This chapter (the chapter
Recapitulation) is from the first edition of the author's class-book,
copyrighted in 1870. After much labor and increased spiritual understanding,
she revised that treatise for this volume in 1875. Absolute Christian Science
pervades its statements, to elucidate scientific metaphysics.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. - What is God?~
~Lesson topic: GOD~
- God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle,
Life, Truth, Love.
2. - Are these terms synonymous?~
~Adam: A falsity ~
~Lesson topic: SACRAMENT~
- They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express
the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are
justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.
3. - Is there more than one God or Principle?~
~Adam: The belief in "original sin,"
sickness, and death.~
~Lesson topic: LIFE~
- There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God,
omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and
the universe. Omni is
adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all.
Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge,
all-presence. The varied manifestations of Christian Science indicate Mind,
never matter, and have one Principle.
4. - What are spirits and souls?~
~Lesson topic: TRUTH~
To human belief, they are personalities
constituted of mind and matter, life and death, truth and error, good and
evil; but these contrasting pairs of terms represent contraries, as Christian
Science reveals, which neither dwell together nor assimilate. Truth is
immortal; error is mortal. Truth is limitless; error is limited. Truth is
intelligent; error is non-intelligent. Moreover, Truth is real, and error is
unreal. This last statement contains the point you will most reluctantly
admit, although first and last it is the most important to understand.
The term souls
or spirits is as
improper as the term gods.
Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor
spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the
plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy
that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism
are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science of Christianity comes
with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare
God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine
Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.
5. - What are the demands of the Science of Soul?~
~Adam: The opposite of good,--of God and His
~Lesson topic: LOVE~
(Two chief commands)
The first demand of this Science is, "Thou
shalt have no other gods before me." This me
is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence,
no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The
second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and
Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion
as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man
will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one
perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal,
having that Mind which was also in Christ.
confined in body 467
Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the
body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in
the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that
works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is
not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.
We reason imperfectly from effect to cause, when we conclude that matter is
the effect of Spirit; but a priori
reasoning shows material existence to be enigmatical. Spirit gives the true
mental idea. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through matter. Matter neither
sees, hears, nor feels.
Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science
of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which
expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we arrive
at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own unerring idea and never can
be coordinate with human illusions. If Soul sinned, it would be mortal, for
sin is mortality's self, because it kills itself. If Truth is immortal, error
must be mortal, because error is unlike Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul
cannot sin, for sin is not the eternal verity of being.
6. - What is the scientific statement of being?~
~Adam: A curse~
~Lesson topic: SPIRIT~
- There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is
infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is
immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter
is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness.
Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.
7. - What is substance?~
~Adam: A belief in intelligent matter,
finiteness, and mortality.~
~Lesson topic: SOUL~
Substance is that which is eternal and
incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the
Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or
God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual
man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.
8. - What is Life?~
~Adam: "Dust to dust"~
~Lesson topic: MIND~
(Eternity of Life)
Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit.
Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the
thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in proportion as
the other is recognized. Time is finite; eternity is forever infinite. Life is
neither in nor of matter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which
includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human
concept. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited. Death and finiteness are
unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.
9. - What is intelligence?~
~Adam: Red sandstone.~
~Lesson topic: CHRIST JESUS~
- Intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. It is the primal
and eternal quality of infinite Mind, of the triune Principle, - Life, Truth,
and Love, - named God.
10. - What is Mind?~
~Lesson topic: MAN~
(True sense of infinitude)
Mind is God. The exterminator of error is the
great truth that God, good, is the only
Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind - called devil
or evil - is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or
reality. There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if
mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We
can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the sense of
infinitude, when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in
this infinity, for evil can have no place, where all space is filled with God.
We lose the high signification of omnipotence,
when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we
still believe there is another power, named evil.
This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine
theology as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Father, even
God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that
God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have
unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The
supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This
error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the spiritual presence
of Life as infinite Truth without an unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever
present and universal.
divine standard of perfection 470
Divine Science explains the abstract statement
that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: If God, or
good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only
seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but
one Mind. How can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man, never sins?
The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His
own standard, and has man fallen?
God is the creator of man, and, the divine
Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man,
remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being. If there ever was a
moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment
when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was
unexpressed - that - is, without entity. If man has lost perfection, then he
has lost his perfect Principle, the divine Mind. If man ever existed without
this perfect Principle or Mind, then man's existence was a myth.
The relations of God and man, divine Principle
and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor
return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God
and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in
its eternal history.
The unlikeness of Truth, - named error,
- the opposite of Science, and the evidence before the five corporeal senses,
afford no indication of the grand facts of being; even as these so-called
senses receive no intimation of the earth's motions or of the science of
astronomy, but yield assent to astronomical propositions on the authority of
The facts of divine Science should be admitted,
- although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter,
or by material sense, - because the evidence that God and man coexist is fully
sustained by spiritual sense. Man is, and forever has been, God's reflection.
God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor
presence. Hence the spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation.
"Let God be true, but every [material] man a liar."
11. - Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?~
~Adam: The first god of mythology.~
~Lesson topic: SUBSTANCE~
(The test of experience)
The author subscribed to an orthodox creed in
early youth, and tried to adhere to it until she caught the first gleam of
that which interprets God as above mortal sense. This view rebuked human
beliefs, and gave the spiritual import, expressed through Science, of all that
proceeds from the divine Mind. Since then her highest creed has been divine
Science, which, reduced to human apprehension, she has named Christian
Science. This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this
Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and
demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out suppositional error and heals the
law destroys evil 472
The way which leads to Christian Science is
straight and narrow. God has set His signet upon Science, making it coordinate
with all that is real and only with that which is harmonious and eternal.
Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not originate in God nor
belong to His government. His law, rightly understood, destroys them. Jesus
furnished proofs of these statements.
12. - What is error?~
~Adam: Not God's man, who represents the one
God and is His own image and likeness.~
~Lesson topic: MATTER~
Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain,
that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter. Error is neither
Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error
is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. It is that
which seemeth to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error,
and we should have a self-evident absurdity-namely, erroneous
truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth.
13. - Is there no sin?~
~Adam: The opposite of Spirit and His
~Lesson topic: REALITY~
(Unrealities that seem real)
All reality is in God and His creation,
harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that
is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful
fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off
their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in
Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion,
possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and
the ideal Truth 473
The Science of Mind disposes of all evil.
Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be
classified as effects of error. Christ came to destroy the belief of sin. The
God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing
apart from Him is present or has power. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes
to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power
to God. Jesus is the name of the man who, more than all other men, has
presented Christ, the true idea of God, healing the sick and the sinning and
destroying the power of death. Jesus is the human man, and Christ is the
divine idea; hence the duality of Jesus the Christ.
not God 473
In an age of ecclesiastical despotism, Jesus
introduced the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the proof of
Christianity's truth and love; but to reach his example and to test its
unerring Science according to his rule, healing sickness, sin, and death, a
better understanding of God as divine Principle, Love, rather than personality
or the man Jesus, is required.
not understood 473
Jesus established what he said by
demonstration, thus making his acts of higher importance than his words. He
proved what he taught. This is the Science of Christianity. Jesus proved
the Principle, which heals the sick and casts out error, to be divine. Few,
however, except his students understood in the least his teachings and their
glorious proofs, - namely, that Life, Truth, and Love (the Principle of this
unacknowledged Science) destroy all error, evil, disease, and death.
The reception accorded to Truth in the early
Christian era is repeated to-day. Whoever introduces the Science of
Christianity will be scoffed at and scourged with worse cords than those which
cut the flesh. To the ignorant age in which it first appears, Science seems to
be a mistake, - hence the misinterpretation and consequent maltreatment which
it receives. Christian marvels (and marvel
is the simple meaning of the Greek word rendered miracle
in the New Testament) will be misunderstood and misused by many, until the
glorious Principle of these marvels is gained.
If sin, sickness, and death are as real as
Life, Truth, and Love, then they must all be from the same source; God must be
their author. Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the
Scriptures aver, "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Is it
possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are
real or the offspring of the divine will?
destroys falsity 474
Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the
destruction of error, must error still be immortal? Truth spares all that is
true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the
author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is
eternal. The apostle says that the mission of Christ is to "destroy the
works of the devil." Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and
darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness, and the
Scripture declares that there is "no night there." To Truth there is
no error, - all is Truth. To infinite Spirit there is no matter, - all is
Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.
14. - What is man?~
~Adam: That which is not the image and likeness
of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.~
~Lesson topic: UNREALITY~
(Fleshly factors unreal)
Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain,
blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man
is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The
likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect;
and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian
Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the
compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that
reflects God's image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in
Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is
eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single
quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor
creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his
And God said: "Let us make man in our
image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the
earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death.
The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved,
engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not God's man.
Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked
one, or the one evil, which declares that man begins in dust or as a material
embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine
Principle and idea.
are not immortals 476
Error, urged to its final limits, is
self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and
intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. God is the Principle
of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material.
Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as
the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen children of God.
They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained.
They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and
brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in
immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the
facts which belong to immortal man.
Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the
spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood. Remember
that the Scriptures say of mortal man: "As for man, his days are as
grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over
it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."
kingdom within 476
When speaking of God's children, not the
children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;"
that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image
is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared
to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the
Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.
Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man
is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself
spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.
body never God's idea 477
Whatever is material is mortal. To the five
corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian
Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to
be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that
a material body, though interwoven with matter's highest stratum, misnamed
mind, should be man, - the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of
being, indestructible and eternal. Were it otherwise, man would be
15. - What are body and Soul?~
~Adam: A co-called finite mind, producing other
minds, thus making "gods many and lords many" - I Corinthians viii.
~Lesson topic: ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH
(Reflection of Spirit)
Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the
reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the
substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in
matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.
inseperable from Spirit 477
Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians
caught some glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain
beautiful lake "the smile of the Great Spirit." Separated from man,
who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit,
would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such division, for man
is coexistent with God.
What evidence of Soul or of immortality have
you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural science, man
has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering it. What basis is
there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the claim of mortal belief?
What would be thought of the declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a
certain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen to go into the
house or to come out of it, nor were they even visible through the windows?
Who can see a soul in the body?
16. - Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there
intelligence in matter?~
~Adam: A product of nothing as the mimicry of
~Lesson topic: DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT~
No, not if God is true and mortal man a liar.
The assertion that there can be pain or pleasure in matter is erroneous. That
body is most harmonious in which the discharge of the natural functions is
least noticeable. How can intelligence dwell in matter when matter is
non-intelligent and brain-lobes cannot think? Matter cannot perform the
functions of Mind. Error says, "I am man;" but this belief is mortal
and far from actual. From beginning to end, whatever is mortal is composed of
material human beliefs and of nothing else. That only is real which reflects
God. St. Paul said, "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my
mother's womb, and called me by His grace, . . . I conferred not with flesh
man is really a self-contradictory phrase, for man is not
mortal, "neither indeed can be;" man is immortal. If a child is the
offspring of physical sense and not of Soul, the child must have a material,
not a spiritual origin. With what truth, then, could the Scriptural rejoicing
be uttered by any mother, "I have gotten a man from the Lord"? On
the contrary, if aught comes from God, it cannot be mortal and material; it
must be immortal and spiritual.
supposed selfhood 479
Matter is neither self-existent nor a product
of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is all that
the eye beholds. Matter cannot see, feel, hear, taste, nor smell. It is not
self-cognizant, - cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand itself. Take
away so-called mortal mind, which constitutes matter's supposed selfhood, and
matter can take no cognizance of matter. Does that which we call dead ever
see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical senses?
and darkness 479
"In the beginning God created the heaven
and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon
the face of the deep." (Genesis i. 1, 2.) In the vast forever, in the
Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable
creations. Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light,
understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.
We admit that black is not a color, because it
reflects no light. So evil should be denied identity or power, because it has
none of the divine hues. Paul says: "For the invisible things of Him,
from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made." (Romans i. 20.) When the substance of Spirit
appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized. Where
the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes
nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit. If there is no spiritual
reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of
from Spirit 480
Nerves are an element of the belief that there
is sensation in matter, whereas matter is devoid of sensation. Consciousness,
as well as action, is governed by Mind, - is in God, the origin and governor
of all that Science reveals. Material sense has its realm apart from Science
in the unreal. Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no
Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter.
Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence,
or Soul, thus attempting to separate Mind from God.
Man is not God, and God is not man. Again, God,
or good, never made man capable of sin. It is the opposite of good - that is,
evil - which seems to make men capable of wrong-doing. Hence, evil is but an
illusion, and it has no real basis. Evil is a false belief. God is not its
author. The supposititious parent of evil is a lie.
and nothingness 480
The Bible declares: "All things were made
by Him the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything made that was
made." This is the eternal verity of divine Science. If sin, sickness,
and death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear. As vapor melts
before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of good. One must hide
the other. How important, then, to choose good as the reality! Man is
tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity,
freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to
enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.
fruit forbidden 481
Material sense never helps mortals to
understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and
loves Deity. The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material
senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever intact. The
forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony
of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil
to be capable of commingling. This is the significance of the Scripture
concerning this "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," - this
growth of material belief, of which it is said: "In the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Human hypotheses first assume the
reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these
evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the
procurers of all discord.
and pure Soul 481
If Soul sins, it must be mortal. Sin has the
elements of self-destruction. It cannot sustain itself. If sin is supported,
God must uphold it, and this is impossible, since Truth cannot support error.
Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins, - hence the immortality of
Soul. In Science we learn that it is material sense, not Soul, which sins; and
it will be found that it is the sense of sin which is lost, and not a sinful
soul. When reading the Scriptures, the substitution of the word sense
for soul gives the
exact meaning in a majority of cases.
Human thought has adulterated the meaning of
the word soul through
the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in
matter. The proper use of the word soul
can always be gained by substituting the word God,
where the deific meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense,
and you will have the scientific signification. As used in Christian Science,
Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is
identical with sense, with material sensation.
17. - Is it important to understand these explanations in
order to heal the sick?~
~Adam: An unreality as opposed to the great
reality of spiritual existence and creation.~
~Lesson topic: PROBATION AFTER DEATH~
(Sonship of Jesus)
It is, since Christ is "the way" and
the truth casting out all error. Jesus called himself "the Son of
man," but not the son of Joseph. As woman is but a species of the genera,
he was literally the Son of Man. Jesus was the highest human concept of the
perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, - the divine idea of
God outside the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his control over
matter. Angels announced to the Wisemen of old this dual appearing, and angels
whisper it, through faith, to the hungering heart in every age.
Sickness is part of the error which Truth casts
out. Error will not expel error. Christian Science is the law of Truth, which
heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other
way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the
belief in disease.
Then comes the question, how do drugs, hygiene,
and animal magnetism heal? It may be affirmed that they do not heal, but only
relieve suffering temporarily, exchanging one disease for another. We classify
disease as error, which nothing but Truth or Mind can heal, and this Mind must
be divine, not human. Mind transcends all other power, and will ultimately
supersede all other means in healing. In order to heal by Science, you must
not be ignorant of the moral and spiritual demands of Science nor disobey
them. Moral ignorance or sin affects your demonstration, and hinders its
approach to the standard in Christian Science.
adopted by the author 483
After the author's sacred discovery, she
affixed the name "Science" to Christianity, the name
"error" to corporeal sense, and the name "substance" to
Mind. Science has called the world to battle over this issue and its
demonstration, which heals the sick, destroys error, and reveals the universal
harmony. To those natural Christian Scientists, the ancient worthies, and to
Christ Jesus, God certainly revealed the spirit of Christian Science, if not
the absolute letter.
the way 483
Because the Science of Mind seems to bring into
dishonor the ordinary scientific schools, which wrestle with material
observations alone, this Science has met with opposition; but if any system
honors God, it ought to receive aid, not opposition, from all thinking
persons. And Christian Science does honor God as no other theory honors Him,
and it does this in the way of His appointing, by doing many wonderful works
through the divine name and nature. One must fulfil one's mission without
timidity or dissimulation, for to be well done, the work must be done
unselfishly. Christianity will never be based on a divine Principle and so
found to be unerring, until its absolute Science is reached. When this is
accomplished, neither pride, prejudice, bigotry, nor envy can wash away its
foundation, for it is built upon the rock, Christ.
18. - Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include
medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or
~Adam: A so-called man, whose origin,
substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.~
~Lesson topic: EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT~
Not one of them is included in it. In divine
Science, the supposed laws of matter yield to the law of Mind. What are termed
natural science and material laws are the objective states of mortal mind. The
physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals.
Physical force and mortal mind are one. Drugs and hygiene oppose the supremacy
of the divine Mind. Drugs and inert matter are unconscious, mindless. Certain
results, supposed to proceed from drugs, are really caused by the faith in
them which the false human consciousness is educated to feel.
Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal
magnetism is the voluntary or involuntary action of error in all its forms; it
is the human antipode of divine Science. Science must triumph over material
sense, and Truth over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in
all false theories and practices.
19. - Is materiality the concomitant of spirituality, and is
material sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of
~Adam: An inverted image of Spirit.~
~Lesson topic: ADAM AND FALLEN MAN~
(Error only ephemeral)
If error is necessary to define or to reveal
Truth, the answer is yes; but not otherwise. Material
sense is an absurd
phrase, for matter has no sensation. Science declares that Mind, not matter,
sees, hears, feels, speaks. Whatever contradicts this statement is the false
sense, which ever betrays mortals into sickness, sin, and death. If the
unimportant and evil appear, only soon to disappear because of their
uselessness or their iniquity, then these ephemeral views of error ought to be
obliterated by Truth. Why malign Christian Science for instructing mortals how
to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more unreal?
Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think
not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into
Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth.
Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal. The belief that
life can be in matter or soul in body, and that man springs from dust or from
an egg, is the result of the mortal error which Christ, or Truth, destroys by
fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which man is perfect, even as the
"Father which is in heaven is perfect." If thought yields its
dominion to other powers, it cannot outline on the body its own beautiful
images, but it effaces them and delineates foreign agents, called disease and
The heathen gods of mythology controlled war
and agriculture as much as nerves control sensation or muscles measure
strength. To say that strength is in matter, is like saying that the power is
in the lever. The notion of any life or intelligence in matter is without
foundation in fact, and you can have no faith in falsehood when you have
learned falsehood's true nature.
^versus^ Soul 486
Suppose one accident happens to the eye,
another to the ear, and so on, until every corporeal sense is quenched. What
is man's remedy? To die, that he may regain these senses? Even then he must
gain spiritual understanding and spiritual sense in order to possess immortal
consciousness. Earth's preparatory school must be improved to the utmost. In
reality man never dies. The belief that he dies will not establish his
scientific harmony. Death is not the result of Truth but of error, and one
error will not correct another.
Jesus proved by the prints of the nails, that
his body was the same immediately after death as before. If death restores
sight, sound, and strength to man, then death is not an enemy but a better
friend than Life. Alas for the blindness of belief, which makes harmony
conditional upon death and matter, and yet supposes Mind unable to produce
harmony! So long as this error of belief remains, mortals will continue mortal
in belief and subject to chance and change.
Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of
man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in
Spirit and understanding, not in matter, - hence their permanence. If this
were not so, man would be speedily annihilated. If the five corporeal senses
were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and
deafness would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those
"having no hope, and without God in the world;" but as a matter of
fact, these calamities often drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense
of happiness and existence.
of Mind faculties 487
Life is deathless. Life is the origin and
ultimate of man, never attainable through death, but gained by walking in the
pathway of Truth both before and after that which is called death. There is
more Christianity in seeing and hearing spiritually than materially. There is
more Science in the perpetual exercise of the Mind-faculties than in their
loss. Lost they cannot be, while Mind remains. The apprehension of this gave
sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf centuries ago, and it will repeat
20. - You speak of belief. Who or what is it that believes?~
~Adam: The image and likeness of what God has
not created, namely, matter, sin, sickness, and death.~
~Lesson topic: MORTALS AND IMMORTALS~
~Adam: The opposer of Truth, termed error.~
~Lesson topic: SOUL AND BODY~
(Understanding versus belief)
Spirit is all-knowing; this precludes the need
of believing. Matter cannot believe, and Mind understands. The body cannot
believe. The believer and belief are one and are mortal. Christian evidence is
founded on Science or demonstrable Truth, flowing from immortal Mind, and
there is in reality no such thing as mortal
mind. Mere belief is blindness without Principle from which to explain the
reason of its hope. The belief that life is sentient and intelligent matter is
The Apostle James said, "Show me thy faith
without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works." The
understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening
our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
by healing 487
This faith relies upon an understood Principle.
This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the
enduring and harmonious phases of things. The result of our teachings is their
sufficient confirmation. When, on the strength of these instructions, you are
able to banish a severe malady, the cure shows that you understand this
teaching, and therefore you receive the blessing of Truth.
and firm trust 488
The Hebrew and Greek words often translated belief
differ somewhat in meaning from that conveyed by the English verb believe;
they have more the significance of faith, understanding, trust, constancy,
firmness. Hence the Scriptures often appear in our common version to approve
and endorse belief, when they mean to enforce the necessity of understanding.
21. - Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?~
~Adam: Life's counterfeit, which ultimates in
~Lesson topic: ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANY,
ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM DENOUNCED~
(All faculties from Mind)
Christian Science sustains with immortal proof
the impossibility of any material sense, and defines these so-called senses as
mortal beliefs, the
testimony of which cannot be true either of man or of his Maker. The corporeal
senses can take no cognizance of spiritual reality and immortality. Nerves
have no more sensation, apart from what belief bestows upon them, than the
fibres of a plant. Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and
comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of
organization and decomposition, - otherwise the very worms could unfashion
man. If it were possible for the real senses of man to be injured, Soul could
reproduce them in all their perfection; but they cannot be disturbed nor
destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not in matter.
of Life 489
The less mind there is manifested in matter the
better. When the unthinking lobster loses its claw, the claw grows again. If
the Science of Life were understood, it would be found that the senses of Mind
are never lost and that matter has no sensation. Then the human limb would be
replaced as readily as the lobster's claw, - not with an artificial limb, but
with the genuine one. Any hypothesis which supposes life to be in matter is an
educated belief. In infancy this belief is not equal to guiding the hand to
the mouth; and as consciousness develops, this belief goes out, - yields to
the reality of everlasting Life.
Corporeal sense defrauds and lies; it breaks
all the commands of the Mosaic Decalogue to meet its own demands. How then can
this sense be the God-given channel to man of divine blessings or
understanding? How can man, reflecting God, be dependent on material means for
knowing, hearing, seeing? Who dares to say that the senses of man can be at
one time the medium for sinning against God, at another the medium for obeying
God? An affirmative reply would contradict the Scripture, for the same
fountain sendeth not forth sweet waters and bitter.
construction valueless 489
The corporeal senses are the only source of
evil or error. Christian Science shows them to be false, because matter has no
sensation, and no organic construction can give it hearing and sight nor make
it the medium of Mind. Outside the material sense of things, all is harmony. A
wrong sense of God, man, and creation is non-sense,
want of sense. Mortal belief would have the material senses sometimes good and
sometimes bad. It assures mortals that there is real pleasure in sin; but the
grand truths of Christian Science dispute this error.
an animal propensity 490
Will-power is but a product of belief, and this
belief commits depredations on harmony. Human will is an animal propensity,
not a faculty of Soul. Hence it cannot govern man aright. Christian Science
reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man. Will-blind, stubborn, and
headlong - cooperates with appetite and passion. From this cooperation arises
its evil. From this also comes its powerlessness, since all power belongs to
The Science of Mind needs to be understood.
Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Truth. Human
theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so
already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and
reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love.
nature and origin 490
"Quench not the Spirit. Despise not
prophesyings." Human belief - or knowledge gained from the so-called
material senses - would, by fair logic, annihilate man along with the
dissolving elements of clay. The scientifically Christian explanations of the
nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with immortal testimony.
This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of being, which can be
obtained in no other way.
Sleep and mesmerism explain the mythical nature
of material sense. Sleep shows material sense as either oblivion, nothingness,
or an illusion or dream. Under the mesmeric illusion of belief, a man will
think that he is freezing when he is warm, and that he is swimming when he is
on dry land. Needle-thrusts will not hurt him. A delicious perfume will seem
intolerable. Animal magnetism thus uncovers material sense, and shows it to be
a belief without actual foundation or validity. Change the belief, and the
sensation changes. Destroy the belief, and the sensation disappears.
Material man is made up of involuntary and
voluntary error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter calling
itself right. Man's spiritual individuality is never wrong. It is the likeness
of man's Maker. Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts
of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of
Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality
and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the
divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.
man as a dream 491
The belief that matter and mind are one, - that
matter is awake at one time and asleep at another, sometimes presenting no
appearance of mind, - this belief culminates in another belief, that man dies.
Science reveals material man as never the real being. The dream or belief goes
on, whether our eyes are closed or open. In sleep, memory and consciousness
are lost from the body, and they wander whither they will apparently with
their own separate embodiment. Personality is not the individuality of man. A
wicked man may have an attractive personality.
existence the one fact 491
When we are awake, we dream of the pains and
pleasures of matter. Who will say, even though he does not understand
Christian Science, that this dream - rather than the dreamer - may not be
mortal man? Who can rationally say otherwise, when the dream leaves mortal man
intact in body and thought, although the so-called dreamer is unconscious? For
right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely,
spiritual existence. In reality there is no other existence, since Life cannot
be united to its unlikeness, mortality.
Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is
already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, will uplift the
physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify
and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy all error, and bring
immortality to light. We know that a statement proved to be good must be
correct. New thoughts are constantly obtaining the floor. These two
contradictory theories - that matter is something, or that all is Mind - will
dispute the ground, until one is acknowledged to be the victor. Discussing his
campaign, General Grant said: "I propose to fight it out on this line, if
it takes all summer." Science says: All is Mind and Mind's idea. You must
fight it out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid.
The notion that mind and matter commingle in
the human illusion as to sin, sickness, and death must eventually submit to
the Science of Mind, which denies this notion. God
is Mind, and God is infinite;
hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of
being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and
for Truth 492
The conservative theory, long believed, is that
there are two factors, matter and mind, uniting on some impossible basis. This
theory would keep truth and error always at war. Victory would perch on
neither banner. On the other hand, Christian Science speedily shows Truth to
be triumphant. To corporeal sense, the sun appears to rise and set, and the
earth to stand still; but astronomical science contradicts this, and explains
the solar system as working on a different plan. All the evidence of physical
sense and all the knowledge obtained from physical sense must yield to
Science, to the immortal truth of all things.
22. - Will you explain sickness and show how it is to be
~Adam: The opposite of Love, called hate.~
~Lesson topic: GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR~
~Adam: The userper of Spirit's creation, called
~Lesson topic: GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN~
The method of Christian Science Mind-healing is
touched upon in a previous chapter entitled Christian Science Practice. A full
answer to the above question involves teaching, which enables the healer to
demonstrate and prove for himself the Principle and rule of Christian Science
or metaphysical healing.
destroys all ills 493
Mind must be found superior to all the beliefs
of the five corporeal senses, and able to destroy all ills. Sickness is a
belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind. Disease is an experience
of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Christian
Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes any
other sense of moral or mental inharmony. That man is material, and that
matter suffers, - these propositions can only seem real and natural in
illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.
If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream,
illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false
sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of
divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern
man's entire action? Jesus said: "Destroy this temple [body], and in
three days I [Mind] will raise it up;" and he did this for tired
divine Love 494
Is it not a species of infidelity to believe
that so great a work as the Messiah's was done for himself or for God, who
needed no help from Jesus' example to preserve the eternal harmony? But
mortals did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for them. Divine Love
always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to
imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select
number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every
hour, divine Love supplies all good.
and Science 494
The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.
Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite
ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own
convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly directed,
serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death
will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until
the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken
reality of scientific being.
Which of these two theories concerning man are
you ready to accept? One is the mortal testimony, changing, dying, unreal. The
other is the eternal and real evidence, bearing Truth's signet, its lap piled
high with immortal fruits.
Our Master cast out devils (evils) and healed
the sick. It should be said of his followers also, that they cast fear and all
evil out of themselves and others and heal the sick. God will heal the sick
through man, whenever man is governed by God. Truth casts out error now as
surely as it did nineteen centuries ago. All of Truth is not understood; hence
its healing power is not fully demonstrated.
of all evil 495
If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you
cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness
and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath
bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power
of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such
as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.
and calm trust 495
When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts
you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to
abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense
and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious - as Life eternally is
- can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let
Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of
being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace
mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.
23. - How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of
~Adam: Immortality's opposite, mortality.~
~Lesson topic: IS THE UNIVERSE INCLUSDING MAN
EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?~
(Rudiments of growth)
Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the
spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of Christian Science and follow the
behests of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, Truth, and Love. In the Science
of Mind, you will soon ascertain that error cannot destroy error. You will
also learn that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions from one
mortal to another, for there is but one Mind, and this ever-present omnipotent
Mind is reflected by man and governs the entire universe. You will learn that
in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to
love another as yourself.
We all must learn that Life is God. Ask
yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I
demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will
grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what
the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, - that
it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to
demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its
divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true
over death 496
"The sting of death is sin; and the
strength of sin is the law," - the law of mortal belief, at war with the
facts of immortal Life, even with the spiritual law which says to the grave,
"Where is thy victory?" But "when this corruptible shall have
put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall
be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
24. - Have Christian Scientists any religious greed?~
~Adam: That of which wisdom saith, "Thou
shalt surely die."~
~Lesson topic: CHRISTIAN SCIENCE~
- They have not, if by that term is meant doctrinal beliefs. The following is
a brief exposition of the important points, or religious tenets, of Christian
( - Tenets -)
1. As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired
Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
2. We acknowledge and adore one supreme and
infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine
Comforter; and man in God's image and likeness.
3. We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in
the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as
unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.
4. We acknowledge Jesus' atonement as the
evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man's unity with God through
Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through
Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet
in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.
5. We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus
and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even
the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.
6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray
for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as
we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.
The Recapitulation Group
chapter Recapitulation contains a platform structure that is made up of 24
questions and answers.
questions are applied in the manner of a platform that begins with the highest
statement and ends with the lowest. The highest statement, therefore (#1)
coincides with the position where the applied sequence of a developmental
process would end, in the last column and at the top element of it.
row is not covered, probably for the simple reason that there are only 26
weeks in half a year, and therefore only 26 Bible Lesson topics which appear
to be associated with the recapitulation questions and answers.
Two of the
Recapitulation questions actually address a double topic (Question 20 and 22),
which opens the door for the 26-element structure of the Bible lesson topics
to be associated with the 24-part Recapitulation platform.
Eddy designated the Bible and the Christian Science textbook to be the pastor
of her church, the Church of Christ Scientist. For this purpose she set up a
structure of 26 Bible lessons to be repeated twice a year. These Bible lessons
make up the major part the Sunday service in every Church of Christ
Scientist around the world, in the form of a Lesson-Sermon that is not
preached, but read by two readers. Obviously, the lesson topics, which Mary
Baker Eddy designated to remain unaltered for all times, were designed to be a
part of her pedagogical structure. The interface for bringing the lesson
topics into the foursquare pedagogical structure is provided in the chapter
Recapitulation. Through this interface the RECAPITULATION platform provides a
foundation for the BIBLE LESSON TOPICS and thereby enriches them.
Eddy also provided a counter-platform for the platform of the Bible lessons
topics. This counter-platform is found in the first Glossary definition for
the name ADAM. This structure is likewise a structure of 26-elements. It
evidently brings the 26 distinct elements of the ADAM mythology into view,
which the lesson topics (and the course of the lessons) are designed to
invalidate and overturn. The interrelationship is further enriched by the
Recapitulation questions themselves and the answering statements, which should
logically prime the stage for the entire Bible lesson for the Lesson-Sermon
that makes up the Sunday service in the Christian Science Church.
Recapitulation Elements (summary)
following list draws together the Recapitulation question, the
sequential ADAM element, and the sequential lesson topic for each of the 24
elements of the Recapitulation platform.
Question: What is God?
ADAM = Error.
Question: Are these terms synonymous?
ADAM = A falsity.
Question: Is there more than one God or Principle?
ADAM = Belief in "original sin," sickness, and death.
Question: What are spirits and souls?
ADAM = Evil.
Question: What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
ADAM = The opposite of good,- of God and His creation.
Question: What is the scientific statement of being?
ADAM = A curse.
Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Question: What is Life?
ADAM = Dust to dust.
Question: What is intelligence?
ADAM = Red sandstone.
Topic: Christ Jesus
Question: What is Mind?
ADAM = Nothingness.
Question: Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
ADAM = The first god of mythology.
Question: What is error?
ADAM = Not God's man, who represents the one God and His own image and
Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material
belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods
many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?
Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement
Question: Is it important to understand these explanations in order to heal
ADAM = Unreality as opposed to the great reality of spiritual existence and
Topic: Probation after Death
Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication,
material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the
antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment
Question: Is materiality the concomitant of spirituality, and is material
sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of Spirit?
ADAM = An inverted image of Spirit.
Topic: Adam and Fallen Man
Question: You speak of belief.
ADAM = The image and likeness of what God has not created, namely, matter,
sin, sickness, and death.
Topic: Mortals and Immortals
(20b) Question: Who or what is it that believes?
ADAM = The opposer of Truth, termed error.
Topic: Soul and Body (21)
Question: Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?
ADAM = Life's counterfeit, which ultimates in death.
Topic: Ancient and Modern Necromany, alies Mesmerism, and Hypnotism, Denounced
Question: Will you explain sickness...
ADAM = The opposite of Love, called hate.
Topic: God the Only Cause and Creator (23)
(22b) Question: ...and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
Topic: God the Preserver of Man (24)
Question: How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian
ADAM = Immortality's opposite, mortality.
Topic: Is the Universe, Including Man Evolved by Atomic Force? (25)
Question: Have Christian Scientists any religious creed?
ADAM = That of which wisdom saith, "Thou shalt surely die."
Topic: Christian Science (26)
three-part association with the RECAPITULATION questions, the ADAM elements
stand in denial of the Recapitulation Platform. Consequently they become
invalidated by it, while the platform of the LESSON TOPICS becomes enriched
thereby. The principle for associating a platform with a matrix structure is
such that one begins at the highest element position, cycling downwards line
by line, to the lower levels.
row, representing NIGHT and HELL are not covered by any of the Recapitulation
related structures, for as John points out about the city foursquare in
Revelation 21:25, "there shall be no night there."
following are the 26 Bible lesson topics that were provided by Mary Baker
Eddy, to be repeated every half year. The topics were evidently chosen to
match her Recapitulation Platform, which had been her class-book for teaching
"the Science of Healing, through Mind," probably dating back as far
as 1867 when she organized her first school in "Christian Science
universal Bible lesson topics were formally introduced in 1898. The sequence
of the topics was changed several times until 1908. It appears that Mary Baker
Eddy may have expected people to discover the correct sequence on their own,
but then, coincident with the year of her founding of the Christian Science
Monitor, she provided that sequence, which had remained unchanged from this
time on. The topics identified as "a." and "b." pertain to
the double-topic questions in Recapitulation (question 20, and 22).
09 CHRIST JESUS.
15 ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?
16 DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.
17 PROBATION AFTER DEATH.
18 EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.
19 ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.
20 a. MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.
21 b. SOUL AND BODY.
22 ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.
23 a. GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.
24 b. GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.
25 IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?
26 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.