Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

That '60S Show Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

That '60S Show Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I watched a miniseries on the United States in the 1960s. The show highlighted the fact that this was a decade of unrest and experimentation, of high ideals and unprincipled action.

My children kept asking, "What was going on back then?" They didn't approve of the injustice and violence perpetrated by people in authority, or the careless indulgence in drugs and free love. They just plain didn't understand the way women and minorities were treated. The Vietnam War seemed wrong to them.

From my kids' point of view, the lasting result of the '60s was that the country didn't stay in the same place on many issues like these. We made progress. We changed. I often think of the '60s as being a time of upheaval on a nationwide, even a global, scale. And as unpleasant as some things were, a lot of junk came to the surface to be dealt with. Mary Baker Eddy, who established this newspaper, wrote: "What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal belief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case with a fermenting fluid" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. 401). Many such statements from the Christian Science textbook begin to shed light on how we can assess the turbulent '60s - or any time of chaos. If turbulence sometimes seems to be all there is, it's helpful to consider this: "The fermentation even of fluids is not pleasant. An unsettled, transitional stage is never desirable on its own account" (Science and Health, pg. 65). God, one omnipotent Truth, has the power to make Himself known in all times. Divine revelation is irresistible, unavoidable - and harmonious. Sometimes God's perfect order comes to individual hearts, moment by moment. But it can happen on a much wider scale that reaches the ends of the earth. Society-wide impact of this kind has much historical precedent. One example is the work of the Apostle Paul, who launched his own revolution by bringing the message of Christianity to the Roman Empire. The Romans had reached the pinnacle of political power. …

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