The New Edition of Science and Health

The announcement in last week's Sentinel of a new edition of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," was doubtless news to most of our readers, although it has been generally expected that, sooner or later, such an event would occur. It has been foreshadowed by Mrs. Eddy for several years. The old type which has for many years done such faithful duty, had become so worn that new type became an absolute necessity. Further postponement was out of the question. This accounts for the appearance of the new book at this time.

As stated in the Publisher's notice, the book is now printed from new plates, with the lines numbered on the margin of each page, while many important verbal changes have been made. These changes consist of additions as well as eliminations, the evident purpose of which is the simplification of the text, especially in its definitional phases. The sense of the text, particularly in its Scientific or spiritual import, remains wholly unchanged. Yet the addition of a word or clause here, and an elimination there, will enable the student and investigator more readily to grasp the author's true meaning. To illustrate: The word "divine" has been placed before the word "Principle" in many places where the latter stood alone as a synonym for Deity; while the words Love, or Truth, or Life—one or all—as synonyms for God, are frequently substituted for Principle.

False Hydrophobia
February 6, 1902

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