Arthur Corey was accomplished in many areas, including writing and acting, before becoming a Journal listed practitioner. He was reader in his church in Chicago when he first published his book in 1945. It went through over 14 printings and was widely read. It was banned by the directors of The Mother Church for many reasons. It openly discussed class instruction, an exclusive teaching that had always been confined to classes taught by teachers authorized by the Church. Mr. Cory did not seek official permission to publish it, nor was he an authorized teacher. He wrote it because he believed that Class Instruction should be freely available to all, as his introduction states. The directors could find no fault with his presentation of Christian Science. They objected to it because he published it without the directors’ authorization. One reviewer of the book wrote, “The book follows the traditional pattern of discussing revelation. God, man, body, error, mortal mind, animal magnetism, treatment. It is brilliantly written and quite readable. This is a vigorous and dynamic statement of at least one successful practitioner of Christian Science.”
Following the publication of Christian Science Class Instruction, Mr. Corey practiced, taught, and published works on Christian Science independently of the Church.