To each Question statement, two elements have been added.
The first of the two is the sequentially corresponding element
of the glossary definition of the term "Adam" (the first part of the
The second is the sequentially corresponding title of the Bible
Lesson topics provided by Mary Baker Eddy for the Sunday services in churches of
Christ Scientists, repeated twice a year.
More details can be found at the end of this page.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.
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
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
~ Question 1. - What is God?~
~Lesson topic: GOD~
Answer. - God is incorporeal,
divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
~ Question 2. - Are these terms
~Adam: A falsity ~
~Lesson topic: SACRAMENT~
Answer. - 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.
~ Question 3. - Is there more
than one God or Principle?~
~Adam: The belief in "original sin,"
sickness, and death.~
~Lesson topic: LIFE~
Answer. - 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
~ Question 4. - What are spirits
~Lesson topic: TRUTH~
(Real versus unreal)
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.
Mankind redeemed 466
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.
~ Question 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
Soul not 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.
~ Question 6. - What is the
scientific statement of being?~
~Adam: A curse~
~Lesson topic: SPIRIT~
Answer. - 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.
~ Question 7. - What is
~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.
~ Question 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.
~ Question 9. - What is
~Adam: Red sandstone.~
~Lesson topic: CHRIST JESUS~
Answer. - 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.
~ Question 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.
The sole governor 469
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.
The divine standard of perfection
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?
Indestructible relationship 470
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
Celestial evidence 471
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 natural science.
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."
~ Question 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 sick.
God's 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.
~ Question 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.
~ Question 13. - Is there no
~Adam: The opposite of Spirit and His creations.~
~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 identical.
Christ 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.
Jesus 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.
Jesus 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.
Miracles rejected 474
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
Divine fulfillment 474
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?
Truth 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.
~ Question 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 Maker.
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 unfallen 475
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.
Mortals 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
Imperishable identity 476
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."
The 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.
Material body never God's idea
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 annihilated.
~ Question 15. - What are body
~Adam: A co-called finite mind, producing other
minds, thus making "gods many and lords many" - I Corinthians viii. 5~
~Lesson topic: ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?~
(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.
Man 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.
A vacant domicile 478
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?
~ Question 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 and blood."
Immortal birthright 478
Mortal 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.
Matter's 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?
Chaos 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.
Spiritual reflection 479
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 heavenly tints.
Harmony 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.
Evil nonexistent 480
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.
Vapor 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.
The 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.
Sense 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.
Soul defined 482
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.
~ Question 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 erroneous 482
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
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.
Terms 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.
Science 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.
~ Question 18. - 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.~
~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.
~ Question 19. - 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.~
~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?
Scientific translations 485
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 sin.
Material beliefs 485
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
Sense ^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.
Death an error 486
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.
Permanent sensibility 486
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
Exercise 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 the wonder.
~ Question 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 erroneous.
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.
Confirmation 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.
Belief 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.
~ Question 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.
Possibilities 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.
Decalogue disregarded 489
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.
Organic construction valueless
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.
Will-power an animal propensity
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 God, good.
Theories helpless 490
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.
True 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
Sleep an illusion 490
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.
Material 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.
Spiritual existence the one fact
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
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.
Scientific ultimatum 492
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 immortality.
Victory 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.
~ Question 22. - Will you explain
sickness and show how it is to be healed?~
~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
Mind 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 humanity's reassurance.
Inexhaustible 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
Reason 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
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.
Destruction 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.
Steadfast 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.
~ Question 23. - How can I
progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?~
~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 being.
Triumph 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
~ Question 24. - Have Christian
Scientists any religious greed?~
~Adam: That of which wisdom saith, "Thou
shalt surely die."~
~Lesson topic: CHRISTIAN SCIENCE~
Answer. - 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 Science:-
( - 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
Recapitulation contains a platform structure that is made up of 24 questions and
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
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 likeness.
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 the
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 Mind-healing."
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.
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