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FAITH

From the June 1908 issue of The Christian Science Journal


FAITH is a word used primarily to express the state of consciousness essential to religious teaching, and it is commonly differentiated from the understanding which is essential to the acceptance of scientific teaching or knowledge of truth. It is ordinarily thought that the understanding of physical science is an activity of the human mind based upon the testimony of material sense, and that therefore it is to be relied upon; while faith is regarded as a transcendental mental state, a spiritual attitude which accepts as a guide to eternal life theories about an unknown and unknowable God, and which bases its hope of salvation upon belief in the unexplainable miracles attending the life of Christ Jesus, who through a special gift from God was able to put aside the customary order of divine law for a specific time and purpose.