To mark or not to mark . . .

… that is the question being asked by some readers of The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons as a result of a change in the number of citations in the Bible Lesson. In looking at the guidelines for compiling these Lessons, the Christian Science Board of Trustees asked if it was essential to limit the Bible Lesson Committee (BLC) to only 30 citations in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and 24 in the Bible. Extensive research revealed that Mary Baker Eddy never went into that kind of technical detail regarding the Lessons.

After the change to more citations, however, some subscribers asked if The Christian Science Publishing Society was trying to force them to read the Full-Text Edition because they didn’t have enough markers for their books. Trustee Linda Kohler responded, “It was really just to allow a BLC to be more flexible in presenting the clearest representation of the ideas that are being revealed to them for that week’s Bible Lesson.”

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