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Occasionally it is asked, "Why is there not a special dictionary defining, in accordance with Mrs. Eddy's use of them, the most important words in 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'?" Many years ago such a dictionary was thought of, but never authorized or brought out either by Mrs. Eddy or by the Christian Science movement. Since then a number of proposals for such a work have been made, but the issuance of a dictionary of this character is not deemed wise.

It is obvious that were a reference book of this type to be prepared, there would be need to quote Mrs. Eddy extensively. It is also obvious that to the extent that standard dictionaries recognize the necessity of including in their new printings definitions of the scientific terms used in Christian Science, a much wider use of these definitions will be possible than would be the use of a special references work published for the particular use of Christian Scientists. At least two important publishers of dictionaries have already taken this forward step, and have looked to the Christian Science movement to supply the requisite definitions. To some extent the feature page of The Christian Science Monitor of June 5, in its column "A Word a Day," elucidated this forward step on the part of Funk & Wagnalls, Publishers of the Practical Standard Dictionary, and of the publishers of Webster's New International Dictionary.

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