We are lifelong Christian Scientists, and these books are the most beautiful, usable set we have ever owned! Thank you so very much. Read More
—V.Q., United States
The beautiful King James Version Bible included in the Classic Edition book set was produced by Cambridge University Press. The text-only setting includes pronunciation marks and has historically been paired with Science and Health for many years. The Bible is thumb-indexed to make finding individual books quick and easy.Learn more
The text for the Science and Health included in the Classic Edition book set is an exact, page-for-page, facsimile reproduction of a hardcover 1912 version and has been faithfully preserved.Learn more
The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, located in Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Man, p. 17). The Tenets of The Mother Church offer “a brief exposition of the important points . . . of Christian Science” (S&H, p. 496).
The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures together form the Christian Science Pastor as ordained by Mary Baker Eddy in Article XIV of the Church Manual:
THE WORD OF GOD is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood.
—Mary Baker Eddy, '01 11:19-21
“Our thoughts of the Bible utter our lives” (‘02, p. 4). Mary Baker Eddy expressed this powerful statement in her 1902 Message to The Mother Church. In The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mrs. Eddy also wrote, “Christian Scientists are fishers of men. The Bible is our sea-beaten rock. It guides the fishermen. It stands the storm. It engages the attention and enriches the being of all men” (My, p. 295).
The beautiful King James Version Bible included in the Classic Edition book set was produced by Cambridge University Press. The text-only setting includes pronunciation marks and has historically been paired with Science and Health for many years. The Bible is thumb-indexed to make finding individual books quick and easy.
Cambridge has been continuously printing the KJV Bible for more than four centuries. The KJV Bible was originally published in 1611 and is the version Mary Baker Eddy quotes in Science and Health over 700 times.
According to William Dana Orcutt, Mrs. Eddy’s printer for over 50 years, when Mrs. Eddy was asked about changing Science and Health’s typography and layout in order to keep up with the current fashion of bookmaking, she replied:
“A book is like a friend,” Mrs. Eddy said definitely. “We become familiar with a friend’s face, and keep the well-known features fixed in our mind. I think readers of Science and Health would be a little shocked to see the pages with which they are so familiar appear now in a different form” (Mary Baker Eddy and Her Books, Orcutt, p. 99).
The pages of an original 1912 Science and Health edition were digitally scanned and carefully restored. No modifications to the text were made to provide a historically true representation of the 1912 publication.
The Cross and Crown seal does not appear on Science and Health’s front cover as it is a registered trademark of The Christian Science Board of Directors and cannot be used. Promised Comforter Press cherishes Mrs. Eddy’s church and would love to see the Cross and Crown added and have these beautiful books distributed by The Christian Science Publishing Society through Reading Rooms.
Every book block is comprised of carefully sewn signatures to enable the book to lie flat when opened. Expert thumb indexing and the inclusion of satin ribbon markers help you find your place and keep it easily. With normal use, these books should provide years of wonderful service.
YOUR DUAL AND IMPERSONAL PASTOR, the Bible, and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” is with you; and the Life these give, the Truth they illustrate, the Love they demonstrate, is the great Shepherd that feedeth my flock, and leadeth them “beside the still waters.”
—Mary Baker Eddy, Mis 322:10-15
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