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The community education catalog that came in the mail the other day offered an astonishing array of classes—everything from small boat navigation to real estate investing. An advertisement for continuing education at a local university lists, among scores of others, courses in political science, publishing, film, and Middle Eastern history. But long before educational opportunity was taken for granted, spiritual education was given a significant place in Christian Science by its Founder, Mary Baker Eddy.

She coupled church with an educational system that would be a never-ending source of fresh spiritual drive and would also make an entirely lay membership more uniformly knowledgeable about their own theology than would be the case in most other churches.

Almost from the beginning, Mrs. Eddy spoke of Christian Scientists as students and of the book setting forth Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, as the denominational textbook. It wasn't that she thought of Christian Scientists as typically scholarly or academic—far from it! She writes, "No intellectual proficiency is requisite in the learner, but sound morals are most desirable." Science and Health, p. x.

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God's law compels progress
April 15, 1985

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