The Letter and the Spirit

"How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" This question, asked on page 495 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, is answered in part thus: "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit."

The student of Christian Science soon realizes the necessity of studying our Leader's writings, together with the Bible, if he means to master the letter of Christian Science, for in this way only can he learn how to change thought from a material to a spiritual basis. But one cannot become a true Christian Scientist merely by knowing the letter of Science. Spiritual understanding, we are told (ibid., p. 505), "is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light." This understanding is not gained through mere human reasoning, but by inspiration and revelation.

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