THE beneficent work of Christian Science is thoroughly known and recognized in the lines of physical healing, moral reformation, and spiritual quickening and illumination. It brings yet another line of benefit, which is well-nigh as marked and wonderful, viz., intellectual quickening and refinement. In grappling with the problem of being as unfolded in Christian Science, the seeker is compelled to face the profoundest questions that can engage the human mind, and thought is impelled to range out and seek the universal reason of things.

The very first thing that has to be gained, by one who studies the teaching of Christian Science, is the understanding of divine Principle and the law of cause and effect. In gaining this there must come an insight into the loftiest heights, the profoundest depths, and the widest scope of being. When we see that to the truth-seeker all this thinking is not wrestling with an abstract problem, but a quest which is instinct with vital meaning, which is thrilling and throbbing with deepest significance, it is evident how there must come a spontaneous, natural, necessary broadening of thought, a gaining of intellectual fiber that only comes by grappling and solving great questions.

Christian Science demands the closest, finest accuracy of thought and expression, as the learner follows on to solve the daily problem according to its teachings. The demonstration of Christian Science in the round of human experience means a clear perception and analysis of the thought elements that enter into all its details, a tracing out of all the minor relations of cause and effect that these details involve, and a definite solution of them by the Principle and rule of divine Science. All this necessarily, and obviously, demands and impels a constantly increasing clearness and refinement in the thought processes, and all this is allied to an absorbing, compelling, rejoicing interest in the work thus being done.

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July 25, 1908

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