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From the January 1919 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Creation as generally understood means the making of something new, which after being created begins an existence of its own apart from the cause or the creator. The creation of the universe and man is usually thought of as having taken place a long time ago—just how is a mystery; on one point, however, all pretty much agree,—that with this mysterious, "once upon a time" occurrence an external condition began which is to remain essentially unchanged for another long time.