The Christian Science Textbook

Those unacquainted with Christian Science sometimes pick up its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and after reading it through, or in part, remark that they can make nothing of it. But this book can be understood by anyone who sincerely desires to understand it. There is in it nothing involved, confused, or confusing, nothing difficult or obscure. It presents a simple and logical exposition of its subject, with rules for proving its statements and conclusions so clear and definite that children find them easy to understand and apply.

This book elucidates the Science of Christianity, through which one may gain a broad and demonstrable knowledge of God, as Spirit, Mind, Truth, Love. We read on page 1 that "desire is prayer." It is not conceivable that God would withhold from anyone desiring or praying for a better knowledge of Him the needful inspiration and comprehension. On the contrary, He gives to all the spiritual ability to know Him.

A possible stumblingblock to those who are honest and sincere in their wish to comprehend the teaching of Science and Health may lie in their failure to realize that this volume is a textbook, and that, as such, it requires careful study rather than a casual survey. It is a fact, however, that some gain from their first reading of this textbook so clear an appreciation of the truth that they are advanced along the road of spiritual understanding, and are often immediately freed from burdens of sin and lack, or permanently healed of disease, perhaps supposed to be incurable. This is amply testified to in the last chapter of the textbook, entitled "Fruitage." Others, however, may come more slowly to an understanding of the great truths of Christian Science and so need to persevere.

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The Way of Supply
September 9, 1933

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