It cannot be doubted that the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, has already produced and continues to produce a revolutionary change in human thinking. Mrs. Eddy says (ibid., p. 268), "Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect."

The writer well remembers the challenge that the first reading of Science and Health gave to many conventional beliefs and opinions for which his early education had been responsible. He saw how long-cherished notions concerning God and man, based as they were on materialistic reasoning, must give place to an entirely new concept of creation based upon Spirit. The new wine or spiritual inspiration found in Christian Science could not be poured into the old bottles of theological dogmas and beliefs. In order to accept the new, he must discard the old, else the old bottles would burst and the new idea be spilled.

Fortunately the acceptance or rejection of Christian Science did not rest on the letter of the word. The study of Science and Health had healed him of a long-standing difficulty, so he was naturally ready to accept the fact that the truth contained in this inspiring book did what its author claimed it would do, namely, heal the sick. But still the challenge persisted. Gradually the old beliefs were expelled and gave room for Truth, and in proportion as this was done, health and happiness and the desire to help others resulted.

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April 29, 1950

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