The English language: The genius of the English language lies in its spirit. This spirit is often intimated rather than openly defined. In no other language is such freedom of interpretation permissible in order to convey the spiritual significance of words.   (Christian Science: Its ‘Clear Correct Teaching’” p. 300,  by Herbert W. Eustace)

“Of all the words that help us to think in a definite way and to have a Science by which we can show poise, balance and dominion to all erroneous suggestions, to all untoward circumstances and conditions, the best one is Principle.”  (Dr. Josiah Merriman, Christian Science practitioner.)

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 “Science and Health,”
“Science and Health – 50th Edition”
 “Miscellaneous Writings”

Mary Baker Eddy

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Miscellaneous Writings
Pgs. 336-338
(marginal heading:  Divine Science)

What is the Principle and Rule of Christian Science?

…The immaculate Son of the Blessed has spoken of them as the Golden Rule and its Principle, God who is Love.  Listen, and he illustrates the rule:  “Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them, and said, …Whosoever…shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Harmony is heaven.  Science brings out harmony; but this harmony is not understood unless it produces a growing affection for all good, and consequent disaffection for all evil, hypocrisy, evil-speaking, lust, envy, hate.  Where these exist, Christian Science has no sure foothold:  they obscure its divine element, and thus seem to extinguish it.  Even the life of Jesus was belittled and belied by personalities possessing these defacing deformities.

The ineffable Life and light which he reflected through divine Science is again reproduced in the character which sensualism, as heretofore, would hide or besmear.  I first proved to myself, not by “words,”—these afford no proof—but by demonstration of Christian Science, that its Principle is divine.  All must go and do likewise.

Faith illumined by works; the spiritual understanding which cannot choose but to labor and love; hope holding steadfastly to good in the midst of seething evil; charity that suffereth long and is kind, but cancels not sin until it be destroyed—these afford the only rule I have found which demonstrates Christian Science.

And remember, a pure faith in humanity will subject one to deception; the uses of good, to abuses from evil; and calm strength will enrage evil.  But the very heavens shall laugh at them, and move majestically to your defense when the armies of earth press hard upon you.

Science and Health
Science and Health (50th Ed. P. 449) and Science and Health Pg. 465
(What God Is)

Question.---What is God?
Answer.---God is divine Principle, supreme incorporeal Being, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Life, Truth, Love. (SH50th)

Question ---Is there more than one God or Principle?
Answer. ---There is not.  Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.  …God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence.  The varied manifestations of Christian Science indicate Mind, never matter, and have one Principle.

Science and Health
Pgs. 502:21 to 503:17.
(What Man Is)

Genesis: i.l.  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The infinite has no beginning.  This word beginning is employed to signify the only,--that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe.  The creative Principle—Life, Truth, and Love, is God.  The universe reflects God.  There is but one creator and one creation.  This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected.  These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

. . . . The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony,---heaven and eternity.  In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown.  No supposition of error enters there.  Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, “God is All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe.  Hence the eternal wonder,--that infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.

Science and Health - 50th Ed. pg. 6 and Science and Health pg. 112
 (marginal heading Unchanging Principle)
(Man’s Communion With God)

From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude come spiritual rules, laws, and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver, are “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;” for thus are the divine Principle of healing and the Christ-idea characterized in the epistle to the Hebrews.

From the infinite One in Christian Science cometh one Principle and its idea; and with this one Principle come spiritual rules and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver are “the same yesterday, to-day, and forever;” for thus is the perfect Principle of healing, the Christ, characterized in the Epistle to the Hebrews. (SH 50th)

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“Christian Science:  Its ‘Clear Correct Teaching’”

Herbert W. Eustace

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What God Is:  PRINCIPLE 
(CCT: 40) 

     The word Principle is derived from the Latin principium, a beginning.
     Principle means law, basis, origin, foundation, fundamental truth or source, the animating governing influence.
     Law means right, right means fact, that which is.
     Law is the basic animation of being.  Therefore all action is the action of law, the emanation of Principle, harmonious and perfect.
     Basis means isness, that which is.
     Origin means source, derivation with nothing prior to it, which in turn means is, all that is, nothing beside it, the one Principle.
     Foundation, that on which all rests, must be isness, being.  All that is, is the one foundation, the one basis.
     In Christian Science there must be a strict differentiation between the words principal and Principle.

    Principal means chief or head in authority; whereas Principle is the fundamental basis of being, that which governs, not as a head or chieftain governing others,  but as self-contained power including all within  itself—the essence, the basic isness.
     Principle is a word that must be used in its exact sense in order to carry thought instantly back to is, where it is found synonymous with consciousness.  Consciousness is Principle.

What God Is God To:  The Idea of Principle
(CCT: 75-79)

     Let us next consider the term idea.
     Instantly arises the idea of what?
     Can there be idea without its being the idea of something?  And must not that something be Principle to the idea?
     In establishing Principle as a synonym of God, you found that all that God means and is, Principle also means and is.  It is equally true that whatever the man of God is, the idea of Principle is also.  The man of God is the “conscious constant capacity to understand God.” (S&H 209:31)
     You as this man of God, this idea, this effect of God are concerned only with God.  David saw this when he declared, “My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.” (Ps. 62:5)
     There is one Principle and one only.  Being God, that which is, therefore all that is, Principle must be one.  Because it is infinite, there is nothing outside it.
    Because Principle could not be Principle unless it was Principle to idea, the omnipresence of Principle must be accompanied spontaneously by the omnipresence of idea.

     There is but one Principle and one idea, and this idea is the spirit or likeness, in minutest detail of its Principle.  “God created man in his own image.”  The very existence of God creates the necessity for His mental image, or idea, man.

The Holy Ghost:  Man’s Communion With God
(CCT: 98-105)

     To establish full completeness, there is one more point to settle.  It is to define the eternal relationship existing between consciousness (God) and conscious being (Man), the communion between God and man.

The Trinity Defined  

     These three elements—God, man, and the communion between them—constitute a trinity.  This leads us to a consideration of the word Trinity, which means three-in-one.
     In the old theological sense, it is called the Holy Trinity, meaning the three persons of the Godhead.  It is defined as the three-fold personality of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. 
     In Christian Science it is readily understood as God the Father and man the son, with the Holy Ghost as the communion between Father and son, their mutual awareness of each other, but never as one being the other.
     You have found that Father and son are the first “two persons” of the Trinity, and that they are two-in-one, as it were, being Mind and its expression.
     Could these intelligently know each other without communion?
     This communion is the Holy Ghost.
     By Holy Ghost you mean holy Spirit, or pure Spirit, isness, true being, true activity, conscious understanding, the activity that is ever present between Mind and thought, consciousness and conscious being—God directing His own idea.
     Have you ever stopped to think what you yourself are doing every moment?
     Are you not constantly meditating—thinking?
     Does not this mean communing with something you call your mind?  Paul expressed it, "Their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another." (Rom 2:15)
     Where is the "accusing or else excusing" going on? 
     Humanly speaking, are you not communing constantly with your own mind—a purely mental operation?
     In the realm of pure Mind, the eternal communion between God and man, cause and effect, is the Holy Ghost, the necessary completion of Father and son.
     This constitutes the Trinity.
     Mrs. Eddy defines it perfectly in Science and Health:  "God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter.  These three express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite.  They also indicate . . . the intelligent relation of God to man and the universe." (S&H 331:30)
     Can there be any oneness, any intelligent relationship, any understanding between Father and son unless there is communion between them?
     Of course not.  Mind and thought must commune with each other.

      In communion, the eternal oneness of man with his Maker, the oneness of the idea with its Principle appears always as language, as person, place or thing—whatever will best convey the sense of the omnipresence of good. (CCT 102)
     This is the language of God to man, in other words, this is the Holy Ghost. (CCT 103)
     Notwithstanding this self-evident truth, the constant temptation arises to imagine that you are dealing with persons, places or things, as such, instead of knowing that you are communing with Mind in the language of Mind and so finding Mind to be all that you are concerned with.
     This temptation to stop short of Mind will, if yielded to, destroy your structure of Christian Science and lead into the morass of human belief, which brings the fatal “three” into the argument.
     Remember Jesus’ warning, “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13:37)

     Because the language of God always appears as idea, so, in your communion with God, God appears to you as the infinity of variety called persons, places and things.
     But it is always God with whom you are actually communing, and never what appears to be persons, places or things.

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God as Principle is Law, Fundamental Truth, rightness.
Man as principle is law-abiding, fundamentally truthful, righteous.
Communion is man reflecting God as law-abiding, truthful and righteous.

There is no place where this law, this truth and this righteousness is not found.  

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