Message for 1901, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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personality?  They do, but their personality is defined spiritually,
not materially - by Mind, not by matter.  We do not blot
out the material race of Adam, but leave all sin to God's
fiat - self-extinction, and to the final manifestation of the
real spiritual man and universe.  We believe, according
to the Scriptures, that God is infinite Spirit or Person, and
man is His image and likeness:  therefore man reflects
Spirit, not matter.
   We are not transcendentalists to the extent of extinguishing
anything that is real, good, or true; for God and
man in divine Science, or the logic of Truth, are coexistent
and eternal, and the nature of God must be seen in man,
who is His eternal image and likeness.
   The theological God as a Person necessitates a creed
to explain both His person and nature, whereas God explains
Himself in Christian Science.  Is the human person,

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as defined by Christian Science, more transcendental than
theology's three divine persons, that live in the Father and
have no separate identity?  Who says the God of theology
is a Person, and the God of Christian Science is not a
person, hence no God?  Here is the departure.  Person is
defined differently by theology, which reckons three as
one and the infinite in a finite form, and Christian Science,
which reckons one as one and this one infinite.
   Can the infinite Mind inhabit a finite form?  Is the God
of theology a finite or an infinite Person?  Is He one
Person, or three persons?  Who can conceive either of
three persons as one person, or of three infinites?  We
hear that God is not God except He be a Person, and this
Person contains three persons:  yet God must be One
although He is three.  Is this pure, specific Christianity?
and is God in Christian Science no God because He is not
after this model of personality?
   The logic of divine Science being faultless, its consequent
Christianity is consistent with Christ's hillside sermon,
which is set aside to some degree, regarded as impracticable
for human use, its theory even seldom named.
   God is Person in the infinite scientific sense of Him, but
He can neither be one nor infinite in the corporeal or anthropomorphic
   Our departure from theological personality is, that God's
personality must be as infinite as Mind is.  We believe in
God as the infinite Person; but lose all conceivable idea
of Him as a finite Person with an infinite Mind.  That
God is either inconceivable, or is manlike, is not my sense
of Him.  In divine Science He is "altogether lovely," and

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consistently conceivable as the personality of infinite Love,
infinite Spirit, than whom there is none other.
   Scholastic theology makes God manlike; Christian
Science makes man Godlike.  The trinity of the Godhead
in Christian Science being Life, Truth, Love, constitutes
the individuality of the infinite Person or divine intelligence
called God.
   Again, God being infinite Mind, He is the all-wise, all-knowing,
all-loving Father-Mother, for God made man in
His own image and likeness, and made them male and
female as the Scriptures declare; then does not our
heavenly Parent - the divine Mind - include within this
Mind the thoughts that express the different mentalities
of man and woman, whereby we may consistently say,
"Our Father-Mother God"?  And does not this heavenly
Parent know and supply the differing needs of the individual
mind even as the Scriptures declare He will?
   Because Christian Scientists call their God "divine
Principle," as well as infinite Person, they have not taken

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