The Value of Illustrations in Teaching

[From a teacher in a branch church Sunday School]

How can we present the vital truths of Christian Science so that they will have more meaning to the Sunday School pupil and so that the young person will have a greater desire to accept the Science of Christianity and put it into practice? The pupil in the older classes frequently has a good grasp of the letter and some understanding of its spiritual meaning. But the glib response a Sunday School teacher sometimes hears may be an attempt to conceal the fact that the pupil does not really understand the meaning of what is being discussed.

A teacher prayerfully seeking guidance to meet such a situation will find it helpful to consider the following passage by Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 575): "Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate the truths he taught by the mustard-seed and the prodigal?"

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March 17, 1962

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