Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Preface to her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. vii), "The time for thinkers has come." In the years that have passed since the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science made that declaration no person and no doctrine has done more to show mankind the tremendous importance and power, as well as the nature and method, of right thinking. While many among the world's great intellectuals have richly endowed us with the fruits of their reasoning, only Mrs. Eddy, the God-appointed revelator of Truth to this age, has taught mankind how to think.

It may come as a surprise to some to learn that thinking is obligatory; so long as we are conscious we must think. To whatever degree of mental indolence we may have drifted, we still cannot avoid thinking. But much human thinking is desultory and aimless, yielding little in real results. Since we must think, it would seem right to take our thinking seriously; to take hold of it and direct it along ordered lines to a worth-while end.

August 9, 1952

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