The Reading Room

That our Leader attached much importance to the Christian Science Reading Room as a necessary auxiliary of the church is made plain by Article XXI, Section 1, of the Manual of The Mother Church, which says, "Each church of the Christian Science denomination shall have a Reading Room, though two or more churches may unite in having Reading Rooms, provided these rooms are well located."

That the Reading Room was established as a protection to the Cause, as well as an aid to those who are seeking Truth, is made clear in Article XXI, Section 3, which reads, "The literature sold or exhibited in the reading rooms of Christian Science Churches shall consist only of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and other writings by this author; also the literature published or sold by The Christian Science Publishing Society." As there is only one revelation of Truth to this age, and it is to be found in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, it is highly important that the truth as Christian Science reveals it should be kept unadulterated.

Mrs. Eddy knew from experience that mortal belief would endeavor to drown the revelation in a flood of human beliefs about the teachings of Christian Science. She knew that even from the ranks of Christian Scientists themselves there would stray those whose self-seeking would endeavor to profit through false literature. But by providing a place where the pure, unadulterated truth of Christian Science could be read and dispensed, she drew a firm line of demarcation between the false and the true, and gave the stamp of her approval to genuine Christian Science literature.

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July 5, 1924

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