How to Read

IN the study of Christian Science it is especially wise to follow Bacon's advice: "Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider." If a student clings to his prejudices and preconceptions while he thinks he is investigating the subject, he will advance less rapidly than if he gives really intelligent attention to the truth presented. If he skims through Mrs. Eddy's works with little reasoning on his own part, he can experience at the best but a superficial sense of satisfaction. As Mrs. Eddy says on page 147 of Science and Health, "Although this volume' contains the complete Science of Mind-healing, never believe that you can absorb the whole meaning of the Science by a simple perusal of this book. The book needs to be studied, and the demonstration of the rules of scientific healing will plant you firmly on the spiritual groundwork of Christian Science." Christian Science is no fad to be taken up just as a diversion from boredom or as an easy subject for light social conversation; to prove it in practice one must be thorough and consecrated in the study.

Yet true consecration in the reading of Christian Science literature is neither an intense nor a dull and plodding process. As the student progresses, he learns something of what the real animation of Life is, his reading becomes a vital part of his living in accord with the divine Life, and he finds ever new and interesting education in the very reasoning as to the metaphysical nature of God and spiritual man. By giving eager attention to the truth unfolded through Christian Science, one gains the keenest enjoyment there could possibly be, as well as the healing which he is seeking. The right kind of study is an active, not a passive, experience, in that it requires not only receptivity but energetic devotion of thought to the subject. Each one who turns to his reading with real spiritual energy of desire is blessed beyond measure.

"Now are we the sons of God"
May 21, 1921

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