The Textbook Group

The Textbook Group is made up of three associated progressive structures that are complete, and ready-made by Mary Baker Eddy, and are all divided by her into 16 elements. Their association begins with the lowest element in the first column and sequences upwards, column by column.

The key part of this group is the progressive structure of the 16 textbook chapters.

The following is the list of the textbook chapters as we have them today (not counting the Preface, Glossary, and the 100 pages of testimonials that comprise the chapter, Fruitage). The present sequence, that puts the chapters directly into her pedagogical matrix was developed quite late, after 1901 (the 1901 chapter numbers are shown in brackets.) One might speculate that Mary Baker Eddy had expected people to discover the relationship of the chapters to the pedagogical structure on their own, but had later decided to provide the applicable sequence. The original sequence evidently was designed for a different purpose, perhaps the 'break the ice' in public thinking, since she made the chapter: Science, Theology, Medicine the first chapter. It appears that it became more important to her later on to emphasize that the book is a part of her pedagogical structure, by presenting it in its direct relationship with it. This happened after 1901.

Chapter 1: Prayer (10)
Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist (11)
Chapter 3: Marriage (7)
Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism (6)
Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked (8)
Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine (1)
Chapter 7: Physiology (2)
Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth (3)
Chapter 9: Creation (4)
Chapter 10: Science of Being (5)
Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered (9)
Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice (12)
Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science (13)
Chapter 14: Recapitulation (14)
Chapter 15: Genesis (15)
Chapter 16: The Apocalypse (16)

Associated with the 16 chapters are the 16 verses and  scenes from her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas. The book, Christ and Christmas, caries the metaphor for the pedagogical structure. Some of the scenes have two verses associated with them, by which the scenes are linked between two adjacent elements.

In addition the 16 textbook chapters, we have a structure of 16 stanzas of the Lord's Prayer associated with it, presented by Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook (p.16) with its spiritual interpretation, as listed below.

1. Our Father which art in heaven,
2. Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
3. Hallowed be Thy name.
4. Adorable One.
5. Thy kingdom come.
6. Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
7. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
8. Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is
omnipotent, supreme.
9. Give us this day our daily bread;
10. Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
11. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
12. And Love is reflected in love;
13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil;
14. And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth
us from sin, disease, and death.
15. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.
16. For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over
all, and All.

It has also been recognized, also quite a while ago, that Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual of The First Church of Christ Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, is also a structure made up of 16 elements. It hadn't been recognized until quite recently, that the Church Manual is not a platform structure, but a development structure of By-Laws that, as a model, basically lays out the four aspects of the Church Universal and Triumphant that The Mother Church is a part of. The 16 parts of the manual are thereby put into context  relative to the four development streams.

 The four development streams of the 16 parts of this universal model are quite distinct. Each stream has a specific development focus that is important for the operation of society universally. 

The first two streams appear to be related to the universal Temple-concept of celebration, while the second set of two streams appear to relate specifically to the Church concept as 'work house.' Of the second set the first appears to be related directly related to the unique supporting function of the Mother Church a type of church "that affords proof of its utility," while the last set appears to related to the Church of society that must develop itself as a structure of "Truth and Love."

Please note  how the various sections of the Church Manual (shown in black) interface with the corresponding sections of the Lord Prayer.


4 sides / 4 rivers
(flows of development)


Cardinal points

The Word
Pison (river) - The love of the good and beautiful and their immortality.

northward - dawn
Revelation

Christ
Gihon (river) - The rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially.

eastward - sunrise
seen by Wisemen

Christianity
Hiddekel (river) - Divine Science understood and acknowledged.

southward - heat of day
Southern Cross

Divine Science
Euphrates: (river) - Divine Science encompassing the universe and man....

westward - sunset
peace and love

The Word of Life, Truth and Love

4
Seeking and Finding
Adorable One
Christian Science versus Spiritualism
Meetings

8
Christian Science Healing (part 1)

Enable us to know,-as in heaven, so on earth,- God is omnipotent, supreme

Footsteps of Truth
The Mother Church and Branch Churches

12
Christian Unity (part 1)

And Love is reflected in love
Christian Science Practice
Board of Education

16
(...the Morning Star)

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All

Apocalypse
Church Manual

Christ, the spiritual idea of God

3
Christ Healing
(part 2)
Hallowed by Thy name
Marriage
Discipline

7
Christmas Morn

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven

Physiology
Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus

11
Treating the Sick

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

Some Objections Answered
Teaching Christian Science

15
The Way

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Genesis
Church Building

Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ idea in Christian history

2
Christ Healing
(part 1)
Our Father Mother God, all-harmonious
Atonement and Eucharist
Church Membership

6
Christmas Eve
(part 2)

Thy kingdom is is come; Thou art ever-present.

Science, Theology, Medicine
Reading Rooms

10
I thank thee O Father..

Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections

Science of Being
The Christian Science Publishing Society

14
Truth versus Error

And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death

Recapitulation
Committee on Publication

Christian Science, which today and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar

1
Star of Bethlehem

Our Father which art in heaven

Prayer
Church Officers

5
Christmas Eve
(part 1)

Thy kingdom come
Animal Magnetism Unmasked
Church Services

9
Christian Science Healing (part 2)

Give us this day our daily bread

Creation
Guardianship of Funds

13
Christian Unity (part 2)

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

Teaching Christian Science
Board of Lectureship

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Universal Divine Science: Spiritual Pedagogical