a policy of mass sterilization under NSSM 200. The Brazilian Health Ministry discovered that an estimated 44% of all Brazilian women of child-bearing age have been permanently sterilized by private imperial institutions, with double the figure (an estimated 90%) of all Brazilian women of African descent having been sterilized. That's huge genocide by any standard in a nation with a black population that is the second largest in the world, second only to Nigeria's. (see: Seeds of Destruction and 1994 - STERILIZATION OF WOMEN IN BRAZIL)

"The Earth has Cancer and that Cancer is Man," proclaimed the banner headlines in the late 1960s when the masters of the modern world revived the terrible lie of Ortes in a big way. The so-called "carrying capacity" hoax was then, and still is, being dragged before mankind for it to swallow as a poison. And a poison it is! It is served up by some of the most noble and respected institutions, including the U.N.,, whose leaders in the service to empire have prostituted themselves to singing Ortes' fraudulent song, some demanding a combined world-population reduction by 85%, even 90%. And they sing that song well, since society now cheerfully dances to the tune played by their pipers. Doesn't anyone agree that there are too many people in the world? 

The great lie of Ortes is a lie against God. Mary Baker Eddy defined this lie under the term Adam in respect to God. The portion of this definition, for the second column, reads: "The name Adam represents the false supposition... that the infinite enters the finite, that intelligence passes into non-intelligence, and that Soul dwells in material sense." If we bow to this lie, which is prominently reflected in the sophistry of Ortes, then we have no hope, for in joining the traitors against God we have nothing to celebrate in the Temple and thereby all hope vanishes with it.

The brainwashing with the Ortes-type of sophistry is strong. It has worked so remarkably well that hardly anyone is even interested in hearing the truth. And the truth is, the world needs ten billion people to build the infrastructures and technologies to get an advanced society through the next Ice Age, supplied totally with food resources from indoor agriculture. The truth is that as human beings we have that kind of capability to fully meet this vast kind need, and much more so the little needs of of today. The truth is that we have every justification that one cares to name to celebrate ourselves as the brightest stars in the heaven of life, and to accept that nothing less would reflect the infinite God. The truth is, mankind is a metaphysical society with unbounded resources in its spiritual dimension where the physical factors are determined by the spiritual factors that are expressions of God. Mankind is limited only by its subjection to empire that defines mankind as a cancer on the Earth instead of a creator of resources for the unfolding of life. Once the factor of empire is put out of the way, the sky is the limit and all of its stars, or as Mary Baker Eddy defined for the second column: "eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus."

Jesus demonstrated to some degree that there are no physical limits standing in the way of mankind's unbounded development. Only self-imposed limits stand in our way. This is a spiritual fact, a divine reality. This is what the Church services are instituted to celebrate in the Temple; providing a continuing platform for celebration. The spiritual fact is that the divine idea man is inherently complete, whole, and substantial, because God is complete, whole, and substantial; and that therefore man is unbounded, including all right ideas, because God is unbounded and includes all. This fact defines man not like a wind-up toy that has spent all its energy, but as a spiritual being with the quality of life that is ever expanding from its boundless base. Once this quality becomes recognized as symbolic with the sun and is accepted as the reality of our being, then our individual reading rooms will be filled with light. Then we cannot hesitate to take on the mission of the sun that the Pastor Emeritus exemplifies, a mission defined by the Christ in which we find our 'sonship' with God. That's what we bring to the Temple, the place of celebration in recognition of the completeness of man and our acceptance of it in our celebration of the universal sovereignty of all individuals, societies, nations, and churches as it is spelled out in the Manual for the relationships of The Mother Church and Branch Churches.   


The defense of mankind in the 3rd column

Board of Education
Teaching Christian Science
The Christian Science Publishing Society
Guardianship of Funds


This is logically the first column in the dimension of Church. The mythology that we face here is the ancient mythology of the right of property -- the feudal platform for looting society expressed in the modern financial empire, a looting that has become so intense that it threatens to collapse the entire world-financial and economic system. We are told that Christ Jesus overthrew the tables of the money changers. Even the Decalogue states: "Thou shalt not covet 'property'."

The Decalogue doesn't actually use the term property, because the term probably didn't exist at the time. Since the commandment, not to covet property, is the last of the ten, the scriptural writer went into a long explanation as to what property is by explaining what one would claim for oneself (or steal from society) if one falls into the mythological property-trap, a trap that inspires a sense of lack and incompleteness in life, a sense of such emptiness that one would use force in order to get fulfilment for one's perceived emptiness. The scriptural writer lists a few examples for property, in terms of what is valued as property, like a house, a wife, a servant, an ox, an ass, or anything that is ones neighbor's. In today's world the convention of 'stealing' from one another has become an unwritten covenant. We say to one another, "I like your house..." "Oh, it's not for sale." "I'll give you a million." "It's still, not for sale, there is a housing shortage." "I'll give you two two million!" "OK!" Thus a benchmark has been established for the value of houses. All other buyers have to meet the benchmark price, whether they can afford to do so or not. And so the world gets poorer. 

After the sale of the house the two parties go to a bank. A mortgage is written to cover the two million. The seller is happy. The Buyer is happy, The bank is happy, because it now owns a debt, which it calls an asset. It counts the asset as collateral, which enables it to create more credit, in most cases three times as much. "Is anybody wanting to buy a house?" the bank cries. "Money is plentiful." And so more houses are sold, and their prices go up, and bigger mortgages are written, and society gets purer still. 

Ironically we call this an economic system, while in real terms it is a mental sewer in which society becomes degraded, a sewer of empire, a sewer that feeds a small group of a wealthy elite that lives on that stuff, whom the American Economist and international statesman Lyndon LaRouche termed a slime mold, a mold that spreads across the world and eats up the healthy fabric of society. Right now the whole swindle is collapsing, since a debt is never an asset, which becomes rather plain when the mortgages written become unrepayable as society becomes poorer, and poorer. Thus people get thrown out of their houses, while the toxic stuff of unrepayable collateral gets concentrated in the sewer and wipes out the banking system. 

By seeking property as a value society places value outside itself. The self-defeating process works so well for the sewer rats that public now happily pays $100 for a barrel of oil that costs less than $10 to produce. That whole sewer stinks to high heaven. The rotten stench reflects the actual value, which a false sense of value invariably creates. It's a parody on God, a medley of insanity, that Mary Baker Eddy defines under the term Adam respective of God, saying: "The name Adam represents the false supposition... that immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind."

Let's take a look at how a real, a Sublime, economy works that reflects divine Principle. We have seen a bit of divine Principle reflected in the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. The principle was simply termed, "the advantage of the other." This principle understood and acknowledged ended an eighty-year-string of war. It is basically an economic principle. Let's look at it as such:

Human activity is precious. It is all that we have with which to enrich our world. How is it best used? By what processes do human actions produce the greatest benefit to society? Let's compare. 

In a service economy a worker serves up a cup of coffee in a coffee chop. While the receiving person derives a certain benefit from it, the benefit rapidly dissipates and in a few hours is gone altogether. The worker's labor is thereby spent for little effect. In comparison, an industrial worker who assembles a machine tool or an automobile, creates a product that remains beneficial to society for a long period, maybe ten or twenty years, instead of just a few hours. Even if the production time is pro-rated to the scale of the product, the industrial process for applying human action is vastly more efficient than the service process. 

Of course society can't totally eliminate the service process, but there are certain types of products that are produced in a service type fashion that would be fare more efficiently produced by industrial processes. Take housing for an example.

Can housing be more efficiently produced? Let's look at the current process: 

Laborers go into the forests cutting down trees. The trees are taken to mills, are stripped, cut, shaped, dried, and are by a laborious processes turned into construction lumber or plywood, and so on. The products, together with many other products are then shipped to the construction site where teems of craftsmen measure and cut and nail the stuff together and in the space of weeks and months produce a house. The price of the house combines the cost of all the collective labor that went into the finished product, which adds up to a substantial amount. Under ideal conditions the amount is typically borrowed and becomes repaid over a space of twenty or thirty years during which a family devotes a large portion of its income to the repayment. The end product thereby becomes a large burden to society because of the inefficiency in the process. The resulting price is great, but it is endured because housing is necessary.

However, there efficient industrial solutions possible that can change that scene. We can get away from "the way it's always been done." Let's look at just one potential option: 

The material for this option is basalt, a finely grained stone that melts at 1400 degrees Celsius. One molten it can be cast into any form or shape one can imagine to produce building modules in a single step in automated production with virtually no labor involved. Basalt can also be extruded into micro-fibers for purposes of insulation which makes it three times more efficient than asbestos. In addition, basalt is stronger than steel by weight, lighter and non-corrosive - it doesn't rot or rust - and is non-abrasive being nearly as hard as diamonds. And best of all, it is readily available in huge abundance, all ready for use without pre-processing. It sits process-ready on the ground, right on the surface. We only need nuclear power to process it, most likely via the hydrogen fuel-cycle. Hydrogen burns sufficiently hot, about 2000 degrees C., enough to melt basalt. The process isn't anything new. It is already used on a tiny scale for some specialty products. The process is limited only by the currently high energy costs.

How much do we have of this top-quality building material available for ready use? Well, the Columbia River Basin contains 175,000 cubic-kilometers of it. That's enough to cover the entire USA twelve meters deep, though it represents only 1/20th of the global deposit.  India has almost three times the amount of the Columbia River Basin in the Deccan Traps, some 512,000 cubic km of it. And the Siberian Traps, the largest on the planet, are estimated to be in the range of 1,700,000  cubic km to upwards of 2,300,000 cubic km. That's an infinite amount for all practical purposes. No shortage will ever be possible.

Yes, the $2000 house is within reach, even universally free housing. It's a matter of getting away from the property mythology to the divine Principle, the principle of love for God and man reflected in the principle of "the advantage of the other."

Of course the question remains, will we see houses manufactured out of basalt in fully automated industrial processes? Of course it will happen. It will happen simply because that's the most efficient way for producing high quality housing. Such housing will likely come in with a price tag of less then $2000 in total cost per house, or apartment unit. Will we see it? Perhaps not. Today's global society is still too deeply polluted with the slime-mold sophistry that defines human living as too expensive. If we get out of this mode we will see houses being given away for free, just as highways are free of charge for all to use that need them (except for the privatized slime-mod facilities that presently clog up the economic system such as privatized roads 'earning' profits and so forth). 

The fact is, free housing is possible right now. It would be the wises step for any society to take. Money really isn't the real factor, even in the present world. A single B-2 bomber of America's Air Force costs society over two billion dollars to built. A million houses could have been built for the equivalent amount of one single aircraft. At the present time the USAF has 21 of these bombers in its inventory. Do you think that 21 million new houses, given away for free (as the aircraft have been), would eradicate the national housing shortage, slum living, and homelessness? You bet it would, and more. 

The maintenance cost and operation costs of the B-2 program all by itself could easily cover the infrastructure costs for the 21 million new houses. And it would create life in society instead of killing people. It would create a new world and would revolutionize manufacturing and upgrade the entire construction industry, and have a cultural uplift beyond anything ever seen. It would start a renaissance beyond compare. And that's just the beginning.

The USAF's B-1b bomber program was cheaper than the B-2 program. It has only cost society $28 billion. The F-15 fighter program, for which close to 900 units were built at $30 million each, has cost another $26 billion. On that scale (equal to the financial outlay for killing people) a new house could have been built for every needy family in North and South America, for free. And those three aircraft projects still add up to only minuscule amounts. The war costs incurred by the Bush administration so far tallies up to $487 billion, running at $500 million a day. And all that society gets for it, is a trail of corpses adding up into the millions, mostly of civilians and children. In comparison with this utter waste that produces nothing but pain and a liability in human damage that won't be repaired for decades, free housing, free public transportation, and free quality education would still add up to peanuts in comparable cost while it would secure the future of mankind as nothing else ever has or could. (see: Financial Value is in the Sublime)

Free high quality housing will likely happen, and it will be free right from the beginning when society chooses to implement the readily available technology for it. It will be done, because quality housing is one of the most potent factors in enabling the creative and productive potential of society. Slum living and homelessness are among the most expensive waste of society's most precious resource -- its human potential -- with unemployment trailing as a close second. This kind of waste throws away the divine potential. 

Any meaningful economic recovery from the current 'slime-mold' disaster misnamed an economy, would likely be built on the most efficient processes available, such as nuclear power, sea-water desalination, magnetic levitation transports, and basalt technologies for the manufacturing of everything from free housing to low cost cars, furniture, clothing, appliances, civil construction, road building, water diversion, indoor farming. The sky is no longer the limit.

When money is deemed too expensive we are on the wrong track.

The second most expensive waste that a society can inflict on itself is not actually war, though war is an expensive waste. The most expensive financial waste its found in society's reluctance to invest in itself. Money isn't expensive at all when it is spent for productive purposes to improve the efficiency in human living and the power of culture. Then money becomes a wealth-creating-resource. Money is only expensive when it is not spent for such purposes. In that case it inhibits the development of human wealth, the divine potential, the only real wealth that is possible, that thereby remains unrealized.

The third most expensive waste that a society can inflict on itself is to devote a too large portion of itself to acts of labor. All the mundane things need to be automated so that ever greater amounts of time and energy can be devoted to cultural processes which are the prime multipliers of the power of human labor. The Sublime in human nature is exclusively mental, intellectual, and spiritual. The discoveries of principles, the learning and developing of ideas, all come from there. That is where the chief resource of society lies that drives all future development. Nuclear power is necessary. Physical inputs are all necessary, including food, water, clothing, transportation, and housing. But the biggest factor in the entire equation is the cultural factor, the one factor that is most directly the efficient expression of the Sublime nature of mankind. Nothing is more important than that. The entire third column is related to our individual cultural and spiritual awakening and the healing that comes with it. And that includes emphasis on real education including self-education; to learn the art of making discoveries; and science-education to learn the art of creating technologies, including medical technologies; and spiritual education to develop the power of the human genius; and education in literature, art, music, poetry, all adding invaluably to the communicating of culture; even recreational pursuits, recreational culture, and social cultural pursuits are necessary factors, such as dancing. All of these are essential components of culture. Devoting financial resources to all of these areas is not a dead-end drain, but is the chief multiplier of the value of financial currencies. It is the principle of "the advantage of the other" as an example of divine Principle that gives value to human living. It is that which brings us together and puts us onto a lateral platform with God. Herein we find the river of the third column reflected as Mary Baker Eddy defined it: Divine Science, understood and acknowledged, unfolding "southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, - the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union." Here the cross is not a cross of tragedy, put a cross that was demonstrated to have no power over man.



The defense of mankind in the
1st column

 

Meetings
Discipline
Church Membership
Church Officers

In this column we face the ancient claim of empire, the claim of an imperial mission -- the supposed divine right of kings, the right to rule, the right to suppress.

The first column gives us the Temple-correlative of the third column that pertains to Church. In the third column the focus was on understanding and acknowledging the worth of God and man in the flow of divine Science. In the correlative column in the Temple the focus is on the expression of what is unfolding in Church. Expressing the divine identity of man becomes therefore the Temple-mission here. It becomes our mission universally, the mission of the Sublime in our humanity; the mission of Soul manifesting God; the mission of our life; the evidence that we are alive and have lived to the fullest. Everything in the first column is focused on making our mission as efficient and successful as we can possibly make it. It requires a discipline that is aligned with reality.

The mission of the Church officers at the bottom this column is well described and simple to fulfill, whenever the officers desire to do so, or society requires them. But as we move higher in the column the mission becomes less specific. Often the mission is self-defined by the logic of its unfolding as we follow the Christ. Neverthelessl, there is a precise definition of the mission possible. It is defined by what we put into the flow of human culture, to enrich it, which is something that only we can do as human beings. With our unique human culture we have developed the capability to extended the substance of our achievements beyond the bounds of out corporal existence. When an animal dies, this cultural continuity does not happen. The only progression that is possible there happens over extremely long periods through genetic progression. Apart from the genetic progression, the evidence that an animals has lived ceases at the point of its death, while ours continues. Our life continues in the most immediate sense in the usefulness of the products we have created, or ideas we have developed, or discoveries that we have made -- the sum-total of whatever we have contributed to the riches of human culture from which present and future generations will benefit. 

This capability to enrich culture for the benefit of present and future generations makes the human being profoundly immortal in nature, and places in this dimension a development potential that far supersedes the development potential of any other form of life. It also brings God, the immortal and infinite, more fully to light in actual living. In this sense or mission comes closer to the expression of God. And so, in this first column of her pedagogical structure Mary Baker Eddy warns us that in respect to God "the name Adam represents the false supposition that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end." The false sense of God that is expressed here would lower the status of man to that of an animal. Of course this error doesn't touch the truth. 

The Sublime status of man can never be lost, just as God can never become lost. The Adam definition only suggests that we can loose sight of the Truth, and thereby loose site of our immortality and with it of our mission. Scientific discipline is required here to assure that this won't happen. And why should we let this happen? The first column is oriented "northward: its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation." What happens in this column unfolds more like an adventure with infinite possibilities to apply the substance of our life, the divine Life. 

Thus, our mission is to make our life meaningful, to give it an 'industrial' type dimension. This isn't found in idleness, comforts, and entertainment, but in reaching for the stars, in searching and finding aspects of the divine characters that have never been seen before and to give them expression. Herein lies the heart of freedom, beauty, all that is good and immortal as we develop ourselves and our potential to be as we truly are as spiritual human beings. 

While in divine Science Life is seen in the dimension of its immortality, that dimension doesn't extend to the physical form, which like any animal form lacks that dimension. The Psalmist of old sang of man as an animal, "his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more." But the Psalmist also recognized that this animal image is not the true image for man. He sang about himself as a spiritual human being, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." (Psalm 103, 17) 

And so, the very dimension of our mission as human beings that enriches the sum-total of human culture and with it future generation, also gives an equally rich dimension to the present and the fullness and completeness of our living in it. If that evidence is lacking, everything else is lacking too, and our life has no meaning. 

The sad part is that this description of lack applies to an ever-widening scene in the world today in which many people living in body are essentially dead as human beings by their neglecting to recognize themselves as spiritual beings. The further sad part is that the walking dead have a rather large following in their march to the grave that they pursue intensely without ever having really lived. Some of them have even amassed the political power to take entire nations to the grave with them. Thus the first column is an important one for developing the leadership in practice, beginning with the scientific leadership of oneself; a leadership in scientific discipline; a celebration of spiritual recognition and acceptance; a leadership for the world by example, to inspire others to reclaim their humanity and their life.

Mary Baker Eddy says "the apostle assures us that man has power to become the son of God." And she asks, "Is man's spiritual sonship a personal gift to man, or is it the reality of his being, in divine Science?  Man's knowledge of this grand verity gives him power to demonstrate his divine Principle, which in turn is requisite in order to understand his sonship, or unity with God, good." (Miscellaneous Writings 181) 



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   ** Healing the Collapsing Heart
  
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