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In conversation with an eminent lawyer who was a visitor in our city and who is a devout student of the Bible, I learned that he had that Sunday morning attended his former church and was invited into the Bible Class, which he had previously taught for some years. During the course of the lesson a question came up for discussion that seemed to cause much confusion; no one could find the answer. It developed that the teacher of the class had searched many commentaries on the Bible without results, and finally went to a Jewish rabbi for information. The visitor said: "I always depend upon the Bible alone for my information and interpretation. Hand me the Bible and I will find the answer." He turned back a few pages from the lesson text, and there found for the class the full information needed. When he repeated the incident to me I remarked that Christian Scientists also depend upon the sacred pages of the Bible for their information and instruction in all things. He replied, "You depend upon Mrs. Eddy's interpretation of the Bible."

This little conversation caused me to think more scientifically than I had ever thought before along the line of textbooks, and especially of our textbooks and their relation one with the other. The first thought came clearly that Mrs. Eddy most certainly discovered the Science of Christianity, for on page 107 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she says, "In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science;" and also on page 126 of the same textbook she writes: "The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth."

"Taught of God"
August 9, 1919

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