Earnest Study

SCIENCE is an exact and systematic statement or classification of knowledge concerning a certain subject. This knowledge must be acquired and verified by exact observation, correct thinking, and close and careful study. Observation will prove of little help without study; and in order to study intelligently one must follow the instructions of a teacher duly qualified to instruct a student in the particular subject in which he desires to become proficient; and in order to progress in his study, one must provide himself with authentic textbooks.

When one desires to seek membership in The Mother Church, he finds the By-Law on page 34 of the Manual of The Mother Church which reads, in part: "The BIBLE, together with SCIENCE AND HEALTH and other works by Mrs. Eddy, shall be his only textbooks for self-instruction in Christian Science, and for teaching and practising metaphysical healing." And in the "Explanatory Note" on page 4 of the Christian Science Quarterly we are told that "the Bible and the Christian Science textbook are our only preachers."

October 12, 1929

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