Mary Baker Eddy's deep respect for enlightened learning is noted in her statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 195): "Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal."

Mrs. Eddy knew and loved the cultural world in which she lived. The current series in the Sentinel, entitled "Mrs. Eddy Mentioned Them," draws our attention to the wide range of her reading. Her grasp on many subjects was the admiration of her teachers and is the wonder of many thoughtful scholars today.

At no point in her writings does Mrs. Eddy give the impression that a proper human education is to be neglected. What our Leader evidently longed for was a purification of educational systems so that Christliness would be considered superior to the merely intellectual achievement, morals to brilliance, and the knowledge of Truth, in the healing of human ills, to medical limitations.

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May 3, 1958

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