THE CHURCH AND THE READING ROOM

The Christian Science Reading Room means many things to many people. To the fearful it is a refuge, to the storm-tossed a lighthouse, to the stranger a friend, to the wanderer a home. The Christian Scientist knows that in its spiritual significance the Reading Room represents a specific divine activity, originating in Mind, manifesting the attributes of Life, Truth, and Love. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, perceived that the Reading Room would meet the yearning of mankind for peace and love and saw it as an essential activity of her Church.

Among the Rules and By-Laws contained in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy is found a By-Law devoted to the subject of Reading Rooms which states that each Church of Christ, Scientist, shall have a Reading Room. This God-inspired mandate supplies authority for including the spiritual activity for which the Reading Room stands within the true idea of Church. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, "Church" is defined as follows (p. 583):

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