While the following twelve questions are designed to enhance a group’s discussion of Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, they can also enhance your own reading! Peruse these questions and if you’d like to discuss your findings with me, or join one of my discussion groups, please contact me.
The first chapter of Science and Health is “Prayer.” How do its ideas confirm your experience with prayer? What were some new ideas about prayer for you? What does Mary Baker Eddy say about attitude, motive, and action in relation to prayer? What are some issues that you are praying about? What evidence do you have of the effectiveness of prayer?
Several places in Science and Health the author speaks of God as Father-Mother (see page 16, lines 26 and 27; also page 516, lines 21 through 23.) How does thinking about God as Father-Mother change your concept of God? What qualities do you associate with motherhood that you might associate with God? What impact does thinking of God’s motherhood have on your view of womanhood?
Chapter three is titled “Marriage,” Which ideas from this chapter would be helpful in your relationships? How might these ideas help anyone to improve relationships or avoid destructive ones? What are some spiritual qualities that you would like to experience in your relationships?
Based on her experience, Mary Baker Eddy explains that our thinking influences our health. What experiences have you had where thinking had an impact on your or others’ health? The author describes God as all-power and each individual as spiritual, and presents this as the basis for spiritual healing of the physical body. How would this premise empower you in facing sickness? What specific examples does she give of healing brought about through this approach?
Many people are searching for ways to improve their lives. This book points out that setting aside negative characteristics and having more God-directed thinking will improve your life. How can you cultivate God-directed thinking? What results have you seen from this in your life?
Mary Baker Eddy presents Christianity in what, for some, is a new light. She asserts that Jesus’ healings were based on a divine Principle that sill exists today. What experiences have you had with spiritual healing? What qualities of thought does Science and Health identify as fostering healing? How might you use this book’s ideas as you seek to bring healing to your own life and the lives of others?
“If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal” (see page 470). What other statements in the book affirm this premise and conclusion? How does this assertion that evil is “unreal” compare to your own experience? Can you think of ways in which this statement might help you deal with a problem?
Mary Baker Eddy uses a number of different terms for God, such as Life, Truth, and Love. What other names does the author use for God? What are some names or ways of identifying God that have meaning for you? Do any of the names of God used in Science and Health expand your sense of knowing God? Which ones?
Throughout the book, man (which refers to women and men) is described as being created in God’s image and likeness. Mary Baker Eddy writes that our real nature is spiritual rather than physical, composed of God’s spiritual qualities (see page 475, beginning at line 5, to page 477, line 18). How is this similar to or different from your current view of yourself? In what ways could this concept be applied to your life?
Near the end of the book is a “Glossary.” It gives spiritual insight into some common words and Biblical terms. One page 581, Mary Baker Eddy offers a definition of “Angels,” and on page 587, she gives a definition for “Heaven.” What have you experienced that relates to the author’s way of defining these concepts? What other definitions did you find of interest? Why?
The last chapter in the book is “Fruitage.” People who have read this book tell how it benefited them. Do you see any common themes among there experiences? What kind of benefits have you experienced while reading Science and Health?
Occasionally Mary Baker Eddy refers to herself and her own spiritual journey. Are there any parallels between her spiritual search and yours? Which of her ideas in Science and Health are you interested in further exploring as you continue your own spiritual journey?
Discussion questions reprinted from
A Daily Journal – Reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in a Year