GREAT numbers of people are engaged in research projects and are developing various natural sciences. While one recognizes the usefulness of much of this work in the human realm, one should see that far more research should be carried out on spiritual lines. The possibilities of man, not the possibilities of matter, will be the ultimate goal of scientific research.
Christian Science offers such a field of research, and in its development it supplies the right solution to all human problems. Although completely unworldly and unmaterial, divine Science is highly practical. It gets at the heart of the world's needs and supplies them. Its means are prayer and dedication to Truth, God; and its findings are vitally religious. Mary Baker Eddy says in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 178): "This Science is the essence of religion, distilled in the laboratory of infinite Love and prepared for all peoples. And because Science is naturally divine, is this natural Science less profitable or scientific than 'counting the legs of insects'?" A few sentences later are these words: "The true sense of life is lost to those who regard being as material."
To the physical senses, life may appear to be material and man may seem to be a mortal, capable of the utmost inhumanity. But research in Christian Science brings proof that man is spiritual, the idea of divine Mind, and capable only of the highest good. In "the true sense of life" the nature of man, which the world should be investigating, is Christly, and this fact is of more importance to human welfare than the chemical and molecular structure of the body, which must ultimately be evaluated as transitory illusion.