Be a fact-checker

Like mathematical principles, the truths of spiritual being articulated in Christian Science writings are provable.

My first job after college was fact-checking in the copy-editing department of a women’s magazine. I had to verify that the dates, addresses, names, and events in each article were correct. These facts were often crucial to the substance of a story.

Facts are even more important in a science, such as astronomy or geology. The Science of Christianity, discovered by a 19th-century seeker of truth, Mary Baker Eddy, includes what she calls “the spiritual facts of being” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 312).

One day I was fascinated to discover in her writings the phrase “the great fact.” In her major work, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says, in instructing her readers how to heal, “Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him” (p. 421).

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November 15, 2021

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