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From the July 1886 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This article was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis. 344:1-346:5

It is related of Justin Martyr that, hearing of a Pythagorean Professor of Ethics, he expressed the wish to become one of his disciples. "Very well," the Teacher replied; "but have you studied music, astronomy, and geometry, and do you think it possible for you to understand aught of that which leads to bliss, without having mastered the sciences that disengage the Soul from objects of sense, so rendering it a fit habitation for the intelligences?" On Justin's confessing that he had not studied those branches, he was dismissed by the Professor.