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Structures of Divine Science

Rudimental elements

(our 'baby' shoes)

 

The basic structure and definition

foundation of Christian Science development

How can one utilize a foursquare matrix?

 

The process of working with such a matrix is actually quite simple.

One can look at the matrix in terms of horizontal rows which represent certain main points, or cardinal points that one needs to consider. These usually represent four levels of thinking, or identifying reality.

One can also look at the matrix in terms of four vertical columns in which certain types of development is going on, according to the four main points or levels of thinking, represented by the rows.

Naturally, by the coincidence of the definitions for the columns with the definitions for the rows, each individual element becomes uniquely defined and represents something special within that entire structure.

Basic definitions

Some basic matrix definitions.

  The Word Christ  . Christianity divine Science

The Word
       

Christ
       

Christianity
       

Christian Science
       

There are two sets of basic definitions provided by Mary Baker Eddy in the Christian Science textbook, in the chapter the Apocalypse where she describes the city foursquare. These are presented as sides and as cardinal points. These two sets of definitions describe all the elements within, which are the 16 elements of the city foursquare.

When describing the city foursquare she defined four "cardinal points" or main points which are evidently of fundamental importance when one considers the spiritual reality of our being. She defined them as follows: (Science and Health page 577)

(The city of our God)
This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points are:

first, the Word of Life, Truth, and Love;

second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God;

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

fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar.

And about the sides (the definitions for the columns) she writes simply:

The four sides of our city are the Word, Christ, Christianity, and divine Science;

Some additional matrix definitions.

  The Word
Pison
.  Christ  .
Gihon
Christianity
Hiddekel
divine Science
Euphrates
Heaven
Day
The Word
* * * *
Kingdom of Heaven
Morning
Christ
* * * *
Earth
Evening
Christianity
* * * *
Hell
Night
Christian Science
       

The Glossary of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures contains four sets of four terms that can be used to further define the city.

One of these provides an added definition for the columns in the form of the definition of four rivers, the rivers of Genesis 2. The definition for these rivers is far more directly related to the foursquare structure than to their original biblical context. The following is the Glossary definition for the four rivers. 

Pison (river): The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality.

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

Hiddekel (river): Divine Science understood and acknowledged.

Euphrates (river): Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.

For the rows (cardinal points), the added definitions are, Day, Morning, Evening, and Night, and Heaven, Kingdom of Heaven, Earth, and Hell.

And there shall be no Night there!

The Apostle John pointed out in Revelation, referring to the city foursquare, that there shall be no night there. Indeed that is what one would have to expect, since the structure is related to the end of all evil. Of course, if there is to be no night there, the entire lower row is destined to be eliminated at some point, including everything that pertains to it. That is a challenging concept. This, of course leaves us with only 12 of the 16 elements remaining. The Apostle John gives us a beautiful metaphor for it when he describes the woman of the Apocalypse as clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars, (the stars in the crown of rejoicing.)

When this happens, Christian Science will have fulfilled its task of eliminating Hell from human experience, and it will then become the new name for Christianity.

Now we can begin to relate Mary Baker Eddy's works to the so defined matrix.

The three most basic works, that are also identical in the sense that they are all arranged in a developmental sequence, are the following:

  1. The 16 textbook chapters

  2. The 16 stanzas of the Lord's Prayer (with the spiritual sense added S&H p. 16-17)

  3. The 16 verses and and associated paintings from Christ and Christmas (illustrated poem by Mary Baker Eddy)

Since all of these structures are developmentally oriented, their correlation to the matrix foursquare must begin at the lowest position in the first column (the first river of development). 

The following pattern of association results (number of textbook chapter, etc.)

 

4 8 12 16
3 7 11 15
2 6 10 14

1

5

9

13

What will buy this for us? What good will it do?

Our becoming familiar with the fundamental structure of the foursquare matrix that Mary Baker Eddy has brought all of her works into a structural relationship with, should make it easier for one to begin to discover the deeper scientific aspects of her discovered science that are incorporated in her works, especially in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. 

The textbook contains a hundred page section of testimonials of people having been healed by the mere reading of the book (see example). If those are the fruits that have already been achieved, how much more can be achieved by exploring the textbook on the basis of the structures that Mary Baker Eddy has created for the advancement of individual scientific and spiritual development for a greater understanding of Christian Science?

Link to application of the rudimental structures

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