Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
page 49

let it be in concession to the period, and not as a perpetual
or indispensable ceremonial of the church.  If
our church is organized, it is to meet the demand,
"Suffer it to be so now."  The real Christian compact
is love for one another.  This bond is wholly spiritual
and inviolate.
   It is imperative, at all times and under every circumstance,
to perpetuate no ceremonials except as
types of these mental conditions, - remembrance and
love; a real affection for Jesus' character and example.
Be it remembered, that all types employed in the service
of Christian Science should represent the most spiritual
forms of thought and worship that can be made

   Should not the teacher of Christian Science have our
textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
in his schoolroom and teach from it?

   I never dreamed, until informed thereof, that a loyal
student did not take his textbook with him into the classroom,
ask questions from it, answer them according to
it, and, as occasion required, read from the book as authority
for what he taught.  I supposed that students
had followed my example, and that of other teachers,
sufficiently to do this, and also to require their pupils to
study the lessons before recitations.


   To omit these important points is anomalous, considering
the necessity for understanding Science, and
the present liability of deviating from Christian Science.
Centuries will intervene before the statement of the inexhaustible
topics of that book become sufficiently understood
to be absolutely demonstrated.  The teacher of
Christian Science needs continually to study this textbook.
His work is to replenish thought, and to spiritualize human
life, from this open fount of Truth and Love.
   He who sees most clearly and enlightens other minds
most readily, keeps his own lamp trimmed and burning.
He will take the textbook of Christian Science into his
class, repeat the questions in the chapter on Recapitulation,
and his students will answer them from the same
source.  Throughout his entire explanations, the teacher
should strictly adhere to the questions and answers contained
in that chapter of "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures."  It is important to point out the
lesson to the class, and to require the students thoroughly
to study it before the recitations; for this spiritualizes
their thoughts.  When closing his class, the
teacher should require each member to own a copy of
the above-named book and to continue the study of this
   The opinions of men cannot be substituted for God's
revelation.  It must not be forgotten that in times past,
arrogant ignorance and pride, in attempting to steady
the ark of Truth, have dimmed the power and glory of
the Scriptures, to which this Christian Science textbook
is the Key.
   That teacher does most for his students who most
divests himself of pride and self, spiritualizes his own


thought, and by reason thereof is able to empty his students'
minds, that they may be filled with Truth.
   Beloved students, so teach that posterity shall call
you blessed, and the heart of history shall be made

   Can fear or sin bring back old beliefs of disease that have
been healed by Christian Science?

   The Scriptures plainly declare the allness and oneness
of God to be the premises of Truth, and that God is
good: in Him dwelleth no evil.  Christian Science authorizes
the logical conclusion drawn from the Scriptures,

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