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Healing Racial Divisions

From the July 1971 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When Mary Baker Eddy announced to the world that man is wholly spiritual, she started a revolution. The world, with its entrenched conviction that life springs from matter, felt the impact of the idea without understanding it. But the Christly power of this new concept of man still flows forth for the healing of the nations.

Today the human picture is of a world repeatedly torn apart by dissension. One of the most dangerous current forms of divisiveness is racism, and here the Christian Scientist is in a peculiarly strong position to bring healing.

Properly understood, the acute racial tensions of today are not forced on us by outside circumstance; they exist only in unspiritual human attitudes. For the belief that man is split up into races and that one race is superior, domineering, resentful, threatening, or indifferent to another is rooted in the false claim that man is a physical organism determined by material history.

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