Proving the Scientific Proposition

[Written Especially for Young People]

IN "Miscellaneous Writings" by Mary Baker Eddy, we read (p. 29), "Christians, like students in mathematics, should be working up to those higher rules of Life which Jesus taught and proved." And on page 52 of the same book she adds, "Mortals have the sum of being to work out, and up, to its spiritual standpoint."

Christian Science is based upon the rules taught and proved by the master Christian. Just as in mathematics there are certain rules to be learned, applied, and practiced before correct results can be obtained, so in our study of Christian Science, before we can reach the goal of understanding or walk even in a small measure the way our Master trod, there are certain rules relating to demonstration of the fact of perfect God, perfect man, and the perfect universe which we must apply in order that we may prove the power of Truth.

A student studying geometry, for instance, finds certain propositions to be proved. The statement of the proposition is given. The conclusion is known. Thus, it is evident to him that all the angles of an equilateral triangle are equal. Though he may clearly see this by examining the figure showing the angles, yet he must prove that the angles are equal. He sets about using the rule that definitely applies to this proposition, and logically and consistently makes certain that the angles are equal.

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So Near is God
October 27, 1934

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