The Publishing Society and the Field

Those who are at work in the Field, endeavoring to reveal to the world that "beauty of holiness" which Christian Science establishes, intelligently appreciate the office of the publishing Society in its service to the Cause. There may be some, however, who have not learned that the business belongs beneficially to the Mother Church, and that it is administered in trust, so that all profits are paid over semi-annually into the Church treasury; and it is unnecessary to say that all Christian Scientists are equally interested in the welfare of the Mother Church. The Society is not conducted for the pecuniary benefit of any individual or individuals. Those responsible for conducting the business of the Society, receive only a modest compensation for their services. In this connection it is but just to say that the business manager, Mr. Joseph Armstrong, is not a member of the Board of Trustees, and does not determine what shall or shall not be published by the Publishing Society.

The main business of the Publishing Society is the issue of periodicals which set forth legitimate Christian Science,—a weekly newspaper, a monthly magazine containing more lengthy articles, and a quarterly series of Bible Lessons. A constant current of clean and satisfying thought upon the highest themes that can interest man, is thus continually flowing forth; and it is quite impossible for any one inexperienced in the task to know at what cost of care and vigilance the purity of this stream is maintained.

Field workers appreciate the value of the periodicals for distribution among inquirers and patients. To the stranger, the regular issue of a periodical has much more meaning than a tract would have. It indicates a continuity of interest, a list of subscribers, the faith of many in the doctrine promulgated. Sometimes, however, a pamphlet may be more desirable, and a few somewhat lengthy dissertations or testimonies have been published in pamphlet form, for use in distribution. As adjuncts of the periodicals, lectures in supplement form, and short Reprints suitable for enclosing in letters, are also issued. The periodicals and these adjuncts are sold to workers at moderate prices and the imprint of the Publishing Society upon them indicates careful selection and editorial supervision, so that they may rightly represent the Cause.

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A Case Reported
November 21, 1901

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