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nardo's day, but his mind only glimpsed the possibility of their existence. It remained for the twentieth century to carry out the real discovery, and make flying an applied science. Equally so, God's love for man and man's relationship to God, has always existed. Earth received some understanding of this when the Saviour taught his followers to pray “Our Father which art in Heaven;" but it remained for a later disciple, Mrs. Eddy, to increase this knowledge of salvation. What it means to be a child of God is a heavenly state of mind which destroys sickness equally as necessarily as it banishes sin.
We welcome a demonstrable knowledge of aviation, and should we not much more welcome a kindred knowledge
a of the Science of God? Will not the race which struggled so nobly to own and to keep the sacred Scriptures, gladly receive the full value of that spiritual interpretation which has been proved in Christian Science to be humanly demonstrable? Do we not need, in these chaotic times, a deeper understanding of God's nature, will, and providence, to arm us against the ravages of the carnal mind than we have ever possessed before? “The shades of England's mighty dead” are indeed our “cloud of witnesses”; and Whittier, who was a contemporary of Mrs. Eddy, who spoke with her, and received healing from her, might well have addressed to her the lines he wrote to the Reformers of England:
hands have found Are those which Heaven itself has wrought, Light, Truth and Love; your battleground The free broad field of Thought.”
SIR THOMAS MORE
“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
"Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
“The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him.
“But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
"Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under ..."
GENESIS 49. “And this is the blessing wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. . . . And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath ..."
DEUTERONOMY 33: 1, and 13. “The reformer must be a hero at all points, and he must have conquered himself before he can conquer others. Sincerity is more successful than genius or talent.”
MRS. EDDY. Message. 1900. Y way of an interlude, as the mind passes from the middle ages and the times of Wycliffe, to the great
cleavage of the Reformation, leading on to Puritanism and Nonconformity, it may be both pleasant and restful to notice an interesting incident of healing through the prayers of Sir Thomas More, for, as Erasmus truly said of him,-“Nature never formed a sweeter and happier
disposition.” Had he lived today he would probably have been styled a “High Churchman.” As it was, he combined a great reverence for the dignity of the Catholic Church and Papal authority, with great love and loyalty to England. Oddly enough he might not inappropriately also be defined as an early Puritan! for he pleaded earnestly for freedom of speech in the Commons.
It is said that a great affection existed between him and his eldest daughter Margaret, the wife of Will Roper, and when she was lying “in extremis,” her life despaired of by the physicians, Sir Thomas More retreated to the chapel and library he had built for himself on his estate, and “besought Almighty God that it would be like His Goodness, unto whom nothing was impossible if it were His blessed will, at his meditation to vouchsafe graciously to hear his petition,” whereupon at that moment there came into his mind the thought that a certain remedy called a “glister” would help her, and after this was administered, Margaret Roper recovered from the brink of the grave, and in time was restored to perfect health. The "glister” we may consider as a negligible factor in this recovery, the real cause being Sir Thomas' fervent declaration that it was in the nature of God's goodness and power to perform this cure, together with the most ardently loving desire that his daughter should live.
Some guide to his convictions in such matters may be found in his uniquely famous little book, Utopia, where, in setting forth the religion of the inhabitants of this ideal island, he remarks: "they highley esteme and worshyppe miracles that come by no healpe of nature, as woorkes and witnesses of the presente power of God. And suche they saye do chaunce there verye often. And sometimes in great and doubtefull matters, by commen intercession and prayers, they procure and obteine them with a sure hope and confidence, and a stedfast belefe.”
Among the simple natural pleasures of life in “Utopia” he counts health, and since this island is built up in ideal fancy only, and is the highest concept of perfection in plan and government which his mind can picture, he does not debar women of suitable age and estate from joining the priesthood,—an amazing admission for the year 1516!
The whole fabric of Utopia is interwoven with a rhythmic sense of joy and exultation, an ease born of sober freedom, and pleasure purged of all vice. The beginnings are there of what may be termed the unwritten gospel of America, namely, “the pursuit of happiness," a desire so embedded in the new hope of a new world that it was actually included in the Declaration of Independence. The Utopian sentence “that the soule is immortal and by the bountiful goodness of God ordeined to felicitie” might have flowed from the pen of Thomas Jefferson!
Mrs. Eddy also had an Utopia in mind, but hers was built in the solid concrete of spiritual fact, and not of the ephemeral substance of imaginative dreams. She writes:
“The Revelator tells us of a new heaven and a new earth.' Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of Supreme Wisdom?” (Science and Health, p. 91.)
"Science corrects this error (failure to discern "the legitimate affections of Soul''] with the truth of Love,
and restores lost Eden.” (Miscellany, p. 287.) Sir Thomas More was far from grasping the incorporeal sense of being. He was not even as metaphysically minded as Sir Francis Bacon, who held as a rule of health that “to be free-minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of