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A Scientific Approach to Learning

From the February 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal

How do we learn? What is learning? Are there natural or imposed barriers that obstruct the learning process? Apart from their relevance to students of behavioral psychology, these questions, when answered correctly, determine the success of anyone involved in learning situations. But correct answers can be found not so much in terms of material evidence gained in clinical situations as through the spiritually scientific understanding of divine Mind and its idea, man, as presented in Christian Science.

When Christ Jesus taught in the temple, we are told that "the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?"John 7:15; Jesus carried on in-depth discussions with scholarly men, despite the fact that he had had no special rabbinical training. How did he do it? Our Master knew, and was demonstrating, a vital metaphysical truth: Mind, God—not a finite storage tank for human knowledge located in the body—is the infinite source of right ideas. Man, bearing witness to God's self expression, reflects this Mind.

Christian Science shows that man is not a mortal with a mind of his own, a brain that thinks, feels, and functions. Man is idea, the effect or expression of infinite Mind, God. All that Mind knows, man knows by reflection. What divine Mind knows is wholly spiritual and factual. What the human mortal mind believes is material and therefore unreal.

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