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The Journal's distinct purpose

From the May 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Dear Friends,

As each issue arrives in subscribers' mailboxes worldwide, the readers, along with all of the staff members working together to publish The Christian Science Journal, naturally feel deep appreciation for the ongoing mission and purpose of this magazine. Since its founding, the distinct purpose of the Journal has been clearly defined. As Mary Baker Eddy expressed it, the Journal is "designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353).

Readers, contributors, and editors are all entrusted to play a part in responding to the public's demand for pure, clear explanations of divine Science, or God's laws. Each month, the Journal puts on record in people's hearts the presence and efficacy of the laws of God, which regenerate and heal. Articles, testimonies, and editorials discuss the metaphysics of Christian Science and provide specific illustrations of how thought and experience have changed for the better as the result of prayer. The Journal is a voice declaring the good news that the Comforter is active and present to heal sin and sickness.

These past years have shown a marked increase in articles contributed to the Journal's pages, especially from new writers. This shows important support for the magazine as it helps to leaven human thought, revealing the inherent spirituality of each individual as the creation of God. Also, the editors have committed to publishing something specifically for young people as often as possible in the Journal. And you may have noticed how the layout and design have quietly evolved through the years. This will certainly continue, in line with Mrs. Eddy's requirement that The Christian Science Publishing Society's periodicals are to be "kept abreast of the times" (Manual of The Mother Church, Art. VIII, Sect. 14). Each decade has had its style, and we're looking forward to where the coming years take us.

The Journal is always striving to respond in a healing way to the needs of the day. While the words and design of each issue must be relevant, there is one subject that never goes out of style: solid, explicit Christian Science metaphysics, along with specific, concrete examples of healing. "The author has not compromised conscience to suit the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and honestly given the text of Truth," writes Mrs. Eddy in the Preface to Science and Health (p. x). A Journal issue that "bluntly and honestly" records the Science of Truth can kindle the interest of a new reader as nothing else can, while strengthening the foundations and broadening the perspectives of longtime readers.

The Journal's mission, to place on record in human consciousness how the regenerating influence of God, of Truth, heals and redeems people's lives, not only helps men and women today, but is an aid to future generations. Aren't we all profoundly grateful to the people who recorded events in the lives of Jesus and his apostles? Similarly, what is chronicled today in the Journal puts on record the real substance of today's era in our world's history. What we contribute illustrates the continuity of primitive Christianity and of scientific Christian healing, and is invaluable to seekers for Truth.

The employees of The Christian Science Publishing Society want to thank you for caring, and for playing your part in fulfilling the globe-encircling, distinct purpose of The Christian Science Journal.


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