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From the April 1890 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Editor Journal: I observe that there are some teachers of Christian Science, who have a large following of students, and who seemingly seek, by means of associations and personal intercourse, to hold their students as a separate body, centering round and dependent on, the personality of the teacher, as a leader. Should not such personal leadership be done away with, so that students may look to Principle for guidance and governance?

Does not the student, by continually referring to the teacher for the solution of the questions that daily arise on points of Science stand in his own light, darken his understanding and retard his growth?

Does not each one of us, when the apprehension of Truth has been gained, grow from our own realization of Truth, and through individual demonstration?

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