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THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PERIODICALS

From the September 1930 issue of The Christian Science Journal


AS they are published by The Christian Science Publishing Society, The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Heralds of Christian Science, all may be regarded as gifts from God, through Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Gracious and precious gifts they are, for they afford a rightly ordered way by which the students of Christian Science may voice something of their growing knowledge of Christian Science, and express their gratitude for what it is bringing to mankind.

The periodicals, it is understood, fill a different place in the Christian Science movement from that occupied by the writings of Mrs. Eddy. The writings of our Leader record the revelation to her of divine Truth, and set forth the divine laws of being which, applied to human experience, demonstrate God's presence and power. In conjunction with the Holy Scriptures, our Leader's writings are destined to lead the ages on to eventual deliverance from all evil. The periodicals record what the students of Christian Science learn, and how they succeed in their efforts to demonstrate this revealed Truth and to obey the laws of God, which so surely save and heal.

The periodicals had their inception in divine guidance, as did the Scriptures and the writings of Mrs. Eddy. Interwoven with the fabric of The Mother Church, as it presents Christian Science to the world, they have their rightful place and work. These monthly, weekly, and daily messengers sprang in natural sequence from the necessary unfoldment of Christian Science, and were ordered by the spiritual vision of our Leader, who foresaw their place and mission. Thus the periodicals, while they are subordinate to Mrs. Eddy's writings, were born of her inspiration, and through divine guidance she gave them their place in the Christian Science movement. The periodicals are vehicles for carrying forward the record of demonstration on the part of those who follow the teaching of Christian Science. They are continuing witnesses to God's power among men. As such they are entitled to and logically must have, in their own place and for their own purpose, the support of Christian Scientists' understanding of the government and the protection of God.

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