In the chapter entitled "Recapitulation" in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy gives us an inspired summary of the fundamentals of Christian Science. She prefaces the chapter with the words from Isaiah (28:10), "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little." The word precept implies a law, a maxim, a prerequisite, or a rule of conduct, and Christian Scientists recognize in the questions and answers constituting the chapter the precepts which they must necessarily observe in order to progress in understanding.

The Science of Christianity being based on the truths relating to God as our Father and to man as His spiritual offspring, the precepts underlying this Science must be divine. The chapter referred to is in fact expressly used as the basis for the teaching of Christian Science, in accordance with the directions given by Mrs. Eddy, our revered Leader, in the Manual of The Mother Church. How essential it is, therefore, that we should be well acquainted with these precepts and that we should continually refresh ourselves with a perusal of them in order that we may be consistent in applying them to our human affairs.

January 5, 1952

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