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Virgin birth: beyond history, a living spiritual idea

From the December 1988 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: "Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful." Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 109

There is scarcely a more precious, sacred event in Christian history than the virgin birth of Christ Jesus. Nothing can deprive this event of its uniqueness, its foundational position in Christian theology, or its special significance to the Christian.

But the theology of Christian Science shows the timeless import of this historic event and explains that the virgin birth was not a miracle, not a departure from natural law, but a proof of the Science of real creation, in which God, Spirit, is the sole origin and continuity of man and the universe. "Those instructed in Christian Science," explains its Discoverer, Mrs. Eddy, "have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man. The Virgin-mother conceived this idea of God, and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus—that is, Joshua, or Saviour." Science and Health, p. 29.

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