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MAN AS EXPRESSION

From the December 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Holy Bible, book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine:
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to tell me what I am.

This verse from Hymn No. 114 in the Christian Science Hymnal directs us to the source of true knowledge of man's origin and nature. And by man is meant the spiritual identity of each one of us. One might seriously ask himself: "What is my origin? What is my purpose? What is my destiny?" Having asked these questions, one should see to it that he finds the correct answers.

Human learning has never truly defined man. Philosophy, on at least one occasion, attempted to explain man from a physical standpoint and was rebuked by its own inconsistency. When the philosopher Plato described man as "a two-legged animal without feathers," Diogenes brought a plucked rooster into the Academy at Athens and remarked, "This is Plato's man."

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