Class teaching in Christian Science is part of the educational system under the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science. Endowed with both dignity and promise, class teaching is followed by annual association meetings (which are virtually a postgraduate course). Mrs. Eddy predicts, "The education of the future will be instruction, in spiritual Science, against the material symbolic counterfeit sciences." And she goes on to say, "All the knowledge and vain strivings of mortal mind, that lead to death,—even when aping the wisdom and magnitude of immortal Mind,—will be swallowed up by the reality and omnipotence of Truth over error, and of Life over death."Miscellaneous Writings, p. 61;
Class teaching is analytical rather than interpretive. Mrs. Eddy warns of the danger of a teacher conveying misinterpretations and adds, "Hence, as a rule, the student should explain only Recapitulation, the chapter for the classroom and leave Science and Health to God's daily interpretation."Retrospection and Introspection, p. 83;
A systematic, awakening, spiritual experience, class teaching—as a reeducational program—cuts through the limitations of the mortal senses. Doors of thought open wide to the infinite possibilities immediately available to every student of Christian Science.