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Six “Important Points” of Christian Science Theology

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy summarizes the theology of Christian Science in six “important points, or religious tenets” (p. 497). Over the six issues that began with June, each Journal lead article has been exploring in depth one of these six tenets, this month focusing on the second tenet.

By ending the series with the first tenet—“As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life”—the series’ “last chapter” will coincide with November’s celebration of National Bible Week in the United States.

The bedrock of Christian Science Practice

From the October 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God’s image and likeness.

Second tenet of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 497

Mary Baker Eddy described her discovery, Christian Science, not only as the “quintessence of Christianity” but as its “crown” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, pp. 336 and 252). The second tenet of The Mother Church provides a firm foundation for the Christian basis of its teachings. In just a few lines, the Holy Trinity, one of the most profound doctrines of Christian theology, is revealed in a new light. The tenet also shows the commitment in Christian Science to honoring the fundamental teachings of Christian theology—the belief in one God, in Christ Jesus, and the Holy Ghost—by incorporating them as essential elements for us to understand and to demonstrate. Anyone who wants to understand the Christian basis of the teachings of Christian Science, particularly on the contentious issue of the relationship between God and His Son, Jesus, will find this second tenet an invaluable help.

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