Christian Science Class Instruction
Corey, Arthur. Christian Science Class Instruction. Los Gatos, CA: The Farallon Foundation, 1950.
Corey acknowledges the institutional opposition to his publication of this work: “Christian Science Class Instruction has come to be one of the most closely guarded secrets of this age. In fact, it has become so sacrosanct that whenever a pupil discloses even a part of what has been said in his Class, he is branded with the scarlet letter of ‘disloyalty’ and the flames of religious intolerance are fanned against him” (ix). The book includes the full publication of his authorized two-week class teaching, precisely as he did it while under the public certification of the Christian Science Board of Directors. But the act of its public disclosure in writing also constituted his resignation from membership in The Mother Church and his local branch church. In the 11-page foreword, Corey explains why the act of publication is important to the future of Christian Science: “While the Church Manual does not prohibit the publication of Christian Science doctrine by any member, organization by its very nature is antagonistic to all independent expression” (xviii). “Why must we protect Truth from those who are not yet ready for it” (ix)? He bases his arguments on Eddy’s disapproval of anything in the way of a monopoly on spiritual enlightenment.
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