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EDUCATION FOR LIFE
Christian Science: its provision for spiritual education
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, always took a keen interest in education. She conducted a school for young children for a short time and taught occasionally in the New Hampshire Conference Seminary when other teachers were absent. She read and spoke and wrote on topics of public interest before she discovered Christian Science.
Mrs. Eddy had a high regard for education and culture that elevate thought, yet her concept of learning did not rely on processes of the human mind; rather, she saw its true purpose was to free the human mind from self-imposed restrictions so that thought could advance morally and spiritually out of the limitations of matter. True education, as she saw it, was not so much an accumulation of knowledge; rather it was an imparting of spiritual knowledge—a disclosure of the scientific facts of the divine Mind, God, and His idea, man.
We get a glimpse of this from a statement Mrs. Eddy makes in her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea governed by its Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy, natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics, thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.
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Timothy K. Jones
Healing and holiness: why they are inseparable
Mary Hardin DeSena
Building lives on a spiritual foundation
Roberta Ann Fox
Christian Scientists and the practice of spiritual healing
The Christian Science Board of Directors
His wisdom, our thriving
Allison W. Phinney, Jr.
While I was growing up, my parents enrolled me as a pupil...
Shirley S. Foxworthy
I learned of Christian Science as an adult
Eva M. Muller
I had an unforgettable healing early in my study of Christian Science
Ethel Ruth Koerner
Last year we had a wonderful healing in our family
Janet Wilkerson with contributions from David A. Wilkerson