Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
Eddy, Mary Baker. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1934 (1875).
This flagship textbook for Christian Science, now published in seventeen languages, was written and edited by Mary Baker Eddy over the course of forty years. Committing her book to “honest seekers for Truth,” she hoped it would “bear consolation to the sorrowing and healing to the sick” (xii). Biblical verse and metaphor infuse every page, as the first of the religious tenets affirms: “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal life” (497). The book’s theological premise—that Christ Jesus “presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual” (25) — precedes the spiritual interpretation of scripture that grounds its healing system. Metaphysical teachings appear in chapters such as “Creation” and “Science of Being.” Moral teachings pervade the entire book because, as Eddy affirms, “Moral conditions will be found always harmonious and health-giving” (125). The section called “Key to the Scriptures” includes a Glossary of biblical terms, an exegesis on chapters 1-3 of Genesis, and an exegesis on chapters 10-12 of the Apocalypse (Revelation). The question-and-answer chapter “Recapitulation” is used by authorized Teachers of Christian Science to equip students to be effective Christian healers.
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ISBN-13 (Softcover): 978-0879520380
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-087952422-7
See also annotation:
Science and Health by Mary Baker Glover (this is the first edition)
Annotations related by category:
- Availability: Online - Free
- Controversy: Sex and Marriage
- Controversy: Theological Controversies
- Official Christian Science Publication: Yes
- People: Eddy, Mary Baker
- Publication Date: 1910 and Earlier
- Resource Types: Book
- Resource Types: Web Resources
- Subjects: Christian Science Education
- Subjects: Church Practices
- Subjects: Healing and Health
- Subjects: Medicine
- Subjects: Metaphysical
- Subjects: Science and Health Book
- Subjects: Theology