The Value of Systematic Study

Progress in spiritual understanding and scientific demonstration is the earnest desire of alt sincere students of Christian Science. In its textbook, in answer to the question, "How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" Mary Baker Eddy replies in part (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 495), "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit." A dictionary provides this clear definition of the verb "study": "To read and examine so as to learn and understand." The injunction to "study thoroughly the letter," therefore, reveals that thoughtful examination of the letter is essential to rapid progress in the understanding of this Science.

In every line of righteous human endeavor, sincere and systematic application of thought to the acquisition of an intelligent, demonstrable understanding brings steady progress and expanding accomplishment. In no instance is this fact more true than in the study and practice of Christian Science. Whereas ordinary schools of learning in the so-called natural sciences deal almost wholly with material phenomena, Christian Science transcends human modes and methods and instructs its students how to exchange mortal material concepts for immortal spiritual ideas; how to rise above the suppositional realm of matter into the veritable realm of Spirit.

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