Rudimental Divine Science, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

DEFINITIONS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
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DEFINITIONS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE



      How would you define Christian Science?

   As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and
demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of
universal harmony.


      What is the Principle of Christian Science?

   It is God, the Supreme Being, infinite and immortal
Mind, the Soul of man and the universe.  It is our Father
which is in heaven.  It is substance, Spirit, Life, Truth,
and Love, - these are the deific Principle.


      Do you mean by this that God is a person?

   The word person affords a large margin for misapprehension,
as well as definition.  In French the equivalent
word is personne.  In Spanish, Italian, and Latin, it is
persona.  The Latin verb personare is compounded of
the prefix per (through) and sonare (to sound).
   In law, Blackstone applies the word personal to bodily
presence, in distinction from one's appearance (in court,
for example) by deputy or proxy.

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   Other definitions of person, as given by Webster, are
"a living soul; a self-conscious being; a moral agent;
especially, a living human being, a corporeal man, woman,
or child; an individual of the human race."  He adds,
that among Trinitarian Christians the word stands for one
of the three subjects, or agents, constituting the Godhead.
   In Christian Science we learn that God is definitely individual,
and not a person, as that word is used by the best
authorities, if our lexicographers are right in defining
person as especially a finite human being; but God is
personal, if by person is meant infinite Spirit.
   We do not conceive rightly of God, if we think of Him
as less than infinite.  The human person is finite; and
therefore I prefer to retain the proper sense of Deity by
using the phrase an individual God, rather than a personal
God; for there is and can be but one infinite individual
Spirit, whom mortals have named God.
   Science defines the individuality of God as supreme
good, Life, Truth, Love.  This term enlarges our sense
of Deity, takes away the trammels assigned to God by
finite thought, and introduces us to higher definitions.


   Is healing the sick the whole of Science?

   Healing physical sickness is the smallest part of Christian
Science.  It is only the bugle-call to thought and
action, in the higher range of infinite goodness.  The
emphatic purpose of Christian Science is the healing of
sin; and this task, sometimes, may be harder than the

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cure of disease; because, while mortals love to sin, they
do not love to be sick.  Hence their comparative acquiescence
in your endeavors to heal them of bodily ills, and
their obstinate resistance to all efforts to save them from
sin through Christ, spiritual Truth and Love, which
redeem them, and become their Saviour, through the
flesh, from the flesh, - the material world and evil.
   This Life, Truth, and Love - this trinity of good - was
individualized, to the perception of mortal sense, in the
man Jesus.  His history is emphatic in our hearts, and it
lives more because of his spiritual than his physical healing.

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