The Church of Christ, Scientist, is a living church in the degree that it is built on the lives of its members and to the extent that these lives express the Life that is God. Though Mrs. Eddy recognized the importance at this stage of a visible, organized expression of Church, the fundamentally spiritual character of Church is indicated in her interpretation of that word in Science and Health: "Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
"The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick."Science and Health, p. 583.
The fundamental character of man as God's expression is no less spiritual than that of Church. Did not Paul ask, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you"? I Cor. 3:16.