Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Time for a Renaissance? ; First Published as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Time for a Renaissance? ; First Published as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel

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Mention the word, and people almost always think of the great period of discovery and enlightenment that took place during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries - the Renaissance, or rebirth, when much of Europe emerged from the so-called Dark Ages and vaulted into an era of great hope and wonderment.

In her 2003 novel "The Birth of Venus," author Sarah Dunant depicts the character of Alessandra, a 15th-century Florentine woman inspired by the great painters of the age, who strives to paint a chapel with her own heavenly work. Alessandra calls herself "an inferior artist in a superior age," but notes that her efforts have nevertheless meant much, combined with those of so many others, "during those heady days when we brought man into contact with God in a way he had never been before."

Summing up her work, Alessandra concludes that hers was but "a single voice lost inside a great chorus of others. And, such was the sound that the chorus made together, that to have been a part of it at all was enough for me."

The 21st century, measured though it is on vaster scales, needs such a renaissance chorus, with voices louder and stronger than ever. Ignorance, plagues, wars, and miseries have not, sadly, disappeared in the days since Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. But at the same time, much has been discovered, and rediscovered, about the value of individual thought and deed in the half- millennium that has intervened.

As 2004 rolls into 2005, we can redouble our efforts to see that the chorus of hope and healing grows stronger in the world, not weaker, through what we know of our Creator. The genius of spirituality is that it transforms existence metaphysically - literally in ways beyond the physical. We aren't limited by who we are or where we came from, what we have or what we have not, how far we can travel or how much education we have. Mary Baker Eddy's 1866 discovery of the system of laws that undergirded the healing works of Jesus has made it possible for every individual to love as he loved, and heal as he healed.

This Science of Christ offers the promise that an age of enlightenment and rebirth can break upon any bleak instance of sickness or misery, as we know spiritual facts - the truth that the Soul of the universe has mandated a reign of good, but never of evil. …

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