Rudimental Mapping 

within Mary Baker Eddy's Structure
 for Scientific and Spiritual Development

The textbook of Christian Science, by Mary Baker Eddy, is made up of 16 chapters. Mary Baker Eddy's presentation of the Lord's Prayer, her illustrated poem Christ and Christmas, and even the Church Manual are all divided into sixteen parts. If you regard this pattern as a coincidence, read no further. However, if you like explore the pattern, exploring what Mary Baker Eddy had evidently found important, then you might want to consider the presentation, below.

The presentation contains the 16 element matrix represented by the City Foursquare. Mary Baker Eddy described this city in terms of 4 "cardinal points" shown in green, described in the chapter the Apocalypse. Cardinal points are the crucial main points.  These, logically pertain horizontally to different levels of the matrix. A matrix structure also represents specific types of flow or upwards development, such as scientific spiritual development.

  In this regard one finds the 4 biblical rivers from Genesis 2 described by Mary Baker Eddy in the textbook's Glossary. All these give us a basic architectural definition for our foursquare matrix.  After all, a matrix is really nothing more than a scientific structure for exploring interrelationships. Its architecture must therefore be predefined. By intersection of the so defined rows and columns, one can also recognize a predefined characteristic of the 16 elements in some basic fashion.

Of all the structures that are made up of 16 elements, only three have been chosen for the following exploration. You find them represented in the chart below.

These are the 16 chapters of the Christian Science textbook,
the 16 illustrated verses of Christ and Christmas,
and the 16 stanzas of the Lord's Prayer presented by Mary Baker Eddy.

The matrix shown below gives the titles of the textbook chapters, shown in pink, and the titles of the illustrative paintings in Christ and Christmas, shown in orange. You may click on the painting titles to view the illustrative painting and verses of the poem.

Please note:  some paintings have two verses associated with them. In these cases, the paintings present two distinct scenes, identified as part 1 and part 2 that are interrelated by the logical framework of the painting.  I am certain, you will find the interrelationships interesting.

The applicable  sections of the Church Manual are shown in black. Also note, that the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer and the Verses from Christ and Christmas (not shown here) are mapped in a similar manner in the order of the numbers shown in each square.

As you may have noticed, the 16 textbook chapters, and the 16 elements from Christ and Christmas, have been sequentially applied applied to the matrix, but in a unique manner.

The pattern for applying them has been chosen to match the logical characteristic of a structure that represents four distinct zones of an upwards unfolding development, according to Mary Baker Eddy's definition for the four rivers shown in the chart below.

For more information, please refer to the research series "Discovering Infinity" Volume 3.

 


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

Please click on the underlined painting title to view the painting.