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 the 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.

 

To find the roots of the science underlying the lesson format, one needs to go back in time some 2700 years to a development that started in the mountains of Greece centuries before the Christian era began. Isolated tribes were scattered through the region, shackled by a mythology that defined the human being as impotent. It cannot be determined whether or not this region became transformed because of a perceived need for its self-defense against the unfolding empires of the time.  We only know that it was transformed as the people found a new identity for themselves through scientific development. 

The foundation for this change was laid by Homer who had established a vastly enriched language, presented through poetry, that enabled the people to deal with complex ideas.  The resulting development was almost explosive. In a few centuries the Greece of primitive mountain tribes became the scientific and cultural center of the world, with its famous University of Athens, and such leading edge philosophic pioneers as Socrates and Plato. This explosive scientific development, of course, was echoed throughout the entire Mediterranean region, especially in Egypt. The Christian era, in turn, began near the end of this development period, possibly at its high point.

In a very real sense, Christianity is rooted in the Greek Classical culture of a developing scientific understanding. At the end of Christ Jesus' period, one of his disciples summed up in metaphor what he has seen and experienced, and could foresee as the inevitable outcome of the continued scientific and spiritual development of humanity. This extrapolation into the future, of expected developments according to perceived fundamental laws, became the book of Revelation, sometimes called, the Apocalypse.

In modern times the Apocalypse is widely regarded as a document that prophesies the end of civilization and humanity as a whole.  But if one looks closer at what St. John actually wrote, one will recognize that he predicted the end of all evil instead the end of humanity, and that he predicted the inevitable end of evil as the lawful outcome of humanity's continuing scientific and spiritual self-development. The most direct reference to this trend is found in Revelation 21, where the Apostle John describes a city foursquare descending from God out of heaven. A geometric structure that is four-square, of course represents a four-square matrix structure. Such a structure enables one to explore complex interrelationships and precisely defined flows of development in an orderly scientific process.

It is reasonable to assume that St. John's metaphor of the city four-square was understood at his time, and that this understanding became lost during the intervening centuries of the dark ages.  It is also reasonable to assume that The Apostle John's metaphor would not be recognized  until a new period of scientific development would occur, such as the scientific revolution that unfolded in the 19th century, especially in the revolutionary states of the New World. This is the environment in which Mary Baker Eddy grew up, in which she rediscovered the science of Christ Healing which Christ Jesus had exemplified.  On would expect, therefore, that St. John's metaphor would also be recognized again.  Indeed, this is what has happened, because every major work of Mary Baker Eddy is built on John's structure, as its foundation.

As a four-square structure, the city foursquare is made up of sixteen elements. Every one of Mary Baker Eddy's major works is accordingly divided into sixteen parts or multiple of sixteen parts. This did certainly not occur by chance. The Christian Science textbook, for instance, is made up of 16 chapters, the Church Manual is made up of 16 parts, Mary Baker Eddy's scientific presentation of the Lord's Prayer is made up of 16 stanzas, and her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas, which is a major statement in metaphor, is made up of sixteen verses.  And all of this is just the beginning. The Platform of Christian Science is made up of 32 parts (2x16), and even the Glossary of the textbook follows this pattern, which contains 144 (9x16) definitions of terms.

Naturally, all of the above is related to the Christian Science Bible lessons.  The Bible lessons are made up of biblical citations, followed by correlative citations from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.  Since the 16 textbook chapters are an integral part of the 16 element foursquare matrix structure for scientific development, each textbook citation of the Bible lesson, therefore relates to a specific element of this 16 element structure.  By this correlation, the depth of meaning, of the selected citation, becomes greatly enhanced.

The Bible lessons, presented on this Web-site have the vital correlation included.  For the sake of simplicity, only three major structures are correlated within the Bible Lesson presentation. The format in which the specific elements are presented, as they pertain to a textbook citation, is shown in the example below.

 

Chapter 9: Creation
Divine Science understood and acknowledged.   

Christian Science Healing (2)

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oo+o
Forever present, bounteous, free, 
Christ comes in gloom; 
And aye, with grace towards you and me, 
For health makes room. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

The first line, shown in red, presents the textbook chapter that a chosen citation belongs to. The text in the frame below presents the correlative element from Mary Baker Eddy's book, Christ and Christmas, and the correlative element of the Lord's Prayer.  From Christ and Christmas the correlative verse and the title of its associated painting are shown.  You may click on the title to see the painting itself. You may also click on the chapter title the link to the textbook chapter.

 These correlative texts link the textbook chapter, the metaphor from Christ and Christmas, and the Lord's Prayer, to each other.

Since these three structures are each made up of 16 parts, they must be deemed to pertain to the sixteen element matrix foursquare.  It becomes important, therefore, that one also identify which matrix position a specific citation belongs to.  The correlative matrix position is indicated to the left of the four line verse from Christ and Christmas.

The format of the Bible lesson presentation also includes another correlation, when applicable. The chapter Recapitulation of the textbook is made up of 24 groups of questions and answers.  The 24 groups evidently represent the 16 element matrix and definitions for its columns and rows.  This correlation is not included in the reference text but is described in Volume 3 of the research series, Discovering Infinity.  It has been further recognized that these 24 groups of questions and answers do actually cover 26 topics, corresponding to the 26 topics that Mary Baker has provided for the Bible lessons.  It has been further recognized that the first part of the Glossary definition for the name Adam contains exactly 26 elements which uniquely match the 26 topics addressed in the chapter Recapitulation. This specific correlation greatly enhances the lesson text, and is therefore included as a heading in front of citations from the chapter, Recapitulation.

In addition to all this, Mary Baker Eddy's marginal headings, which she has assigned to paragraphs and groups of paragraphs, are also shown in front of the textbook citations.  These are enclosed in brackets.

The Bible lessons, themselves, begin with a short Golden Text from the Bible, followed by a section of biblical texts that are read alternatively from the desk and by the congregation during the Christian Science Sunday services.  The rest of the Bible lessons is divided up into up to eight sections.  Each section is made up of a number of biblical citations which are followed by correlative citations from the textbook. As indicated before, these correlative citations from the textbook furnish the link to the matrix foursquare which opens up a depth of meaning that enhances spiritual and scientific development and makes the Bible lessons constantly richer as this inner scientific development is taking place.

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