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From the May 1888 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What is it? Is it personality or individuality, a thing of mind or matter? Do the physical senses constitute it, or is it an idea of Soul? If material forms do not express it, and it be only spiritual, how can it be discerned or preserved, and how will individuals be recognized? Identity is included in the substance of Principle, which is constant radiation, and is reflected and expressed in the identity of individuals. Principle is infinite, and must be infinitely expressed; hence the multiplicity and diversity of individuals.