Thought and Words

As is shown by her published writings, Mrs. Eddy was careful and skillful in the use of words. She was both educated and individual in using these tools of thought. Evidently, also, she desired that all Christian Scientists should give attention to accuracy and expressiveness of speech. For instance, she gave us this rule: "First purify thought, then put thought into words, and words into deeds" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 341).

Mrs. Eddy's individual employment of language for her great purpose is illustrated by her adaptation of old words to new uses. An instance is furnished by "evangelize." In all dictionaries, this word means to instruct in the gospel; convert to Christianity. So when Mrs. Eddy wrote that "the human self must be evangelized" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 254), she added a further and more particular meaning to this already useful word.

Spiritual Understanding
April 30, 1932

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