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From the January 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

MOST OF US have thrown ourselves into championing "a" worthy cause or two—sometimes several causes at a time. Like cleaning up city government, advocating for the underresourced, caring for battered women and children, defending the environment, advancing world peace.

This issue of the Journal, however, poses a question to all of us. What is our commitment to "the" cause that transcends all others? What's our commitment to winning humanity's salvation from sin, disease, and death? That's the cause Jesus asked his disciples of all time to advocate when he sent them out to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons" (Matt. 10:8, Revised Version). And those are the very words Mary Baker Eddy chose to capture the essence of her discovery, Christian Science, making them part of the Cross and Crown insignia that sits on the cover of all her published writings—and on every issue of the Journal.

Each of us will need to search our own heart to discover just how deep our personal commitment is to what Mrs. Eddy once called "the greatest and holiest of all causes," to the divine Science that alone can win humanity's salvation from every form of evil (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 177). Key to opening up a vibrant dialog on this subject will be a year-long series of articles sponsored in 2010 by the Christian Science Board of Directors: "Second-century Christian Science: Depth, Dimension, Demonstration." A description of the series, along with a preview of each article in it, begins on p. 30.

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