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From the December 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Recently, you wrote to contributors to the Christian Science magazines, sharing some radical ideas. Ideas shape experience, and these were radical only in the sense that they did not conform to the preconceived perceptions [of many of us] about writing for the magazines. The length of an article, for instance, has no set number of words but should suit the message. The clothing of an idea should not weigh down the form so much that the impact is blunted by heavy explanation or stereotyped vocabulary.

A wonderful growing point is implicit in this approach. I think a terse statement by Mary Baker Eddy crystallizes what has so far been said: "Truth cannot be stereotyped; it unfoldeth forever" (No and Yes, p. 45).

Christianity demands the expression and living of the qualities and ideas of God. Nothing in Christ Jesus' life included stereotypes. He confronted and discarded them. He did not accept that a loving Father—all good—could restrict or limit His expression. It would be natural to assume, therefore, that God's infinite variety is expressed in countless ways and forms. Expressing brings each of us closer to God.

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