Chapter 4 – Addresses – Christian Science In Tremont Temple
From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
FROM the platform of the Monday lectureship in
3 Tremont Temple, on Monday, March 16, 1885, as
will be seen by what follows, Reverend Mary Baker G.
Eddy was presented to Mr. Cook’s audience, and allowed
6 ten minutes in which to reply to his public letter con-
demning her doctrines; which reply was taken in full by
a shorthand reporter who was present, and is transcribed
Mrs. Eddy responding, said: —
As the time so kindly allotted me is insufficient for
12 even a synopsis of Christian Science, I shall confine my-
self to questions and answers.
Am I a spiritualist?
15 I am not, and never was. I understand the impossi-
bility of intercommunion between the so-called dead and
living. There have always attended my life phenomena
18 of an uncommon order, which spiritualists have mis-
called mediumship; but I clearly understand that no
human agencies were employed, — that the divine Mind
21 reveals itself to humanity through spiritual law. And
to such as are “waiting for the adoption, to wit, the re-
demption of our body,” Christian Science reveals the in-
1 finitude of divinity and the way of man’s salvation from
sickness and death, as wrought out by Jesus, who robbed
3 the grave of victory and death of its sting. I understand
that God is an ever-present help in all times of trouble, —
have found Him so; and would have no other gods, no
6 remedies in drugs, no material medicine.
Do I believe in a personal God?
I believe in God as the Supreme Being. I know not
9 what the person of omnipotence and omnipresence is,
or what the infinite includes; therefore, I worship that
of which I can conceive, first, as a loving Father and
12 Mother; then, as thought ascends the scale of being to
diviner consciousness, God becomes to me, as to the
apostle who declared it, “God is Love,” — divine Prin-
15 ciple, — which I worship; and “after the manner of my
fathers, so worship I God.”
Do I believe in the atonement of Christ?
18 I do; and this atonement becomes more to me since
it includes man’s redemption from sickness as well as
from sin. I reverence and adore Christ as never before.
21 It brings to my sense, and to the sense of all who en-
tertain this understanding of the Science of God, a whole
24 How is the healing done in Christian Science?
This answer includes too much to give you any con-
clusive idea in a brief explanation. I can name some
27 means by which it is not done.
It is not one mind acting upon another mind; it is
not the transference of human images of thought to
30 other minds; it is not supported by the evidence before
the personal senses, — Science contradicts this evidence;
it is not of the flesh, but of the Spirit. It is Christ come
1 to destroy the power of the flesh; it is Truth over error;
that understood, gives man ability to rise above the evi-
3 dence of the senses, take hold of the eternal energies of
Truth, and destroy mortal discord with immortal har-
mony, — the grand verities of being. It is not one mortal
6 thought transmitted to another’s thought from the human
mind that holds within itself all evil.
Our Master said of one of his students, “He is a devil,”
9 and repudiated the idea of casting out devils through
Beelzebub. Erring human mind is by no means a de-
sirable or efficacious healer. Such suppositional healing
12 I deprecate. It is in no way allied to divine power. All
human control is animal magnetism, more despicable
than all other methods of treating disease.
15 Christian Science is not a remedy of faith alone, but
combines faith with understanding, through which we
may touch the hem of His garment; and know that om-
18 nipotence has all power. “I am the Lord, and there is
none else, there is no God beside me.”
Is there a personal man?
21 The Scriptures inform us that man was made in the
image and likeness of God. I commend the Icelandic
translation: “He created man in the image and likeness
24 of Mind, in the image and likeness of Mind created
He him.” To my sense, we have not seen all of man;
he is more than personal sense can cognize, who is the
27 image and likeness of the infinite. I have not seen a
perfect man in mind or body, — and such must be the
personality of him who is the true likeness: the lost
30 image is not this personality, and corporeal man is this
lost image; hence, it doth not appear what is the real
personality of man. The only cause for making this
1 question of personality a point, or of any importance, is
that man’s perfect model should be held in mind, whereby
3 to improve his present condition; that his contemplation
regarding himself should turn away from inharmony, sick-
ness, and sin, to that which is the image of his Maker.