Studying Our Textbook

A Dictionary defines "textbook" as "a book used as a standard work in any branch." Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, speaks of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," her principal work, as a textbook (see Science and Health, p. 456).

A textbook, as distinguished from other writings, is to be studied, not merely read. Those unacquainted with the nature and purpose of the Christian Science textbook may suppose that Christian Science can be understood by simply reading its pages. Mrs. Eddy says on this subject (ibid., p. 147): "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." Paul in his second epistle to Timothy says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

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December 5, 1931

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