by Mary Baker Eddy
Table of Contents
- The Extension of the Mother Church of Christ, Scientist: Its Inception, Construction, and Dedication
- Mrs. Eddy's Message to the Mother Church, June 15, 1902
- The Annual Meeting of the Mother Church, June 18, 1902 Two Million Dollars Pledged
- Greeting from the Church to Mrs. Eddy
- Our Leader's Thanks
- Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903
- Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903
- Now and Then
- Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, January 2, 1904
- Amendment to By-Law
- Communion, 1904
- Extract from The Treasurer's Report, June 14, 1904
- The Corner-stone Laid
- Unselfish Loyalty
- Holiday Gifts
- The Annual Meeting, June 13, 1905
- Extract from the Clerk's Report
- Extract from the Treasurer's Report
- Greeting to Mrs. Eddy from the Annual Meeting
- Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, November 25, 1905
- Gifts from the Children
- Announcement of the Dedication
- To the Board of Directors
- Notice to Contributors to the Building Fund
- Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, June 9, 1906
- Communion Service and Dedication
- The Annual Meeting, June 12, 1900
- Telegram to Mrs. Eddy
- Report of the Clerk
- Letters and Editorial
- Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, June, 1906
Appendix to Part 1
- An Astonishing Motion
- Progressive Steps
- The Finishing Touches
- Description of the Extension
- An Idea of the Size
- The Chimes
- Magnificence of the Organ
- Its Architecture
- Unique Interior
- Gates of Boston Open
- Christian Scientists Have All the Money Needed
- The Great Gathering
- Special Trains Coming
- Interesting and Agreeable Visitors
- Readily Accommodated
- Big Church Is Paid for
- Giant Temple for Scientists
- Dedication Day
- Children's Service
- On a Far Higher Pedestal
- The Wednesday Evening Meetings
- Exodus Begins
- What the Boston Editors Said:
- Boston Daily Advertiser
- Boston Herald
- Boston Evening Record
- Boston Post
- Boston Herald
- Boston Globe
- Boston Post
- Boston Herald
- General Editorial Opinion:
- Montreal (Can.) Gazette
- Concord (N. H.) Monitor
- Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle
- Denver (Col.) News
- Terre Haute (Ind.) Star
- Lafayette (Ind.) Journal
- Springfield (Mass.) Republican
- Rochester (N. Y ) Post Express
- Topeka (Kan.) Daily Capital
- Albany (N. Y.) Knickerbocker
- Mexican Herald, City of Mexico, Mex.
- Sandusky (Ohio) Star-journal
- Peoria (Ill.) Journal
- Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Neb.
- Athol (Mass. ) Transcript
- Portland (Ore.) Telegram
- Portland (Me.) Advertiser
- Denver (Col.) Republican
- Bridgeport (Conn.) Standard
Chapter III — Personality
Chapter IV — Messages to the Mother Church
- Communion, January 2, 1898
- Communion, June 4, 1899
- Address at Annual Meeting, June 6, 1800
- A Question Answered
- Letter of the Pastor Emeritus, June, 1903
- A Letter from Mrs. Eddy
- Letter to the Mother Church
- Mrs. Eddy's Affidavit
- Nota Bene
- A Word to the Wise
- Abolishing the Communion
- Communion Season Is Abolished
- Mrs. Eddy's Reply
- The Christian Science Board of Directors
- Mrs. Eddy's Statements
Chapter V — Christian Science Hall, Concord, N. H.
- In Retrospect
- Second Sunday Service, December 12, 1897
- Address to the Concord Church, February, 1899
- Message, April 19, 1899
- Subject: "Not Matter, but Spirit"
- First Annual Meeting, January 11, 1900
- Easter Message, 1902
- Annual Meeting, January 6, 1905
Chapter VI — First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, N. H.
- Mrs. Eddy's Gift to the Concord Church
- Corner-stone Laid at Concord
- Message on the Occasion of the Dedication of Mrs. Eddy's Gift, July 17, 1904
- A Kindly Greeting
- Acknowledgment of Gifts:
- To the Chicago Churches
- To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York
- To the Mother Church
- To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New London, Conn
- Thanksgiving Day, 1904
- Religious Freedom
Chapter VII — Pleasant View and Concord, N. H.
- Invitation to Concord, July 4, 1897
- Visit to Concord, 1901
- Address at Pleasant View, June, 1903
- Visit to Concord, 1904
- The Day in Concord
- Card of Thanks
- To First Congregational Church
- To First Church of Christ, Scientist, Wilmington, N. C.
Chapter VIII — Dedicatory Messages to Branch Churches
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, Ill.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, England
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Brooklyn, N. Y.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Detroit, Mich.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Toronto, Canada
- White Mountain Church
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Duluth, Minn.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Salt Lake City, Utah
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Atlanta, Ga.
- Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, Ill.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Los Angeles, Cal.
- Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Minneapolis, Minn.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York, N. Y.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Cleveland, Ohio
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, St, Louis, Mo.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, San Jose, Cal.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Wilmington, N. C.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, England
Chapter IX — Letters to Branch Churches
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Philadelphia, Pa.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Washington, D. C.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, England
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York, N. Y.
- Second Church of Christ, Scientist, New York, N. Y.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oakland, Cal.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Washington, D. C.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, England
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbus, Ohio
- Third Church of Christ, Scientist, London, England
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Milwaukee, Wis.
- A Telegram and Mrs Eddy's Reply
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Sydney, Australia
- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Edinburgh, Scotland
- The Committees in Conference, Chicago, Ill.
- Comment on Letter from First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ottawa, Ontario
Chapter X — Admonition and Counsel
- What Our Leader Says
- Ways that Are Vain
- Only One Quotation
- The Laborer and His Hire
- The Children Contributors
- A Correction
- Question Answered
- Christian Science Healing
- Rules of Conduct
- A Word to the Wise
- Significant Questions
- Mental Digestion
- Teaching in The Sunday School
- Charity and Invalids
- Lessons in the Sunday School
- Watching versus Watching Out
- Principle or Person?
- Christian Science and China
- Signs of the Times
- Nota Bene
- Take Notice
- Take Notice
- Take Notice
- Practitioners' Charges
- Take Notice
Chapter XI — Questions Answered
- Questions and Answers
- The Higher Criticism
- Class Teaching
- Instruction by Mrs. Eddy
- Mrs. Eddy's Reply
- Take Notice
Chapter XII — Readers, Teachers, Lecturers
- The New York Churches
- The November Class, 1898
- Massachusetts Metaphysical College
- The Board of Education
- To a First Reader
- The Christian Science Board of Lectureship
- Readers in Church
- Words for the Wise
- Teachers of Christian Science
- The General Association of Teachers, 1903
- The London Teachers' Association, 1903
- The General Association of Teachers, 1904
- The Canadian Teachers, 1904
- Students in the Board of Education, December, 1904
- The May Class, 1005
- The December Class, 1905
- "Rotation in Office"
- Mrs. Eddy's Reply
Chapter XIII — Christmas
- Early Chimes, December, 1808
- Christmas, 1900
- Christmas Gifts
- The Significance of Christmas
- Christmas for the Children
- What Christmas Means to Me
- Mrs. Eddy's Christmas Message
Chapter XIV — Contributions to Newspapers and Magazines
- A Word in Defence
- Christian Science Thanks
- Mrs. Eddy's Response
- Insufficient Freedom
- Christian Science and the Times
- Prevention and Cure of Divorce
- Mrs. Eddy Describes Her Human Ideal
- Mrs. Eddy's Answer
- Youth and Young Manhood
- Mrs. Eddy Sends Thanks
- Universal Fellowship
- Mrs. Eddy's Own Denial that She Is Ill
- To Whom It May Concern
Chapter XV — Peace and War
- Other Ways than by War
- How Strife May Be Stilled
- The Prayer for Peace
- "Hear, O Israel: The Lord Our God Is One Lord"
- An Explanation
- Practise the Golden Rule
- Mrs. Eddy and the Peace Movement
- Acknowledgment of Appointment as Fondateur
- A Correction
- To a Student
Chapter XVI — Tributes
- Monument to Baron and Baroness De Hirsch
- Tributes to Queen Victoria
- Letter to Mrs. McKinley
- Tribute to President McKinley
- Power of Prayer
- On the Death of Pope Leo XIII., July 20, 1903
- A Tribute to the Bible
- A Benediction
- Hon. Clarence a. Buskirk's Lecture
- "Hear, Israel"
- Miss Clara Barton
- There Is No Death
- Mrs. Eddy's History
Chapter XVII — Answers to Criticisms
- Christian Science and the Church
- Faith in Metaphysics
- Reply to Mark Twain
- A Misstatement Corrected
- A Plea for Justice
- Reply to McClure's Magazine
- A Card
Chapter XVIII — Authorship of Science and Health
Chapter XIX — A Memorable Coincidence and Historical Facts
- Mrs. Eddy's Letter
- Miss Elizabeth Earl Jones' Letter
- Miss Mary Hatch Harrison's Letter
- A Card
- Major Glover's Record as a Mason
Chapter XX — General Miscellany
- The United States to Great Britain (poem)
- To the Public
- Fast Day in New Hampshire, 1899
- Spring Greeting (poem)
- Mrs. Eddy Talks
- Mrs. Eddy's Successor
- Gift of a Loving-cup
- Fundamental Christian Science
- Whither? (poem)
- A Letter from Our Leader
- Take Notice
- Recognition of Blessings
- Mrs. Eddy's Thanks
- Something in a Name
- Article XXIL, Section 17
- To Whom It May Concern
- Extempore (poem)
- Men in Our Ranks
- A Pæan of Praise
- A Statement by Mrs. Eddy
- The Way of Wisdom
- A Letter by Mrs. Eddy
- Take Notice
- A Letter from Mrs Eddy
- A Letter by Mrs Eddy
- A Letter by Mrs Eddy
- A Telegram and Mrs Eddy's Reply
- A Letter and Mrs. Eddy's Reply
- To the Members of the Christian Scientist Association
- Concord, N. H., to Mrs. Eddy, and Mrs. Eddy's Reply
1 Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet;
Lest we forget — lest we forget !
3 — Kipling's Recessional
IN these stirring times of church building, when the
attention of the whole world is fixed on Christian Sci-
6 ence, when the growth and prosperity of the Cause are
matters of general wonderment and frequent comment,
when the right hand of fellowship is being extended to
9 this people by other Christian denominations, when pop-
ularity threatens to supersede persecution, it is well
for earnest and loyal Christian Scientists to fortify them-
12 selves against the mesmerism of personal pride and self-
adulation by recalling the following historical facts: —
1. That Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Sci-
15 ence in 1866, and established the Cause on a sound basis
by healing the sick and reforming the sinner quickly
and completely, and doing this work "without money and
18 without price."
2. That in 1875, after nine years of arduous prelimi-
nary labor, she wrote and published the Christian Sci-
21 ence textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures;" that over four hundred thousand copies of
this book have been sold — an unparalleled record for
24 a work of this description; that it has healed multi-
tudes of disease and has revealed God to well-nigh
1 countless numbers — facts which prove, (1) that Science
and Health does not need to be interpreted to those who
3 are earnestly seeking Truth; (2) that it is not possible
to state truth absolutely in a simpler or more pleasing
6 3. That no one on earth to-day, aside from Mrs.
Eddy, knows anything about Christian Science except
as he has learned it from her and from her writings; and
9 Christian Scientists are honest only as they give her full
credit for this extraordinary work.
4. That Mrs. Eddy organized The First Church of
12 Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., devised its church
government, originated its form of public worship, wrote
its Church Manual and Tenets, and always has been
15 and is now its guide, guardian, Leader, and wise and
5. That Mrs. Eddy founded The Christian Science
18 Journal in 1883, was its first editor and for years the
principal contributor to its columns; that she organized
The Christian Science Publishing Society, which in 1898,
21 with its assets valued at forty-five thousand dollars,
she made over to trustees under agreement to pay all
future profits to her church; that at the same time she
24 presented to her church the property at 95 and 97
Falmouth Street, then occupied by the Publishing So-
ciety and valued at twenty-five thousand dollars, reserv-
27 ing for herself only a place for the publishing of her
works; that she established the Christian Science Sentinel
and authorized Der Herold der Christian Science, both of
1 which, together with The Christian Science Journal, are
the property of the Publishing Society.
3 Strive it ever so hard, The Church of Christ, Scientist,
can never do for its Leader what its Leader has done
for this church; but its members can so protect their
6 own thoughts that they are not unwittingly made to de-
prive their Leader of her rightful place as the revelator
to this age of the immortal truths testified to by Jesus
9 and the prophets.
Deeds, not words, are the sound test of love; and
the helpfulness of consistent and constant right think-
12 ing — intelligent thinking untainted by the emotionalism
which is largely self-glorification — is a reasonable service
which all Christian Scientists can render their Leader.
15 — The Christian Science Journal, May, 1906
Part I: The First Church of Christ Scientist
1 MESSAGE FROM MARY BAKER EDDY ON THE OCCASION OF THE
DEDICATION OF THE EXTENSION OF THE
3 MOTHER CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, JUNE 10, 1906
MY BELOVED BRETHREN: — The divine might of
Truth demands well-doing in order to demon-
6 strate truth, and this not alone in accord with human
desire but with spiritual power. St. John writes: "Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have
9 right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city." The sear leaves of faith without works,
scattered abroad in Zion's waste places, appeal to re-
12 formers, "Show me thy faith by thy works."
Christian Science is not a dweller apart in royal solitude;
it is not a law of matter, nor a transcendentalism that
15 heals only the sick. This Science is a law of divine Mind,
a persuasive animus, an unerring impetus, an ever-present
help. Its presence is felt, for it acts and acts wisely,
18 always unfolding the highway of hope, faith, understand-
ing. It is the higher criticism, the higher hope, and its
effect on man is mainly this — that the good which has
21 come into his life, examination compels him to think
genuine, whoever did it. A Christian Scientist verifies
his calling. Choose ye!
1 When, by losing his faith in matter and sin, one finds
the spirit of Truth, then he practises the Golden Rule
3 spontaneously; and obedience to this rule spiritualizes
man, for the world's nolens volens cannot enthrall it.
Lust, dishonesty, sin, disable the student; they preclude
6 the practice or efficient teaching of Christian Science, the
truth of man's being. The Scripture reads: "He that
taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy
9 of me." On this basis, how many are following the
Way-shower? We follow Truth only as we follow truly,
meekly, patiently, spiritually, blessing saint and sinner
12 with the leaven of divine Love which woman has put
into Christendom and medicine.
A genuine Christian Scientist loves Protestant and
15 Catholic, D.D. and M.D., — loves all who love God,
good; and he loves his enemies. It will be found that,
instead of opposing, such an individual subserves the
18 interests of both medical faculty and Christianity, and
they thrive together, learning that Mind-power is good
will towards men. Thus unfolding the true metal in
21 character, the iron in human nature rusts away; honesty
and justice characterize the seeker and finder of Christian
24 The pride of place or power is the prince of this world
that hath nothing in Christ. Our great Master said:
"Except ye . . . become as little children, ye shall not
27 enter into the kingdom of heaven," — the reign of right-
eousness, the glory of good, healing the sick and saving
the sinner. The height of my hope must remain. Glory
30 be to Thee, Thou God most high and nigh.
Whatever is not divinely natural and demonstrably
true, in ethics, philosophy, or religion, is not of God but
1 originates in the minds of mortals. It is the Adam-
dream according to the Scriptural allegory, in which
3 man is supposed to start from dust and woman to be
the outcome of man's rib, — marriage synonymous with
legalized lust, and the offspring of sense the murderers
6 of their brothers!
Wholly apart from this mortal dream, this illusion and
delusion of sense, Christian Science comes to reveal man
9 as God's image, His idea, coexistent with Him — God
giving all and man having all that God gives. Whence,
then, came the creation of matter, sin, and death, mortal
12 pride and power, prestige or privilege? The First Com-
mandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, "Thou shalt have
no other gods before me," and the Golden Rule are the
15 all-in-all of Christian Science. They are the spiritual
idealism and realism which, when realized, constitute a
Christian Scientist, heal the sick, reform the sinner, and
18 rob the grave of its victory. The spiritual understanding
which demonstrates Christian Science, enables the devout
Scientist to worship, not an unknown God, but Him whom,
21 understanding even in part, he continues to love more and
to serve better.
Beloved, I am not with you in propria persona at this
24 memorable dedication and communion season, but I am
with you "in spirit and in truth," lovingly thanking your
generosity and fidelity, and saying virtually what the
27 prophet said: Continue to choose whom ye will serve.
Forgetting the Golden Rule and indulging sin, men
cannot serve God; they cannot demonstrate the omnipo-
30 tence of divine Mind that heals the sick and the sinner.
Human will may mesmerize and mislead man; divine
wisdom, never. Indulging deceit is like the defendant
1 arguing for the plaintiff in favor of a decision which the
defendant knows will be turned against himself.
3 We cannot serve two masters. Do we love God
supremely? Are we honest, just, faithful? Are we true
to ourselves? "God is not mocked: for whatsoever a
6 man soweth, that shall he also reap." To abide in our
unselfed better self is to be done forever with the sins
of the flesh, the wrongs of human life, the tempter and
9 temptation, the smile and deceit of damnation. When
we have overcome sin in all its forms, men may revile us
and despitefully use us, and we shall rejoice, "for great
12 is [our] reward in heaven."
You have dexterously and wisely provided for The
Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, a magnificent tem-
15 ple wherein to enter and pray. Greatly impressed and
encouraged thereby, deeply do I thank you for this proof
of your progress, unity, and love. The modest edifice
18 of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, began with
the cross; its excelsior extension is the crown. The room
of your Leader remains in the beginning of this edifice,
21 evidencing the praise of babes and the word which pro-
ceedeth out of the mouth of God. Its crowning ulti-
mate rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high
24 above the work of men's hands, even the outcome of
their hearts, giving to the material a spiritual significance
— the speed, beauty, and achievements of goodness.
27 Methinks this church is the one edifice on earth which
most prefigures self-abnegation, hope, faith; love catching
a glimpse of glory.
THE EXTENSION OF THE MOTHER CHURCH
OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST: ITS INCEPTION,
CONSTRUCTION, AND DEDICATION
MRS. EDDY'S MESSAGE TO THE MOTHER CHURCH, JUNE 15, 1902
HERE allow me to interpolate some matters of busi-
ness that ordinarily find no place in my Message.
6 It is a privilege to acquaint communicants with the
financial transactions of this church, so far as I know
them, and especially before making another united effort
9 to purchase more land and enlarge our church edifice so
as to seat the large number who annually favor us with
their presence on Communion Sunday.
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MOTHER CHURCH,
JUNE 18, 1902 — TWO MILLION DOLLARS PLEDGED
Edward A. Kimball, C.S.D., offered the following
15 motion: —
"Recognizing the necessity for providing an auditorium
for The Mother Church that will seat four or five thou-
18 sand persons, and acting in behalf of ourselves and the
Christian Scientists of the world, we agree to contribute
1 any portion of two million dollars that may be necessary
for this purpose."
3 In support of the motion, Mr. Kimball said in part:
"Our denomination is palpably outgrowing the institu-
tional end thereof. We need to keep pace with our own
6 growth and progress. The necessity here indicated is be-
yond cavil; beyond resistance in your thought."
Judge William G. Ewing, in seconding the motion, said: —
9 "As we have the best church in the world, and as we
have the best expression of the religion of Jesus Christ,
let us have the best material symbol of both of these, and
12 in the best city in the world.
"Now I am sure that I have but expressed the universal
voice of Christian Scientists, that there should be some-
15 thing done, and done immediately, to make reasonable
accommodation for the regular business of the Christian
Science church, and I believe really, with my faint
18 knowledge of arithmetic and the relationship of figures,
that a church of twenty-four thousand members should
have a seating capacity of more than nine hundred, if
21 they are all to get in."
The motion was carried unanimously.
Greeting from the Church to Mrs. Eddy
24 "Ten thousand Christian Scientists from throughout
the world, convened in annual business meeting in
Boston, send our greeting to you, whom we recognize
27 as logically the natural and indispensable Leader of our
religious denomination and its activity.
"Since the last report, in 1900, one hundred and five
30 new churches or congregations have been added, and
1 those previously established have had large accessions
to their membership. In recognition of the necessity for
3 providing an audience-room in The Mother Church which
will seat four or five thousand persons, we have agreed to
contribute any portion of two million dollars that may
6 be needed for that purpose.
"The instinctive gratitude which not only impels the
Christian to turn in loving thankfulness to his heavenly
9 Father, but induces him to glory in every good deed and
thought on the part of every man — this would be scant
indeed if it did not continually move us to utter our grati-
12 tude to you and declare the depth of our affection and
"To you, who are standing in the forefront of the effort
15 for righteous reform, we modestly renew the hope and
desire that we may worthily follow with you in the way
of salvation through Christ."
OUR LEADER'S THANKS
To the Members of The Mother Church: — I am bankrupt
in thanks to you, my beloved brethren, who at our last
21 annual meeting pledged yourselves with startling grace
to contribute any part of two millions of dollars towards
the purchase of more land for its site, and to enlarge
24 our church edifice in Boston. I never before felt poor
in thanks, but I do now, and will draw on God for
the amount I owe you, till I am satisfied with what my
27 heart gives to balance accounts.
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
July 21, 1902
1 Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903
It is inevitable that the transforming influence of
3 Christian Science should improve the thought, enlarge the
favorable expectation, and augment the achievements of
its followers. It was inevitable that this mighty impulse
6 for good should have externalized itself, ten years ago,
in an edifice for The Mother Church. It is inevitable
that this same impulsion should now manifest itself in a
9 beautiful, ample building, embodying the best of design,
material, and situation.
Some money has been paid in towards the fund, and
12 some of the churches and other organizations have taken
steps in this direction, but the time is at hand, now, for
this entire donation to be specifically subscribed as to
15 amount and date of payment. No appeal has ever been
made in this behalf, and it is probable that none will be
made or ever be needed. It is doubtful if the Cause of
18 Christian Science could prosper, in any particular, on the
basis of fretful or reluctant sacrifice on the part of its
people. Christian Scientists are not expected to contrib-
21 ute money against their will or as the result of impor-
tunity or entreaty on the part of some one else.
They will provide the money necessary to this end,
24 because they recognize the importance of The Mother
Church to the Cause. They realize that there must be
a prosperous parent church, in order to insure the pros-
27 perity of the branch churches; indeed, they know that
it is the prosperous growth of this movement which
now necessitates this onward step. They know that
30 their own individual welfare is closely interwoven with
the general welfare of the Cause.
1 Notwithstanding the fact that as Christian Scientists
we are as yet but imperfect followers of the perfect Christ,
3 and although we may falter or stumble or loiter by the
way, we know that the Leader of this movement, Mrs.
Eddy, has been constantly at her post during all the
6 storms that have surged against her for a generation.
She has been the one of all the world who has encountered
the full force of antagonism. We know, too, that during
9 these years she has not tried to guide us by means of
forced marches, but has waited for us to grow into readi-
ness for each step, and we know that in all this time she
12 has never urged upon us a step that did not result in our
A year ago she quietly alluded to the need of our
15 Mother Church. She knew that we were ready; the re-
sponse was instant, spontaneous. Later on she expressed
much gratification because of prompt and liberal action,
18 and it needs no special insight to predict that she will be
cheered and encouraged to know that, having seized upon
this privilege and opportunity, we have also made good
21 the pledge.
Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903
Our readers have been informed of the purchase of the
24 land upon which the new building will be erected, and
that this land has been paid for. The location is, there-
fore, determined. The size of the building was decided
27 last June, but there still remained for definite decision
the amount to be expended and the date for commen-
cing building operations. The pledge of the annual
30 meeting was "any portion of two million dollars that
1 may be necessary for this purpose," and this of course
carried the implication that work should be commenced
3 as soon as the money in hand justified the letting of
The spontaneous and liberal donations which enabled
6 those having the work in charge to secure the large
parcel of land adjoining The Mother Church, gives
promise of the speedy accumulation of a sum sufficient
9 to justify the decision of these remaining problems.
Each person interested must remember, however, that
his individual desires, both as to the amount to be
12 expended and the date of commencing work, will be best
evidenced by the liberality and promptness of his own
15 [Mrs. Eddy in Christian Science Sentinel, May 30, 1903]
NOW AND THEN
This was an emphatic rule of St. Paul: "Behold, now
18 is the accepted time." A lost opportunity is the great-
est of losses. Whittier mourned it as what "might
have been." We own no past, no future, we pos-
21 sess only now. If the reliable now is carelessly lost in
speaking or in acting, it comes not back again. What-
ever needs to be done which cannot be done now,
24 God prepares the way for doing; while that which can
be done now, but is not, increases our indebtedness to
God. Faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present
27 help and now, and gives the power to "act in the living
The dear children's good deeds are gems in the settings
30 of manhood and womanhood. The good they desire to
1 do, they insist upon doing now. They speculate neither
on the past, present, nor future, but, taking no thought
3 for the morrow, act in God's time.
A book by Benjamin Wills Newton, called "Thoughts
on the Apocalypse," published in London, England, in
6 1853, was presented to me in 1903 by Mr. Marcus
Holmes. This was the first that I had even heard of
it. When scanning its interesting pages, my attention
9 was arrested by the following: "The church at Jerusalem,
like a sun in the centre of its system, had other churches,
like so many planets, revolving around it. It was
12 strictly a mother and a ruling church." According to
his description, the church of Jerusalem seems to pre-
figure The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, in
I understand that the members of The Mother Church,
out of loving hearts, pledged to this church in Boston
18 any part of two millions of money with which to build
an ample temple dedicate to God, to Him "who forgiveth
all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who
21 redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee
with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth
thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed
24 like the eagle's," — to build a temple the spiritual spire
of which will reach the stars with divine overtures, holy
harmony, reverberating through all cycles of systems and
Because Christian Scientists virtually pledged this
munificent sum not only to my church but to Him who
30 returns it unto them after many days, their loving giving
has been blessed. It has crystallized into a foundation
for our temple, and it will continue to "prosper in the
1 thing whereto [God, Spirit] sent it." In the now they
brought their tithes into His storehouse. Then, when
3 this bringing is consummated, God will pour them out a
blessing above the song of angels, beyond the ken of
mortals — a blessing that two millions of love currency
6 will bring to be discerned in the near future as a gleam
of reality; not a madness and nothing, but a sanity
and something from the individual, stupendous, Godlike
9 agency of man.
Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, January 2, 1904
A few days ago we received a letter from a friend in
12 another city, saying that he had just been informed —
and his informant claimed to have good authority for the
statement — that the entire amount required to complete
15 The Mother Church building fund had been paid in;
consequently further payments or subscriptions were not
18 Our friend very promptly and emphatically pro-
nounced the story a fabrication of the evil one, and he
was entirely right in doing so. If the devil were really
21 an entity, endowed with genius and inspiration, he could
not have invented a more subtle lie with which to en-
snare a generous and loyal people.
24 As a matter of fact, the building fund is not complete,
but it is in such a healthy state that building operations
have been commenced, and they will be carried on without
27 interruption until the church is finished. The rapidity
with which the work will be pushed forward necessitates
large payments of money, and it is desirable that the con-
30 tributions to the building fund keep pace with the dis-
1 [Christian Science Sentinel, March 5, 1904]
AMENDMENT TO BY-LAW
3 Section 3 of Article XLI (XXXIV in revised edition) of
the Church By-laws has been amended to read as follows: —
THE MOTHER CHURCH BUILDING. — SECTION 3. The
6 edifice erected in 1894 for The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, Mass., shall neither be demolished
nor removed from the site where it was built, without the
9 written consent of the Pastor Emeritus, Mary Baker
12 My Beloved Brethren: — My heart goes out to you as
ever in daily desire that the Giver of all good transform
you into His own image and likeness. Already I have
15 said to you all that you are able to bear now, and thanking
you for your gracious reception of it I close with Kate
Hankey's excellent hymn, —
18 I love to tell the story,
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
21 Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know 'tis true;
24 It satisfies my longings,
As nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story;
27 For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
30 And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the NEW, NEW SONG,
'Twill be the OLD, OLD STORY
33 That I have loved so long.
EXTRACT FROM THE TREASURER'S REPORT, JUNE 14, 1904
The report of Mr. Stephen A. Chase, treasurer of the
3 building fund of The Mother Church, made to the
annual meeting, showed that a total of $425,893.66 had
been received up to and including May 31, 1904, and that
6 there was a balance of $226,285.73 on hand on that date,
after paying out the sum of $ 199,607.93, which included
the purchase price of the land for the site of the new
THE CORNER-STONE LAID
The corner-stone of the new auditorium for The Mother
12 Church in Boston was laid Saturday, July 16, 1904, at
eight o'clock in the forenoon. In addition to the members
of the Christian Science Board of Directors, who have
15 the work directly in charge, there were present on this
occasion: Mr. Alfred Farlow, President of The Mother
Church; Prof. Hermann S. Hering, First Reader; Mrs.
18 Ella E. Williams, Second Reader; Mr. Charles Brigham
and Mr. E. Noyes Whitcomb, respectively the architect
and the builder of the new edifice.
21 The order of the services, which were conducted by the
First Reader, was as follows: —
Scripture reading, Isaiah 28: 16, 17, —
24 "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in
Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious
corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall
27 not make haste.
"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteous-
ness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the
1 refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding
3 Also, 1 Peter 2: 1-6, —
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
6 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:
"If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
9 "To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed
indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
12 an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, accept-
able to God by Jesus Christ.
"Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
15 Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:
and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."
The reading of selections from "Science and Health
18 with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, —
Page 241, lines 13-30
" 136, " 1-5, 9-14
" 137, " 16-5
" 583, " 12-19
" 35, " 20-25
24 This was followed by a few moments of silent prayer
and the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its
spiritual interpretation, as given in the Christian Science
27 textbook, after which the following extracts from Mrs.
Eddy's writings were read: —
"Hitherto, I have observed that in proportion as this
30 church has smiled on His 'little ones,' He has blessed
her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother
1 Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for
others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; water-
3 ing her waste places, and enlarging her borders.
"One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly
request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and else-
6 where, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor on
bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importunately.
When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother
9 God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace,
obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful,
faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of
12 heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness
to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it
the 'river of His pleasure,' the tributary of divine Love,
15 and great growth in Christian Science will follow, — even
that joy which finds one's own in another's good." (Mis-
cellaneous Writings, p. 127.)
18 "Beloved brethren, the love of our loving Lord was
never more manifest than in its stern condemnation of all
error, wherever found. I counsel thee, rebuke and exhort
21 one another. Love all Christian churches for the gospel's
sake; and be exceedingly glad that the churches are united
in purpose, if not in method, to close the war between
24 flesh and Spirit, and to fight the good fight till God's will
be witnessed and done on earth as in heaven." (Christian
Science versus Pantheism, p. 13.)
27 The corner-stone was then laid by the members of the
Christian Science Board of Directors. It contained the
following articles: The Holy Bible; "Science and Health
30 with Key to the Scriptures" and all other published
writings of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer
1 and Founder of Christian Science; Christian Science
Hymnal; "The Mother Church;" the current numbers of
3 The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel,
Der Herold der Christian Science, and the Christian Science
6 The ceremony concluded with the repetition of "the
scientific statement of being," from Science and Health
(p. 468), and the benediction, 2 Corinthians 13:14:
9 "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you
To one of the many branch churches which contributed
their local church building funds to The Mother Church
15 building fund, Mrs. Eddy wrote as follows: —
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
Colorado Springs, Col.
18 Beloved Brethren: — It is conceded that our shadows
follow us in the sunlight wherever we go; but I ask for
more, even this: That this dear church shall be pursued
21 by her substance, the immortal fruition of her unselfed
love, and that her charity, which "seeketh not her
own" but another's good, shall reap richly the reward of
Those words of our holy Way-shower, vibrant through
time and eternity with acknowledgment of exemplary
27 giving, no doubt fill the memory and swell the hearts of
the members of The Mother Church, because of that gift
which you so sacredly bestowed towards its church build-
30 ing fund. These are applicable words: "Verily I say
unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached
1 throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done
shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." (Mark 14: 9.)
3 Gratefully yours in Christ,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
6 September 1, 1904
Beloved Students: — The holidays are coming, and I
9 trow you are awaiting on behalf of your Leader the
loving liberty of their license. May I relieve you of
selecting, and name your gifts to her, in advance?
12 Send her only what God gives to His church. Bring
all your tithes into His storehouse, and what you would
expend for presents to her, please add to your givings
15 to The Mother Church building fund, and let this
suffice for her rich portion in due season. Send no gifts
to her the ensuing season, but the evidences of glorious
18 growth in Christian Science.
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
21 October 31, 1904
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTORS, MAY, 1905
In view of the fact that a general attendance of the
24 members of The Mother Church at the communion
and annual meeting in Boston entails the expenditure
of a large amount of money, and the further fact that
27 it is important that the building fund of The Mother
Church should be completed as early as possible, it has
been decided to omit this year the usual large gathering
30 in Boston, and to ask the members to contribute to
1 the building fund the amount which they would have
expended in such an event.
3 We all know of the loving self-sacrifices which have been
made by many of the branch churches in transferring to
this fund the money which had been collected for the
6 purpose of building church homes of their own, and it will
thus be seen that the course suggested will not only
hasten the completion of The Mother Church, but will
9 also advance the erection of many branch churches.
We therefore feel sure that all Christian Scientists will
gladly forego a visit to Boston at this time, in order to
12 contribute more liberally to the building fund and thereby
aid the progress of our Cause throughout the world.
Christian Scientists have learned from experience that
15 divine Love more than compensates for every seeming
trial and deprivation in our loyalty to Truth, and it is
but right to expect that those who are willing to forego
18 their anticipated visit this year will receive a greater
blessing — "good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over." The local members, who
21 have always experienced much pleasure in welcoming
their brethren from far and near, and who have antici-
pated much joy in meeting very many of them this year,
24 will feel that they have been called upon to make no less
sacrifice than have others; but we are confident that
they too will be blessed, and that all will rejoice in the
27 glad reunion upon the completion of the new edifice in
IRA O. KNAPP, JOSEPH ARMSTRONG,
30 WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, STEPHEN A. CHASE,
The Christian Science Board of Directors
THE ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 13, 1905
Extract from the Clerk's Report
3 In the year 1902 our Leader saw the need of a larger
edifice for the home of The Mother Church, one that
would accommodate the constantly increasing attendance
6 at all the services, and the large gatherings at the annual
meeting; and, at the annual meeting in June, 1902, a
sum of money adequate to erect such a building was
9 pledged. Christian Scientists have contributed already
for this grand and noble purpose, but let us not be uncon-
sciously blind to the further needs of the building fund,
12 in order to complete this great work, nor wait to be urged
or to be shown the absolute necessity of giving.
Since 1866, almost forty years ago, — almost forty
15 years in the wilderness, — our beloved Leader and teacher,
Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, has labored
for the regeneration of mankind; and time has put its
18 seal of affirmation upon every purpose she has set in
motion, and the justification of her labors is the fruit.
In these years of work she has shown wisdom, faith, and
21 a spiritual discernment of the needs of the present and of
the future that is nothing less than God-bestowed.
In years to come the moral and the physical effects
24 produced by The Mother Church, and by the advanced
position taken by our Pastor Emeritus and Leader, will
appear in their proper perspective. Is it not therefore
27 the duty of all who have touched the healing hem of
Christian Science, to get immediately into the proper
perspective of the meaning of the erection of the new
30 edifice of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in
1 It is not necessary for us to delay our contributions in
order to find out how much our neighbor has given, or to
3 compute by the total membership of The Mother Church
what amount each shall send the Treasurer. The divine
Love that prompted the desire, and supplied the means to
6 consummate the erection of the present edifice in 1894, is
still with us, and will bless us so long as we follow His
Extract from the Treasurer's Report
Building Fund: — Amount on hand June 1, 1905,
$303,189.41; expenditures June 1, 1904 to May 31, 1905,
12 $388,663.15; total receipts June 19, 1902 to June l,
Amount necessary to complete the sum of $2,000,000
15 pledged at the annual meeting, 1902, $1,108,539.51.
Greeting to Mrs. Eddy from the Annual Meeting
Beloved Teacher and Leader: — The members of your
18 church, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, Mass., in annual business meeting
assembled, send their loyal and loving greetings to you,
21 the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and
author of its textbook.
We rejoice greatly that the walls of our new edifice are
24 rising, not only to faith but also to sight; that this temple,
which represents the worship of Spirit, with its inseparable
accompaniment, the Christ-healing, is being built in our
27 day; and that we have the privilege of participating
in the work of its erection. As the stately structure
grows, and stone is laid upon stone, those who pass by are
1 impelled to ask, What means this edifice? and they learn
that the truth which Christ Jesus revealed — the truth
3 which makes free — is to-day being proven and is ready
to heal all who accept its divine ministry. We congratu-
late you that the building is to express in its ample audi-
6 torium something of the vastness of the truth it represents,
and also to symbolize your unmeasured love for humanity,
which inspires you to welcome all mankind to the privi-
9 leges of this healing and saving gospel. As the walls are
builded by the prayers and offerings of the thousands
who have been healed through Christian Science, we know
12 that you rejoice in the unity of thought and purpose
which is thus expressed, showing that The Mother Church
"fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the
Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, November 25, 1905
We are prompted to state, for the benefit of those who
18 have inquired about the progress of the work on the
extension to The Mother Church, that the erection of the
building is proceeding rapidly; in fact, it is being pushed
21 with the utmost energy, and at the present time there
are no less than fifteen different trades represented. The
beauty of the building, and the substantial and enduring
24 character of its construction, have been remarked by the
many visitors who have recently inspected the work, and
they have gone away with the conviction that the structure
27 is worthy of our Cause and that it will meet the needs of
The Mother Church as well as this can be done by a
building with a seating capacity of five thousand.
30 It therefore occurs to us that there could be no more
appropriate time for completing the building fund than
1 the present Thanksgiving season; and it is suggested to our
readers that there would be great propriety in making a
special effort during the coming week to dispose fully and
finally of this feature of the demonstration.
[Christian Science Sentinel, March 17, 1906]
GIFTS FROM THE CHILDREN
The great interest exhibited by the children who attend
the Sunday School of The Mother Church is shown by
9 their contributions to the building fund. The following
figures are taken from the report of the secretary of the
Sunday School and are most gratifying:
12 March 1, 1903 to February 29, 1904, $621.10; March 1,
1904 to February 28, 1905, $845.96; March 1, 1905 to
February 28, 1906, $1,112.13; total, $2,579.19.
Will one and all of my dear correspondents accept this,
my answer to their fervid question: Owing to the time
18 consumed in travel, et cetera, I cannot be present in
propria persona at our annual communion and the dedi-
cation in June next of The Mother Church of Christ,
21 Scientist. But I shall be with my blessed church "in
spirit and in truth."
I have faith in the givers and in the builders of this
24 church edifice, — admiration for and faith in the grandeur
and sublimity of this superb superstructure, wherein all
vanity of victory disappears and the glory of divinity
27 appears in all its promise.
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H., 30 April 8, 1906
1 [Christian Science Sentinel, April 14, 1906]
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEDICATION
3 The Christian Science Board of Directors takes pleasure
in announcing that the extension of The Mother Church
will be dedicated on the date of the annual communion,
6 Sunday, June 10, 1906.
[Christian Science Sentinel, April 28, 1906]
TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
9 My Beloved Students: — Your generous check of five
thousand dollars, April 23, 1906, is duly received. You
can imagine my gratitude and emotion at the touch of
12 memory. Your beneficent gift is the largest sum of money
that I have ever received from my church, and quite
unexpected at this juncture, but not the less appreciated.
15 My Message for June 10 is ready for you. It is too
short to be printed in book form, for I thought it better
to be brief on this rare occasion. This communion and
18 dedication include enough of their own.
The enclosed notice I submit to you, and trust that you
will see, as I foresee, the need of it. Now is the time to
21 throttle the lie that students worship me or that I claim
their homage. This historical dedication should date
some special reform, and this notice is requisite to give
24 the true animus of our church and denomination.
MARY BAKER EDDY
27 PLEASANT VIEW, Concord, N. H.,
April 23, 1906
To the Beloved Members of my Church, The Mother Church,
3 The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. — Divine
Love bids me say: Assemble not at the residence of your
Pastor Emeritus at or about the time of our annual
6 meeting and communion service, for the divine and not
the human should engage our attention at this sacred
season of prayer and praise.
9 MARY BAKER EDDY
NOTICE TO CONTRIBUTORS TO THE BUILDING FUND
The contributors to the building fund for the extension
12 of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, Mass., are hereby notified that
sufficient funds have been received for the completion of
15 the church building, and the friends are requested to send
no more money to this fund.
STEPHEN A. CHASE,
18 Treasurer of the Building Fund
BOSTON, MASS., June 2, 1906
Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, June 9, 1906
21 Christian Scientists will read with much joy and
thanksgiving the announcement made by Mr. Chase in
this issue of the Sentinel that sufficient funds have been
24 received by him, as treasurer of the building fund, to
pay all bills in connection with the extension of The
Mother Church, and to most of them the fact that he
1 has been able to make this announcement coincident
with the completion of the building will be deeply
3 significant. Our Leader has said in Science and Health
(p. 494), "Divine Love always has met and always
will meet every human need," and this has been proved
6 true in the experience of many who have contributed
to the building fund.
The treasurer's books will show the dollars and cents
9 received by him, but they can give no more than a hint of
the unselfish efforts, and in many instances the loving
self-sacrifice, of those who have given so generously to the
12 building of this church. Suffice it to say, however, that
the giving to this fund has stimulated those gentle
qualities which mark the true Christian, and its influence
15 upon the lives of thousands has been of immense value to
The significance of this building is not to be found in
18 the material structure, but in the lives of those who, under
the consecrated leadership of Mrs. Eddy, and following
her example, are doing the works which Jesus said should
21 mark the lives of his followers. It stands as the visible
symbol of a religion which heals the sick and reforms
the sinful as our Master healed and reformed them. It
24 proclaims to the world that Jesus' gospel was for all time
and for all men; that it is as effective to-day as it was
when he preached the Word of God to the multitudes of
27 Judea and healed them of their diseases and their sins.
It speaks for the successful labors of one divinely guided
woman, who has brought to the world the spiritual under-
30 standing of the Scriptures, and whose ministry has revealed
the one true Science and changed the whole aspect of
medicine and theology.
1 [Christian Science Sentinel, June 16, 1906. Reprinted from
COMMUNION SERVICE AND DEDICATION
Five thousand people kneeling in silent communion;
a stillness profound; and then, rising in unison from the
6 vast congregation, the words of the Lord's Prayer! Such
was the closing incident of the dedicatory services of the
extension of The Mother Church, The First Church of
9 Christ, Scientist, at the corner of Falmouth and Norway
Streets, yesterday morning. And such was the scene
repeated six times during the day.
12 It was a sight which no one who saw it will ever be able
to forget. Many more gorgeous church pageantries have
been seen in this country and in an older civilization;
15 there have been church ceremonies that appealed more
to the eye, but the impressiveness of this lay in its very
simplicity; its grandeur sprang from the complete
18 unanimity of thought and of purpose. There was some-
thing emanating from the thousands who worshipped
under the dome of the great edifice whose formal open-
21 ing they had gathered to observe, that appealed to and
fired the imagination. A comparatively new religion
launching upon a new era, assuming an altogether differ-
24 ent status before the world!
Even the sun smiled kindly upon the dedication of the
extension of The Mother Church. With a cooling breeze
27 to temper the heat, the thousands who began to congregate
about the church as early as half past five in the morning
were able to wait patiently for the opening of the doors
30 without suffering the inconveniences of an oppressive day.
From that time, until the close of the evening service,
1 Falmouth and Norway Streets held large crowds of people,
either coming from a service or awaiting admission to
3 one. As all the services were precisely the same in every
respect, nobody attended more than one, so that there
were well over thirty thousand people who witnessed
6 the opening. Not only did these include Scientists from
all over the world, and nearly all the local Scientists,
but many hundreds of other faiths, drawn to the church
9 from curiosity, and from sympathy, too.
It spoke much for the devotion of the members to their
faith, the character of the attendance. In those huge
12 congregations were business men come from far distant
points at personal sacrifices of no mean order; profes-
sional men, devoted women members, visitors from
15 Australia, from India, from England, from Germany,
from Switzerland, from South Africa, from Hawaii, from
the coast States.
18 They gave generously of their means in gratitude for the
epoch-making event. The six collections were large, and
when the plates were returned after having been through
21 the congregations, they were heaped high with bills, with
silver, and with gold. Some of these contributions were
one-hundred-dollar bills. Without ostentation and quite
24 voluntarily the Scientists gave a sum surpassing some of
the record collections secured by evangelists for the work
27 Though the church was filled for the service at half
past seven, and hundreds had to be turned away, by far
the largest crowd of the day applied for admission at the
30 ten o'clock service, and it was representative of the entire
body of the Christian Science church.
Before half past seven the chimes of the new church
1 began to play, first the "Communion Hymn," succeeded
by the following hymns throughout the day: "The
3 morning light is breaking;" "Shepherd, show me how
to go;" "Just as I am, without one plea;" "I need
Thee every hour;" "Blest Christmas morn;" "Abide
6 with me;" "Day by day the manna fell;" "Oh, the
clanging bells of time;" "Still, still with Thee;" "O'er
waiting harpstrings of the mind;" Doxology.
9 Promptly at half past six the numerous doors of the
church were thrown open and the public had its first
glimpse of the great structure, the cost of which approxi-
12 mates two millions of dollars, contributed from over the
entire world. The first impression was of vastness, then
of light and cheerfulness, and when the vanguard of the
15 thousands had been seated, expressions of surprise and of
admiration were heard on every hand for the beauty and
the grace of the architecture. The new home for worship
18 that was opened by the Scientists in Boston yesterday
can take a place in the front rank of the world's houses
of worship, and it is no wonder that the first sight which
21 the visitors caught of its interior should have impressed
them as one of the events of their lives.
First Reader William D. McCrackan, accompanied by
24 the Second Reader, Mrs. Laura Carey Conant, and the
soloist for the services, Mrs. Hunt, was on the Readers'
platform. Stepping to the front of the platform, when
27 the congregation had taken their seats, the First Reader
announced simply that they would sing Hymn 161,
written by Mrs. Eddy, as the opening of the dedicatory
30 service. And what singing it was! As though trained
carefully under one leader, the great body of Scientists
joined in the song of praise.
1 Spontaneous unanimity and repetition in unison were
two of the most striking features of the services. When,
3 after five minutes of silent communion at the end of the
service, the congregation began to repeat the Lord's
Prayer, they began all together, and their voices rose as
6 one in a heartfelt appeal to the creator.
So good are the acoustic properties of the new structure
that Mr. McCrackan and Mrs. Conant could be heard
9 perfectly in every part of it, and they did not have to lift
their voices above the usual platform tone.
Following the organ voluntary — Fantasie in E minor,
12 Merkel — the order of service was as follows: —
Hymn 161, from the Hymnal. Words by the Rev.
Mary Baker Eddy.(1)
15 Reading from the Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26: 1, 2,
5-10 (first sentence).
Silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the
18 Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation as given in
the Christian Science textbook.
Hymn 166, from the Hymnal.(2)
21 Reading of notices.
Reading of Tenets of The Mother Church.
24 Solo, "Communion Hymn," words by the Rev. Mary
Baker Eddy, music by William Lyman Johnson.
Reading of annual Message from the Pastor Emeritus,
27 the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.
Reading the specially prepared Lesson-Sermon.
After the reading of the Lesson-Sermon, silent com-
30 munion, which concluded with the audible repetition of
the Lord's Prayer.
(1) Hymn 306, (2) Hymn 108, in Revised Hymnal
1 Singing the Communion Doxology.
Reading of a despatch from the members of the church
3 to Mrs. Eddy.
Reading of "the scientific statement of being" (Sci-
ence and Health, p. 468), and the correlative Scripture,
6 1 John 3: 1-3.
The subject of the special Lesson-Sermon was "Adam,
9 Where Art Thou?" the Golden Text: "Search me, O
God, and know my heart: try me, and know my
thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me,
12 and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalms 139: 23,
24.) The responsive reading was from Psalms 15: 1-5;
24: 1-6, 9, 10.
15 1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall
dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteous-
18 ness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth
evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he
honoreth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to
24 his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor
taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these
27 things shall never be moved.
1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein.
30 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established
it upon the floods.
1 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who
shall stand in his holy place?
3 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who
hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn
6 5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and
righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that
9 seek thy face, O Jacob.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye
everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
12 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he
is the King of glory.
The Lesson-Sermon consisted of the following citations
15 from the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures" by the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, and was
read by Mr. McCrackan and Mrs. Conant: —
The Bible Science and Health (1)
Genesis 3: 9-11 224: 22
21 Proverbs 8: 1, 4, 7 559: 8-10, 19
Mark 2: 15-17 181: 21-25
Psalms 51: 1-3, 6, 10, 12, 308: 8, 16-28 This;
13, 17 Jacob
323: 19-24, 28-32
When; The effects
(1)The Science and Health references in this lesson are according
30 to the 1913 edition.
The Bible Science and Health
3 Hebrews 11: 1, 3, 6 297: 20 Faith
Proverbs 3: 5, 6 241: 23-27
Job 28: 20, 23, 28 275: 25
6 1 Corinthians 14: 20 505: 21-28 Under-
Psalms 86: 15, 16 345: 31
Matthew 9: 2-8 337: 10
12 525: 4
494: 30-2 Our Master
15 171: 4
Mark 12: 30, 31 9: 17-21 Dost thou
18 John 21: 1 (first 53: 8-11
clause), 14-17 54:29- 1
1 John 4: 21 560: 11-19, 22 The
21 great; Abuse
24 John 21: 4-6, 9, 12, 13 34: 29-29
Revelation 3: 20
Revelation 7: 13,14,16,17
27 During the progress of each service, First Reader
William D. McCrackan read to the congregation the
1 dedicatory Message from their teacher and Leader, Mrs.
Mary Baker Eddy.
3 The telegram from the church to Mrs. Eddy was read
by Mr. Edward A. Kimball of Chicago, and the five
thousand present rose as one to indicate their approval
6 of it.
REV. MARY BAKER EDDY, Pastor Emeritus
Beloved Teacher and Leader: — The members of your
9 church have assembled at this sacred time to commune
with our infinite heavenly Father and again to consecrate
all that we are or hope to be to a holy Christian service
12 that shall be acceptable unto God.
Most of us are here because we have been delivered from
beds of sickness or withheld from open graves or reclaimed
15 from vice or redeemed from obdurate sin. We have ex-
changed the tears of sorrow for the joy of repentance and
the peace of a more righteous living, and now with blessed
18 accord we are come, in humility, to pour out our gratitude
to God and to bear witness to the abundance of salvation
through His divine Christ.
21 At this altar, dedicated to the only true God, we who
have been delivered from the depths increase the measure
of our devotion to the daily life and purpose which are in
24 the image and likeness of God.
By these stately walls; by this sheltering dome; by
all the beauty of color and design, the Christian Scientists
27 of the world, in tender affection for the cause of human
weal, have fulfilled a high resolve and set up this taber-
nacle, which is to stand as an enduring monument, a sign
30 of your understanding and proof that our Supreme
God, through His power and law, is the natural healer
1 of all our diseases and hath ordained the way of salva-
tion of all men from all evil. No vainglorious boast,
3 no pride of circumstances has place within the sacred
confines of this sanctuary. Naught else than the gran-
deur of humility and the incense of gratitude and com-
6 passionate love can acceptably ascend heavenward from
this house of God.
It is from the depths of tenderest gratitude, respect,
9 and affection that we declare again our high appreciation
of all that you have done and continue to do for the ever-
lasting advantage of this race. Through you has been
12 revealed the verity and rule of the Christianity of Christ
which has ever healed the sick. By your fidelity and the
constancy of your obedience during forty years you have
15 demonstrated this Science before the gaze of universal
humanity. By reason of your spiritual achievement the
Cause of Christian Science has been organized and main-
18 tained, its followers have been prospered, and the philos-
ophy of the ages transformed. Recognizing the grand
truth that God is the supreme cause of all the activities of
21 legitimate existence, we also recognize that He has made
known through your spiritual perception the substance
of Christian Science, and that this church owes itself and
24 its prosperity to the unbroken activity of your labors,
which have been and will still be the pretext for our
confident and favorable expectation.
27 We have read your annual Message to this church.
We are deeply touched by its sweet entreaty, its ineffable
loving-kindness, its wise counsel and admonition.
30 With sacred resolution do we pray that we may give
heed and ponder and obey. We would be glad if our
prayers, our rejoicing, and our love could recompense your
1 long sacrifice and bestow upon you the balm of heavenly
joy, but knowing that every perfect gift cometh from
3 above, and that in God is all consolation and comfort,
we rest in this satisfying assurance, while we thank you
and renew the story of our love for you and for all that
6 you are and all that you have done for us.
WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Clerk
By means of a carefully trained corps of ushers, num-
9 bering two hundred, there was no confusion in finding
seats, and when all seating space had been filled no more
were admitted until the next service. The church was
12 filled for each service in about twenty minutes, and was
emptied in twelve, in spite of the fact that many of
the visitors showed a tendency to tarry to examine the
It was "children's day" at noon, for the service at half
past twelve was specially reserved for them. They filled
18 all the seats in the body of the church, and when it came
to the singing, the little ones were not a whit behind their
elders, their shrill trebles rising with the roll of the organ
21 in almost perfect time. In every respect their service was
the same as all the others.
There was no more impressive feature of the dedication
24 than the silent communion. Devout Scientists said after
the service that they would ever carry with them the
memory of it.
THE ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 12, 1906
The annual meeting of The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, was held in the extension of The
30 Mother Church, Tuesday, June 12, at ten o'clock in the
1 forenoon, and in order to accommodate those who could
not gain admittance at that hour a second session was held
3 at two o'clock in the afternoon. The meeting was opened
by the President, Rev. William P. McKenzie, who read
from the Bible and Science and Health as follows: —
6 The Bible Science and Health
Isaiah 54: 1-5, 10-15, 571: 22
17 574: 3-16, 27 The Revela-
9 Revelation 19: 1, 6-9 tor; The very
Then followed a short silent prayer and the audible
12 repetition of the Lord's Prayer, in which all joined. The
following list of officers for the ensuing year was read by
the Clerk: —
15 President, Willis F. Gross, C.S.B.; Treasurer, Stephen
A. Chase, C.S.D.; Clerk, William B. Johnson, C.S.D.
In introducing the new President, Mr. McKenzie said: —
18 When I introduce the incoming President, my modest
task will be ended. You will allow me, however, the
privilege of saying a few words of reminder and prophecy.
21 My thoughts revert to a former occasion, when it was my
pleasant duty to preside at an annual meeting when our
Pastor Emeritus, Mrs. Eddy, was present. We remember
24 her graciousness and dignity. We recall the harmonious
tones of her gentle voice. Our hearts were thrilled by her
compassion, and the memory lives with us. But even more
27 distinctly may we realize her presence with us to-day.
Why? Because our own growth in love and unity enables
us to comprehend better the strength and beauty of her
1 Moreover, this completed extension of The Mother
Church is an evidence to us of her hospitable love. She
3 has desired for years to have her church able to give
more adequate reception to those who hunger and thirst
after practical righteousness; and we are sure that now
6 the branch churches of The Mother Church will also en-
large their hospitality, so that these seekers everywhere
may be satisfied. This will imply the subsidence of criti-
9 cism among workers. It may even imply that some who
have been peacebreakers shall willingly enter into the
blessedness of peacemakers. Nothing will be lost, how-
12 ever, by those who relinquish their cherished resentments,
forsake animosity, and abandon their strongholds of
rivalry. Through rivalries among leaders Christendom
15 became divided into warring sects; but the demand
of this age is for peacemaking, so that Christianity
may more widely reassert its pristine power to bring
18 health and a cure to pain-racked and sorrow-worn hu-
manity. "The wisdom that is from above is first
pure, then peaceable, . . . And the fruit of righteous-
21 ness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called
the children of God."
24 Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, has presented to the world the
ideal of Christianity, because she is an exact metaphysi-
cian. She has illustrated what the poet perceived when he
27 said, "All's love, but all's law." She has obeyed the divine
Principle, Love, without regrets and without resistance.
Human sense often rebels against law, hence the proverb:
30 Dura lex, sed lex (Hard is the law, nevertheless it is
the law). But by her own blameless and happy life,
as well as by her teachings, our Leader has induced a
1 multitude — how great no man can number — to be-
come gladly obedient to law, so that they think rightly
3 or righteously.
No one can change the law of Christian metaphysics,
the law of right thinking, nor in any wise alter its
6 effects. It is a forever fact that the meek and lowly in
heart are blessed and comforted by divine Love. If the
proud are lonely and uncomforted, it is because they
9 have thoughts adverse to the law of love. Pride, arro-
gance, and self-will are unmerciful, and so receive judg-
ment without mercy; but the law of metaphysics says,
12 "Blessed are the merciful," and will allow no one to
escape that blessedness, howsoever far he may stray,
whatsoever lawlessness of hatred he may practise and
15 suffer from.
So we see that Christian Science makes no compromise
with evil, sin, wrong, or imperfection, but maintains the
18 perfect standard of truth and righteousness and joy. It
teaches us to rise from sentimental affection which ad-
mires friends and hates enemies, into brotherly love which
21 is just and kind to all and unable to cherish any enmity.
It brings into present and hourly application what Paul
termed "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," and
24 shows man that his real estate is one of blessedness. Why
should any one postpone his legitimate joy, and disregard
his lawful inheritance, which is "incorruptible and unde-
27 filed"? Our Leader and teacher not only discovered
Christian Science, but through long years of consecration
has obeyed its every demand, for our sakes as well as
30 for her own; and we begin to understand how illim-
itable is the Love which supports such selfless devotion,
we begin to comprehend the "beauty of holiness," and
1 to be truly grateful to her who has depicted its form
and comeliness. We have found it true that "she
3 openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is
the law of kindness."
It is my pleasure to introduce to you a faithful follower
6 of this Leader as the President for the coming year, Willis
F. Gross, C.S.B., one who has for many years "witnessed
a good confession" in the practice of Christian Science.
9 You are no doubt already acquainted with him as one of
the helpful contributors to our periodicals, so that any
further words of mine are unnecessary.
12 Mr. Gross, on assuming office, said: —
Beloved Friends: — Most unexpectedly to me came the
call to serve you in this capacity, and I desire to improve
15 this opportunity to express my thanks for the honor con-
ferred upon me. With a heart filled with gratitude for the
countless blessings which have come into my life through
18 Christian Science, I shall endeavor to perform this service
to the best of my ability.
It affords me great pleasure to welcome you to our first
21 annual meeting held in the extension of The Mother
Church. I shall not attempt to speak of the deep signifi-
cance of this momentous occasion. I realize that only as
24 infinite good unfolds in each individual consciousness can
we begin to comprehend, even in small degree, how great
is the work that has been inaugurated by our beloved
27 Leader, how faithful is her allegiance to God, how untiring
are her efforts, and how successful she is in the performance
of her daily tasks.
30 "With a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm"
were the children of Israel delivered from the bondage of
1 the Egyptians, but this deliverance did not put them in
possession of the promised land. An unknown wilder-
3 ness was before them, and that wilderness must be con-
quered. The law was given that they might know what
was required of them, that they might have a definite rule
6 of action whereby to order aright the affairs of daily life.
Obedience to the demands of the law revealed the God
of their fathers, and they learned to know Him. During
9 their sojourn in the wilderness they suffered defeats and
met with disappointments, but they learned from experi-
ence and finally became willingly obedient to the voice of
12 their leader. The crossing of the Jordan brought them
into the promised land, and this experience was almost
as marvellous as had been the passage of the Red Sea
15 forty years before. In obedience to the command of
Joshua, twelve stones taken from the midst of the river
were set up on the other side for a memorial. In future
18 generations when it was asked, "What mean ye by these
stones?" it was told them: Israel came over this Jordan
on dry ground.
21 Forty years ago the Science of Christian healing was
revealed to our beloved Leader, the Rev. Mary Baker
Eddy. A few years later she gave us our textbook,
24 "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Obedi-
ence to the teachings of this book has brought us to this
hour. We have learned from experience, and to-day we
27 rejoice that we have found in Christian Science that
which heals and saves.
The world looks with wonder upon this grand achieve-
30 ment, — the completion and dedication of our magnificent
temple, — and many are asking, "What mean ye by these
stones?" The answer is, The way out of the wilderness
1 of human beliefs has been revealed. Through the under-
standing of God as an ever-present help, the sick are being
3 healed, the shackles of sin are being broken, heavy burdens
are being laid down, tears are being wiped away, and
Israel is going up to possess the promised land of eternal,
6 harmonious existence.
Friends, our progress may be fast or it may be slow,
but one thing is certain, it will be sure, if we are obe-
9 dient to the loving counsel of our ever faithful Leader.
The Christ is here, has come to individual conscious-
ness; and the faithful disciple rejoices in prophecy ful-
12 filled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of
Telegram to Mrs. Eddy
15 Judge Septimus J. Hanna then advanced to the
front of the platform, read the following despatch, and
moved that it be forwarded at once to our Leader,
18 Mrs. Eddy. The motion was carried unanimously by a
The despatch was as follows: —
21 TO THE REV. MARY BAKER EDDY,
Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
Beloved Teacher and Leader: — The members of The
24 Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
in Boston, Mass., in annual meeting assembled, hereby
convey to you their sincere greetings and their deep
They desire to express their continued loyalty to your
teachings, their unshaken confidence in the unerring wis-
30 dom of your leadership, and their confident assurance
1 that strict and intelligent recognition of and obedience to
the comprehensive means by you provided for the further-
3 ance of our Cause, will result in its perpetuity as well
as in the ultimate regeneration of its adherents and of
6 We are witnessing with joy and gratitude the significant
events associated with this, one of the greatest and most
important gatherings of Christian Scientists in the annals
9 of our history. Yet the upwards of thirty thousand who
are physically present at the dedication represent only a
small part of the entire body who are of us and with us
12 in the animus and spirit of our movement.
The great temple is finished! That which you have long
prophetically seen has been accomplished. The magnifi-
15 cent edifice stands a fitting monument of your obedience
and fidelity to the divine Principle revealed to you in that
momentous hour when purblind mortal sense declared you
18 to be in extremis. You followed unswervingly the guid-
ance of Him who went before you by day in a pillar of
cloud to lead you in the way, and by night in a pillar
21 of fire to give you light, and the results of such following
have been marvellous beyond human ken. As clearly
as in retrospect we see the earlier leading, we now discern
24 the fulfilment of the later prophecy, that "He took not
away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by
night," for each advancing step has logically followed
27 the preceding one.
The great temple is finished! This massive pile of New
Hampshire granite and Bedford stone, rising to a height
30 of two hundred and twenty-four feet, one foot loftier than
the Bunker Hill monument, stands a material type of
Truth's permanence. In solid foundation, in symmetrical
1 arches, in generous hallways, in commodious foyer and
broad stairways, in exquisite and expansive auditorium,
3 and in towering, overshadowing dome, the great structure
stands, silently but eloquently beckoning us on towards
a higher and more spiritual plane of living, for we know
6 that without this spiritual significance it were but a pass-
In the best sense it stands in prophetic verity of the
9 primary declaration of this church in its original organiza-
tion; namely, "To organize a church designed to com-
memorate the word and works of our Master, which should
12 reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element
of healing." (Church Manual, p. 17.) To rise to the
demands of this early pronouncement is the work of true
15 Christian Scientists.
To preach the gospel and heal the sick on the Christ-
basis is the essential requirement of a reinstated Chris-
18 tianity. Only as we pledge ourselves anew to this demand,
and then fulfil the pledge in righteous living, are we faith-
ful, obedient, deserving disciples.
21 On this solemn occasion, and in the presence of this
assembled host, we do hereby pledge ourselves to a deeper
consecration, a more sincere and Christly love of God and
24 our brother, and a more implicit obedience to the sacred
teachings of the Bible and our textbook, as well as to the
all-inclusive instructions and admonitions of our Church
27 Manual in its spiritual import, that we may indeed reach
"unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general
30 assembly and church of the firstborn."
WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Clerk
BOSTON, MASS., June 12, 1906
1 Report of the Clerk
Beloved Brethren of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
3 in Boston, Mass.: — It seems meet at this time, when
thousands of Christian Scientists have gathered here
from all parts of the world, many of whom have not had
6 the means of knowing the steps by which this church has
reached its present growth, to present in this report a few
of the stages of its progress, as gleaned from the pages of
9 its history.
After a work has been established, has grown to great
magnitude, and people the world over have been touched
12 by its influence for good, it is with joy that those who have
labored unceasingly for the work look back to the pictur-
esque, interesting, and epoch-marking stages of its growth,
15 and recall memories of trials, progress, and victories that
are precious each and all. To-day we look back over the
years that have passed since the inception of this great
18 Cause, and we cannot help being touched by each land-
mark of progress that showed a forward effort into the
well-earned joy that is with us now. For a Cause that
21 has rooted itself in so many distant lands, and inspired so
many of different races and tongues into the demonstration
of the knowledge of God, the years that have passed since
24 Mrs. Eddy founded her first church seem but a short
time. And this little church, God's word in the wilder-
ness of dogma and creed, opened an era of Christian
27 worship founded on the commands of Jesus: "Go ye
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature. . . . And these signs shall follow them that
30 believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up ser-
1 pents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
3 shall recover."
Not until nineteen centuries had passed was there one
ready to receive the inspiration, to restore to human con-
6 sciousness the stone that had been rejected, and which
Mrs. Eddy made "the head of the corner" of The Church
of Christ, Scientist.
9 With the reading of her textbook, "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy insisted
that her students make, every day, a prayerful study of
12 the Bible, and obtain the spiritual understanding of its
promises. Upon this she founded the future growth of
her church, and twenty-six years later the following
15 splendid appreciation of her efforts appeared in the
Methodist Review from the pen of the late Frederick
18 "Mrs. Eddy . . . in her insistence upon the constant
daily reading of the Bible and her own writings, . . .
has given to her disciples a means of spiritual development
21 which . . . will certainly build such truth as they do gain
into the marrow of their characters. The scorn of the
gross and sensual, and the subordination of merely material
24 to spiritual values, together with the discouragement of
care and worry, are all forces that make for righteousness.
And they are burned indelibly upon the mind of the
27 neophyte every day through its reading. The intellects
of these people are not drugged by scandal, drowned in
frivolity, or paralyzed by sentimental fiction. . . . They
30 feed the higher nature through the mind, and I am bound
as an observer of them to say, in all fairness, that the
result is already manifest in their faces, their conversation,
1 and their bearing, both in public and private. What
wonder that when these smiling people say, 'Come thou
3 with us, and we will do thee good,' the hitherto half-
persuaded one is wholly drawn over, as by an irresistible
attraction. The religious body which can direct, and con-
6 trol, in no arbitrary sense, but through sane counsel, the
reading of its membership, stands a great chance of sweep-
ing the world within a generation."
9 The charter of this little church was obtained August
23, 1879, and in the same month the members extended a
unanimous invitation to Mrs. Eddy to become its pastor.
12 At a meeting of those who were interested in forming the
church, Mrs. Eddy was appointed on the committee to
formulate the rules and by-laws, also the tenets and church
15 covenant. The first business meeting of the church was
held August 16, 1879, in Charlestown, Mass., for the pur-
pose of electing officers. August 22 the Clerk, by instruc-
18 tions received at the previous meeting, sent an invitation
to Mrs. Eddy to become pastor of the church. August 27
the church held a meeting, with Mrs. Eddy in the chair.
21 An interesting record of this meeting reads: "The minutes
of the previous meeting were read and approved. Then
Mrs. Eddy proceeded to instruct those present as to their
24 duties in the Church of Christ, giving some useful hints as
to the mode of conducting the church."
At a meeting held October 19, 1879, it was unanimously
27 voted that "Dr. and Mrs. Eddy merited the thanks of the
society for their devoted labors in the cause of Truth,"
and at the annual meeting, December 1 of the same year,
30 it was voted to instruct the Clerk to call Mrs. Eddy
to the pastorate of the church, and at this meeting Mrs.
Eddy accepted the call. The first meeting of this little
1 church for deliberation before a Communion Sabbath
was held at the home of the pastor, Mrs. Eddy, Jan-
3 uary 2, 1880.
Most of those present had left their former church
homes, in which they had labored faithfully and ardently,
6 and had united themselves into a little band of prayerful
workers. As the Pilgrims felt the strangeness of their
new home, the vast gloom of the mysterious forests, and
9 knew not the trials before them, so this little band of
pioneers, guided by their dauntless Leader and teacher,
starting out on their labors against the currents of dogma,
12 creed, sickness, and sin, must have felt a peculiar sense of
isolation, for their records state, "The tone of this meeting
for deliberation before Communion Sabbath was rather
15 sorrowful;" but as they turned steadfastly from the mor-
tal side, and looked towards the spiritual, as the records
further relate, "yet there was a feeling of trust in the
18 great Father, of Love prevailing over the apparently dis-
couraging outlook of the Church of Christ." The Com-
munion Sunday, however, brought fresh courage to the
21 earnest band, and the records contain these simple but
suggestive words, — "Sunday, January 4, 1880. The
church celebrated her Communion Sabbath as a church,
24 and it was a very inspiring season to us all, and two new
members were added to the church." This was indeed
the little church in the wilderness, and few knew of its
27 teachings, but those few saw the grandeur of its work
and were willing to labor for the Cause.
The record of May 23, 1880, more than twenty-six years
30 ago, states: "Our pastor, Mrs. Eddy, preached her fare-
well sermon to the church. The business committee met
after the services to call a general meeting of the church
1 to devise means to pay our pastor, so as to keep her with
us, as there is no one in the world who could take her place
3 in teaching us the Science of Life." May 26 of the same
year the following resolutions were passed: "That the
members of the Church of Christ, and all others now in-
6 terested in said church, do most sincerely regret that our
pastor, Mrs. Eddy, feels it her duty to tender her resigna-
tion, and while we feel that she has not met with the
9 support that she should have reason to expect, we venture
to hope she will remain with us. That it would be a
serious blow to her Cause to have the public services
12 discontinued at a time when there is such an interest
manifested on the part of the people, and we know of no
one who is so able as she to lead us to the higher under-
15 standing of Christianity, whereby to heal the sick and
reform the sinner. It was moved to instruct the Clerk to
have our pastor remain with us for a few Sundays if not
At a meeting of the church, December 15, 1880, an invi-
tation was extended to Mrs. Eddy to accept the pastorate
21 for the ensuing year; but, as the records state, "she gave
no definite answer, believing that it was for the interest
of the Cause, and her duty, to go into new fields to
24 teach and preach."
An interesting record relative to this very early work of
the church, and its appreciation of Mrs. Eddy's tireless
27 labors, is that of July 20, 1881, which reads, "That we,
the members of The Church of Christ, Scientist, tender to
our beloved pastor, Mrs. Eddy, the heartfelt thanks and
30 gratitude shared by all who have attended the services, in
appreciation of her earnest endeavors, her arduous labors,
and successful instructions to heal the sick, and reform
1 the sinner, by metaphysical truth or Christian Science, dur-
ing the past year. Resolved: That while she had many
3 obstacles to overcome, many mental hardships to endure,
she has borne them bravely, blessing them that curse her,
loving them that despitefully use her, thereby giving in
6 her Christian example, as well as her instructions, the
highest type of womanhood, or the love that heals. And
while we sincerely acknowledge our indebtedness to her,
9 and to God, for these blessings, we, each and all, will make
greater efforts more faithfully to sustain her in her work.
Resolved: That while we realize the rapid growth, and
12 welcome the fact of the spreading world wide of this great
truth, that Mind, Truth, Life, and Love, as taught and
expressed by our pastor, does heal the sick, and, when
15 understood, does bring out the perfection of all things, we
also realize we must use more energy and unselfish labor
to establish these our Master's commands and our pastor's
18 teachings, namely, heal the sick, and preach the gospel,
and love our neighbor as ourselves."
Eighteen years ago, the Rev. James Henry Wiggin, who
21 was not a Christian Scientist, wrote as follows: "What-
ever is to be Mrs. Eddy's future reputation, time will
show. Little cares she, if only through her work Truth
24 may be glorified. More than once, in her earnestness, she
has reached her bottom dollar, but the interest of the
world to hear her word has always filled her coffers anew.
27 Within a few months she has made sacrifices from which
most authors would have shrunk, to insure the moral
rightness of her book." This statement "Phare Pleigh"
30 [the nom de plume of the Rev. James Henry Wiggin]
makes out of his own peculiar knowledge of the circum-
stances. "Day after day flew by, and weeks lengthened
1 into months; from every quarter came important mis-
sives of inquiry and mercantile reproach; hundreds of
3 dollars were sunk into a bottomless sea of corrections;
yet not until the authoress was satisfied that her duty
was wholly done, would she allow printer and binder to
6 send forth her book to the world." This book has now
reached its four hundredth edition, each of one thousand
9 On September 8, 1882, it was voted that the church
hold its meetings of worship in the parlors of Mrs. Eddy's
home, 569 Columbus Avenue, Boston. The services were
12 held there until November, 1883, and then in the Haw-
thorne Rooms, at No. 3 Park Street, the seating capacity
of which place was about two hundred and twenty-
15 five. At a meeting October 22, 1883, the church voted
to wait upon Mrs. Eddy, to ascertain if she would
preach for the society for ten dollars a Sunday, which
18 invitation she accepted. After establishing itself as a
church in the Hawthorne Rooms, the number of atten-
dants steadily increased. The pulpit was supplied by
21 Mrs. Eddy, when she could give the time to preach,
and by her students and by clergymen of different
denominations, among whom was the Rev. A. J. Pea-
24 body, D.D., of Cambridge, Mass.
The annual report of the business committee of the
church, for the year ending December 7, 1885, contains
27 some very interesting statements, among which is this:
"There was a steadily increasing interest in Christian
Science among the people, even though the continuity
30 of thought must have been very much broken by having
so many different ones address them on the subject.
When our pastor preached for us it was found that the
1 Hawthorne Rooms were inadequate for the occasion,
hundreds going away who could not obtain entrance;
3 those present enduring the inconvenience that comes
from crowding, for the sake of the eternal truth she
taught them." The Boston Traveler contained the fol-
6 lowing item: "The Church of Christ, Scientist, had their
meeting Easter Sunday at Hawthorne Rooms, which
were crowded one hour before the service commenced,
9 and half an hour before the arrival of the pastor, the
Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the tide of men and women
was turned from the door with the information, 'No
12 more standing-room.’ “
On February 8, 1885, communion was held at Odd
Fellows Hall, and there were present about eight hundred
15 people. At this time the Hawthorne Rooms, which had
been regarded as the church home, were outgrown. Dur-
ing the summer vacation, different places were considered,
18 but no place suitable could be found that was available,
and the Sunday services were postponed. There was an
expectation that some place would be obtained, but the
21 desire for services was so great that the Hawthorne Rooms
were again secured. A record of this period reads, "It
should be here stated that from the first of September to
24 our opening, crowds had besieged the doors at the Haw-
thorne Rooms, Sunday after Sunday." On October 18,
1885, the rooms were opened and a large congregation
27 was present. It was then concluded to engage Chickering
Hall on Tremont Street. In the previous consideration
of places for meeting it had been decided that this hall
30 was too large, as it seated four hundred and sixty-four.
The first Sunday service held in Chickering Hall was on
October 25, 1885. Mrs. Eddy preached at this service
1 and the hall was crowded. This date is memorable as
the one upon which the Sunday School was formed.
3 Meanwhile it was felt that the church needed a place of
its own, and efforts were made to obtain by purchase some
building, or church, in a suitable location. Several places
6 were considered, but were not satisfactory; yet the
thought of obtaining a church edifice, although given up
for a time, was not forgotten. In the mean time, not
9 only was the attendance rapidly growing in this church in
Chickering Hall, but the Cause itself was spreading over
the land. September 1, 1892, Mrs. Eddy gave the plot of
12 ground on which The Mother Church now stands. On
the twenty-third day of September, 1892, twelve of the
members of the church met, and, upon Mrs. Eddy's
15 counsel, reorganized the church, and named it The First
Church of Christ, Scientist. This effort of Mrs. Eddy
was an inspiration to Christian Scientists, and plans were
18 made for a church home.
In the mean time Sunday services were held in Chicker-
ing Hall, and continued there until March, 1894, and
21 during the last year the hall was crowded to overflowing.
In March, however, the church was obliged to seek other
quarters, as Chickering Hall was to be remodelled. At this
24 time the church removed to Copley Hall on Clarendon
Street, which had a seating capacity of six hundred and
twenty-five, and in that place Sunday services were held
27 until The Mother Church edifice was ready for occupancy,
December 30, 1894. During the months that the con-
gregation worshipped in Copley Hall there was a steady
30 increase in attendance.
Twelve years ago the twenty-first of last month, the
corner-stone of The Mother Church edifice was laid, and
1 at that time it was thought the seating capacity would be
adequate for years to come. Attendance at the Sunday
3 service gradually increased, until every seat was filled and
many stood in the aisles, and in consequence two services
were held, morning and afternoon, the latter a repetition
6 of the morning service. The date of the inauguration of
two Sunday services was April 26, 1896. It was soon
evident that even this provision was inadequate to meet
9 the need, and it was found necessary to organize branch
churches in such suburbs of Boston as would relieve
the overcrowded condition of The Mother Church; there-
12 fore three branch churches were organized, one in each of
the following named places: Cambridge, Chelsea, and
15 For a while it seemed that there would be ample room
for growth of attendance in The Mother Church, but not-
withstanding the relief that the organization of branch
18 churches had given, the number of attendants increased
faster than ever. From the time that the three foregoing
named churches were established, the membership and the
21 attendance at them and at The Mother Church steadily
grew, and more branch churches were established in other
suburbs, members of which had formerly been attendants
24 at The Mother Church. In the spring of 1905 the over-
crowded condition of the morning service showed that
still further provision must be made, as many were obliged
27 to leave the church for the reason that there was not even
standing-room. Therefore, beginning October 1, 1905,
three services were held each Sunday, the second and
30 third being repetitions of the first service.
This continued growth, this continued overcrowding,
proved the need of a larger edifice. Our communion ser-
1 vices and annual meetings were overcrowded in The
Mother Church, they were overcrowded in Tremont
3 Temple, in Symphony Hall, and in the Mechanics Build-
ing, and the need was felt of an auditorium that would
be of great seating capacity, and one that would have the
6 sacred atmosphere of a church home.
In Mrs. Eddy's Message to the church in 1902 she sug-
gested the need of a larger church edifice, and at the
9 annual meeting of the same year the church voted to
raise any part of two millions of dollars for the purpose of
building a suitable edifice. The labor of clearing the land
12 was begun in October, 1903, and the corner-stone was
laid July 16, 1904.
The first annual meeting of the church was held in
15 Chickering Hall, October 3, 1893, and the membership
at that date was 1,545. The membership of this
church to-day is 40,011. The number of candidates
18 admitted June 5 of this year is the largest in the his-
tory of the church and numbers 4,889, which is 2,194
more than the hitherto largest admission, that of June,
21 1903. The total number admitted during the last
year is 6,181. The total number of branch churches
advertised in The Christian Science Journal of this
24 June is 682, 614 of which show a membership of
41,944. The number of societies advertised in the
Journal is 267.
27 Shortly before the dedication of The Mother Church in
1895, the Boston Evening Transcript said: "Wonders will
never cease. Here is a church whose Treasurer has sent
30 out word that no sums except those already subscribed
can be received. The Christian Scientists have a faith
of the mustard-seed variety. What a pity some of our
1 practical Christian folk have not a faith approximate to
that of these impractical Christian Scientists."
3 The fact that a notice was published in the Christian
Science Sentinel of last Saturday that no more funds
are needed to complete the extension of The Mother
6 Church, proves the truth of the axiom, "History re-
peats itself." These are the evidences of the magnifi-
cent growth of this Cause, and are sufficient refutation
9 of the statements that have been made that "Christian
Science is dying out."
The majesty and the dignity of this church edifice not
12 only shows the growth of this Cause, but proclaims the
trust, the willingness of those who have contributed to
the erection of these mighty walls.
15 This magnificent structure, this fitting testimonial in
stone, speaks more than words can picture of the love and
gratitude of a great multitude that has been healed and
18 purified through the labor and sacrifice of our revered
Leader and teacher, Mary Baker Eddy, the one through
whom God has revealed a demonstrable way of salvation.
21 May her example inspire us to follow her in preaching,
"The kingdom of heaven is at hand," by healing the
sick and reforming the sinful, and, as she has done, ver-
24 ifying Jesus' words, "Lo, I am with you alway."
LETTERS AND EDITORIAL
MRS. MARY BAKER EDDY,
27 Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
My Dear Teacher: — Of the many thousands who
attended the dedicatory services at the Christian Science
30 church last Sunday it is doubtful if there was one so deeply
1 impressed with the grandeur and magnitude of your work
as was the writer, whom you will recall as a member of
3 your first class in Lynn, Mass., nearly forty years ago.
When you told us that the truth you expounded was
the little leaven that should leaven the whole lump, we
6 thought this might be true in some far distant day
beyond our mortal vision. It was above conception
that in less than forty years a new system of faith and
9 worship, as well as of healing, should number its adher-
ents by the hundreds of thousands and its tenets be
accepted wholly or in part by nearly every religious and
12 scientific body in the civilized world.
Seated in the gallery of that magnificent temple, which
has been reared by you, gazing across that sea of heads,
15 listening again to your words explaining the Scriptures,
my mind was carried back to that first public meeting in
the little hall on Market Street, Lynn, where you preached
18 to a handful of people that would scarce fill a couple of
pews in this grand amphitheatre; and as I heard the sono-
rous tones of the powerful organ and the mighty chorus of
21 five thousand voices, I thought of the little melodeon on
which my wife played, and of my own feeble attempts
to lead the singing.
24 In years gone by I have been asked, "Did Mrs. Eddy
really write Science and Health? Some say she did not."
My answer has invariably been, "Send those who say
27 she did not to me. I heard her talk it before it was
ever written. I read it in manuscript before it was ever
printed." Now my testimony is not needed. No human
30 being in this generation has accomplished such a work or
been so thoroughly endorsed or so completely vindicated.
It is marvellous beyond all imagining to one who knew of
1 your early struggles. I have been solicited by many of
your followers to say something about the early history
3 of Christian Science. I have replied that if Mrs. Eddy
thought it wise to instruct them on the subject she would
doubtless do so.
6 Possibly you may remember the words of my uncle, the
good old deacon of the First Congregational Church of
Lynn, when told that I had studied with you. "My boy,
9 you will be ruined for life; it is the work of the devil."
He only expressed the thought of all the Christian (?)
people at that time. What a change in the Christian
12 world! "The stone which the builders rejected" has
become the corner-stone of this wonderful temple of
"wisdom, Truth, and Love." (Science and Health, p.
15 495.) I have yet the little Bible which you gave me
as a reward for the best paper on the spiritual sig-
nificance of the first chapter of Genesis. It has this
18 inscription on the fly-leaf in your handwriting, "With
all thy getting get understanding."
Respectfully and faithfully yours,
21 S. P. BANCROFT
CAMBRIDGE, MASS., June 12, 1906
MRS. MARY BAKER EDDY,
24 Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
Dear Leader and Guide: — Now that the great event,
the dedication of our new church building, is over, may
27 I ask a little of your time to tell you of the interesting
part I had to perform in this wonderful consummation.
On the twenty-fifth of last March I was asked by one
30 of the Directors if I would care to do a little watching
1 at the church. I gladly answered in the affirmative, and
have been in the building part of every night since that
3 time. To watch the transformation has been very in-
teresting indeed, and the lessons I have learned of the
power of divine Mind to remove human obstructions
6 have been very precious. At first I thought that, since
it seemed impossible for the building to be completed
before the end of summer, the communion would likely
9 be postponed until that time. Then came the announce-
ment that the services would be held in the new exten-
sion on June 10. I saw at once that somebody had to
12 wake up. I fought hard with the evidence of mortal
sense for a time; but after a while, in the night, as
I was climbing over stones and planks and plaster,
15 I raised my eyes, and the conviction that the work
would be accomplished came to me so clearly, I said
aloud, "Why, there is no fear; this house will be ready
18 for the service, June 10." I bowed my head before
the might of divine Love, and never more did I have
21 One feature about the work interested me. I noticed
that as soon as the workmen began to admit that the work
could be done, everything seemed to move as by magic;
24 the human mind was giving its consent. This taught me
that I should be willing to let God work. I have often
stood under the great dome, in the dark stillness of the
27 night, and thought, "What cannot God do?" (Science
and Health, p. 135.)
As I discovered the many intricate problems which must
30 necessarily present themselves in such an immense under-
taking, I appreciated as never before the faithful, earnest
work of our noble Board of Directors. With unflinching
1 faith and unfailing fidelity they have stood at the breast-
works in the battle, and won the reward, "Well done,
3 good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy
of thy lord."
But what of this magnificent structure ? Whence did it
6 come? To me it is the result of the love that trembled
in one human heart when it whispered: "Dear God, may
I not take this precious truth and give it to my brothers
9 and sisters?" How can we ever thank God enough for
such an one, — ever thank you enough for your unselfed
love. May the glory which crowns the completion of this
12 structure shed its brightest beams on your pathway, and
fill your heart with the joy of Love's victory.
Your sincere follower,
15 JAMES J. ROME
BOSTON, MASS., June 30, 1906
REV. MARY BAKER EDDY,
18 Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
Beloved Leader and Teacher: — We, the Directors of
your church, send you loving greetings and congratulations
21 upon the completion of the magnificent extension of The
Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, and we again express
our thankful appreciation of your wise counsel, timely
21 instruction, and words of encouragement when they were
so much needed.
We acknowledge with many thanks the valuable services
27 rendered to this Board by the members of the business
committee, who were ever ready to assist us in every way
possible; also the services of other members of the church,
30 who gave freely of their time and efforts when there was
urgent need of both.
1 We do not forget that it was through you we were en-
abled to secure the services of Mr. Whitcomb as builder
3 in the early days of the construction of the church, and of
Mr. Beman in an advisory capacity in the later days; for
this, and for their valuable services, we are grateful.
6 Lovingly and gratefully your students,
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
By WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Secretary
9 BOSTON, MASS., July 10, 1906
[Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, June 23, 1906]
Our annual communion and the dedication of the exten-
12 sion of The Mother Church are over, and this happy and
holy experience has become a part of our expanding con-
sciousness of Truth, to abide with us and enable us better
15 to work out the purposes of divine Love. It was scarcely
possible to repress a feeling of exultation as friend met
friend at every turn with words of rejoicing; and even the
18 greetings and congratulations of those not of our faith
seemed to say that all the world was in some degree sharing
in our joy. But within our sacred edifice there came a
21 deeper feeling, a feeling of awe and of reverence beyond
words, — a new sense of the magnitude of Christian
Science, this revelation of divinity which has come to the
24 present age. Grandly does our temple symbolize this
revelation, in its purity, stateliness, and vastness; but
even more impressive than this was the presence of the
27 thousands who had come, as the Master predicted, "from
the east, and from the west, and from the north, and
from the south," to tell by their presence that they had
30 been healed by Christ, Truth, and had found the kingdom
1 As one thought upon the significance of the occasion,
the achievements of our beloved Leader and her relation
3 to the experiences of the hour took on a larger and truer
meaning. The glories of the realm of infinite Mind,
revealed to us through her spiritual attainments and her
6 years of toil, encompassed us, and hearts were thrilled
with tender gratitude and love for all that she has done.
If to-day we feel a pardonable pride in being known as
9 Christian Scientists, it is because our Leader has made the
name an honored one before the world.
In her dedicatory Message to The Mother Church,
12 Mrs. Eddy says, "The First Commandment of the Hebrew
Decalogue, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me,'
and the Golden Rule are the all-in-all of Christian Science."
15 In all her writings, through all the years of her leadership,
she has been teaching her followers both by precept and
example how to obey this commandment and rule, and
18 her success in so doing is what constitutes the high stand-
ing of Christian Science before the world. Fearlessly does
she warn all her followers against the indulgence of the
21 sins which would prevent the realization of ideal manhood
— the reign of the Christ — and now it is ours to address
ourselves with renewed faith and love to the high and holy
24 task of overcoming all that is unlike God, and thus prove
our worthiness to be "living stones" in the universal
temple of Spirit, and worthy members of The Mother
27 Church before men.
1 [Boston Journal, June 19, 1902]
AN ASTONISHING MOTION
3 Assembled in the largest church business meeting ever
held in Boston — perhaps the largest ever held in the
United States — the members of The First Church of
6 Christ, Scientist, Boston, The Mother Church of the de-
nomination, voted yesterday afternoon to raise any part
of two million dollars that might be needed to build
9 in this city a church edifice capable of seating between
four and five thousand persons. This astonishing motion
was passed with both unanimity and assurance. It was
12 not even talked over, beyond two brief explanations why
the building was needed. Learning that a big church was
required, the money to provide it was pledged with the
15 readiness and despatch of an ordinary mortal passing out
a nickel for carfare.
[Boston Globe, April, 1903]
The last parcel in the block bounded by Falmouth,
Norway, and St. Paul Streets, in the shape of a triangle,
21 has passed to the ownership of the Christian Science
church, the deed being taken by Ira O. Knapp et al.,
1 trustees. The purchase of this parcel, which is known as
the Hotel Brookline, a four-story brick building also in the
3 shape of a triangle, gives to the above society the ownership
of the entire block.
During the past two weeks considerable activity has
6 been going on in property on these streets, no less than
ten estates having been conveyed by deed to the Christian
Science church, and now comes the purchase of the last
9 parcel on St. Paul Street by the above society, which
gives them the ownership of the entire block.
Just what use the society will make of the property
12 has not been stated, but it is said that a number of changes
will be made that will enable the church to expand, and
to do so it was necessary to have this property. No block
15 is so well situated for church purposes as this one, being
in a fine part of the city.
[Boston Post, June 6, 1906]
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Artisans and artists are working night and day and
craftsmen are hurrying on with their work to make the
21 spacious and elegant edifice complete for the elaborate
observances of Sunday, when six services will be held,
and when the words of Mary Baker Eddy will come from
24 her beautiful home, Pleasant View, in Concord, N. H.,
welcoming her children and giving her blessing to the
27 The services of Sunday will mark an epoch in the history
of Christian Science. Since the discovery by Mrs. Eddy,
many beautiful houses of worship have been erected, but
30 never before has such a grand church been built as that
1 which raises its dome above the city at the corner of
Falmouth and Norway Streets.
3 [Boston Post]
Description of the Extension
Extension of The Mother Church
6 Cost ..................................................................................$2,000,000
Shape, triangular ..................................................... 220x220x236 ft.
Height ...................................................................................... 224 ft.
9 Area of site ....................................................................40,000 sq. ft.
Seating capacity ........................................................................5,000
Checking facilities .................................................... 3,000 garments
12 Notable Dates in Christian Science
Christian Science discovered .....................................................1866
First church organized ................................................................1879
15 First church erected ....................................................................1894
Corner-stone of cathedral laid ....................................................1904
Cathedral to be dedicated ...........................................................1906
18 Two million dollars was set aside for the building of this
addition to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the
money was used in giving Boston an edifice that is a
21 marvel of architectural beauty. But one church in the
country exceeds it in seating capacity, and, while vaster
sums of money were spent in other instances, never was
24 a more artistic effect reached.
This new temple, begun nearly two years ago, will in
its simple grandeur surpass any church edifice erected
27 in this city. Notwithstanding its enormous size, it is so
proportionately built that its massiveness is unnoticed
in the graceful outlines.
1 Built in the Italian Renaissance style, the interior of
this church is carried out with the end in view of impressing
3 the audiences with the beauty and strength of the design.
The great auditorium, with its high-domed ceiling, sup-
ported on four arches springing from the tops of great
6 stone piers, contains about one mile and a half of pews.
The dome surmounting the building is more than twice
the size of the dome on the State House, having a diameter
9 of eighty-two feet and a height of fifty-one feet.
The top of the dome is two hundred and twenty-four feet
above the street, and reaches an altitude twenty-nine feet
12 higher than that of the State House.
The old church at the corner of Falmouth and Norway
Streets, with a seating capacity of twelve hundred, built
15 twelve years ago, will remain as it was, and Mrs. Eddy's
famous room will be undisturbed.
The Readers' platform is of a beautiful foreign marble,
18 and the color scheme for all the auditorium is of a warm
gray, to harmonize with the Bedford stone which enters
so largely into the interior finish.
21 The great organ is placed back of the Readers' platform
and above the Readers' special rooms. It has an archi-
tectural stone screen and contributes not a little to the
24 imposing effect of the interior.
Bedford stone and marble form the interior finish, with
elaborate plaster work for the great arches and ceilings.
27 The floors of the first story are of marble.
There are twelve exits and seven broad marble stair-
ways, the latter framed of iron and finished with bronze,
30 marble, and Bedford stone.
Bronze is used in the lighting fixtures, and the pews and
principal woodwork are of mahogany.
1 The church is unusually well lighted, and one of the
extraordinary features is the eight bronze chains, each
3 suspending seventy-two lamps, each lamp of thirty-two
Where ceiling or roof and side walls come together no
6 sharp angles are visible, such meetings presenting an oval
and dome appearance and forming a gently curved and
panelled surface, whereon are placed inscriptions illustra-
9 tive of the faith of Christian Science.
Two large marble plates with Scripture quotations are
also placed on the two sides of the organ.
12 Everywhere within the building where conditions per-
mitted it pure white marble was used, and the hammer
and chisel of the sculptor added magnificent carvings to
15 the rich beauty of the interior.
The auditorium contains seven galleries, two on either
side and three at the back, yet not a single pillar or post
18 anywhere in the vast space interrupts the view of the
platform from any seat.
Another unusual feature is the foyer, where five thousand
21 people can freely move. Adjoining this foyer are the
Sunday School and the administration offices, while in
the basement is a cloak-room of the capacity of three
24 thousand wraps.
AN IDEA OF THE SIZE
27 If one would get an idea of the size of this building and
the manner in which the dome seems to dominate the
entire city, the best point of view is on top of the tower
30 in Mt. Auburn cemetery in Cambridge, some four miles
away. From this point the building and dome can be seen
1 in their relation to the city itself, and it certainly looks
3 One thing is certain: for a religion which has been
organized only thirty years, and which erected its first
church only twelve years ago, Christian Science has more
6 fine church edifices to its credit in the same time than
any other denomination in the world, and they are all
9 [Boston Evening Transcript]
The chimes for the new Christian Science temple are
12 worthy of the dome. The effect on all within earshot is
quite remarkable. They say that workingmen stopped
in the street and stood in silent admiration while the
15 chimes were being tested the other day. Millet's
"Angelus" had living reproductions on every corner in
18 [Boston Post]
MAGNIFICENCE OF THE ORGAN
The new church is replete with rare bits of art, chosen
21 from the works of both ancient and modern masters, but
there is nothing more wonderful than the organ which
has been installed. Nowhere in the world is there a more
24 beautiful, more musical, or more capable instrument.
In reality it is a combination of six organs, with four
manuals, seventy-two stops, nineteen couplers, nineteen
27 adjustable combination pistons, three balanced swells,
a grand crescendo pedal, seven combination pedals, and
forty-five hundred and thirty-eight pipes, the largest of
30 which is thirty-two feet long. Attached to the organ is
1 a set of cathedral chimes, stationed in one of the towers,
and some of the most intricate discoveries of organ
3 builders enable the organist to produce the most beautiful
effects by means of the bells. There is also a solo organ
6 [Boston Journal]
There is no need of fussing about the underlying spirit
9 that built the Christian Science cathedral. We can all
agree that it is a stunning piece of architecture and a
great adornment to the city.
12 [Boston Globe]
When these people enter this new cathedral or temple
15 which has been in process of construction, they will find
themselves in one of the most imposing church edifices
in the country — yes, in the world. For in its interior
18 architecture it is different from any other church in the
world. In fact, nearly all the traditions of church interior
architecture have been set aside in this temple, for here
21 are neither nave, aisles, nor transept — just one vast audi-
torium which will seat exactly five thousand and twelve
people on floor and galleries, and seat them comfort-
24 ably. And what is more, every person seated in the
auditorium, either on floor or galleries, can see and hear
the two Readers who conduct the services on the platform
27 in front of the great organ.
This was the aim and object of the architect: to con-
struct an auditorium that would seat five thousand people,
30 each of whom could see the Readers, and with such nicely
1 adjusted acoustic properties that each person could hear
what was said. To do this it was necessary to set aside
3 the traditions of interior church architecture.
GATES OF BOSTON OPEN
6 The gates of Boston are open wide in welcome to
nobility. Never before has the city been more fre-
quented by members of the titled aristocracy of the
9 old world than it is now. From all the centres of Europe
there are streaming into town lords and ladies who
come to attend the dedication of the new church for
12 Christian Scientists.
CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS HAVE ALL THE MONEY NEEDED
15 "Please do not send us any more money — we have
Briefly that is the notice which Stephen A. Chase,
18 treasurer of the building fund of the new Christian Sci-
ence temple, sent forth to the thirty thousand or more
Christian Scientists who have come to Boston to attend
21 the dedication exercises, and also through the Chris-
tian Science Sentinel to members of the church all over
24 This means that nearly two million dollars has
been subscribed for the new building, and that every
cent of it was paid in before the work was actually
That is the way the Christian Scientists began when
they erected the first church in Boston twelve years ago
1 — The Mother Church. Then it was found necessary
to issue a similar notice or order, and even to return
3 more than ten thousand dollars which had been over-
subscribed. They have erected dozens of churches all
over this country and in other countries since that time,
6 but it is claimed that very few of them owe a cent.
If you ask a Christian Scientist how they do it, the
reply will be in the form of a quotation from Science
9 and Health (p. 494), "Divine Love always has met and
always will meet every human need."
THE GREAT GATHERING
Christian Scientists are flocking from all over the
world to Boston to-day, as they have been for several
15 days past and will be for several days to come, to attend
the June meetings of The Mother Church and the dedica-
tion of the new temple.
18 The headquarters was thrown open to visitors this
forenoon in Horticultural Hall, corner of Huntington
and Massachusetts Avenues. It is in charge of G. D.
21 Robertson, and here the visitors will receive all information
concerning rooms and board, hotels, railroads, etc. There
is here also a post-office to which all mail may be directed,
24 and telegraph and telephone service.
[Boston Evening Transcript]
SPECIAL TRAINS COMING
27 Special trains and extra sections of trains are due to
arrive in Boston to-night, bearing the first instalments of
the crowds of Christian Scientists from the central and
1 western sections of this country. Those from abroad
and from the far West to a large degree are already in
3 Boston. From now until Saturday night the inrush will
be from the sections within two or three days' ride, and
no doubt the night trains of Saturday will bring con-
6 siderable numbers of belated church members from New
York and elsewhere who will arrive in this city just about
in time for the first Sunday service.
9 [Boston Evening Transcript]
INTERESTING AND AGREEABLE VISITORS
The Christian Scientists are here in force, and they are
12 very interesting and agreeable visitors, even to those who
are unable to accompany them in their triumph of mind
over matter. Boston is indebted to them for one of the
15 finest architectural achievements in this or any other city,
and other denominations might profit by their example of
paying for their church before dedicating it. It is a monu-
18 ment to the sincerity of their faith; and the pride and
satisfaction that is not only evident from their addresses
but reflected in their faces, is justifiable. They are an
21 intelligent and a happy appearing body, and even if those
outside are unable to believe that they have escaped from
the bondage of the material world, it would be idle to
24 attempt to deny them the satisfaction that springs from
a belief in such emancipation. Our present relations with
them are as the guests of the city, and as such they are
Within two weeks we have had here the representatives
of the two poles of healing, the material and the mental,
30 and each is interesting, one for its hopefulness and the
other for its novelty. Whatever opinions we may enter-
1 tain of the value of the latter, we cannot well withhold
our respectful acknowledgment of its enthusiasm, its
3 energy, and its faith in its fundamentals. Its votaries
are certainly holding the centre of the stage this week.
Yesterday was a busy day at the headquarters of the
Christian Scientists in Horticultural Hall. They poured
9 into the city from every direction and most of them
headed straight for Horticultural Hall, where they were
assigned rooms in hotels or lodging-houses, if they had
12 not already been provided for. So perfect have been all
the preliminary arrangements for the handling of a great
number of visitors that there has not been the slightest
15 hitch in the matter of securing accommodations. And
if there was it would not make much difference, for these
people would take it all very good-naturedly. They
18 do not get excited over trifles. They are very patient and
good-natured. Crowded as the hall was yesterday, and
warm as the day was, there was not the slightest evidence
21 of temper, no matter how far they had travelled or what
discomforts they might have endured in their travels.
[Boston Evening Transcript]
BIG CHURCH IS PAID FOR
According to the custom of the Christian Scientists, the
big addition to The Mother Church will be dedicated
27 to-morrow free from debt. No church has ever yet been
dedicated by this denomination with any part of the
expense of its construction remaining unprovided for, and
1 it went without saying that the same practice would be
followed with this new two-million-dollar edifice, the
3 largest of them all. Up to within ten days the notices
that more money was needed had been in circulation,
and new contributions were constantly being received;
6 but on June 2 it became evident to the Board of Direct-
ors that enough money was on hand to provide for the
entire cost of the building, and the formal announcement
9 was made that no more contributions to the building fund
were needed. That it was received with rejoicing by the
thousands of church members and their friends only feebly
12 expresses the gratification.
A similar decision was reached and published at the
time of the dedication of The Mother Church in 1895, all
15 of which goes to show the earnestness and loyalty which
Christian Scientists manifest in the support of their
church work, and which enables them to dedicate their
18 churches free of debt without exception. The estimated
cost of the extension of The Mother Church was pledged
by the members assembled in their annual church meeting
21 in Boston, in 1902, and all contributions have been
[New York Herald]
GIANT TEMPLE FOR SCIENTISTS
There will be dedicated in Boston to-morrow the
first great monument to Christian Science, the new two-
27 million-dollar cathedral erected by the devotees of a
religion which twenty-seven years ago was founded in
Boston by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy with a membership
30 of twenty-six persons.
The new structure, which is now completed, has for
1 months been the cynosure of all eyes because of its great
size, beautiful architecture, and the novelty of the cult
3 which it represents. This temple is one of the largest in
the world. It has a seating capacity of over five thousand.
In this respect it leads the Auditorium of Chicago. Be-
6 side it the dome of the Massachusetts State House, which
is the leading landmark of Boston, pales into insignificance,
as its dimensions are only half as great.
9 From all over the world Christian Scientists are rapidly
gathering in this city to participate in the most notable
feature in the life of their cult. From beyond the Rockies,
12 from Canada, from Great Britain, and practically every
civilized country, daily trainloads of pilgrims are pouring
into Boston, and it is estimated that not less than twenty-
15 five thousand visitors will participate in the dedication.
[New York World]
18 Over the heads of a multitude which began to gather at
daybreak and which filled the streets leading to the mag-
nificent temple of the Christian Science church, there
21 pealed from the chimes a first hymn of thanksgiving at
six o'clock this morning. It was dedication day, and
Christian Scientists from all quarters of the globe were
24 present to participate in the occasion.
It was estimated that nearly forty thousand believers
had gathered in Boston. Word was conveyed to them that
27 the temple would open its doors absolutely free of debt,
every penny of the two million dollars required to build
the imposing edifice in the Back Bay district having
30 been secured by voluntary subscription.
1 The seating capacity of the temple is five thousand,
and in order that all might participate in the dedication,
3 six services, identical in character, were held during the
morning, afternoon, and evening.
The worshippers saw an imposing structure of gray
6 stone with a massive dome rising to a height of two
hundred and twenty-four feet and visible from every
quarter of the city. The multitude passed through the
9 twelve entrances beneath a series of arches in the sev-
eral façades. They looked upon an interior done in soft
gray with decorative carvings peculiarly rich and im-
12 pressive. The seating is accomplished in a semi-circular
sweep of mahogany pews and in triple galleries.
The offertory taken at the beginning of the services
15 found every basket piled high with bank-notes, everybody
contributing, and none proffering small change.
At the close of the Lesson-Sermon, and in accordance
18 with the custom of the Christian Science church, the
entire congregation knelt in silent communion, followed
by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer. One of
21 the remarkable features of the services was the congre-
gation singing in perfect unison. The acoustic properties
of the temple, in spite of its vast interior, were found to
24 be perfect.
27 No mere words can convey the peculiar impressiveness
of the half past twelve service; the little children, awed by
the grandeur of the great room in which they were seated,
30 drinking in every word of the exercises and apparently
understanding all they heard, joining with their shrill
1 voices in the singing and responsive reading, and then, at
the last, kneeling for silent communion before the pews, in
3 absolute stillness, their eyes closed and their solemn little
faces turned upward.
[Norfolk (Neb.) Tribune]
ON A FAR HIGHER PEDESTAL
To those who seem to see no good in Christian Science,
it must stagger their faith not a little to read the account
9 of the dedication of the vast temple located in the heart
of the city of Boston, the supposed fountain of knowledge
and seat of learning of America; the spectacle of thirty
12 thousand people assembling to gain admission to the
temple shows an enthusiasm for Christian Science seldom
witnessed anywhere in the world on any occasion; and
15 this occurred in staid old Boston, and the fact was heralded
in flaming headlines in the leading newspapers of the
world. According to the despatches, that assembly was
18 not a gathering of "the vulgar throng;" the intelligence
and wisdom of the country were there. There certainly
must be something more than a fad in Christian Science,
21 which was placed upon a far higher pedestal by that
demonstration than it ever occupied before.
THE WEDNESDAY EVENING MEETINGS
Quietly, without a trace of fanaticism, making their
remarkable statements with a simplicity which sprang
27 from the conviction that they would be believed, scores of
Christian Scientists told of cures from diseases, physical
and mental, at the testimony meetings that marked the
1 close of their visit to Boston; cures that carried one back
to the age of miracles. To hear prosperous, contented
3 men and women, people of substance and of standing,
earnestly assure thousands of auditors that they had been
cured of blindness, of consumption in its advanced stages,
6 of heart disease, of cancer; that they had felt no pain
when having broken bones set; that when wasted unto
death they had been made whole, constituted a severe tax
9 upon frail human credulity, yet they were believed.
Meetings were held in the extension of The Mother
Church, in the extension vestry, in the old auditorium
12 of The Mother Church, in The Mother Church vestry,
Horticultural Hall (Exhibition Hall), Horticultural Hall
(Lecture Hall), Jordan Hall, Potter Hall, Howe and
15 Woolson Halls, Chickering Hall.
At each of the meetings the introductory services were
identical, consisting of hymns, an appropriate reading
18 from the Bible, and selections from "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Mary Baker
21 Fifteen thousand Scientists crowded into the auditorium
of the extension of The Mother Church, into the old
church, into Horticultural Hall, Jordan Hall, Potter Hall,
24 Woolson Hall, and Chickering Hall, and it took ten
meetings to accommodate the great throngs who wanted
to give testimony or who wanted to hear it. And when
27 these places had all been filled, there were many hundreds
waiting vainly in the streets. A few were upon the scene
as early as three o'clock in the afternoon to secure seats
30 in the main body of the church, where the largest meeting
was held, and long before seven the auditorium was com-
1 Upon entering The Mother Church one was immediately
struck with the air of well-being and of prosperity of the
3 great congregation. The Scientists fairly radiate good
nature and healthy satisfaction with life. No pessimistic
faces there! So ingrained is this good nature, so complete
6 this self-abnegation, that at the very height of fervor, when
bursting with a desire to testify to the benefits and the
healing power of the faith, one of them would pause and
9 laughingly give precedence to another who had been the
first to catch the Reader's eye.
When Mr. McCrackan announced at the main meet-
12 ing that they were ready to receive testimony, up
leaped half a dozen Scientists. They had been told to
name, before beginning, the places where they lived.
15 "Indianapolis!" "Des Moines!" "Glasgow!" "Cuba!"
"Dresden!" "Peoria!" they cried. No more cosmo-
politan audience ever sat in Boston.
18 Those who poured out their debts of gratitude for ills
cured, for hearts lifted up, spoke simply and gratefully,
but occasionally the voices would ring out in a way there
21 was no mistaking. In those people was the depth of
sincerity, and, when they sang, the volume of holy song
rose tingling to the great dome, swelling as one voice.
24 It was a practical demonstration of the Scientist claims,
a fitting close to a memorable week.
If an attempt were made to give any account of the
27 marvellous cures narrated at the meetings of the Scien-
tists, or wherever two or more of them are met together,
it would be impossible to convey a conception of the
30 fervor of belief with which each tells his or her experi-
ence. These are tales of people of standing and of
substance, professional men, hard-headed shrewd busi-
1 ness men. Yet they all have the same stories of their
conversion, either through a cure to themselves or to
3 one near and dear to them.
6 For a while this morning it looked as though all the
Christian Scientists who have been crowding Boston
the last week were trying to get away at the same
9 time. Hotels, boarding-houses, and private houses
were disgorging trunks and smaller articles of baggage
so fast that it was a matter of wonder where there
12 could be secured express wagons enough to accommo-
date the demand.
At the dedicatory services of The Mother Church
15 extension on Sunday, and at the sessions of the annual
meeting, Tuesday, it was the pride of the Church Direct-
ors that the edifice was emptied of its crowds in some-
18 thing like ten minutes. It would seem that this ability
to get away when the entertainment is over is a dis-
tinguishing characteristic of Christian Scientists, for at
21 noon to-day [June 14] the indications were that Boston
would be emptied of its twenty thousand and more vis-
itors by midnight to-night.
24 Transportation facilities at the two stations were taxed
to the utmost from early morning, and trains pulled out
of the city in double sections.
27 Although the Scientists came to Boston in such numbers
and are departing with such remarkable expedition, their
going will not be noticeable to the residents of Boston,
30 except perhaps those living in the streets leading directly
1 to Horticultural Hall. This fact will be due to the
custom Christian Scientists have of never going about
3 labelled. Ordinarily the holding of a great convention
is patent to every one residing in the convention city.
Up at Horticultural Hall the one hundred and fifty
6 members of the local arrangement committee wore tiny
white, unmarked buttons, for their own self-identification,
otherwise there has been no flaunting of badges or
9 insignia of any kind. Christian Scientists frequently
wear a small pin, but this is usually hidden away in
the laces of the women's frocks, and the men go
12 entirely unadorned.
Therefore, with the exception of the street-car men
and policemen, who will doubtless have fewer questions
15 as to locality to answer, and the hotel and restaurant
keepers, who will have time to rest and sleep, the pub-
lic at large will scarcely realize that the Scientists have
WHAT THE BOSTON EDITORS SAID
[Boston Daily Advertiser]
21 The meeting of the Christian Scientists in this city
naturally takes on a tone of deserved satisfaction, in view
of the announcement, which has just been made, that the
24 two million dollars needed for the construction of the new
temple has been raised even before the building itself has
27 The thirty thousand visitors have other evidences of
the strength and growth of their organization, which has
made steady gains in recent years. But of this particu-
30 lar example of the readiness of the members to bear
each his or her share of the necessary expense of church
1 work, the facts speak more plainly than mere assertion
could. Nothing is more of a drag on a church than a
3 heavy debt, the interest on which calls for practically all
the resources of the institution. Many a clergyman can
testify from his own experience how a "church debt"
6 cramps and retards and holds back work that would
otherwise be done. It is a rule in some denominations
that a church edifice may not be formally dedicated until
9 it be wholly free from debt. And the experience of many
generations has affirmed its wisdom.
12 Boston is the Mecca for Christian Scientists all over the
world. The new temple is something to be proud of. Its
stately cupola is a fitting crown for the other architec-
15 tural efforts in that section of the Back Bay.
[Boston Evening Record]
Boston is near to another great demonstration of the
18 growth of the Christian Science idea in numbers, wealth,
vigor, and faithful adherence. It is a remarkable story
which the gathering here tells. Its very magnitude and
21 the cheerful optimism and energy of its followers im-
press even the man who cannot reconcile himself to
the methods and tenets of the sect. Its hold and
24 development are most notable.
The gathering of Christian Scientists for the dedication
27 of the beautiful structure on Falmouth Street, which is
to take place on Sunday, is notable in many ways. It
1 is remarkable in the character of the assembling mem-
bership, in its widely international range, and in the
3 significance of the occasion.
The growth of this cult is the marvel of the age. Thirty
years ago it was comparatively unknown; one church
6 and a mere handful of members measured its vogue.
To-day its adherents number probably a million, its
churches have risen by hundreds, and its congregations
9 meet in Europe and in the antipodes, as from the Atlantic
to the Pacific on this continent.
One does not need to accept the doctrines of Mrs.
12 Eddy to recognize the fact that this wonderful woman
is a world power. This is conclusive; it is conspicu-
ously manifest. And here in Boston the zeal and
15 enthusiasm of the followers of this creed have been
manifested in the building of a church structure which
will hold place among the architectural beauties of the
Another glory for Boston, another "landmark" set
21 in the illustrious list for future generations to reverence
and admire! The Science church has become the great
centre of attraction, not merely for its thousands of wor-
24 shippers, but for a multitude of strangers to whom this
historic city is the Mecca of their love and duty. Last
Sunday it was entirely credible that the spirit of faith
27 and brotherhood rested on this structure, which is abso-
lutely unique in its symmetrical and appropriate design.
Aside from every other consideration, this church, with
30 its noble dome of pure gray tint, forming one of the
few perfect sky-lines in an American city, is doubly
1 welcomed. Henceforth the greeting of admiring eyes,
too often unaccustomed to fine architectural effects, will
3 be constant and sincere.
As Boston has ever loved its golden State House
dome, so will it now find pleasure in this new symbol,
6 brooding elevation, guarding as it were, embracing as it
may be, the hosts of a new religion.
9 Thousands of Christian Scientists have been pouring
into Boston in the past few days to be present at the
dedication yesterday of their new two-million-dollar
12 church, and to take part in the subsequent ceremonies and
exercises. Not only was every cent of the estimated cost
contributed before the actual work was completed, but
15 the treasurer of the building fund of the great temple
appealed to his brethren to give no more money, since he
had enough. This must be regarded as an extraordinary
18 achievement, and one which indicates plainly enough the
generosity of the devotion that the Christian Scientists
maintain towards their church.
21 [Boston Post]
The dedication of the edifice of the Christian Scientists
on the Back Bay has proved one of the most interest-
24 ing and in some of its aspects the most notable of such
The attendance at the ceremonies yesterday was re-
27 markable, probably unprecedented, as regards numbers.
Not even the great size of the auditorium could accom-
modate the throng of participants. At each of the iden-
30 tical services, repeated at intervals from early morning
1 until the evening, the attendance was greater than the
building could contain. And the transportation facilities
3 of the town have been strained to their utmost to care
for the multitudes going and coming.
The temporary increase of the population of Boston has
6 been apparent to the most casual observer. And so, we
think, must be the characteristics of this crowd of visitors.
It is a pleasant, congenial, quietly happy, well-to-do,
9 intellectual, and cheerfully contented multitude that has
invaded the town. There are among them visitors of
title and distinction, but one does not notice these unless
12 they are pointed out. The impression created is that of
a great gathering of people we like to know and like to
15 We congratulate these comfortable acquaintances upon
the fact that they have their costly church fully paid for,
and we feel that Boston is to be congratulated upon the
18 acquisition of an edifice so handsome architecturally.
I do not think I have ever seen more cheerful looking
21 groups of people than I have met in Boston during the
past few days. Their happy faces would make sunshine
on the grayest day. If Christian Science gives such
24 serene, beautiful expressions, it would not be a bad thing
if all the world turned to the new religion. There is one
thing about it: it is certainly imbued with the spirit of
27 unselfishness and helpfulness, and, whatever one's special
creed may be, there is nothing antagonistic to it in this
doctrine of health, happiness, and in the cheerful doing
30 of good.
GENERAL EDITORIAL OPINION
[Montreal (Can.) Gazette]
3 Twenty thousand Christian Scientists have assembled
at Boston to attend the opening of their great new
temple. Christian Science, as now before this conti-
6 nent, is the development of a short lifetime. It shows
strength in all parts, and among classes above the aver-
age in intelligence.
9 [Concord (N. H.) Monitor]
The dedication, Sunday, in Boston, of the new Mother
Church of the Christian Science faith was a ceremonial of
12 far more than usual ecclesiastic significance. The edifice
itself is so rich in the architectural symbolisms of aspira-
tion and faith, its proportions are so large, and its accom-
15 modations are so wide, that its dedication abounds in
remarkable external manifestations which must arrest
public attention. But externals constitute the smallest
18 feature of the Christian Science faith, and this beau-
tiful temple, striking as are its beauties, is only a slight
and material development in evidence of that beauty and
21 serenity of faith, life, and love which finds its temple in
the heart of all that increasing host who have found the
truths of Christian Science to be a marvellous revelation
24 given to this generation by a noble and devoted woman,
to whom they rightfully turn with respect and affection.
[Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle]
27 The stoutest enemies of Christian Science will confess
at least an aesthetic debt to that great and growing cult,
which is implied in the building of a great church in Bos-
1 ton. This church is one of the largest and seemliest in
America, and in its size, if not in its aspect, it may be
3 held to symbolize that faith which is so much a faith
that all facts inhospitable to it are deemed by its pro-
fessors not to exist at all. The building is of light stone,
6 with a dome over two hundred and twenty feet high, a
chime of bells, and one of the largest organs in the world.
The architect has joined lightness and grace to solidity,
9 and the edifice needs only an open space about it, such
as one finds in the English cathedrals, to achieve its
extreme of beauty. A sect that leaves such a monument
12 has not lived in vain.
A remarkable thing in this building is that, although
it cost two million dollars, it is not blanketed with debts
15 and mortgages. Everything, even to the flagstones in
front of it, is paid for, and subscriptions are not solic-
ited. Here is an occasion for joy that marks it as dif-
18 ferent from almost all other of the Christian churches,
where petitions for money are almost as constant as
petitions for divine mercy.
21 [Denver (Col.) News]
The dedication of the new Mother Church of the
Christian Scientists in Boston is not a matter of interest
24 to that city alone, but to the nation; not to the nation
alone, but to the world; not to this time alone, but to
27 The growth of this form of religious faith has been one of
the marvels of the last quarter century. It is, in some
respects, the greatest religious phenomenon of all history.
30 That a woman should found a religious movement of
international sway; that its followers should number
1 many thousands during her lifetime; that hundreds of
great buildings should be filled at every meeting Sun-
3 days or on week-days with devout worshippers, wooed
by no eloquence of orator or magnetic ritual, — all these
things are new, utterly new, in the history of religious
Unaccountable? Hardly so. Whatever else it is, this
faith is real and is given very real tests. Thousands upon
9 thousands believe that it has cured them of diseases many
and diverse. All the passionate love for life with which
nature endows the children of men, grips hold of their
12 faith and insures fidelity in pain or death for self or dear
ones. But, while health-seeking is the door to this gospel
for many, it is not the only source of appeal. A faith
15 which teaches that hate is atheism, that discord is poison-
ous, that gloom is sin, has a mission that can be readily
grasped by sick or well.
18 The world is enormously richer for this reincarnation of
the old, old gospel of "on earth peace, good will toward
21 [Terre Haute (Ind.) Star]
The dedication of The Mother Church of Christian
Science at Boston, with its paid-up cost of two million
24 dollars and its tremendous outpouring of eager commu-
nicants from all over the civilized world, is an event of
impressiveness and momentous significance. The historic
27 place of Mrs. Eddy as the Founder of a great denomination
can no longer be questioned, and the sources of her power
and following can be readily apprehended. Prominent
30 among these is the denomination's peculiar department of
healing, the efficacy of which to some extent is established
1 beyond cavil. The immense membership of the body is
proof positive that it supplies these persons, most of
3 whom were already nominal Christians, something they
did not find in other communions. It affords refutation
of the notion that spiritual and mystic mediation has
6 been drowned out in this so-called commercial age. The
Christian Scientists set a good example to other denomi-
nations in requiring their church edifices to be fully paid
9 for before they are dedicated. It is to be said for Chris-
tian Science that no person's spiritual aspirations were
ever deadened or his moral standards debased through
12 its agency. Its communicants are cheerful and shed
sunshine about them — no insignificant element in true
15 [Lafayette (Ind.) Journal]
The dedication of a Christian Science temple at Boston
serves to call attention to one of the most remarkable
18 religious movements that this country or any other country
has ever known. It has not been very many years since
Christian Science was announced as a discovery of Mary
21 Baker Eddy of Concord, N. H. The few thousand persons
who followed Mrs. Eddy during the first years of her
preaching were the objects of much ridicule, but despite
24 the obstacles put in the way the church has continued to
grow. Its growth in numbers is remarkable, but even
stranger is its increase in wealth. The temple which has
27 just been dedicated at Boston cost two million dollars,
and is one of the finest places of worship in the world,
at least it is the largest in New England. This Mother
30 Church is absolutely free from debt. After but a few
years, Christian Science has congregations in every im-
1 portant town and city of the United States. Of course
the new idea will never have determined its real position
3 in the doctrines of the world until it has stood the test of
time. But its beginning has been impressive, and that
large numbers of intelligent men and women should be
6 converted to it makes it appear that Science cannot
be brushed aside by ridicule alone.
[Springfield (Mass.) Republican]
9 The prodigious convention of Christian Scientists in
Boston is a portent worthy of perhaps even more interest
than it has evoked in that city, where a new temple to
12 Isis and Osiris would be hardly more than a day's wonder.
With the swift growth of the new faith the public has in
a general way been familiar; it is but a few years ago that
15 the astonishing revelation was made that since 1890 its
following had increased from an insignificant number to
hundreds of thousands, a rate at which every other sect in
18 the country would soon be left behind. But mere statistics
give a feeble impression in comparison with so huge and
concrete a demonstration as the dedication of this vast
21 temple. The statistics have been ridiculed by the hostile
as mere guesswork, but one cannot sneer away the two-
million-dollar stone edifice or the thirty thousand wor-
24 shippers who entered its portals Sunday.
[Rochester (N. Y.) Post Express]
There are two things to be said in favor of Christian
27 Science. Its growth has been wonderfully rapid, and due
apparently to nothing save the desire in the human heart
for some such comfort as it promises. Christian Scientists,
1 as a class, so far as the writer knows them, are happy,
gentle, and virtuous. They are multiplying without
3 efforts at proselytizing; they are in no wise at war with
society; and they have little of the spirit of bigotry. The
dedication of their great church in Boston is a material
6 evidence of their prosperity; and it may be said that if
their opinions seem visionary, there is nothing in them
to attract any class save the moderately well-to-do, the
9 intelligent, and the well-behaved. It has been said
cynically that a religion prospers according to the pledges
which it holds out to its votaries; and though Christian
12 Science promises nothing in the way of gratifying the
passions or attaining dominion over others, yet it has
rare lures for weary hearts, — physical health and spiritual
[Topeka (Kan.) Daily Capital]
Those of us who do not accept the doctrine of Christian
18 Science are possibly too prone to approach it in a spirit
of levity, too often disposed to touch upon it with the
tongue of facetiousness. Too often we see only its ridic-
21 ulous phases, attaching meanwhile no importance to
the saneness and common sense which underlie many of
the practices in its name. And many of us have missed
24 entirely its tremendous growth and the part it has come
to play in the economy of our social and religious life.
To those of us who have overlooked these essentials of
27 its hold upon the public, certain statistics brought to light
by the great meeting of the church now being held in
Boston will come in the nature of a revelation. In 1890
the faith had but an insignificant following. To-day its
30 adherents number hundreds of thousands, and if the
1 growth continues in like proportion through another
decade every other sect will be left behind in the race for
3 numerical supremacy. The figures given out by the
church itself have been ridiculed by the hostile as mere
guesswork, but some of the evidence appears in the con-
6 crete and cannot be combated. "One cannot sneer away
the two-million-dollar stone edifice or the thirty thousand
worshippers who entered its portals Sunday," says the
9 Springfield Republican. Neither can we overlook the
steady, consistent growth of the sect in every commu-
nity in which it has found a foothold. In the adherence
12 of its converts to the faith, and in the absence of dissent
among them in the interpretation of its tenets, there is
also much to convince the skeptic.
15 [Albany (N.Y.) Knickerbocker]
The remarkable growth and the apparent permanency
of Christian Science were noted in the recent dedication in
18 Boston of the magnificent new temple of the cult. When
the doors were opened to the public, the structure was free
from debt. While the dedicatory services were being
21 held at different hours of the day, forty thousand Chris-
tian Scientists from every State in the Union and from
many foreign countries were in attendance.
24 Although Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science,
was not in attendance, she sent greetings in which she
declared that the "crowning ultimate" of the church
27 "rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high above
the work of men's hands, even the outcome of their
hearts, giving to the material a spiritual significance —
30 the speed, beauty, and achievements of goodness."
But a few years ago, men there were who predicted that
1 Christian Science would soon be included among the cults
which flourish for a time like a green bay-tree, and are
3 then forgotten. Those predictions have not been verified.
The church which has been built upon the tenets first
presented by Mrs. Eddy is being constantly strengthened
6 by members who represent the intelligence of many
communities in different parts of the world.
[Mexican Herald, City of Mexico, Mex.]
9 The dedication of the magnificent Christian Science
church in Boston has brought that cheerful and pros-
perous body of believers before the press gallery of com-
12 mentators. They have built a huge church, which has
cost them about two million dollars, and it has a dome
which rivals that of the famous old Massachusetts State
15 House. During the great assembly of forty thousand
Christian Scientists in Boston they were described in the
newspapers of the Hub as a contented and well-dressed
18 body of people.
The faith of these people is certainly great. They go
about telling of miracles performed in this twentieth cen-
21 tury when "advanced" clergymen of other denominations
are avowing their disbelief in the miraculous.
The higher critics and the men of science may think
24 they can banish faith in the supernatural, but no religion
of growth and vitality exists without faith in the things
27 [Sandusky (Ohio) Star-Journal]
It is doubtful if, since the days of the primitive Chris-
tians, there has been such a wonderful demonstration of
30 religious faith and enlightened zeal as that exhibited at
1 Boston, Sunday, when forty thousand Christian Scientists
from all parts of the world assembled to participate in
3 the dedication of the extension of The Mother Church
of that denomination. These people were of the highest
order of intelligence, many of them prominent figures in
6 the social and business world, and none of them afflicted
with the slightest trace of fanaticism. The gathering
can in no sense, save one, be compared with those of
9 Mecca and the Hindu shrines, where fanaticism domi-
nates everything else. The one point of resemblance is
that the Christian Scientists are thoroughly in earnest
12 and take joy in attesting their faith in the creed of the
church of their choice. It is a faith based upon rea-
son, and reached only through intelligent and unbiased
15 study and comparison with other creeds.
A remarkable feature, perhaps the most remarkable, of
the gathering was the generosity of its adherents towards
18 their church. The building they were in Boston to dedi-
cate cost approximately two million dollars. Members
were invited to contribute what they could to pay for it.
21 The money was sent in such quantities that before the day
set for the dedication arrived the fund was full to over-
flowing and the members were asked to quit giving.
24  [Peoria (Ill.) Journal]
It is the custom to sneer at Christian Science, but it is
evident that the cult will soon be beyond the sneering
27 point. The dedication of what is known as The Mother
Church extension in Boston, the other day, was attended
by people from all parts of the United States. And they
30 were people of intelligence.
The fact is that Christian Science just goes a little
1 beyond what almost every one is inclined to admit. The
best physicians now admit the power of mind over matter.
3 They believe that firm faith on the part of a sick per-
son, for instance, will go far towards making the patient
well. These same physicians, however, ridicule the idea
6 of a patient getting well without the use of medicine.
It has yet to be shown that of the sick who abjure
medicine a larger proportion have died than among
9 those who were medically treated. The Journal has
kept no books on the subject, and is not a Christian
Scientist, but believes that if the figures could be given
12 they might show that the Scientists have a little the
advantage so far as this goes.
[Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Neb.]
15 Zion's Herald, a rather bitter critic of Mrs. Eddy and
her cult, speaks of "the audacious, stupendous, inex-
plicable faith of this well-dressed, good-looking, emi-
18 nently respectable, evidently wealthy congregation in
their teacher and her utterances." The opening of the
new Mother Church of the Christian Science faith
21 at Boston has opened the eyes of the country anew to
the growth of the new church and the zeal of its
24 [Athol (Mass.) Transcript]
The Christian Scientists who descended upon Boston
to the number of forty thousand last week to dedicate the
27 new temple, just built at a cost of two million dollars, have
mostly departed, but Boston has not yet recovered from
the effects produced by that stupendous gathering. The
30 incidents witnessed during the week were calculated to
1 impress the most determined skeptic. Forty thousand
people truly make up a mighty host, but these, it is de-
3 clared, are but a twentieth of the Christian Science army
in this country to-day, and this is the wonderful growth
of less than a score of years. Christian Science may be
6 anything that its foes try to prove it to be, but that mag-
nificent church, holding five thousand people, dedicated
free from debt, and the centre of an enthusiasm and rever-
9 ence of worship such as religious annals hardly parallel
in modern times, is a tangible reality, and critics who
seek the light must have done with scoffs and jeers if
12 they would deal with the phenomenon with any effect.
[Portland (Ore.) Telegram]
The last issue of the Christian Science Sentinel contains
15 a rather remarkable announcement to the effect that
friends were requested to send no more money for the
building of the church which was recently dedicated at
18 Boston. This structure cost about two million dollars,
and all of the funds required to build it were raised in a
little less than three years. It was dedicated absolutely
21 free of debt, and no member of the church anywhere,
in this country or elsewhere, was asked to contribute a
dollar. Contributions were entirely voluntary. No re-
24 sort was had to any of the latter-day methods of raising
money. The record is one of which any church might
well be proud.
27 [Portland (Me.) Advertiser]
The erection in Boston of the two-million-dollar church
of the Christian Scientists and its dedication free from
30 debt has been a wonderful achievement, but as our con-
1 temporary, the Boston Times, comments, it is but one of
the marvellous, great, and really good things that this
3 sect is doing. It says: "A faith which is able to raise
its believers above the suffering of petty ills; a religion
that makes the merry heart that doeth good like a
6 medicine, not a necessity, but a pleasure and an essen-
tial; a cult able to promote its faith with so great an
aggregation of good and beneficial works, is welcomed
9 within our midst and bidden Godspeed."
[Denver (Col.) Republican]
Christian Scientists are a remarkably optimistic body
12 of people, and it must be said in their behalf that they
are enthusiasts whenever their form of religion is con-
cerned. They have recently built a splendid cathedral in
15 Boston, seating five thousand people, at a cost of two
million dollars, and when it was dedicated there was not a
cent of indebtedness left. Thirty thousand of the faith,
18 coming from all parts of the world, attended the dedicatory
exercises, and the press reports state that the contribution
baskets when passed around were literally stuffed and
21 jammed with money.
Less than a generation ago there was not a Christian
Science church in the land. To-day there are hundreds
24 of such churches. The denomination has grown with a
rapidity that is startling, and the end is not yet.
[Bridgeport (Conn.) Standard]
27 Facts and figures are stubborn things, and ignore them
as we may their existence points out their meaning and
leaves no choice but the acceptance of them at their
30 face value. The recent dedication of a Christian Science
1 temple in Boston has inevitably brought out in connection
with the event some of the facts and figures belonging to
3 it, which are as remarkable in their aggregate as they are
unmistakable in their trend. The temple recently dedi-
cated at Boston cost about two million dollars and is
6 therefore the property of no poverty-stricken sect. On
the Sunday of the dedication, thirty thousand worshippers
were present in the building, coming from all, or nearly
9 all, parts of the country, and representing a vast number
of the followers of the cult.
It is only twenty-five years, or thereabout, since the
12 Christian Science sect made its appearance as a dis-
tinctive organization among religious bodies, but its
members are numbered by thousands to-day, and they
15 are very generally of a class who are reputable, intelli-
gent, and who think for themselves.
CHAPTER I — TO THE CHRISTIAN WORLD
1 IN the midst of the imperfect, perfection is reluctantly
seen and acknowledged. Because Science is unim-
3 peachable, it summons the severest conflicts of the ages
and waits on God.
The faith and works demanded of man in our textbooks,
6 the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and the proof of the practicality of this faith
and these works, show conclusively that Christian Science
9 is indeed Science, — the Science of Christ, the Science of
God and man, of the creator and creation. In every age
and at its every appearing, Science, until understood, has
12 been persecuted and maligned. Infinite perfection is
unfolded as man attains the stature of man in Christ
Jesus by means of the Science which Jesus taught and
15 practised. Alluding to this divine method, the Psalmist
said: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine
a vain thing?"
18 I have set forth Christian Science and its application
to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered
them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects
21 of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men;
and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern sys-
tems on which to found my own, except the teachings
24 and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives
of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only
1 authority. I have had no other guide in the strait and
narrow way of Truth.
3 Jewish pagans thought that the learned St. Paul, the
Mars' Hill orator, the canonized saint, was a "pestilent
fellow," but to-day all sorts of institutions flourish under
6 the name of this "pestilent fellow." That epithet points
a moral. Of old the Pharisees said of the great master
of metaphysics, "He stirreth up the people." Because
9 they could find no fault in him, they vented their hatred
of Jesus in opprobrious terms. But what would be
thought to-day of a man that should call St. Paul
12 a "pest," and what will be thought to-morrow of him
who shall call a Christian Scientist a "pest"? Again,
what shall be said of him who says that the Saviour
15 of men, the healer of men, the Christ, the Truth, "stir-
reth up the people"?
It is of the utmost concern to the world that men
18 suspend judgment and sentence on the pioneers of
Christianity till they know of what and of whom these
pioneers speak. A person's ignorance of Christian Sci-
21 ence is a sufficient reason for his silence on the subject,
but what can atone for the vulgar denunciation of that
of which a man knows absolutely nothing?
24 On November 21, 1898, in my class on Christian Science
were many professional men and women of the highest
talents, scholarship, and character in this or any other
27 country. What was it that brought together this class
to learn of her who, thirty years ago, was met with the
anathema spoken of in Scripture: "Blessed are ye, when
30 men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake"? It
was the healing of the sick, the saving of sinners, the works
1 even more than the words of Christ, Truth, which had
of a verity stirred the people to search the Scriptures and
3 to find in them man's only medicine for mind and body.
This AEsculapius, defined Christianly and demonstrated
scientifically, is the divine Principle whose rules demon-
6 strated prove one's faith by his works.
After my discovery of Christian Science, I healed con-
sumption in its last stages, a case which the M.D.'s,
9 by verdict of the stethoscope and the schools, declared
incurable because the lungs were mostly consumed. I
healed malignant diphtheria and carious bones that could
12 be dented by the finger, saving the limbs when the sur-
geon's instruments were lying on the table ready for their
amputation. I have healed at one visit a cancer that had
15 eaten the flesh of the neck and exposed the jugular vein
so that it stood out like a cord. I have physically restored
sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb,
18 and have made the lame walk.
About the year 1869, I was wired to attend the patient
of a distinguished M.D., the late Dr. Davis of Manchester,
21 N. H. The patient was pronounced dying of pneumonia,
and was breathing at intervals in agony. Her physician,
who stood by her bedside, declared that she could not live.
24 On seeing her immediately restored by me without mate-
rial aid, he asked earnestly if I had a work describing
my system of healing. When answered in the negative,
27 he urged me immediately to write a book which should
explain to the world my curative system of metaphysics.
In the ranks of the M.D.'s are noble men and women,
30 and I love them; but they must refrain from persecuting
and misrepresenting a system of medicine which from
personal experience I have proved to be more certain
1 and curative in functional and organic diseases than any
material method. I admonish Christian Scientists either
3 to speak charitably of all mankind or to keep silent, for
love fulfils divine law and without this proof of love
mental practice were profitless.
6 The list of cases healed by me could be made to include
hopeless organic diseases of almost every kind. I name
those mentioned above simply to show the folly of believ-
9 ing that the immutable laws of omnipotent Mind have not
power over and above matter in every mode and form, and
the folly of the cognate declaration that Christian Science
12 is limited to imaginary diseases! On the contrary, Chris-
tian Science has healed cases that I assert it would have
been impossible for the surgeon or materia medica to cure.
15 Without Mind, man and the universe would collapse;
the winds would weary, and the world stand still. It is
already proved that Christian Science rests on the basis of
18 fixed Principle, and overcomes the evidence of diseased
sensation. Human mentality, expressed in disease, sin,
and death, in tempest and in flood, the divine Mind calms
21 and limits with a word.
In what sense is the Christian Scientist a "pest"? Is it
because he minds his own business more than does the
24 average man, is not a brawler, an alcohol drinker, a
tobacco user, a profane swearer, an adulterer, a fornicator,
nor a dishonest politician or business man? Or is it
27 because he is the very antipode of all these? In what
sense is the Christian Scientist a charlatan? Is it because
he heals the sick without drugs?
30 Our great Exemplar, the Nazarene Prophet, healed
through Mind, and commanded his followers to do like-
wise. The prophets and apostles and the Christians in
1 the first century healed the sick as a token of their Chris-
tianity. Has Christianity improved upon its earlier
3 records, or has it retrograded? Compare the lives of its
professors with those of its followers at the beginning of
the Christian era, and you have the correct answer.
6 As a pertinent illustration of the general subject under
discussion, I will cite a modern phase of medical practice,
namely, the homoeopathic system, to which the old school
9 has become reconciled. Here I speak from experience.
In homoeopathy, the one thousandth attenuations and
the same triturations of medicine have not an iota of the
12 drug left in them, and the lower attenuations have so
little that a vial full of the pellets can be swallowed without
harm and without appreciable effect. Yet the homoe-
15 opathist administers half a dozen or less of these same
globules, and he tells you, and you believe him, that
with these pellets he heals the sick. The diminishing of
18 the drug does not disprove the efficiency of the homoeo-
pathic system. It enhances its efficiency, for it identifies
this system with mind, not matter, and places it nearer the
21 grooves of omnipotence. O petty scorner of the infinite,
wouldst thou mock God's miracles or scatter the shade of
one who "shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"?
24 If, as Scripture declares, God made all that was made,
then whatever is entitled to a classification as truth
or science must be comprised in a knowledge or under-
27 standing of God, for there can be nothing beyond
The homoeopathist handles in his practice and heals the
30 most violent stages of organic and inflammatory diseases,
stops decomposition, removes enteritis, gastritis, hyper-
aemia, pneumonia, diphtheria, and ossification — the effects
1 of calcareous salts formed by carbonate and sulphate of
lime; and the homoeopathic physician succeeds as well in
3 healing his cases without drugs as does the allopath who
depends upon drugs. Then is mind or matter the intelli-
gent cause in pathology? If matter, I challenge matter
6 to act apart from mind; and if mind, I have proved beyond
cavil that the action of the divine Mind is salutary and
potent in proportion as it is seen to act apart from matter.
9 Hence our Master's saying, "The flesh profiteth nothing."
The difference between metaphysics in homoeopathy and
metaphysics in Christian Science consists in this forcible
12 fact: the former enlists faith in the pharmacy of the
human mind, and the latter couples faith with spiritual
understanding and is based on the law of divine Mind.
15 Christian Science recognizes that this Mind is the only
lawgiver, omnipotent, infinite, All. Hence the divine
Mind is the sovereign appeal, and there is nothing in
18 the divine Mind to attenuate. The more of this Mind
the better for both physician and patient.
Ignorance, slang, and malice touch not the hem of the
21 garment of Christian Scientists, for if they did once touch
it, they would be destroyed. To be stoned for that which
our Master designated as his best work, saying, "For
24 which of those works do ye stone me," is to make known
the best work of a Christian Scientist.
Finally, beloved brethren in Christ, the words of the
27 New York press — "Mrs. Eddy not shaken" — are valid.
I remain steadfast in St. Paul's faith, and will close with
his own words: "Christ is the head of the church: and he
30 is the saviour of the body."
CHAPTER II — THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEXTBOOK
1 MATTER is but the subjective state of mortal mind.
Matter has no more substance and reality in our
3 day-dreams than it has in our night-dreams. All the way
mortals are experiencing the Adam-dream of mind in
matter, the dream which is mortal and God-condemned
6 and which is not the spiritual fact of being. When this
scientific classification is understood, we shall have one
Mind, one God, and we shall obey the commandment,
9 "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
If nineteen hundred years ago Christ taught his fol-
lowers to heal the sick, he is to-day teaching them the
12 same heavenly lesson. Christ is "the same yesterday,
and to-day, and forever." "God is Love," the ever-
operative divine Principle (or Person, if you please) whose
15 person is not corporeal, not finite. This infinite Person
we know not of by the hearing of the ear, yet we may
sometimes say with Job, "But now mine eye [spiritual
18 sense] seeth Thee."
God is one because God is All. Therefore there can
be but one God, one Christ. We are individually but
21 specks in His universe, the reflex images of this divine
Life, Truth, and Love, in whom "we live, and move,
and have our being." Divine metaphysics is not to
24 be scoffed at; it is Truth with us, God "manifest in the
flesh," not alone by miracle and parable, but by proof;
1 it is the divine nature of God, which belongs not to a
dispensation now ended, but is ever present, casting out
3 evils, healing the sick, and raising the dead — resurrect-
ing individuals buried above-ground in material sense.
At the present time this Bethlehem star looks down
6 upon the long night of materialism, — material religion,
material medicine, a material world; and it shines as of
yore, though it "shineth in darkness; and the dark-
9 ness comprehended it not." But the day will dawn and
the daystar will appear, lighting the gloom, guiding the
steps of progress from molecule and mortals outward and
12 upward in the scale of being.
Hidden electrical forces annihilating time and space,
wireless telegraphy, navigation of the air; in fact, all the
15 et cetera of mortal mind pressing to the front, remind me
of my early dreams of flying in airy space, buoyant with
liberty and the luxury of thought let loose, rising higher
18 and forever higher in the boundless blue. And what of
reality, if waking to bodily sensation is real and if bodily
sensation makes us captives? The night thought, me-
21 thinks, should unfold in part the facts of day, and open
the prison doors and solve the blind problem of matter.
The night thought should show us that even mortals
24 can mount higher in the altitude of being. Mounting
higher, mortals will cease to be mortal. Christ will have
"led captivity captive," and immortality will have been
27 brought to light.
Robert Ingersoll's attempt to convict the Scriptures of
inconsistency made his life an abject failure. Happily,
30 the misquoting of "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," or quoting sentences or paragraphs torn from
their necessary contexts, may serve to call attention to
1 that book, and thus reveal truths which otherwise the
reader would not have sought. Surely "the wrath of man
3 shall praise Thee."
The nature and truth of Christian Science cannot
be destroyed by false psychics, crude theories or modes
6 of metaphysics. Our master Metaphysician, the Galilean
Prophet, had much the same class of minds to deal with
as we have in our time. They disputed his teachings on
9 practically the same grounds as are now assumed by many
doctors and lawyers, but he swept away their illogical
syllogisms as chaff is separated from the wheat. The
12 genuine Christian Scientist will tell you that he has found
the physical and spiritual status of a perfect life through
15 The textbook of Christian Science maintains primitive
Christianity, shows how to demonstrate it, and through-
out is logical in premise and in conclusion. Can Scien-
18 tists adhere to it, establish their practice of healing on
its basis, become successful healers and models of good
morals, and yet the book itself be absurd and unscientific ?
21 Is not the tree known by its fruit? Did Jesus mistake
his mission and unwittingly misguide his followers? Were
the apostles absurd and unscientific in adhering to his
24 premise and proving that his conclusion was logical
"The scientific statement of being" (Science and Health,
27 p. 468) may irritate a certain class of professionals
who fail to understand it, and they may pronounce it
absurd, ambiguous, unscientific. But that Christian
30 Science is valid, simple, real, and self-evident, thousands
upon thousands attest with their individual demonstra-
tions. They have themselves been healed and have
1 healed others by means of the Principle of Christian
Science. Science has always been first met with denun-
3 ciations. A fiction or a false philosophy flourishes for a
time where Science gains no hearing. The followers of the
Master in the early Christian centuries did just what he
6 enjoined and what Christian Science makes practical to-
day to those who abide in its teachings and build on its
chief corner-stone. Our religious denominations interpret
9 the Scriptures to fit a doctrine, but the doctrines taught
by divine Science are founded squarely and only on the
12 "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is not
inconsistent in a single instance with its logical premise
and conclusion, and ninety-nine out of every hundred
15 of its readers — honest, intelligent, and scholarly — will
tell you this. The earnest student of this book, under-
standing it, demonstrates in some degree the truth of its
18 statements, and knows that it contains a Science which
is demonstrable when understood, and which is fully
understood when demonstrated. That Christian Scien-
21 tists, because of their uniformly pure morals and noble
lives, are better representatives of Christian Science
than the textbook itself, is not in accordance with the
24 Scriptures. The tree is known by its fruit. The student
of this book will tell you that his higher life is the result
of his conscientious study of Science and Health in con-
27 nection with the Bible.
A book that through the good it does has won its
way into the palaces of emperors and kings, into the
30 home of the President of the United States, into the chief
cities and the best families in our own and in foreign
lands, a book which lies beside the Bible in hundreds
1 of pulpits and in thousands of homes, which heals the
sick and reclaims sinners in court and in cottage, is
3 not less the evangel of Christian Science than is he
who practises the teachings of this book or he who
studies it and thereby is healed of disease. Can such a
6 book be ambiguous, self-contradictory, or unprofitable
St. Paul was a follower but not an immediate disciple
9 of our Lord, and Paul declares the truth of the complete
system of Christian Science in these brief sentences:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
12 are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Was
15 it profane for St. Paul to aspire to this knowledge of Christ
and its demonstration, healing sin and sickness, because
he was not a disciple of the personal Jesus? Nay, verily.
18 Neither is it presumptuous or unscriptural or vain for
another, a suckling in the arms of divine Love, to perfect
21 A child will demonstrate Christian Science and have
a clear perception of it. Then, is Christian Science a
cold, dull abstraction, or is that unscientific which
24 all around us is demonstrated on a fixed Principle and
a given rule, — when, in proportion as this Principle
and rule are understood, men are found casting out
27 the evils of mortal thought, healing the sick, and uplift-
ing human consciousness to a more spiritual life and
love? The signs of the times emphasize the answer
30 to this in the rapid and steady advancement of this Sci-
ence among the scholarly and titled, the deep thinkers,
the truly great men and women of this age. In the
1 words of the Master, "Can ye not discern the signs of
3 Christian Science teaches: Owe no man; be temperate;
abstain from alcohol and tobacco; be honest, just, and
pure; cast out evil and heal the sick; in short, Do unto
6 others as ye would have others do to you.
Has one Christian Scientist yet reached the maxi-
mum of these teachings? And if not, why point the
9 people to the lives of Christian Scientists and decry the
book which has moulded their lives? Simply because
the treasures of this textbook are not yet uncovered
12 to the gaze of many men, the beauty of holiness is not
My first writings on Christian Science began with notes
15 on the Scriptures. I consulted no other authors and read
no other book but the Bible for about three years. What
I wrote had a strange coincidence or relationship with the
18 light of revelation and solar light. I could not write these
notes after sunset. All thoughts in the line of Scriptural
interpretation would leave me until the rising of the sun.
21 Then the influx of divine interpretation would pour in
upon my spiritual sense as gloriously as the sunlight on the
material senses. It was not myself, but the divine power
24 of Truth and Love, infinitely above me, which dictated
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." I
have been learning the higher meaning of this book since
27 writing it.
Is it too much to say that this book is leavening
the whole lump of human thought? You can trace its
30 teachings in each step of mental and spiritual progress,
from pulpit and press, in religion and ethics, and find
these progressive steps either written or indicated in the
1 book. It has mounted thought on the swift and mighty
chariot of divine Love, which to-day is circling the
3 whole world.
I should blush to write of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures" as I have, were it of human origin,
6 and were I, apart from God, its author. But, as I was
only a scribe echoing the harmonies of heaven in divine
metaphysics, I cannot be super-modest in my estimate of
9 the Christian Science textbook.
CHAPTER III — PERSONALITY
AT a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists en-
3 deavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of
the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great
fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion.
6 In time of religious or scientific prosperity, certain indi-
viduals are inclined to cling to the personality of its
leader. This state of mind is sickly; it is a contagion
9 — a mental malady, which must be met and overcome.
Why? Because it would dethrone the First Command-
ment, Thou shalt have one God.
12 If God is one and God is Person, then Person is infinite;
and there is no personal worship, for God is divine Prin-
ciple, Love. Hence the sin, the danger and darkness of
15 personal contagion.
Forgetting divine Principle brings on this contagion.
Its symptoms are based upon personal sight or sense.
18 Declaring the truth regarding an individual or leader,
rendering praise to whom praise is due, is not a symp-
tom of this contagious malady, but persistent pursuit
21 of his or her person is.
Every loss in grace and growth spiritual, since time
began, has come from injustice and personal contagion.
24 Had the ages helped their leaders to, and let them alone
Copyright, 1909, by Mary Baker Eddy. Renewed, 1937.
1 in, God's glory, the world would not have lost the Science
3 "What went ye out for to see?" A person, or a Prin-
ciple? Whichever it be, determines the right or the
wrong of this following. A personal motive gratified by
6 sense will leave one "a reed shaken with the wind,"
whereas helping a leader in God's direction, and giving
this leader time and retirement to pursue the infinite
9 ascent, — the comprehending of the divine order and con-
sciousness in Science, — will break one's own dream of
personal sense, heal disease, and make one a Christian
Is not the old question still rampant? "When saw we
thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed
15 thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee?" But when may we see you, to get some good
out of your personality?
18 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God" (St. John). This
great truth of God's impersonality and individuality and
21 of man in His image and likeness, individual, but not
personal, is the foundation of Christian Science. There
was never a religion or philosophy lost to the centuries
24 except by sinking its divine Principle in personality.
May all Christian Scientists ponder this fact, and give
their talents and loving hearts free scope only in the
27 right direction!
I left Boston in the height of prosperity to retreat from
the world, and to seek the one divine Person, whereby
30 and wherein to show others the footsteps from sense to
Soul. To give me this opportunity is all that I ask of
1 My soul thanks the loyal, royal natures of the beloved
members of my church who cheerfully obey God and
3 steadily go on promoting the true Principle of Christian
Science. Only the disobedient spread personal contagion,
and any imaginary benefit they receive is the effect of
6 self-mesmerism, wherein the remedy is worse than the
LETTER TO A CLERGYMAN
9 My Dear Sir: — I beg to thank you for your most
excellent letter. It is an outpouring of goodness and
greatness with which you honor me.
12 In a call upon my person, you would not see me, for
spiritual sense demands and commands us; hence I seek
to be "absent from the body," and such circumstances
15 embarrass the higher criticism.
The Scripture reads: "Blessed are they that have not
seen, and yet have believed." A saving faith comes
18 not of a person, but of Truth's presence and power.
Soul, not sense, receives and gives it. One's voluntary
withdrawal from society, from furnishing the demands
21 upon the finite to supply the blessings of the infinite, —
something impossible in the Science of God and credited
only by human belief, by a material and not by the
24 spiritual sense of man, — should come from conscience.
The doctrine of Buddha, which rests on a heathen basis
for its Nirvana, represents not the divinity of Christian
27 Science, in which Truth, or Christ, finds its paradise in
Spirit, in the consciousness of heaven within us — health,
harmony, holiness, entirely apart from limitations, which
30 would dwarf individuality in personality and couple evil
1 with good. It is convenient for history to record limi-
tations and to regard evil as real, but it is impossible
3 in Science to believe this, or on such a basis to demon-
strate the divine Principle of that which is real, harmo-
nious, and eternal — that which is based on one infinite
6 God, and man, His idea, image, and likeness.
In Science, we learn that man is not absorbed in the
divine nature, but is absolved by it. Man is free from
9 the flesh and is individual in consciousness — in Mind,
not in matter. Think not that Christian Science tends
towards Buddhism or any other "ism." Per contra,
12 Christian Science destroys such tendency. Mary of old
wept because she stooped down and looked into the sepul-
chre — looked for the person, instead of the Principle that
15 reveals Christ. The Mary of to-day looks up for Christ,
away from the supposedly crucified to the ascended
Christ, to the Truth that "healeth all thy diseases" and
18 gives dominion over all the earth. The doubting disciple
could not identify Christ spiritually, but he could mate-
rially. He turned to the person, to the prints of the nails,
21 to prove Christ, whereas the discharged evidence of mate-
rial sense gave the real proof of his Saviour, the veritable
Christ, Truth, which destroys the false sense with the
24 evidence of Soul, immortality, eternal Life without begin-
ning or end of days.
Should I give myself the pleasant pastime of seeing your
27 personal self, or give you the opportunity of seeing mine,
you would not see me thus, for I am not there. I
have risen to look and wait and watch and pray for the
30 spirit of Truth that leadeth away from person — from
body to Soul, even to the true image and likeness of
God. St. John found Christ, Truth, in the Word which
1 is God. We look for the sainted Revelator in his writ-
ings, and there we find him. Those who look for me in
3 person, or elsewhere than in my writings, lose me in-
stead of find me. I hope and trust that you and I may
meet in truth and know each other there, and know
6 as we are known of God.
Accept my gratitude for the chance you give me to
answer your excellent letter. Forgive, if it needs forgive-
9 ness, my honest position. Bear with me the burden of
discovery and share with me the bliss of seeing the risen
Christ, God's spiritual idea that takes away all sin, disease,
12 and death, and gives to soul its native freedom.
CHAPTER IV — MESSAGES TO THE MOTHER CHURCH
COMMUNION, JANUARY 2, 1898
MY BELOVED BRETHREN: — I have suggested a
3 change in the time for holding our semi-annual
church meetings, in order to separate these sessions
from the excitement and commotion of the season's
In metaphysics we learn that the strength of peace
and of suffering is sublime, a true, tried mental convic-
9 tion that is neither tremulous nor relapsing. This
strength is like the ocean, able to carry navies, yet
yielding to the touch of a finger. This peace is spiritual;
12 never selfish, stony, nor stormy, but generous, reliable,
helpful, and always at hand.
Peace, like plain dealing, is somewhat out of fashion.
15 Yet peace is desirable, and plain dealing is a jewel as beau-
tiful as the gems that adorn the Christmas ring presented
to me by my students in 1897. Few blemishes can be
18 found in a true character, for it is always a diamond of the
first water; but external gentility and good humor may
be used to disguise internal vulgarity and villainy. No
21 deformity exists in honesty, and no vulgarity in kindness.
Christian Science, however, adds to these graces, and
reflects the divine likeness.
24 Self-denial is practical, and is not only polite to all
but is pleasant to those who practise it. If one would
1 follow the advice that one gratuitously bestows on
others, this would create for one's self and for the world
3 a destiny more grand than can issue from the brain of
That glory only is imperishable which is fixed in one's
6 own moral make-up.
Sin is like a dock root. To cut off the top of a plant
does no good; the roots must be eradicated or the plant
9 will continue to grow. Now I am done with homilies
and, you may add, with tedious prosaics.
On the fifth of July last, my church tempted me ten-
12 derly to be proud! The deportment of its dear members
was such as to command respect everywhere. It called
forth flattering comment and created surprise in our good
15 city of Concord.
Beloved brethren, another Christmas has come and gone.
Has it enabled us to know more of the healing Christ that
18 saves from sickness and sin? Are we still searching dili-
gently to find where the young child lies, and are we sat-
isfied to know that our sense of Truth is not demoralized,
21 finitized, cribbed, or cradled, but has risen to grasp the
spiritual idea unenvironed by materiality? Can we say
with the angels to-day: "He is risen; he is not here:
24 behold the place where they laid him"? Yes, the real
Christian Scientist can say his Christ is risen and is not
the material Christ of creeds, but is Truth, even as Jesus
27 declared; and the sense of Truth of the real Christian
Scientist is spiritualized to behold this Christ, Truth,
again healing the sick and saving sinners. The mission
30 of our Master was to all mankind, and included the very
hearts that rejected it — that refused to see the power
of Truth in healing.
1 Our unity and progress are proverbial, and this church's
gifts to me are beyond comparison — they have become
3 a wonder! To me, however, love is the greater marvel,
so I must continue to prize love even more than the gifts
which would express it. The great guerdon of divine
6 Love, which moves the hearts of men to goodness and
greatness, will reward these givers, and this encourages
me to continue to urge the perfect model for your accept-
9 ance as the ultimate of Christian Science.
To-day in Concord, N. H., we have a modest hall in one
of the finest localities in the city, — a reading-room and
12 nine other rooms in the same building. "Tell it not in
Gath"! I had the property bought by the courtesy of
another person to be rid of the care and responsibility of
15 purchasing it, and furnished him the money to pay for it.
The original cost of the estate was fourteen thousand
dollars. With the repairs and other necessary expenses
18 the amount is now about twenty thousand dollars. Ere
long I will see you in this hall, Deo volente; but my out-
door accommodations at Pleasant View are bigger than
21 the indoor. My little hall, which holds a trifle over two
hundred people, is less sufficient to receive a church of ten
thousand members than were the "five loaves and two
24 fishes" to feed the multitude; but the true Christian
Scientist is not frightened at miracles, and ofttimes small
beginnings have large endings.
27 Seeing that we have to attain to the ministry of right-
eousness in all things, we must not overlook small things
in goodness or in badness, for "trifles make perfection,"
30 and "the little foxes . . . spoil the vines."
As a peculiar people whose God is All-in-all, let us say
with St. Paul: "We faint not; but have renounced the
1 hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness,
nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by mani-
3 festation of the truth commending ourselves to every
COMMUNION, JUNE 4, 1899
6 My Beloved Brethren: — Looking on this annual assem-
blage of human consciousness, — health, harmony, growth,
grandeur, and achievement, garlanded with glad faces,
9 willing hands, and warm hearts, — who would say to-day,
"What a fond fool is hope"? The fruition of friendship,
the world's arms outstretched to us, heart meeting heart
12 across continents and oceans, bloodless sieges and tear-
less triumphs, the "well done" already yours, and the
undone waiting only your swift hands, — these are
15 enough to make this hour glad. What more abounds
and abides in the hearts of these hearers and speakers,
pen may not tell.
18 Nature reflects man and art pencils him, but it remains
for Science to reveal man to man; and between these lines
of thought is written in luminous letters, O man, what
21 art thou? Where art thou? Whence and whither? And
what shall the answer be? Expressive silence, or with
finger pointing upward, — Thither! Then produce thy
24 records, time-table, log, traveller's companion, et cetera,
and prove fairly the facts relating to the thitherward, —
the rate of speed, the means of travel, and the number
27 en route. Now what have you learned? The mystery
of godliness — God made "manifest in the flesh," seen
of men, and spiritually understood; and the mystery of
30 iniquity — how to separate the tares from the wheat,
that they consume in their own fires and no longer
1 kindle altars for human sacrifice. Have you learned to
conquer sin, false affections, motives, and aims, — to be
3 not only sayers but doers of the law?
Brethren, our annual meeting is a grave guardian. It
requires you to report progress, to refresh memory, to
6 rejuvenate the branches and to vivify the buds, to bend
upward the tendrils and to incline the vine towards the
parent trunk. You come from feeding your flocks, big
9 with promise; and you come with the sling of Israel's
chosen one to meet the Goliaths.
I have only to dip my pen in my heart to say, All honor
12 to the members of our Board of Lectureship connected
with The Mother Church. Loyal to the divine Principle
they so ably vindicate, they earn their laurels. History
15 will record their words, and their works will follow
them. When reading their lectures, I have felt the touch
of the spirit of the Mars' Hill orator, which always
18 thrills the soul.
The members of the Board of Education, under the
auspices of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, have
21 acquitted themselves nobly. The students in my last
class in 1898 are stars in my crown of rejoicing.
We are deeply grateful that the church militant is
24 looking into the subject of Christian Science, for Zion
must put on her beautiful garments — her bridal robes.
The hour is come; the bride (Word) is adorned, and lo,
27 the bridegroom cometh! Are our lamps trimmed and
The doom of the Babylonish woman, referred to in Reve-
30 lation, is being fulfilled. This woman, "drunken with the
blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs
of Jesus," "drunk with the wine of her fornication,"
1 would enter even the church, — the body of Christ, Truth;
and, retaining the heart of the harlot and the purpose
3 of the destroying angel, would pour wormwood into the
waters — the disturbed human mind — to drown the
strong swimmer struggling for the shore, — aiming for
6 Truth, — and if possible, to poison such as drink of the
living water. But the recording angel, standing with
"right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,"
9 has in his hand a book open (ready to be read), which un-
covers and kills this mystery of iniquity and interprets the
mystery of godliness, — how the first is finished and the
12 second is no longer a mystery or a miracle, but a marvel,
casting out evil and healing the sick. And a voice was
heard, saying, "Come out of her, my people" (hearken
15 not to her lies), "that ye receive not of her plagues. For
her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remem-
bered her iniquities . . . double unto her double accord-
18 ing to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill
to her double . . . for she saith in her heart, I . . . am
no widow, . . . Therefore shall her plagues come in one
21 day, death, and mourning, and famine; . . . for strong is
the Lord God who judgeth her." That which the Rev-
elator saw in spiritual vision will be accomplished. The
24 Babylonish woman is fallen, and who should mourn
over the widowhood of lust, of her that "is become the
habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit,
27 and a cage of every unclean . . . bird"?
One thing is eternally here; it reigns supreme to-day,
to-morrow, forever. We need it in our homes, at our fire-
30 sides, on our altars, for with it win we the race of the
centuries. We have it only as we live it. This is that
needful one thing — divine Science, whereby thought is
1 spiritualized, reaching outward and upward to Science in
Christianity, Science in medicine, in physics, and in
Happy are the people whose God is All-in-all, who ask
only to be judged according to their works, who live to
6 love. We thank the Giver of all good for the marvellous
speed of the chariot-wheels of Truth and for the steadfast,
calm coherence in the ranks of Christian Science.
9 On comparison, it will be found that Christian Science
possesses more of Christ's teachings and example than
all other religions since the first century. Comparing
12 our scientific system of metaphysical therapeutics with
materia medica, we find that divine metaphysics com-
pletely overshadows and overwhelms materia medica, even
15 as Aaron's rod swallowed up the rods of the magicians
of Egypt. I deliberately declare that when I was in prac-
tice, out of one hundred cases I healed ninety-nine to
18 the ten of materia medica.
We should thank God for persecution and for prosecu-
tion, if from these ensue a purer Protestantism and mono-
21 theism for the latter days of the nineteenth century. A
siege of the combined centuries, culminating in fierce attack,
cannot demolish our strongholds. The forts of Christian
24 Science, garrisoned by God's chosen ones, can never sur-
render. Unlike Russia's armament, ours is not costly as
men count cost, but it is rich beyond price, staunch and
27 indestructible on land or sea; it is not curtailed in peace,
surrendered in conquest, nor laid down at the feet of
progress through the hands of omnipotence. And why?
30 Because it is "on earth peace, good will toward men," —
a cover and a defence adapted to all men, all nations,
all times, climes, and races. I cannot quench my
1 desire to say this; and words are not vain when the
depth of desire can find no other outlet to liberty.
3 "Therefore . . . let us go on unto perfection; not laying
again the foundation of repentance from dead works."
(Hebrews 6: 1.)
6 A coroner's inquest, a board of health, or class legisla-
tion is less than the Constitution of the United States, and
infinitely less than God's benign government, which is
9 "no respecter of persons." Truth crushed to earth springs
spontaneously upward, and whispers to the breeze man's
inalienable birthright — Liberty. "Where the Spirit of
12 the Lord is, there is liberty." God is everywhere. No
crown nor sceptre nor rulers rampant can quench the vital
heritage of freedom — man's right to adopt a religion,
15 to employ a physician, to live or to die according to the
dictates of his own rational conscience and enlightened
understanding. Men cannot punish a man for suicide;
18 God does that.
Christian Scientists abide by the laws of God and the
laws of the land; and, following the command of the
21 Master, they go into all the world, preaching the gospel
and healing the sick. Therefore be wise and harmless, for
without the former the latter were impracticable. A lack
24 of wisdom betrays Truth into the hands of evil as effec-
tually as does a subtle conspirator; the motive is not as
wicked, but the result is as injurious. Return not evil for
27 evil, but "overcome evil with good." Then, whatever
the shaft aimed at you or your practice may be, it will
fall powerless, and God will reward your enemies accord-
30 ing to their works. Watch, and pray daily that evil
suggestions, in whatever guise, take no root in your
thought nor bear fruit. Ofttimes examine yourselves, and
1 see if there be found anywhere a deterrent of Truth and
Love, and "hold fast that which is good."
3 I reluctantly foresee great danger threatening our na-
tion, — imperialism, monopoly, and a lax system of relig-
ion. But the spirit of humanity, ethics, and Christianity
6 sown broadcast — all concomitants of Christian Science
— is taking strong hold of the public thought through-
out our beloved country and in foreign lands, and is
9 tending to counteract the trend of mad ambition.
There is no night but in God's frown; there is no day
but in His smile. The oracular skies, the verdant earth
12 — bird, brook, blossom, breeze, and balm — are richly
fraught with divine reflection. They come at Love's call.
The nod of Spirit is nature's natal.
15 And how is man, seen through the lens of Spirit,
enlarged, and how counterpoised his origin from dust,
and how he presses to his original, never severed
18 from Spirit! O ye who leap disdainfully from this rock
of ages, return and plant thy steps in Christ, Truth,
"the stone which the builders rejected"! Then will
21 angels administer grace, do thy errands, and be thy
dearest allies. The divine law gives to man health
and life everlasting — gives a soul to Soul, a present
24 harmony wherein the good man's heart takes hold on
heaven, and whose feet can never be moved. These
are His green pastures beside still waters, where faith
27 mounts upward, expatiates, strengthens, and exults.
Lean not too much on your Leader. Trust God to
direct your steps. Accept my counsel and teachings only
30 as they include the spirit and the letter of the Ten Com-
mandments, the Beatitudes, and the teachings and
example of Christ Jesus. Refrain from public contro-
1 versy; correct the false with the true — then leave the
latter to propagate. Watch and guard your own thoughts
3 against evil suggestions and against malicious mental
malpractice, wholly disloyal to the teachings of Christian
Science. This hidden method of committing crime —
6 socially, physically, and morally — will ere long be un-
earthed and punished as it deserves. The effort of
disloyal students to blacken me and to keep my works
9 from public recognition — students seeking only public
notoriety, whom I have assisted pecuniarily and striven to
uplift morally — has been made too many times and has
12 failed too often for me to fear it. The spirit of Truth is
the lever which elevates mankind. I have neither the
time nor the inclination to be continually pursuing a lie
15 — the one evil or the evil one. Therefore I ask the help
of others in this matter, and I ask that according to
the Scriptures my students reprove, rebuke, and exhort.
18 A lie left to itself is not so soon destroyed as it is with
the help of truth-telling. Truth never falters nor fails;
it is our faith that fails.
21 All published quotations from my works must have
the author's name added to them. Quotation-marks are
not sufficient. Borrowing from my copyrighted works,
24 without credit, is inadmissible. But I need not say this
to the loyal Christian Scientist— to him who keeps
the commandments. "Science and Health with Key to
27 the Scriptures" has an enormous strain put upon it,
being used as a companion to the Bible in all your
public ministrations, as teacher and as the embodiment
30 and substance of the truth that is taught; hence
my request, that you borrow little else from it, should
1 Beloved, that which purifies the affections also strength-
ens them, removes fear, subdues sin, and endues with
3 divine power; that which refines character at the same
time humbles, exalts, and commands a man, and obedience
gives him courage, devotion, and attainment. For this
6 hour, for this period, for spiritual sacrament, sacrifice,
and ascension, we unite in giving thanks. For the body
of Christ, for the life that we commemorate and would
9 emulate, for the bread of heaven whereof if a man eat
"he shall live forever," for the cup red with loving resti-
tution, redemption, and inspiration, we give thanks. The
12 signet of the great heart, given to me in a little symbol,
seals the covenant of everlasting love. May apostate
praise return to its first love, above the symbol seize the
15 spirit, speak the "new tongue" — and may thought soar
and Soul be.
ADDRESS AT ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 6, 1899
18 My Beloved Brethren: — I hope I shall not be found
disorderly, but I wish to say briefly that this meeting is
very joyous to me. Where God is we can meet, and where
21 God is we can never part. There is something suggestive
to me in this hour of the latter days of the nineteenth
century, fulfilling much of the divine law and the gospel.
24 The divine law has said to us: "Bring ye all the tithes into
the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house,
and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I
27 will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to
30 There is with us at this hour this great, great blessing;
and may I say with the consciousness of Mind that the
1 fulfilment of divine Love in our lives is the demand of
this hour — the special demand. We begin with the law
3 as just announced, "Prove me now herewith, . . . if I will
not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a
blessing," and we go to the Gospels, and there we hear:
6 "In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good
cheer; I have overcome the world."
The Christian Scientist knows that spiritual faith and
9 understanding pass through the waters of Meribah here —
bitter waters; but he also knows they embark for infinity
and anchor in omnipotence.
12 Oh, may this hour be prolific, and at this time and in
every heart may there come this benediction: Thou hast
no longer to appeal to human strength, to strive with
15 agony; I am thy deliverer. "Of His own will begat He us
with the word of truth." Divine Love has strengthened
the hand and encouraged the heart of every member of this
18 large church. Oh, may these rich blessings continue and
be increased! Divine Love hath opened the gate Beau-
tiful to us, where we may see God and live, see good in
21 good, — God all, one, — one Mind and that divine; where
we may love our neighbor as ourselves, and bless our
24 Divine Love will also rebuke and destroy disease, and
destroy the belief of life in matter. It will waken the
dreamer — the sinner, dreaming of pleasure in sin; the sick,
27 dreaming of suffering matter; the slothful, satisfied to
sleep and dream. Divine Love is our only physician,
and never loses a case. It binds up the broken-hearted;
30 heals the poor body, whose whole head is sick and whose
whole heart is faint; comforts such as mourn, wipes away
the unavailing, tired tear, brings back the wanderer to
1 the Father's house in which are many mansions, many
welcomes, many pardons for the penitent.
3 Ofttimes I think of this in the great light of the present,
the might and light of the present fulfilment. So shall
all earth's children at last come to acknowledge God, and
6 be one; inhabit His holy hill, the God-crowned summit
of divine Science; the church militant rise to the church
triumphant, and Zion be glorified.
A QUESTION ANSWERED
My beloved church will not receive a Message from
me this summer, for my annual Message is swallowed
12 up in sundries already given out. These crumbs and
monads will feed the hungry, and the fragments gathered
therefrom should waken the sleeper, — "dead in tres-
15 passes and sins," — set the captive sense free from self's
sordid sequela; and one more round of old Sol give birth
to the sowing of Solomon.
18 MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
May 11, 1903
LETTER OF THE PASTOR EMERITUS, JUNE, 1903
My Beloved Brethren: — I have a secret to tell you and
a question to ask. Do you know how much I love you
24 and the nature of this love? No: then my sacred secret
is incommunicable, and we live apart. But, yes: and
this inmost something becomes articulate, and my book
27 is not all you know of me. But your knowledge with
its magnitude of meaning uncovers my life, even as
your heart has discovered it. The spiritual bespeaks
1 our temporal history. Difficulty, abnegation, constant
battle against the world, the flesh, and evil, tell my long-
3 kept secret — evidence a heart wholly in protest and
unutterable in love.
The unprecedented progress of Christian Science is pro-
6 verbial, and we cannot be too grateful nor too humble for
this, inasmuch as our daily lives serve to enhance or to
stay its glory. To triumph in truth, to keep the faith
9 individually and collectively, conflicting elements must
be mastered. Defeat need not follow victory. Joy over
good achievements and work well done should not
12 be eclipsed by some lost opportunity, some imperative
demand not yet met.
Truth, Life, and Love will never lose their claim on us.
15 And here let me add: —
Truth happifies life in the hamlet or town;
Life lessens all pride — its pomp and its frown —
18 Love comes to our tears like a soft summer shower,
To beautify, bless, and inspire man's power.
A LETTER FROM MRS. EDDY
21 At the Wednesday evening meeting of April 3, 1907,
in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the
First Reader, Mr. William D. McCrackan, read the fol-
24 lowing letter from Mrs. Eddy. In announcing this letter,
he said: —
"Permission has been secured from our beloved Leader
27 to read you a letter from her to me. This letter is in
Mrs. Eddy's own handwriting, with which I have been
familiar for several years, and it shows her usual mental
30 and physical vigor."
1 Mrs. Eddy's Letter
Beloved Student: — The wise man has said, "When I
3 was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child,
I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things." That this passage of Scripture
6 and its concluding declaration may be applied to old age,
is a solace.
Perhaps you already know that I have heretofore per-
9 sonally attended to my secular affairs, — to my income,
investments, deposits, expenditures, and to my employ-
ees. But the increasing demands upon my time and
12 labor, and my yearning for more peace in my advancing
years, have caused me to select a Board of Trustees to
take the charge of my property; namely, the Hon. Henry
15 M. Baker, Mr. Archibald McLellan, and Mr. Josiah E.
As you are the First Reader of my church in Boston,
18 of about forty thousand members, I inform you of this,
the aforesaid transaction.
Lovingly yours in Christ,
21 MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
March 22, 1907
LETTER TO THE MOTHER CHURCH
THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, BOSTON, MASS.
My Beloved Church: — Your love and fidelity cheer my
27 advancing years. As Christian Scientists you under-
stand the Scripture, "Fret not thyself because of evil-
doers;" also you spiritually and scientifically understand
30 that God is divine Love, omnipotent, omnipresent, in-
1 finite; hence it is enough for you and me to know that
our "Redeemer liveth" and intercedeth for us.
3 At this period my demonstration of Christian Science
cannot be fully understood, theoretically; therefore
it is best explained by its fruits, and by the life of
6 our Lord as depicted in the chapter Atonement and
Eucharist, in "Science and Health with Key to the
MARY BAKER EDDY
9 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
April 2, 1907
I am pleased to say that the following members con-
stitute the Board of Trustees who own my property: —
15 1. The Hon. Henry M. Baker, who won a suit at
law in Washington, D. C., for which it is alleged he
was paid the highest fee ever received by a native of
18 New Hampshire.
2. Archibald McLellan, editor-in-chief of the Christian
Science periodicals, circulating in the five grand divisions
21 of our globe; also in Canada, Australia, etc.
3. Josiah E. Fernald, justice of the peace and president
of the National State Capital Bank, Concord, N. H.
24 To my aforesaid Trustees I have committed the hard
earnings of my pen, — the fruits of honest toil, the labor
that is known by its fruits, — benefiting the human race;
27 and I have so done that I may have more peace, and time
for spiritual thought and the higher criticism.
MARY BAKER EDDY
30 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
April 3, 1907
MRS. EDDY'S AFFIDAVIT
The following affidavit, in the form of a letter from
3 Mrs. Eddy to Judge Robert N. Chamberlin of the Superior
Court, was filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court,
Saturday, May 18. The Boston Globe, referring to this
6 document, speaks of it as, "in the main, an example of
crisp, clear, plain-speaking English." The entire letter is
in Mrs. Eddy's own handwriting and is characteristic in
9 both substance and penmanship: —
HON. JUDGE CHAMBERLIN, CONCORD, N. H.
Respected Sir: — It is over forty years that I have
12 attended personally to my secular affairs, to my in-
come, investments, deposits, expenditures, and to my
employees. I have personally selected all my invest-
15 ments, except in one or two instances, and have paid for
The increasing demands upon my time, labors, and
18 thought, and yearning for more peace and to have my
property and affairs carefully taken care of for the
persons and purposes I have designated by my last will,
21 influenced me to select a Board of Trustees to take charge
of my property; namely, the Hon. Henry M. Baker,
Mr. Archibald McLellan, Mr. Josiah E. Fernald. I
24 had contemplated doing this before the present proceed-
ings were brought or I knew aught about them, and I
had consulted Lawyer Streeter about the method.
27 I selected said Trustees because I had implicit con-
fidence in each one of them as to honesty and business
capacity. No person influenced me to make this selec-
30 tion. I find myself able to select the Trustees I need
1 without the help of others. I gave them my property to
take care of because I wanted it protected and myself
3 relieved of the burden of doing this. They have agreed
with me to take care of my property and I consider this
agreement a great benefit to me already.
6 This suit was brought without my knowledge and is
being carried on contrary to my wishes. I feel that it
is not for my benefit in any way, but for my injury,
9 and I know it was not needed to protect my person or
property. The present proceedings test my trust in
divine Love. My personal reputation is assailed and
12 some of my students and trusted personal friends are
cruelly, unjustly, and wrongfully accused.
Mr. Calvin A. Frye and other students often ask me
15 to receive persons whom I desire to see but decline to
receive solely because I find that I cannot "serve two
masters." I cannot be a Christian Scientist except I
18 leave all for Christ.
Trusting that I have not exceeded the bounds of pro-
priety in the statements herein made by me,
21 I remain most respectfully yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
24 May 16, 1907
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Merrimack, ss.
On this sixteenth day of May, 1907, personally appeared
27 Mary Baker Eddy and made oath that the statements
contained in the annexed letter directed to Honorable
Judge Chamberlin and dated May 16, 1907, are true.
30 Before me: ALLEN HOLLIS,
Justice of the Peace
Beloved Students: — Rest assured that your Leader is
3 living, loving, acting, enjoying. She is neither dead nor
plucked up by the roots, but she is keenly alive to the
reality of living, and safely, soulfully founded upon
6 the rock, Christ Jesus, even the spiritual idea of Life,
with its abounding, increasing, advancing footsteps of
progress, primeval faith, hope, love.
9 Like the verdure and evergreen that flourish when
trampled upon, the Christian Scientist thrives in adver-
sity; his is a life-lease of hope, home, heaven; his idea
12 is nearing the Way, the Truth, and the Life, when mis-
represented, belied, and trodden upon. Justice, honesty,
cannot be abjured; their vitality involves Life, — calm,
15 irresistible, eternal.
A WORD TO THE WISE
My Beloved Brethren: — When I asked you to dispense
18 with the Executive Members' meeting, the purpose of my
request was sacred. It was to turn your sense of worship
from the material to the spiritual, the personal to the
21 impersonal, the denominational to the doctrinal, yea,
from the human to the divine.
Already you have advanced from the audible to the
24 inaudible prayer; from the material to the spiritual
communion; from drugs to Deity; and you have been
greatly recompensed. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,
27 for so doth the divine Love redeem your body from dis-
ease; your being from sensuality; your soul from sense;
your life from death.
1 Of this abounding and abiding spiritual understand-
ing the prophet Isaiah said, "And I will bring the blind
3 by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in
paths that they have not known: I will make dark-
ness light before them, and crooked things straight.
6 These things will I do unto them, and not forsake
MARY BAKER EDDY
9 CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.
ABOLISHING THE COMMUNION
12 In a letter addressed to Christian Scientists the Rev.
Mary Baker Eddy explains that dropping the annual com-
munion service of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
15 in Boston, need not debar distant members from attend-
ing occasionally The Mother Church. The following is
Mrs. Eddy's letter: —
18 Beloved Christian Scientists: — Take courage. God is
leading you onward and upward. Relinquishing a ma-
terial form of communion advances it spiritually.
21 The material form is a "Suffer it to be so now," and
is abandoned so soon as God's Way-shower, Christ,
points the advanced step. This instructs us how to
24 be abased and how to abound.
Dropping the communion of The Mother Church
does not prevent its distant members from occasionally
27 attending this church.
MARY BAKER EDDY
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.,
30 June 21, 1908
1 [Boston Globe]
COMMUNION SEASON IS ABOLISHED
3 The general communion service of the Christian Science
denomination, held annually in The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in this city, has been abolished by
6 order of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy. The services attended
last Sunday [June 14] by ten thousand persons were thus
the last to be held. Of late years members of the church
9 outside of Boston have not been encouraged to attend the
communion seasons except on the triennial gatherings,
the next of which would have been held next year.
12 The announcement in regard to the services was made
last night [June 21] by Alfred Farlow of the publication
committee as follows: —
15 The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, has
taken steps to abolish its famous communion seasons.
In former years, the annual communion season of the
18 Boston church has offered an occasion for the gathering
of vast multitudes of Christian Scientists from all parts
of the world . According to the following statement, which
21 Mrs. Eddy has just given out to the press, these gather-
ings will be discontinued: —
"The house of The Mother Church seats only five thou-
24 sand people, and its membership includes forty-eight
thousand communicants, hence the following: —
"The branch churches continue their communion sea-
27 sons, but there shall be no more communion season in
The Mother Church that has blossomed into spiritual
beauty, communion universal and divine. 'For who
1 hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct
him? But we have the mind of Christ.' (1 Corinthians,
3 2:16.) "
[Mrs. Eddy has only abolished the disappointment of
communicants who come long distances and then find no
6 seats in The Mother Church. — EDITOR Sentinel.]
MRS EDDY'S REPLY
JUDGE CLIFFORD P. SMITH, LL.B., C.S.B.,
9 First Reader, The Mother Church, Boston, Mass.
Beloved Christian Scientist: — Accept my thanks for
your approval of abolishing the communion season of
12 The Mother Church. I sought God's guidance in doing
it, but the most important events are criticized.
The Mother Church communion season was liter-
15 ally a communion of branch church communicants
which might in time lose its sacredness and merge into
a meeting for greetings. My beloved brethren may
18 some time learn this and rejoice with me, as they so
often have done, over a step higher in their passage
from sense to Soul.
21 Most truly yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.
24 June 24, 1908
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Beloved Students: — I thank you for your kind invi-
27 tation to be present at the annual meeting of The
Mother Church on June 7, 1909. I will attend the
1 meeting, but not in propria persona. Watch and pray
that God directs your meetings and your lives, and your
3 Leader will then be sure that they are blessed in their
MARY BAKER EDDY
6 BROOKLINE, MASS.,
June 5, 1909
MRS. EDDY'S STATEMENTS
9 To Whom It May Concern: — I have the pleasure to
report to one and all of my beloved friends and followers
that I exist in the flesh, and am seen daily by the mem-
12 bers of my household and by those with whom I have
Above all this fustian of either denying or asserting the
15 personality and presence of Mary Baker Eddy, stands
the eternal fact of Christian Science and the honest history
of its Discoverer and Founder. It is self-evident that
18 the discoverer of an eternal truth cannot be a temporal
The Cause of Christian Science is prospering through-
21 out the world and stands forever as an eternal and de-
monstrable Science, and I do not regard this attack upon
me as a trial, for when these things cease to bless they
24 will cease to occur.
"And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called
27 according to His purpose . . . . What shall we then say
to these things? If God be for us, who can be against
30 MARY BAKER EDDY
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.
June 7, 1909
1 Mrs. Eddy also sent the following letter to the mem-
bers of her church in Concord, N. H.: —
3 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, CONCORD, N. H.
My Beloved Brethren: — Give yourselves no fear and
spare not a moment's thought to lies afloat that I am sick,
6 helpless, or an invalid. The public report that I am in
either of the aforesaid conditions is utterly false.
With love, ever yours,
9 MARY BAKER EDDY
BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.
June 7, 1909
CHAPTER V — CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HALL, CONCORD, N. H.
MY DEAR EDITORS: — You are by this time ac-
3 quainted with the small item that in October, 1897,
I proposed to one of Concord's best builders the plan for
Christian Science Hall in Concord, N. H. He drew the
6 plan, showed it to me, and I accepted it. From that
time, October 29, 1897, until the remodelling of the house
was finished, I inspected the work every day, suggested
9 the details outside and inside from the foundations to
the tower, and saw them carried out. One day the car-
penters' foreman said to me: "I want to be let off for
12 a few days. I do not feel able to keep about. I am
feeling an old ailment my mother had." I healed him
on the spot. He remained at work, and the next morn-
15 ing said to Mr. George H. Moore of Concord, "I am as
well as I ever was."
Within the past year and two months, I have worked
18 even harder than usual, but I cannot go upon the plat-
form and still be at home attending to the machinery
which keeps the wheels revolving. This well-known
21 fact makes me the servant of the race — and gladly
thus, if in this way I can serve equally my friends and
1 In explanation of my dedicatory letter to the Chicago
church (see page 177), I will say: It is understood by all
3 Christians that Jesus spoke the truth. He said: "They
shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
thing, it shall not hurt them." I believe this saying
6 because I understand it, but its verity has not been
acknowledged since the third century.
The statement in my letter to the church in Chicago,
9 in substance as follows, has been quoted and criticized:
"If wisdom lengthens my sum of years to fourscore, I
may then be even younger than now."
12 Few believe this saying. Few believe that Christian
Science contains infinitely more than has been demon-
strated, or that the altitude of its highest propositions has
15 not yet been reached. The heights of the great Naza-
rene's sayings are not fully scaled. Yet his immortal
words and my poor prophecy, if they are true at all, are
18 as true to-day as they will be to-morrow. I am convinced
of the absolute truth of his sayings and of their present
application to mankind, and I am equally sure that what
21 I wrote is true, although it has not been demonstrated
in this age.
Christian Scientists hold as a vital point that the beliefs
24 of mortals tip the scale of being, morally and physically,
either in the right or in the wrong direction. Therefore
a Christian Scientist never mentally or audibly takes
27 the side of sin, disease, or death. Others who take the
side of error do it ignorantly or maliciously. The Chris-
tian Scientist voices the harmonious and eternal, and
30 nothing else. He lays his whole weight of thought,
tongue, and pen in the divine scale of being — for
health and holiness.
SECOND SUNDAY SERVICE, DECEMBER 12, 1897
Friends and Brethren: — There are moments when at
3 the touch of memory the past comes forth like a pageant
and the present is prophetic. Over a half century ago,
between the morning and afternoon services of the First
6 Congregational Church, the grand old elm on North State
Street flung its foliage in kindly shelter over my child-
hood's Sunday noons. And now, at this distant day, I
9 have provided for you a modest hall, in which to assemble
as a sort of Christian Science kindergarten for teaching
the "new tongue" of the gospel with "signs following,"
12 of which St. Mark prophesies.
May this little sanctum be preserved sacred to the
memory of this pure purpose, and subserve it. Let
15 the Bible and the Christian Science textbook preach the
gospel which heals the sick and enlightens the people's
sense of Christian Science. This ministry, reaching the
18 physical, moral, and spiritual needs of humanity, will,
in the name of Almighty God, speak the truth that
to-day, as in olden time, is found able to heal both sin
21 and disease.
I have purchased a pleasant place for you, and prepared
for your use work-rooms and a little hall, which are already
24 dedicated to Christ's service, since Christian Scientists
never stop ceremoniously to dedicate halls. I shall be
with you personally very seldom. I have a work to do
27 that, in the words of our Master, "ye know not of."
From the interior of Africa to the utmost parts of the earth,
the sick and the heavenly homesick or hungry hearts are
30 calling on me for help, and I am helping them. You have
less need of me than have they, and you must not expect
1 me further to do your pioneer work in this city. Faithfully
and more than ever persistently, you are now, through
3 the providence of God, called to do your part wisely and
to let your faith be known by your works. All that we
ask of any people is to judge our doctrine by its fruits.
6 May the good folk of Concord have this opportunity,
and may the God of all grace, truth, and love be and abide
with you henceforth.
ADDRESS TO THE CONCORD CHURCH, FEBRUARY, 1899
My Beloved Brethren: — In the annals of our denomina-
tion this church becomes historic, having completed
12 its organization February 22 — Washington's birthday.
Memorable date, all unthought of till the day had passed!
Then we beheld the omen, — religious liberty, — the
15 Father of the universe and the father of our nation in
To-day, with the large membership of seventy-four com-
18 municants, you have met to praise God. I, as usual at
home and alone, am with you in spirit, joining in your
rejoicing, and my heart is asking: What are the angels say-
21 ing or singing of this dear little flock, and what is each
heart in this house repeating, and what is being recorded
of this meeting as with the pen of an angel?
24 Bear in mind always that Christianity is not alone a
gift, but that it is a growth Christward; it is not a creed
or dogma, — a philosophical phantasm, — nor the opinions
27 of a sect struggling to gain power over contending sects
and scourging the sect in advance of it. Christianity is
the summons of divine Love for man to be Christlike —
30 to emulate the words and the works of our great Master.
1 To attain to these works, men must know somewhat of
the divine Principle of Jesus' life-work, and must prove
3 their knowledge by doing as he bade: "Go, and do thou
We know Principle only through Science. The Prin-
6 ciple of Christ is divine Love, resistless Life and Truth.
Then the Science of the Principle must be Christlike,
or Christian Science. More than regal is the majesty
9 of the meekness of the Christ-principle; and its might is
the ever-flowing tides of truth that sweep the universe,
create and govern it; and its radiant stores of knowl-
12 edge are the mysteries of exhaustless being. Seek ye
these till you make their treasures yours.
When a young man vainly boasted, "I am wise, for I
15 have conversed with many wise men," Epictetus made
answer, "And I with many rich men, but I am not rich."
The richest blessings are obtained by labor. A vessel
18 full must be emptied before it can be refilled. Lawyers
may know too much of human law to have a clear per-
ception of divine justice, and divines be too deeply read
21 in scholastic theology to appreciate or to demonstrate
Christian charity. Losing the comprehensive in the
technical, the Principle in its accessories, cause in effect,
24 and faith in sight, we lose the Science of Christianity, —
a predicament quite like that of the man who could not
see London for its houses.
27 Clouds parsimonious of rain, that swing in the sky with
dumb thunderbolts, are seen and forgotten in the same
hour; while those with a mighty rush, which waken the
30 stagnant waters and solicit every root and every leaf with
the treasures of rain, ask no praising. Remember, thou
canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe,
1 where Love has not been before thee and where its tender
lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor
3 murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to
deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.
Pliny gives the following description of the character of
6 true greatness: "Doing what deserves to be written, and
writing what deserves to be read; and rendering the world
happier and better for having lived in it." Strive thou
9 for the joy and crown of such a pilgrimage — the service
of such a mission.
A heart touched and hallowed by one chord of Christian
12 Science, can accomplish the full scale; but this heart must
be honest and in earnest and never weary of struggling to
be perfect — to reflect the divine Life, Truth, and Love.
15 Stand by the limpid lake, sleeping amid willowy banks
dyed with emerald. See therein the mirrored sky and the
moon ablaze with her mild glory. This will stir your
18 heart. Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you
to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness,
even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ's glory,
21 healing the sick, bringing the sinner to repentance, and
raising the spiritually dead in trespasses and sins to life
in God. Jesus said: "If ye abide in me, and my words
24 abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you."
Beloved in Christ, what our Master said unto his
27 disciples, when he sent them forth to heal the sick and
preach the gospel, I say unto you: "Be ye therefore wise
as serpents, and harmless as doves." Then, if the wis-
30 dom you manifest causes Christendom or the disclaimer
against God to call this "a subtle fraud," "let your peace
return to you."
1 I am patient with the newspaper wares and the
present schoolboy epithets and attacks of a portion of
(1) Because I sympathize with their ignorance of
6 (2) Because I know that no Christian can or does
understand this Science and not love it:
(3) Because these attacks afford opportunity for ex-
9 plaining Christian Science:
(4) Because it is written: "The wrath of man shall
praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain."
12 Rest assured that the injustice done by press and pulpit
to this denomination of Christians will cease, when it no
longer blesses this denomination. "This I know; for God
15 is for me" (Psalms). And in the words of St. Paul, "If
God be for us, who can be against us?"
"Pass ye the proud fane by,
18 The vaulted aisles by flaunting folly trod,
And 'neath the temple of uplifted sky —
Go forth, and worship God."
MESSAGE, APRIL 19, 1899
SUBJECT: “NOT MATTER, BUT SPIRIT”
My Beloved Brethren: — We learn from the Scrip-
24 tures that the Baalites or sun-worshippers failed to
look "through nature up to nature's God," thus missing
the discovery of all cause and effect. They were content
27 to look no higher than the symbol. This departure from
Spirit, this worshipping of matter in the name of nature,
was idolatry then and is idolatry now. When human
30 thought discerned its idolatrous tendencies, it took a step
1 higher; but it immediately turned to another form of
idolatry, and, worshipping person instead of Principle,
3 anchored its faith in troubled waters. At that period,
the touch of Jesus' robe and the handkerchief of St.
Paul were supposed to heal the sick, and our Master
6 declared, "Thy faith hath made thee whole." The
medicine-man, far lower in the scale of thought, said,
"My material tonic has strengthened you." By reposing
9 faith in man and in matter, the human race has not
yet reached the understanding of God, the conception
of Spirit and its all-power.
12 The restoration of pure Christianity rests solely on
spiritual understanding, spiritual worship, spiritual power.
Ask thyself, Do I enter by the door and worship only
15 Spirit and spiritually, or do I climb up some other way?
Do I understand God as Love, the divine Principle of all
that really is, the infinite good, than which there is none
18 else and in whom is all? Unless this be so, the blind is
leading the blind, and both will stumble into doubt and
darkness, even as the ages have shown. To-day, if ye
21 would hear His voice, listen to His Word and serve no
other gods. Then the divine Principle of good, that we
call God, will be found an ever-present help in all things,
24 and Christian Science will be understood. It will also be
seen that this God demands all our faith and love; that
matter, man, or woman can never heal you nor pardon a
27 single sin; while God, the divine Principle of nature and
man, when understood and demonstrated, is found to be
the remote, predisposing, and present cause of all that is
30 rightly done.
I have the sweet satisfaction of sending to you weekly
flowers that my skilful florist has coaxed into loveliness
1 despite our winter snows. Also I hear that the loving
hearts and hands of the Christian Scientists in Concord
3 send these floral offerings in my name to the sick and
suffering. Now, if these kind hearts will only do this in
Christ's name, the power of Truth and Love will fulfil the
6 law in righteousness. The healing and the gospel ministry
of my students in Concord have come to fulfil the whole
law. Unto "the angel of the church in Philadelphia,"
9 the church of brotherly love, "these things saith He
that is holy."
To-day our great Master would say to the aged gentle-
12 man healed from the day my flowers visited his bedside:
Thy faith hath healed thee. The flowers were imbued
and associated with no intrinsic healing qualities from my
15 poor personality. The scientific, healing faith is a saving
faith; it keeps steadfastly the great and first command-
ment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" — no
18 other than the spiritual help of divine Love. Faith in
aught else misguides the understanding, ignores the power
of God, and, in the words of St. Paul, appeals to an un-
21 known power "whom therefore ye ignorantly worship."
This trembling and blind faith, in the past as in the present,
seeks personality for support, unmindful of the divine law
24 of Love, which can be understood, the Principle of which
works intelligently as the divine Mind, not as matter,
casting out evil and healing the sick.
27 Christian Science healing is "the Spirit and the bride,"
— the Word and the wedding of this Word to all human
thought and action, — that says: Come, and I will give
30 thee rest, peace, health, holiness. The sweet flowers
should be to us His apostles, pointing away from matter
and man up to the one source, divine Life and Love, in
1 whom is all salvation from sin, disease, and death. The
Science of all healing is based on Mind—the power of
3 Truth over error. It is not the person who gives the
drug nor the drug itself that heals, but it is the law of
Life understood by the practitioner as transcending the
6 law of death.
I shall scarcely venture to send flowers to this little hall
if they can be made to infringe the divine law of Love
9 even in thought. Send flowers and all things fair and
comforting to the dear sick, but remember it is not he
who gives the flowers that confers the blessing, but
12 "my Spirit, saith the Lord;" for "in Him was life," and
that life "was the light of men."
FIRST ANNUAL MEETING, JANUARY 11, 1900
15 My Beloved Brethren: — At this, your first annual
meeting, permit me to congratulate this little church in
our city, weaving the new-old vesture in which to appear
18 and to clothe the human race. Carlyle wrote: "Wouldst
thou plant for eternity, then plant into the deep infinite
faculties of man. " " If the poor . . . toil that we have food,
21 must not the high and glorious toil for him in return, that
he have light, . . . freedom, immortality?" I agree with
him; and in our era of the world I welcome the means and
24 methods, light and truth, emanating from the pulpit and
press. Altogether it makes the church militant, embodied
in a visible communion, the foreshadowing of the church
27 triumphant. Communing heart with heart, mind with
mind, soul with soul, wherein and whereby we are looking
heavenward, is not looking nor gravitating earthward,
30 take it in whatever sense you may. Such communing
1 uplifts man's being; it makes healing the sick and reform-
ing the sinner a mutual aid society, which is effective here
3 and now.
May this dear little church, nestled so near my heart
and native hills, be steadfast in Christ, always abounding
6 in love and good works, having unfaltering faith in the
prophecies, promises, and proofs of Holy Writ. May this
church have one God, one Christ, and that one the God and
9 Saviour whom the Scriptures declare. May it catch the
early trumpet-call, take step with the twentieth century,
leave behind those things that are behind, lay down the
12 low laurels of vainglory, and, pressing forward in the on-
ward march of Truth, run in joy, health, holiness, the
race set before it, till, home at last, it finds the full fru-
15 ition of its faith, hope, and prayer.
EASTER MESSAGE, 1902
Beloved Brethren: — May this glad Easter morn find
18 the members of this dear church having a pure peace, a
fresh joy, a clear vision of heaven here, — heaven within
us, — and an awakened sense of the risen Christ. May
21 long lines of light span the horizon of their hope and
brighten their faith with a dawn that knows no twilight
and no night. May those who discourse music to-day,
24 sing as the angels heaven's symphonies that come to
May the dear Sunday School children always be gather-
27 ing Easter lilies of love with happy hearts and ripening
goodness. To-day may they find some sweet scents and
beautiful blossoms in their Leader's love, which she sends
30 to them this glad morn in the flowers and the cross from
Pleasant View, smiling upon them.
ANNUAL MEETING, JANUARY 6, 1905
Beloved Brethren: — You will accept my gratitude for
3 your dear letter, and allow me to reply in words of the
Scripture: "I know whom I have believed, and am per-
suaded that He is able" — "able to do exceeding abun-
6 dantly above all that we ask or think," "able to make
all grace abound toward you; that ye, always hav-
ing all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every
9 good work," "able to keep that which I have com-
mitted unto Him against that day."
When Jesus directed his disciples to prepare for the
12 material passover, which spiritually speaking is the pass-
over from sense to Soul, he bade them say to the good-
man of the house: "The Master saith unto thee, Where
15 is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover will
my disciples? and he shall show you a large upper room
furnished: there make ready."
18 In obedience to this command may these communicants
come with the upper chambers of thought prepared for the
reception of Truth — with hope, faith, and love ready to
21 partake of the bread that cometh down from heaven, and
to "drink of his blood" — to receive into their affections
and lives the inspiration which giveth victory over sin,
24 disease, and death.
CHAPTER VI — FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, CONCORD, N. H.
1 [Concord (N. H.) Monitor]
MRS. EDDY'S GIFT TO THE CONCORD CHURCH
3 "BELOVED TEACHER AND LEADER: — The members
of the Concord church are filled with profound joy
and deep gratitude that your generous gift of one hun-
6 dred thousand dollars is to be used at once to build a
beautiful church edifice for your followers in the capital
city of your native State. We rejoice that the prosperity
9 of the Cause in your home city, where, without regard
to class or creed, you are so highly esteemed, makes
necessary the commodious and beautiful church home
12 you have so freely bestowed. We thank you for this
renewed evidence of your unselfish love."
The church will be built of the same beautiful Concord
15 granite of which the National Library Building in Wash-
ington is constructed. This is in accord with the ex-
pressed wish of Mrs. Eddy, made known in her original
18 deed of trust, first announced in the Concord Monitor
of March 19, 1898. In response to an inquiry from the
editor of that paper, Mrs. Eddy made the following
21 statement: —
On January 31, 1898, I gave a deed of trust to three
individuals which conveyed to them the sum of one
1 hundred thousand dollars to be appropriated in build-
ing a granite church edifice for First Church of Christ,
3 Scientist, in this city.
MARY BAKER EDDY
CORNER-STONE LAID AT CONCORD
Beloved Brethren: — This day drops down upon the
glories of summer; it is a glad day, in attune with faith's
9 fond trust. We live in an age of Love's divine adven-
ture to be All-in-all. This day is the natal hour of my
lone earth life; and for all mankind to-day hath its gloom
12 and glory: it endureth all things; it points to the new
birth, heaven here, the struggle over; it profits by the
past and joys in the present — to-day lends a new-born
15 beauty to holiness, patience, charity, love.
Having all faith in Christian Science, we must have
faith in whatever manifests love for God and man. The
18 burden of proof that Christian Science is Science rests
on Christian Scientists. The letter without the spirit
is dead: it is the Spirit that heals the sick and the
21 sinner — that makes the heart tender, faithful, true.
Most men and women talk well, and some practise what
24 God has blessed and will bless this dear band of brethren.
He has laid the chief corner-stone of the temple which
to-day you commemorate, to-morrow complete, and there-
27 after dedicate to Truth and Love. O may your temple
and all who worship therein stand through all time for
God and humanity!
30 MARY BAKER EDDY
1 MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF THE
DEDICATION OF MRS. EDDY'S GIFT, JULY 17, 1904
3 Beloved Brethren: — Never more sweet than to-day,
seem to me, and must seem to thee, those words of
our loved Lord, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto
6 the end." Thus may it ever be that Christ rejoiceth
and comforteth us. Sitting at his feet, I send to
you the throbbing of every pulse of my desire for the
9 ripening and rich fruit of this branch of his vine, and
I thank God who hath sent forth His word to heal
and to save.
12 At this period, the greatest man or woman on earth
stands at the vestibule of Christian Science, struggling to
enter into the perfect love of God and man. The infinite
15 will not be buried in the finite; the true thought escapes
from the inward to the outward, and this is the only
right activity, that whereby we reach our higher
18 nature. Material theories tend to check spiritual at-
traction — the tendency towards God, the infinite and
eternal — by an opposite attraction towards the tem-
21 porary and finite. Truth, life, and love are the only
legitimate and eternal demands upon man; they are
spiritual laws enforcing obedience and punishing dis-
Even Epictetus, a heathen philosopher who held that
Zeus, the master of the gods, could not control human
27 will, writes, "What is the essence of God? Mind." The
general thought chiefly regards material things, and keeps
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1 Mind much out of sight. The Christian, however, strives
for the spiritual; he abides in a right purpose, as in laws
3 which it were impious to transgress, and follows Truth
fearlessly. The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom
alight with love. To live so as to keep human conscious-
6 ness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and
the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is
9 It is of less importance that we receive from man-
kind justice, than that we deserve it. Most of us
willingly accept dead truisms which can be buried
12 at will; but a live truth, even though it be a sapling
within rich soil and with blossoms on its branches,
frightens people. The trenchant truth that cuts its
15 way through iron and sod, most men avoid until
compelled to glance at it. Then they open their
hearts to it for actual being, health, holiness, and im-
I am asked, "Is there a hell?" Yes, there is a hell for
all who persist in breaking the Golden Rule or in dis-
21 obeying the commandments of God. Physical science
has sometimes argued that the internal fires of our earth
will eventually consume this planet. Christian Science
24 shows that hidden unpunished sin is this internal fire, —
even the fire of a guilty conscience, waking to a true sense
of itself, and burning in torture until the sinner is con-
27 sumed, — his sins destroyed. This may take millions of
cycles, but of the time no man knoweth. The advanced
psychist knows that this hell is mental, not material, and
30 that the Christian has no part in it. Only the makers of
hell burn in their fire.
Concealed crimes, the wrongs done to others, are mill-
1 stones hung around the necks of the wicked. Christ Jesus
paid our debt and set us free by enabling us to pay it;
3 for which we are still his debtors, washing the Way-shower's
feet with tears of joy.
The intentional destroyer of others would destroy him-
6 self eternally, were it not that his suffering reforms him,
thus balancing his account with divine Love, which never
remits the sentence necessary to reclaim the sinner.
9 Hence these words of Christ Jesus: "Depart from me, all
ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and
12 Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of
God, and you yourselves thrust out." (Luke 13 : 27, 28.)
He who gains self-knowledge, self-control, and the king-
15 dom of heaven within himself, within his own conscious-
ness, is saved through Christ, Truth. Mortals must
drink sufficiently of the cup of their Lord and Master
18 to unself mortality and to destroy its erroneous claims.
Therefore, said Jesus, "Ye shall drink indeed of my
cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am
21 baptized with."
We cannot boast ourselves of to-morrow; sufficient unto
each day is the duty thereof. Lest human reason becloud
24 spiritual understanding, say not in thy heart: Sickness is
possible because one's thought and conduct do not afford
a sufficient defence against it. Trust in God, and "He
27 shall direct thy paths." When evil was avenging itself on
its destroyer, his preeminent goodness, the Godlike man
said, "My burden is light." Only he who learns through
30 meekness and love the falsity of supposititious life and
intelligence in matter, can triumph over their ultimatum,
sin, suffering, and death.
1 God's mercy for mortal ignorance and need is assured;
then who shall question our want of more faith in His
3 "very present help in trouble"? Jesus said: "Suffer
it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all
6 Strength is in man, not in muscles; unity and power are
not in atom or in dust. A small group of wise
thinkers is better than a wilderness of dullards and stronger than
9 the might of empires. Unity is spiritual cooperation,
heart to heart, the bond of blessedness such as my beloved
Christian Scientists all over the field, and the dear Sun-
12 day School children, have demonstrated in gifts to me
of about eighty thousand dollars, to be applied to build-
ing, embellishing, and furnishing our church edifice in
15 Concord, N. H.
We read in Holy Writ: "This man began to build, and
was not able to finish." This was spoken derisively.
18 But the love that rebukes praises also, and methinks the
same wisdom which spake thus in olden time would say
to the builder of the Christian Scientists' church edifice
21 in Concord: "Well done, good and faithful." Our proper
reason for church edifices is, that in them Christians may
worship God, — not that Christians may worship church
May the loving Shepherd of this feeble flock lead it
gently into "green pastures . . . beside the still waters."
27 May He increase its members, and may their faith never
falter — their faith in and their understanding of divine
Love. This church, born in my nativity, may it build
30 upon the rock of ages against which the waves and winds
beat in vain. May the towering top of its goodly temple
— burdened with beauty, pointing to the heavens, bursting
1 into the rapture of song — long call the worshipper to
seek the haven of hope, the heaven of Soul, the sweet sense
3 of angelic song chiming chaste challenge to praise him who
won the way and taught mankind to win through meekness
to might, goodness to grandeur, from cross to crown,
6 from sense to Soul, from gleam to glory, from matter to
9 Not having the time to receive all the beloved ones who
have so kindly come to the dedication of this church, I
must not allow myself the pleasure of receiving any of
12 them. I always try to be just, if not generous; and I
cannot show my love for them in social ways without
neglecting the sacred demands on my time and attention
15 for labors which I think do them more good.
A KINDLY GREETING
Dear Editor: — When I removed from Boston in 1889
18 and came to Concord, N. H., it was that I might find
retirement from many years of incessant labor for the
Cause of Christian Science, and the opportunity in Con-
21 cord's quiet to revise our textbook, "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures." Here let me add that,
together with the retirement I so much coveted, I have
24 also received from the leading people of this pleasant city
all and more than I anticipated. I love its people —
love their scholarship, friendship, and granite char-
27 acter. I respect their religious beliefs, and thank their
ancestors for helping to form mine. The movement of
establishing in this city a church of our faith was far from
1 my purpose, when I came here, knowing that such an
effort would involve a lessening of the retirement I so
3 much desired. But the demand increased, and I con-
sented, hoping thereby to give to many in this city a
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GIFTS
To the Chicago Churches
My Beloved Brethren: — I have yearned to express my
9 thanks for your munificent gift to First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Concord, of ten thousand dollars. What is
gratitude but a powerful camera obscura, a thing focus-
12 ing light where love, memory, and all within the human
heart is present to manifest light.
Is it not a joy to compare the beginning of Christian
15 Science in Chicago with its present prosperity? Now
 six dear churches are there, the members of which
not only possess a sound faith, but that faith also possesses
18 them. A great sanity, a mighty something buried in the
depths of the unseen, has wrought a resurrection among
you, and has leaped into living love. What is this
21 something, this phoenix fire, this pillar by day, kindling,
guiding, and guarding your way? It is unity, the bond
of perfectness, the thousandfold expansion that will
24 engirdle the world, — unity, which unfolds the thought
most within us into the greater and better, the sum of
all reality and good.
27 This unity is reserved wisdom and strength. It builds
upon the rock, against which envy, enmity, or malice
beat in vain. Man lives, moves, and has his being in God,
30 Love. Then man must live, he cannot die; and Love
1 must necessarily promote and pervade all his success.
Of two things fate cannot rob us; namely, of choos-
3 ing the best, and of helping others thus to choose.
But in doing this the Master became the servant. The
grand must stoop to the menial. There is scarcely an
6 indignity which I have not endured for the cause of
Christ, Truth, and I returned blessing for cursing. The
best help the worst; the righteous suffer for the unright-
9 eous; and by this spirit man lives and thrives, and by
it God governs.
To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York
12 Beloved Brethren: — I beg to thank the dear brethren of
this church for the sum of ten thousand dollars presented
to me for First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Concord,
15 N. H. Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for
goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of
one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with
18 universal good. Thus may each member of this church
rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the
scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and
21 happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason
Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest. It has
24 a relapse into the common hope. Goodness and benevo-
lence never tire. They maintain themselves and others
and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of
27 being too generous has lost the power of being magnani-
mous. The best man or woman is the most unselfed.
God grant that this church is rapidly nearing the maxi-
30 mum of might, — the means that build to the heavens,
— that it has indeed found and felt the infinite source
1 where is all, and from which it can help its neighbor.
Then efforts to be great will never end in anarchy but
3 will continue with divine approbation. It is insincerity
and a half-persuaded faith that fail to succeed and fall
to the earth.
6 Religions may waste away, but the fittest survives;
and so long as we have the right ideal, life is worth living
and God takes care of our life.
9 To The Mother Church
My Beloved Brethren: — Your munificent gift of ten
thousand dollars, with which to furnish First Church of
12 Christ, Scientist, of Concord, N. H., with an organ, is
positive proof of your remembrance and love. Days of
shade and shine may come and go, but we will live on and
15 never drift apart. Life's ills are its chief recompense;
they develop hidden strength. Had I never suffered for
The Mother Church, neither she nor I would be practising
18 the virtues that lie concealed in the smooth seasons and
calms of human existence. When we are willing to help
and to be helped, divine aid is near. If all our years were
21 holidays, sport would be more irksome than work. So,
my dear ones, let us together sing the old-new song of
salvation, and let our measure of time and joy be spiritual,
24 not material.
To First Church of Christ, Scientist,
New London, Conn.
27 Beloved Brethren: — I am for the first time informed of
your gift to me of a beautiful cabinet, costing one hundred
and seventy-five dollars, for my books, placed in my room
30 at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, N. H.
1 Accept my deep thanks therefor, and especially for the
self-sacrifice it may have cost the dear donors.
3 The mysticism of good is unknown to the flesh, for
goodness is "the fruit of the Spirit." The suppositional
world within us separates us from the spiritual world,
6 which is apart from matter, and unites us to one another.
Spirit teaches us to resign what we are not and to un-
derstand what we are in the unity of Spirit — in that
9 Love which is faithful, an ever-present help in trouble,
which never deserts us.
I pray that heaven's messages of "on earth peace, good
12 will toward men," may fill your hearts and leave their
loving benedictions upon your lives.
THANKSGIVING DAY, 1904
15 Beloved Students: — May this, your first Thanksgiv-
ing Day, according to time-tables, in our new church
edifice, be one acceptable in His sight, and full of love,
18 peace, and good will for yourselves, your flock, and the
race. Give to all the dear ones my love, and my
prayer for their health, happiness, and holiness this
21 and every day.
Beloved Brethren: — Allow me to send forth a paean
24 of praise for the noble disposal of the legislative question
as to the infringement of rights and privileges guaran-
teed to you by the laws of my native State. The con-
27 stituted religious rights in New Hampshire will, I trust,
never be marred by the illegitimate claims of envy,
jealousy, or persecution.
30 In our country the day of heathenism, illiberal views,
1 or of an uncultivated understanding has passed. Free-
dom to worship God according to the dictates of en-
3 lightened conscience, and practical religion in agreement
with the demand of our common Christ, the Holy One
of Israel, are forever the privileges of the people of my
6 dear old New Hampshire.
MARY BAKER EDDY
9 BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.,
April 12, 1909
CHAPTER VII — PLEASANT VIEW AND CONCORD, N. H.
1 INVITATION TO CONCORD, JULY 4, 1897
MY BELOVED CHURCH: — I invite you, one and all,
3 to Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., on July 5, at
12.30 P.M., if you would enjoy so long a trip for so small
a purpose as simply seeing Mother.
6 My precious Busy Bees, under twelve years of age,
are requested to visit me at a later date, which I hope
soon to name to them.
9 With love, Mother,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
12 June 30, 1897
[New York Journal]
VISIT TO CONCORD, 1901
15 Please say through the New York Journal, to the
Christian Scientists of New York City and of the world
at large, that I was happy to receive at Concord, N. H.,
18 the call of about three thousand believers of my faith,
and that I was rejoiced at the appropriate beauty of
time and place which greeted them.
1 I am especially desirous that it should be understood
that this was no festal occasion, no formal church cere-
3 monial, but simply my acquiescence in the request of my
church members that they might see the Leader of Chris-
6 The brevity of my remarks was due to a desire on my
part that the important sentiments uttered in my annual
Message to the church last Sunday should not be confused
9 with other issues, but should be emphasized in the minds
of all present here in Concord.
ADDRESS AT PLEASANT VIEW, JUNE, 1903
12 Beloved Brethren: — Welcome home! To your home
in my heart! Welcome to Pleasant View, but not
to varying views. I would present a gift to you
15 to-day, only that this gift is already yours. God hath
given it to all mankind. It is His coin, His currency;
it has His image and superscription. This gift is a
18 passage of Scripture; it is my sacred motto, and it
reads thus: —
"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell
21 in in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself
also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine
heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in
24 Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment
as the noonday."
27 Beloved, some of you have come long distances to kneel
with us in sacred silence in blest communion — unity of
faith, understanding, prayer, and praise — and to return
30 in joy, bearing your sheaves with you. In parting I
1 repeat to these dear members of my church: Trust in
Truth, and have no other trusts.
3 To-day is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "And the
ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion
with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they
6 shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sigh-
ing shall flee away."
VISIT TO CONCORD, 1904
9 Beloved Students: — The new Concord church is so
nearly completed that I think you would enjoy seeing it.
Therefore I hereby invite all my church communicants
12 who attend this communion, to come to Concord, and
view this beautiful structure, at two o'clock in the after-
noon, Monday, June 13, 1904.
15 Lovingly yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
18 June 11, 1904
The Day in Concord
While on her regular afternoon drive Mrs. Eddy re-
21 sponded graciously to the silent greetings of the people
who were assembled on the lawn of the Unitarian church
and of the high school. Her carriage came to a stand-
24 still on North State Street, and she was greeted in behalf
of the church by the President, Mr. E. P. Bates, to
whom she presented as a love-token for the church a
27 handsome rosewood casket beautifully bound with bur-
The casket contained a gavel for the use of the
1 President of The Mother Church. The wood of the head
of the gavel was taken from the old Yale College Athe-
3 naeum, the first chapel of the college. It was built in
1761, and razed in 1893 to make room for Vanderbilt
Hall. The wood in the handle was grown on the farm
6 of Mark Baker, father of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy,
at Bow, N. H.
In presenting this gavel to President Bates, Mrs. Eddy
9 spoke as follows to the members of her church, The First
Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass.: —
"My Beloved Brethren: — Permit me to present to you
12 a little gift that has no intrinsic value save that which it
represents — namely, a material symbol of my spiritual
call to this my beloved church of over thirty thousand
15 members; and this is that call: In the words of our great
Master, 'Go ye into all the world,' 'heal the sick,' cast
out evil, disease, and death; 'Freely ye have received,
18 freely give.' You will please accept my thanks for your
kind, expert call on me."
In reply Mr. Bates said, —
21 "I accept this gift in behalf of the church, and for
myself and my successors in office."
The box containing the gavel was opened the following
24 day in Boston at the annual meeting of The Mother
Church of Christ, Scientist, and the enclosed note from
Mrs. Eddy was read: —
27 "My Beloved Brethren: — You will please accept
from me the accompanying gift as a simple token of
CARD OF THANKS
The following letter appeared in the Concord (N. H.)
3 newspapers after the visit of the Christian Scientists in
Dear Mr. Editor: — Allow me through your paper to
6 thank the citizens of Concord for the generous hospi-
tality extended yesterday to the members of my church,
The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
9 After the Christian Science periodicals had given notice
that no preparations would be made for a large gathering
at this annual meeting of The Mother Church, I scarcely
12 supposed that a note, sent at the last moment, would bring
thousands here yesterday; but as many gifts had come
from Christian Scientists everywhere to help furnish and
15 beautify our new church building in Concord, it came to
me: Why not invite those who attend the communion
in Boston to take a peep at this church edifice on the day
18 when there are no formal exercises at the denominational
headquarters? The number of visitors, about four thou-
sand, exceeded my expectation, and my heart welcomed
21 each and all. It was a glad day for me — sweet to observe
with what unanimity my fellow-citizens vied with each
other to make the Christian Scientists' short stay so
Special thanks are due and are hereby tendered to his
Honor, the Mayor, for arranging the details and allowing
27 the visitors to assemble on the green surrounding the high
school; also to Mr. George D. Waldron, chairman of the
prudential committee of the Unitarian church, and to his
30 colaborers on said committee and to the church itself,
for their kindly foresight in granting permission, not only
to use the beautiful lawn surrounding their church build-
ing, but also for throwing open their doors for the com-
3 fort and convenience of the Christian Scientists during
the day. The wide-spreading elms and soft greensward
proved an ideal meeting place. I greatly appreciate the
6 courtesy extended to my friends by the Wonolancet Club
in again opening their spacious club-house to them on this
occasion; and the courtesy of the efficient city marshal
9 and his staff of police extended to me throughout. And
last but not least, I thank the distinguished editors in my
home city for their reports of the happy occasion.
TO FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
To the Rev. Franklin D. Ayer, D.D., Pastor Emeritus; the Rev.
George H. Reed, Pastor of the First Congregational Church,
15 Concord, N. H., Edward A. Moulton, John C. Thorne, William P.
Ballard, Henry K. Morrison, Deacons.
Beloved Brethren: — I have the pleasure of thanking
18 you for your kind invitation to attend the one hun-
dred and seventy-fifth anniversary of our time-honored
First Congregational Church in Concord, N. H., where
21 my parents first offered me to Christ in infant baptism.
For nearly forty years and until I had a church of my
own, I was a member of the Congregational Church in
24 Tilton, N. H.
To-day my soul can only sing and soar. An increas-
ing sense of God's love, omnipresence, and omnipotence
27 enfolds me. Each day I know Him nearer, love Him
more, and humbly pray to serve Him better. Thus
seeking and finding (though feebly), finally may we not
30 together rejoice in the church triumphant?
1 I would love to be with you at this deeply interesting
anniversary, but my little church in Boston, Mass., of
3 thirty-six thousand communicants, together with the
organizations connected therewith, requires my constant
attention and time, with the exception of a daily drive.
6 Please accept the enclosed check for five hundred
dollars, to aid in repairing your church building.
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
9 November 14, 1905
Allow me to say to the good folk of Concord that the
12 growth and prosperity of our city cheer me. Its dear
churches, reliable editors, intelligent medical faculty,
up-to-date academies, humane institutions, provisions
15 for the army, and well-conducted jail and state prison, — if,
indeed, such must remain with us a little longer, — speak
for themselves. Our picturesque city, however, greatly
18 needs improved streets. May I ask in behalf of the public
this favor of our city government; namely, to macadam-
ize a portion of Warren Street and to macadamize North
21 State Street throughout?
Sweeter than the balm of Gilead, richer than the
diamonds of Golconda, dear as the friendship of those
24 we love, are justice, fraternity, and Christian charity.
The song of my soul must remain so long as I remain.
Let brotherly love continue.
27 I am sure that the counterfeit letters in circulation,
purporting to have my signature, must fail to influence the
minds of this dear people to conclusions the very opposite
30 of my real sentiments.
TO FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, WILMINGTON, N. C.
3 IN APPRECIATION OF A GIFT OF FIFTY DOLLARS IN GOLD TOWARDS
THE CONCORD (N. H.) STREET FUND
My Beloved Brethren: — Long ago you of the dear
6 South paved the way to my forever gratitude, and now
illustrate the past by your present love. God grant
that such great goodness, pointing the path to heaven
9 within you, hallow your Palmetto home with palms of
victory and songs of glory.
CHAPTER VIII — DEDICATORY MESSAGES TO BRANCH CHURCHES
1 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
of CHICAGO, ILL.
3 Beloved Brethren: — Most happily would I com-
ply with your cordial invitation and be with you on
so interesting an occasion as the dedication of First
6 Church of Christ, Scientist, in Chicago. But daily duties
attention elsewhere, and I am glad to say that
there seems to be no special need of my personal pres-
9 ence at your religious jubilee. I am quite able to take
the trip to your city, and if wisdom lengthens my sum
of years to fourscore (already imputed to me), I shall
12 then be even younger and nearer the eternal meridian
than now, for the true knowledge and proof of life is in
putting off the limitations and putting on the possibilities
15 and permanence of Life.
In your renowned city, the genesis of Christian Science
was allied to that olden axiom: "The blood of the martyrs
18 is the seed of the Church;" but succeeding years show in
livid lines that the great Shepherd has nurtured and
nourished this church as a fatling of the flock. To-day
21 the glory of His presence rests upon it, the joy of many
generations awaits it, and this prophecy of Isaiah is
fulfilled among you: "I will direct their work in truth,
24 and I will make an everlasting covenant with them."
1 Your Bible and your textbook, pastor and ethical
tenets, do not mislead the seeker after Truth. These
3 unpretentious preachers cloud not the spiritual meaning
of Holy Writ by material interpretations, nor lose the
invincible process and purity of Christianity whereby
6 the sick are healed and sinners saved. The Science of
Christianity is not generally understood, but it hastens
hourly to this end. This Science is the essence of religion,
9 distilled in the laboratory of infinite Love and prepared
for all peoples. And because Science is naturally divine,
is this natural Science less profitable or scientific than
12 "counting the legs of insects"? The Scripture declares
that God is All. Then all is Spirit and spiritual. The
true sense of life is lost to those who regard being
15 as material. The Scripture pronounces all that God
made "good;" therefore if evil exists, it exists without
God. But this is impossible in reality, for He made
18 all "that was made." Hence the inevitable revelation
of Christian Science — that evil is unreal; and this is
the best of it.
21 On April 15, 1891, the Christian Science textbook lay
on a table in a burning building. A Christian Scientist
entered the house through a window and snatched this
24 book from the flames. Instantly the table sank a charred
mass. The covers of the book were burned up, but not
one word in the book was effaced. If the world were in
27 ashes, the contents of "Science and Health with Key to
the Scriptures" would remain immortal.
It is said that the nearest approach to the sayings of
30 the great Master is the Logia of Papias, written in A.D.
145, and that all else reported as his sayings are transla-
tions. The ancient Logia, or imputed sayings of Jesus
1 by Papias, are undoubtedly the beginning of the gospel
writings. The synoptic Scriptures, as set forth in the
3 first and second chapters of Genesis, were in two dis-
tinct manuscripts. The first gave an account of the
spiritual creation, and the second was an opposite story,
6 or allegory, of a material universe and man made of
dust. In this allegorical document the power and pre-
rogative of Spirit are submerged in matter. In other
9 words, soul enters non-intelligent dust and man becomes
both good and evil, both mind and matter, mortal and
immortal, — all of which divine Science shows to be an
The Old and the New Testaments contain self-evident
truths that cannot be lost, but being translations, the
15 Scriptures are criticized. Some dangerous skepticism ex-
ists as to the verification of our Master's sayings. But
Christians and Christian Scientists know that if the Old
18 Testament and gospel narratives had never been written,
the nature of Christianity, as depicted in the life of our
Lord, and the truth in the Scriptures, are sufficient to au-
21 thenticate Christ's Christianity as the perfect ideal. The
character of the Nazarene Prophet illustrates the Prin-
ciple and practice of a true divinity and humanity. The
24 different renderings or translations of Scripture in no
wise affect Christian Science. Christianity and Science,
being contingent on nothing written and based on the
27 divine Principle of being, must be, are, irrefutable and
We are indeed privileged in having the untranslated
30 revelations of Christian Science. They afford such expo-
sitions of the therapeutics, ethics, and Christianity of
Christ as make even God demonstrable, the divine Love
practical, and so furnish rules whereby man can prove
God's love, healing the sick and the sinner.
3 Whosoever understands Christian Science knows beyond
a doubt that its life-giving truths were preached and
practised in the first century by him who proved their
6 practicality, who uttered Christ's Sermon on the Mount,
who taught his disciples the healing Christianity which
applies to all ages, and who dated time. A spiritual
9 understanding of the Scriptures restores their origi-
nal tongue in the language of Spirit, that primordial
standard of Truth.
12 Christian Science contains no element whatever of hyp-
notism or animal magnetism. It appeals alone to God, to
the divine Principle, or Life, Truth, and Love, to whom
15 all things are possible; and this Principle heals sin, sick-
ness, disease, and death. Christian Science meets error
with Truth, death with Life, hate with Love, and thus,
18 and only thus, does it overcome evil and heal disease.
The obstinate sinner, however, refuses to see this grand
verity or to acknowledge it, for he knows not that in justice,
21 as well as in mercy, God is Love.
In our struggles with sin and sinners, when we drop
compliance with their desires, insist on what we know is
24 right, and act accordingly, the disguised or the self-
satisfied mind, not ready to be uplifted, rebels, miscon-
strues our best motives, and calls them unkind. But this
27 is the cross. Take it up, — it wins the crown; and in
the spirit of our great Exemplar pray: "Father, forgive
them; for they know not what they do."
30 No warfare exists between divine theology and Christian
Science, for the latter solves the whence and why of the
cosmos and defines noumenon and phenomena spiritually,
1 not materially. The specific quest of Christian Science is
to settle all points beyond cavil, on the Biblical basis that
3 God is All-in-all; whereas philosophy and so-called natural
science, dealing with human hypotheses, or material cause
and effect, are aided only at long intervals with elementary
6 truths, and ultimate in unsolved problems and outgrown,
Progress is spiritual. Progress is the maturing concep-
9 tion of divine Love; it demonstrates the scientific, sinless
life of man and mortal's painless departure from matter
to Spirit, not through death, but through the true idea of
12 Life, — and Life not in matter but in Mind.
The Puritans possessed the motive of true religion,
which, demonstrated on the Golden Rule, would have
15 solved ere this the problem of religious liberty and human
rights. It is "a consummation devoutly to be wished"
that all nations shall speedily learn and practise the
18 intermediate line of justice between the classes and masses
of mankind, and thus exemplify in all things the universal
equity of Christianity.
21 Thirty years ago (1866) Christian Science was discovered
in America. Within those years it is estimated that
Chicago has gained from a population of 238,000 to the
24 number of 1,650,000 inhabitants.
The statistics of mortality show that thirty years ago
the death-rate was at its maximum. Since that time it
27 has steadily decreased. It is authentically said that one
expositor of Daniel's dates fixed the year 1866 or 1867 for
the return of Christ — the return of the spiritual idea to
30 the material earth or antipode of heaven. It is a marked
coincidence that those dates were the first two years of
my discovery of Christian Science.
Thirty years ago Chicago had few Congregational
churches. To-day it is said to have a majority of these
3 churches over any other city in the United States. Thirty
years ago at my request I received from the Congrega-
tional Church a letter of dismissal and recommendation
6 to evangelical churches — thenceforth to exemplify my
early love for this church and a membership of thirty
years by establishing a new-old church, the foundations
9 of which are the same, even Christ, Truth, as the chief
In 1884, I taught a class in Christian Science and
12 formed a Christian Scientist Association in Chicago.
From this small sowing of the seed of Truth, which, when
sown, seemed the least among seeds, sprang immortal
15 fruits through God's blessing and the faithful labor of
loyal students, — the healing of the sick, the reforming
of the sinner, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, with
18 its large membership and majestic cathedral.
Humbly, gratefully, trustingly, I dedicate this beauti-
ful house of worship to the God of Israel, the divine
21 Love that reigns above the shadow, that launched the
earth in its orbit, that created and governs the universe —
guarding, guiding, giving grace, health, and immortality
24 to man.
May the wanderer in the wilderness of mortal beliefs
and fears turn hither with satisfied hope. May the birds
27 of passage rest their weary wings amid the fair foliage of
this vine of His husbanding, find shelter from the storm
and a covert from the tempest. May this beloved
30 church adhere to its tenets, abound in the righteousness
of Love, honor the name of Christian Science, prove the
practicality of perfection, and press on to the infinite
1 uses of Christ's creed, namely, — "Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
3 and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and
thy neighbor as thyself." Thus may First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in this great city of Chicago, verify what
6 John Robinson wrote in 1620 to our Pilgrim Fathers:
"When Christ reigns, and not till then, will the world
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
Beloved Brethren across the Sea: — To-day a nation is
12 born. Spiritual apprehension unfolds, transfigures, heals.
With you be there no more sea, no ebbing faith, no night.
Love be thy light upon the mountain of Israel. God
15 will multiply thee.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
BROOKLYN, N. Y.
18 Beloved Brethren: — I rejoice with you; the day has
come when the forest becomes a fruitful field, and the deaf
hear the words of the Book, and the eyes of the blind see
21 out of obscurity.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
24 Beloved Students and Church: — Thanks for invitation
to your dedication. Not afar off I am blending with
thine my prayer and rejoicing. God is with thee. "Arise,
27 shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is
risen upon thee."
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
3 Beloved Brethren: — Have just received your des-
patch. Since the world was, men have not heard with
the ear, neither hath the eye seen, what God hath prepared
6 for them that wait upon Him and work righteousness.
WHITE MOUNTAIN CHURCH
My Beloved Brethren: — To-day I am privileged to
9 congratulate the Christian Scientists of my native State
upon having built First Church of Christ, Scientist, at
the the Mountains. Your kind card, inviting me to
12 be present at at dedication, came when I was so occu-
pied that I omitted to wire an acknowledgment thereof
and to return my cordial thanks at an earlier date. The
15 beautiful birch bark on which it was written pleased me;
it was so characteristic of our Granite State, and I
treasure it next to your compliments. That rustic scroll
18 brought back to me the odor of my childhood, a love
which stays the shadows of years. God grant that this
little church shall prove a historic gem on the glowing
21 records of Christianity, and lay upon its altars a sacrifice
and service acceptable in God's sight.
Your rural chapel is a social success quite sacred in its
24 results. The prosperity of Zion is very precious in the
sight of divine Love, holding unwearied watch over a
world. Isaiah said: "How beautiful upon the mountains
27 are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, . . . that
saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" Surely, the Word
that is God must at some time find utterance and accept-
1 ance throughout the earth, for he that soweth shall reap.
To such as have waited patiently for the appearing of
3 Truth, the day dawns and the harvest bells are ringing.
"Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
6 Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
The peace of Love is published, and the sword of the
9 Spirit is drawn; nor will it be sheathed till Truth shall
reign triumphant over all the earth. Truth, Life, and
Love are formidable, wherever thought, felt, spoken, or
12 written, — in the pulpit, in the court-room, by the way-
side, or in our homes. They are the victors never to be
vanquished. Love is the generic term for God. Love
15 formed this trinity, Truth, Life, Love, the trinity no man
can sunder. Life is the spontaneity of Love, inseparable
from Love, and Life is the "Lamb slain from the foun-
18 dation of the world," — even that which "was dead, and
is alive again; and was lost, and is found;" for Life is
Christ, and Christ, as aforetime, heals the sick, saves
21 sinners, and destroys the last enemy, death.
In 1888 I visited these mountains and spoke to an
attentive audience collected in the hall at the Fabyan
24 House. Then and there I foresaw this hour, and spoke
of the little church to be in the midst of the mountains,
closing my remarks with the words of Mrs. Hemans: —
27 For the strength of the hills, we bless Thee,
Our God, our fathers' God!
The sons and daughters of the Granite State are rich in
30 signs and symbols, sermons in stones, refuge in mountains,
1 and good universal. The rocks, rills, mountains, meadows,
fountains, and forests of our native State should be 3 prophetic of the finger divine that writes in living char-
acters their lessons on our lives. May God's little ones
cluster around this rock-ribbed church like tender nestlings
6 in the crannies of the rocks, and preen their thoughts for
Though neither dome nor turret tells the tale of your
9 little church, its song and sermon will touch the heart,
point the path above the valley, up the mountain, and on
to the celestial hills, echoing the Word welling up from
12 the infinite and swelling the loud anthem of one Father-
Mother God, o'er all victorious! Rest assured that He
in whom dwelleth all life, health, and holiness, will supply
15 all your needs according to His riches in glory.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
18 First Church of Christ, Scientist, Duluth, Minn.: — May
our God make this church the fold of flocks, and may
those that plant the vineyard eat the fruit thereof. Here
21 let His promise be verified: "Before they call, I will
answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Beloved Brethren: — Accept my thanks for your cordial
card inviting me to be with you on the day of your church
27 dedication. It gives me great pleasure to know that
you have erected a Church of Christ, Scientist, in your
1 city. Surely, your fidelity, faith, and Christian zeal
fairly indicate that, spiritually as well as literally, the
3 church in Salt Lake City hath not lost its saltness. I
may at some near future visit your city, but am too busy
to think of doing so at present.
6 May the divine light of Christian Science that lighteth
every enlightened thought illumine your faith and under-
standing, exclude all darkness or doubt, and signal the
9 perfect path wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby
to demonstrate the perfect man and the perfect law of
God. In the words of St. Paul: "Now the end of the
12 commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a
good conscience, and of faith unfeigned;" and St. John
says: "For this is the message that ye heard from the
15 beginning, that we should love one another."
May the grace and love of God be and abide with
18 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
November 16, 1898
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
My Beloved Brethren: — You have met to conse-
crate your beautiful temple to the worship of the only
24 true God. Since the day in which you were brought into
the light and liberty of His children, it has been in the
hearts of this people to build a house unto Him whose
27 name they would glorify in a new commandment —
"that ye love one another." In this new recognition of
the riches of His love and the majesty of His might you
30 have built this house — laid its foundations on the rock
1 of Christ, and the stone which the builders rejected you
have made the head of the corner. This house is hallowed
3 by His promise: "I have hallowed this house, which thou
hast built, to put my name there forever; and mine eyes
and mine heart shall be there perpetually." "Now mine
6 eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer
that is made in this place." Your feast days will not be
in commemoration, but in recognition of His presence;
9 your ark of the covenant will not be brought out of the
city of David, but out of "the secret place of the most
High," whereof the Psalmist sang, even the omniscience
12 of omnipotence; your tabernacle of the congregation will
not be temporary, but a "house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens;" your oracle, under the wings of
15 the cherubim, is Truth's evangel, enunciating, "God is
In spirit I enter your inner sanctuary, your heart's
18 heart, breathing a benediction for God's largess. He
surely will not shut me out from your presence, and the
ponderous walls of your grand cathedral cannot prevent
21 me from entering where the heart of a Southron has
Christian Science has a place in its court, in which, like
24 beds in hospitals, one man's head lies at another's feet.
As you work, the ages win; for the majesty of Christian
Science teaches the majesty of man. When it is learned
27 that spiritual sense and not the material senses convey all
impressions to man, man will naturally seek the Science of
his spiritual nature, and finding it, be God-endowed for
When divine Love gains admittance to a humble heart,
that individual ascends the scale of miracles and meets the
1 warmest wish of men and angels. Clad in invincible
armor, grasping the sword of Spirit, you have started in
3 this sublime ascent, and should reach the mount of revela-
tion; for if ye would run, who shall hinder you? So dear,
so due, to God is obedience, that it reaches high heaven
6 in the common walks of life, and it affords even me a
perquisite of joy.
You worship no distant deity, nor talk of unknown
9 love. The silent prayers of our churches, resounding
through the dim corridors of time, go forth in waves of
sound, a diapason of heart-beats, vibrating from one
12 pulpit to another and from one heart to another, till
truth and love, commingling in one righteous prayer,
shall encircle and cement the human race.
15 The government of divine Love derives its omnipotence
from the love it creates in the heart of man; for love is
allegiant, and there is no loyalty apart from love. When
18 the human senses wake from their long slumber to see how
soon earth's fables flee and faith grows wearisome, then
that which defies decay and satisfies the immortal cravings
21 is sought and found. In the twilight of the world's
pageantry, in the last-drawn sigh of a glory gone, we are
drawn towards God.
24 Beloved brethren, I cannot forget that yours is the first
church edifice of our denomination erected in the sunny
South — once my home. There my husband died, and
27 the song and the dirge, surging my being, gave expression
to a poem written in 1844, from which I copy this verse: —
Friends, why throng in pity round me?
30 Wherefore, pray, the bell did toll?
Dead is he who loved me dearly:
Am I not alone in soul?
1 Did that midnight shadow, falling upon the bridal
wreath, bring the recompense of human woe, which is the
3 merciful design of divine Love, and so help to evolve that
larger sympathy for suffering humanity which is eman-
cipating it with the morning beams and noonday glory of
6 Christian Science?
The age is fast answering this question: Does Christian
Science equal materia medica in healing the worst forms
9 of contagious and organic diseases? My experience in
both practices — materia medica and the scientific meta-
physical practice of medicine — shows the latter not only
12 equalling but vastly excelling the former.
Christians who accept our Master as authority, regard
his sayings as infallible. Jesus' students, failing to cure a
15 severe case of lunacy, asked their great Teacher, "Why
could not we cast him out?" He answered, "This kind
goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." This declara-
18 tion of our Master, as to the relative value, skill, and
certainty of the divine laws of Mind over the human
mind and above matter in healing disease, remains beyond
21 questioning a divine decision in behalf of Mind.
Jesus gave his disciples (students) power over all manner
of diseases; and the Bible was written in order that all
24 peoples, in all ages, should have the same opportunity to
become students of the Christ, Truth, and thus become
God-endued with power (knowledge of divine law) and
27 with "signs following." Jesus declared that his teaching
and practice would remain, even as it did, "for them also
which shall believe on me through their word." Then,
30 in the name of God, wherefore vilify His prophets to-day
who are fulfilling Jesus' prophecy and verifying his last
promise, "Lo, I am with you alway"? It were well for
1 the world if there survived more of the wisdom of Nico-
demus of old, who said, "No man can do these miracles
3 that thou doest, except God be with him."
Be patient towards persecution. Injustice has not a
tithe of the power of justice. Your enemies will advertise
6 for you. Christian Science is spreading steadily through-
out the world. Persecution is the weakness of tyrants
engendered by their fear, and love will cast it out. Con-
9 tinue steadfast in love and good works. Children of
light, you are not children of darkness. Let your light
shine. Keep in mind the foundations of Christian
12 Science — one God and one Christ. Keep personality
out of sight, and Christ's "Blessed are ye" will seal your
15 This glad Easter morning witnesseth a risen Saviour, a
higher human sense of Life and Love, which wipes away
all tears. With grave-clothes laid aside, Christ, Truth, has
18 come forth from the tomb of the past, clad in immortality.
The sepulchres give up their dead. Spirit is saying unto
matter: I am not there, am not within you. Behold the
21 place where they laid me; but human thought has risen!
Mortality's thick gloom is pierced. The stone is rolled
away. Death has lost its sting, and the grave its victory.
24 Immortal courage fills the human breast and lights the
living way of Life.
SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
My Beloved Brethren: — Your card of invitation to this
feast of soul — the dedication of your church — was duly
30 received. Accept my thanks.
1 Ye sit not in the idol's temple. Ye build not to an
unknown God. Ye worship Him whom ye serve. Boast
3 not thyself, thou ransomed of divine Love, but press on
unto the possession of unburdened bliss. Heal the sick,
make spotless the blemished, raise the living dead, cast
6 out fashionable lunacy.
The ideal robe of Christ is seamless. Thou hast touched
its hem, and thou art being healed. The risen Christ is
9 thine. The haunting mystery and gloom of his glory
rule not this century. Thine is the upspringing hope, the
conquest over sin and mortality, that lights the living
12 way to Life, not to death.
May the God of our fathers, the infinite Person whom
we worship, be and abide with you. May the blessing of
15 divine Love rest with you. My heart hovers around your
churches in Chicago, for the dove of peace sits smilingly
on these branches and sings of our Redeemer.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
LOS ANGELES, CAL.
Beloved Students: — Your kind letter, inviting me to
21 be present at the dedication of your church, was duly
received. It would indeed give me pleasure to visit you,
to witness your prosperity, and "rejoice with them that
24 do rejoice," but the constant recurring demands upon
my time and attention pin me to my post. Of this,
however, I can sing: My love can fly on wings of joy to
27 you and leave a leaf of olive; it can whisper to you of
the divine ever-presence, answering your prayers, crown-
ing your endeavors, and building for you a house "eternal
30 in the heavens."
1 You will dedicate your temple in faith unfeigned, not to
the unknown God, but unto Him whom to know aright
3 is life everlasting. His presence with you will bring to
your hearts so much of heaven that you will not feel my
absence. The privilege remains mine to watch and work
6 for all, from East to West, from the greensward and
gorgeous skies of the Orient to your dazzling glory
in the Occident, and to thank God forever "for His
9 goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
12 November 20, 1902
SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
15 Beloved: — The spiritual dominates the temporal. Love
gives nothing to take away. Nothing dethrones His
house. You are dedicating yours to Him. Protesting
18 against error, you unite with all who believe in Truth.
God guard and guide you.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
NEW YORK, N. Y.
Beloved Brethren: — Carlyle writes, "Give a thing time;
if it succeeds, it is a right thing." Here I aver that you
24 have grasped time and labor, taking the first by the fore-
lock and the last by love. In this lofty temple, dedicated
to God and humanity, may the prophecy of Isaiah be
27 fulfilled: "Fear not: . . . I have called thee by thy
name; thou art mine." Within its sacred walls may
1 song and sermon generate only that which Christianity
writes in broad facts over great continents — sermons
3 that fell forests and remove mountains, songs of joy
The letter of your work dies, as do all things material,
6 but the spirit of it is immortal. Remember that a temple
but foreshadows the idea of God, the "house not made
with hands, eternal in the heavens," while a silent, grand
9 man or woman, healing sickness and destroying sin,
builds that which reaches heaven. Only those men and
women gain greatness who gain themselves in a complete
12 subordination of self.
The tender memorial engraven on your grand edifice
stands for human self lost in divine light, melted into the
15 radiance of His likeness. It stands for meekness and
might, for Truth as attested by the Founder of your
denomination and emblazoned on the fair escutcheon of
18 your church.
Beloved Students: — Your telegram, in which you pre-
sent to me the princely gift of your magnificent church
21 edifice in New York City, is an unexpected token of your
gratitude and love. I deeply appreciate it, profoundly
thank you for it, and gratefully accept the spirit of it;
24 but I must decline to receive that for which you have
sacrificed so much and labored so long. May divine
Love abundantly bless you, reward you according to
27 your works, guide and guard you and your church
through the depths; and may you
"Who stood the storm when seas were rough,
30 Ne'er in a sunny hour fall off."
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
3 Beloved Brethren: — You will pardon my delay in
acknowledging your card of invitation to the dedicatory
services of your church. Adverse circumstances, loss of
6 help, new problems to be worked out for the field, etc,.
have hitherto prevented my reply. However, it is never
too late to repent, to love more, to work more, to watch
9 and pray; but those privileges I have not had time to
express, and so have submitted to necessity, letting the
deep love which I cherished for you be hidden under an
12 appearance of indifference.
We must resign with good grace what we are denied, and
press on with what we are, for we cannot do more than we
15 are nor understand what is not ripening in us. To do
good to all because we love all, and to use in God's service
the one talent that we all have, is our only means of
18 adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep
discontent with our shortcomings.
Christian Science is at length learned to be no miserable
21 piece of ideal legerdemain, by which we poor mortals ex-
pect to live and die, but a deep-drawn breath fresh from
God, by whom and in whom man lives, moves, and has
24 deathless being. The praiseworthy success of this church,
and its united efforts to build an edifice in which to worship
the infinite, sprang from the temples erected first in the
27 hearts of its members — the unselfed love that builds
without hands, eternal in the heaven of Spirit. God
grant that this unity remain, and that you continue to
30 build, rebuild, adorn, and fill these spiritual temples with
grace, Truth, Life, and Love.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
3 My Beloved Brethren: — I congratulate you upon erect-
ing the first edifice of our denomination in the Keystone
State, a State whose metropolis is called the "city of
6 brotherly love." May this dear church militant accept
my tender counsel in these words of the Scripture, to be
engrafted in church and State: —
9 "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to
wrath." "He that is slow to anger is better than the
mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh
12 a city." "If any man offend not in word, the same is
a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."
"By thy words thou shalt be condemned." "Love thy
15 neighbor as thyself."
"Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that [we] should follow his steps: . . . who, when he was
18 reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened
not; but committed himself to Him that judgeth right-
eously." "Consider him that endured such contradiction
21 of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
ST. LOUIS, MO.
My Beloved Brethren: — The good in being, even the
spiritually indispensable, is your daily bread. Work and
27 pray for it. The poor toil for our bread, and we should
work for their health and holiness. Over the glaciers of
winter the summer glows. The beauty of holiness comes
1 with the departure of sin. Enjoying good things is
not evil, but becoming slaves to pleasure is. That error
3 is most forcible which is least distinct to conscience.
Attempt nothing without God's help.
May the beauty of holiness be upon this dear people,
6 and may this beloved church be glorious, without spot
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
SAN JOSE, CAL.
Beloved Students: —Words are inadequate to express
my deep appreciation of your labor and success in com-
12 pleting and dedicating your church edifice, and of the
great hearts and ready hands of our far Western students,
the Christian Scientists.
15 Comparing such students with those whose words
are but the substitutes for works, we learn that the
translucent atmosphere of the former must illumine the
18 midnight of the latter, else Christian Science will dis-
appear from among mortals.
I thank divine Love for the hope set before us in the
21 Word and in the doers thereof, "for of such is the kingdom
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
WILMINGTON, N. C.
My Beloved Brethren: — At this dedicatory season of
your church edifice in the home of my heart, I send lov-
27 ing congratulations, join with you in song and sermon.
God will bless the work of your hearts and hands.
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
30 July 27, 1907
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
3 Beloved Students and Brethren: — Your letters of May 1
and June 19, informing me of the dedication of your
magnificent church edifice, have been received with many
6 thanks to you and great gratitude to our one Father.
May God grant not only the continuance of His favors, but their abundant and
9 CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.,
June 26, 1909
Chapter IX — Letters to Branch Churches
1 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
3 MY BELOVED STUDENTS AND BRETHREN: — I rejoice
with thee. Blessed art thou. In place of dark-
ness, light hath sprung up. The reward of thy hands
6 is given thee to-day. May God say this of the church
in Philadelphia: I have naught against thee.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Beloved Brethren: — The Board of Directors and
Trustees of this church will please accept my grateful
12 acknowledgment of the receipt of their Christian canon
pertaining to the hour. The joint resolutions contained
therein show explicitly the attitude of this church in our
15 capital towards me and towards the Cause of Christian
Science, so dear to our hearts and to all loyal lovers of
God and man.
18 This year, standing on the verge of the twentieth cen-
tury, has sounded the tocsin of a higher hope, of strength-
ened hands, of unveiled hearts, of fourfold unity between
21 the churches of our denomination in this and in other
1 lands. Religious liberty and individual rights under the
Constitution of our nation are rapidly advancing, avow-
3 ing and consolidating the genius of Christian Science.
Heaven be praised for the signs of the times. Let "the
heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing;" our
6 trust is in the Almighty God, who ruleth in heaven and
upon earth, and none can stay His hand or say, "What
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
My Beloved Brethren: — The chain of Christian unity,
12 unbroken, stretches across the sea and rises upward to the
realms of incorporeal Life — even to the glorious beati-
tudes of divine Love. Striving to be good, to do good, and
15 to love our neighbor as ourself, man's soul is safe; man
emerges from mortality and receives his rights inalienable
— the love of God and man. What holds us to the Chris-
18 tian life is the seven-fold shield of honesty, purity, and
unselfed love. I need not say this to you, for you know
the way in Christian Science.
21 Pale, sinful sense, at work to lift itself on crumbling
thrones of justice by pulling down its benefactors,
will tumble from this scheme into the bottomless
24 abyss of self-damnation, there to relinquish its league
with evil. Wide yawns the gap between this course
and Christian Science.
27 God spare this plunge, lessen its depths, save sin-
ners and fit their being to recover its connection with
its divine Principle, Love. For this I shall continue to
1 God is blessing you, my beloved students and breth-
ren. Press on towards the high calling whereunto
3 divine Love has called us and is fast fulfilling the
Satan is unchained only for a season, as the Revelator
6 foresaw, and love and good will to man, sweeter than a
sceptre, are enthroned now and forever.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, NEW YORK, N. Y.
My Beloved Brethren: — Your Soul-full words and song
repeat my legacies in blossom. Such elements of friend-
12 ship, faith, and hope repossess us of heaven. I thank
you out of a full heart. Even the crown of thorns, which
mocked the bleeding brow of our blessed Lord, was over-
15 crowned with a diadem of duties done. So let us meekly
meet, mercifully forgive, wisely ponder, and lovingly
scan the convulsions of mortal mind, that its sudden
18 sallies may help us, not to a start, but to a tenure of
unprecarious joy. Rich hope have I in him who says in
his heart: —
21 I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
24 All the rugged way.
SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, NEW YORK, N. Y.
27 Beloved Brethren: — Please accept a line from me in lieu
of my presence on the auspicious occasion of the open-
ing of your new church edifice. Hope springs exultant
1 on this blest morn. May its white wings overshadow this
white temple and soar above it, pointing the path from
3 earth to heaven — from human ambition, fear, or distrust
to the faith, meekness, and might of him who hallowed
this Easter morn.
6 Now may his salvation draw near, for the night is far
spent and the day is at hand. In the words of St. Paul:
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom
9 tribute is due; custom to whom custom; . . . honor to
whom honor. Owe no man any thing, but to love one
another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the
May the benediction of "Well done, good and faithful,"
rest worthily on the builders of this beautiful temple, and
15 the glory of the resurrection morn burst upon the spiritual
sense of this people with renewed vision, infinite mean-
ings, endless hopes, and glad victories in the onward and
18 upward chain of being.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, OAKLAND, CAL.
21 Beloved Brethren: — I thank you for the words of cheer
and love in your letter. The taper unseen in sunlight
cheers the darkness. My work is reflected light, — a
24 drop from His ocean of love, from the underived glory,
the divine Esse. From the dear tone of your letter,
you must be bringing your sheaves into the store-
27 house. Press on. The way is narrow at first, but it
expands as we walk in it. "Herein is my Father glori-
fied, that ye bear much fruit." God bless this vine of
30 His planting.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, WASHINGTON, D. C.
3 Beloved Brethren: — I have nothing new to communi-
cate; all is in your textbooks. Pray aright and demon-
strate your prayer; sing in faith. Know that religion
6 should be distinct in our consciousness and life, but not
clamorous for worldly distinction. Church laws which
are obeyed without mutiny are God's laws. Goodness
9 and philanthropy begin with work and never stop working.
All that is worth reckoning is what we do, and the best of
everything is not too good, but is economy and riches.
12 Be great not as a grand obelisk, nor by setting up to be
great, — only as good. A spiritual hero is a mark for
gamesters, but he is unutterably valiant, the summary of
15 suffering here and of heaven hereafter. Our thoughts
beget our actions; they make us what we are. Dis-
honesty is a mental malady which kills its possessor; it
18 is a sure precursor that its possessor is mortal. A deep
sincerity is sure of success, for God takes care of it. God
bless this dear church, and I am sure that He will if it is
21 ready for the blessing.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, LONDON, ENGLAND
24 Beloved Students: — You have laid the corner-stone of
your church edifice impressively, and buried immortal
truths in the bosom of earth safe from all chance of being
You whose labors are doing so much to benefit mankind
will not be impatient if you have not accomplished all you
1 desire, nor will you be long in doing more. My faith in
God and in His followers rests in the fact that He is infinite
3 good, and that He gives His followers opportunity to use
their hidden virtues, to put into practice the power which
lies concealed in the calm and which storms awaken to
6 vigor and to victory.
It is only by looking heavenward that mutual friend-
ships such as ours can begin and never end. Over sea
9 and over land, Christian Science unites its true followers
in one Principle, divine Love, that sacred ave and essence
of Soul which makes them one in Christ.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, COLUMBUS, OHIO
IN REPLY TO A LETTER ANNOUNCING THE PURPOSE OF THE
15 CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS TO PRACTISE WITHOUT FEES IN COM-
PLIANCE WITH THE STATE LAWS
Beloved Brethren: — I congratulate you tenderly on the
18 decision you have made as to the present practice of
Christian Science in your State, and thoroughly recom-
mend it under the circumstances. I practised gratui-
21 tously when starting this great Cause, which was then the
scoff of the age.
The too long treatment of a disease, the charging of
24 the sick whom you have not healed a full fee for treat-
ment, the suing for payment, hypnotism, and the resent-
ing of injuries, are not the fruits of Christian Science,
27 while returning good for evil, loving one's enemies, and
overcoming evil with good, — these are its fruits;
and its therapeutics, based as aforetime on this divine
30 Principle, heals all disease.
1 We read in the Scriptures: "There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk
3 not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." "Stand fast
therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free." "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless
6 as doves."
Wisdom is won through faith, prayer, experience; and
God is the giver.
9 "God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
12 And rides upon the storm."
THIRD CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, LONDON, ENGLAND
15 Beloved Brethren: — Love and unity are hieroglyphs of
goodness, and their philosophical impetus, spiritual
Aesculapius and Hygeia, saith, "As the thought is, so is the
18 deed; as the thing made is good or bad, so is its maker."
This idealism connects itself with spiritual understanding,
and so makes God more supreme in consciousness, man
21 more His likeness, friends more faithful, and enemies
harmless. Scholastic theology at its best touches but the
hem of Christian Science, shorn of all personality, wholly
24 apart from human hypotheses, matter, creed and dogma,
the lust of the flesh and the pride of power. Christian
Science is the full idea of its divine Principle, God; it is
27 forever based on Love, and it is demonstrated by perfect
rules; it is unerring. Hence health, holiness, immortality,
are its natural effects. The practitioner may fail, but the
30 Science never.
1 Philosophical links, which would unite dead mat-
ter with animate, Spirit with matter and material
3 means, prayer with power and pride of position, hinder
the divine influx and lose Science,— lose the Principle
of divine metaphysics and the tender grace of spiritual
6 understanding, that love-linked holiness which heals
Schisms, imagination, and human beliefs are not
9 parts of Christian Science; they darken the discern-
ment of Science; they divide Truth's garment and cast
lots for it.
12 Seeing a man in the moon, or seeing a person in the
picture of Jesus, or believing that you see an individual
who has passed through the shadow called death, is
15 not seeing the spiritual idea of God; but it is seeing
a human belief, which is far from the fact that portrays
Life, Truth, Love.
18 May these words of the Scriptures comfort you: "The
Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God
thy glory." "The city had no need of the sun, neither
21 of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did
lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." "Ye
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
24 nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the
praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into
His marvellous light." "Giving thanks unto the Father,
27 which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inherit-
ance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from
the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the
30 kingdom of His dear Son." "Ye were sometimes dark-
ness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, MILWAUKEE, WIS.
3 Beloved Brethren: — Your communication is gratefully
received. Press on! The wrath of men shall praise God,
and the remainder thereof He will restrain.
A TELEGRAM AND MRS. EDDY'S REPLY
Beloved Leader: — The representatives of churches and
societies of Christian Science in Missouri, in annual
9 conference assembled, unite in loving greetings to you,
and pledge themselves to strive more earnestly, day
by day, for the clearer understanding and more perfect
12 manifestation of the truth which you have unfolded to
the world, and by which sin and sickness are destroyed
and life and immortality brought to light.
15 Yours in loving obedience,
CHURCHES AND SOCIETIES OF CHRISTIAN
SCIENCE IN MISSOURI
18 ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI,
January 5, 1909
Mrs. Eddy's Reply
21 "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: . . . enter
thou into the joy of thy lord" — the satisfaction of
meeting and mastering evil and defending good, thus
24 predicating man upon divine Science. (See Science
and Health, p. 227.)
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS,
27 January 6, 1909
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
3 Beloved Brethren: — Accept my deep thanks for your
highly interesting letter. It would seem as if the whole
import of Christian Science had been mirrored forth by
6 your loving hearts, to reflect its heavenly rays over all the
BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.,
9 July 15, 1909
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
12 Beloved Christian Scientists: — Like the gentle dews of
heaven and the refreshing breeze of morn, comes your
dear letter to my waiting heart, — waiting in due expec-
15 tation of just such blessedness, crowning the hope and
hour of divine Science, than which nothing can exceed
its ministrations of God to man.
18 I congratulate you on the prospect of erecting a church
building, wherein to gather in praise and prayer for the
whole human family.
21 BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.,
November 2, 1909
THE COMMITTEES IN CONFERENCE, CHICAGO, ILL.
24 The Committees: — God bless the courageous, far-seeing
committees in conference for their confidence in His
ways and means of reaching the very acme of Christian
COMMENT ON LETTER FROM
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, OTTAWA, ONTARIO
3 God will abundantly bless this willing and obedient
church with the rich reward of those that seek and serve
Him. No greater hope have we than in right thinking
6 and right acting, and faith in the blessing of fidelity,
courage, patience, and grace.
Chapter X — Admonition and Counsel
1 WHAT OUR LEADER SAYS
BELOVED Christian Scientists, keep your minds so
1 filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and
death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can
be added to the mind already full. There is no door
1 through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill
in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an
impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely
1 shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not
only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest
upon are thereby benefited.
12 The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him
when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily
resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and
15 doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the
Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will
towards men, health, and holiness.(1)
WAYS THAT ARE VAIN
Certain individuals entertain the notion that Chris-
tian Science Mind-healing should be two-sided, and only
21 denounce error in general, — saying nothing, in particu-
(1) Copyright, 1909, by Mary Baker Eddy. Renewed, 1937.
1 lar, of error that is damning men. They are sticklers
for a false, convenient peace, straining at gnats and
1 swallowing camels. The unseen wrong to individuals
and society they are too cowardly, too ignorant, or too
wicked to uncover, and excuse themselves by denying
1 that this evil exists. This mistaken way, of hiding sin
in order to maintain harmony, has licensed evil, allowing
it first to smoulder, and then break out in devouring
1 flames. All that error asks is to be let alone; even as
in Jesus' time the unclean spirits cried out, "Let us
alone; what have we to do with thee?"
12 Animal magnetism, in its ascending steps of evil,
entices its victim by unseen, silent arguments. Revers-
ing the modes of good, in their silent allurements to
15 health and holiness, it impels mortal mind into error of
thought, and tempts into the committal of acts foreign
to the natural inclinations. The victims lose their
18 individuality, and lend themselves as willing tools to
carry out the designs of their worst enemies, even those
who would induce their self-destruction. Animal mag-
21 netism fosters suspicious distrust where honor is due, fear
where courage should be strongest, reliance where there
should be avoidance, a belief in safety where there is
24 most danger; and these miserable lies, poured constantly
into his mind, fret and confuse it, spoiling that indi-
vidual's disposition, undermining his health, and sealing
27 his doom, unless the cause of the mischief is found out
Other minds are made dormant by it, and the victim
30 is in a state of semi-individuality, with a mental hazi-
ness which admits of no intellectual culture or spiritual
growth. The state induced by this secret evil influence
1 is a species of intoxication, in which the victim is led to
believe and do what he would never, otherwise, think
1 or do voluntarily.
This intricate method of animal magnetism is the
essence, or spirit, of evil, which makes mankind drunken.
1 In this era it is taking the place of older and more open
sins, and other forms of intoxication. A harder fight
will be necessary to expose the cause and effects of
1 this evil influence, than has been required to put down
the evil effects of alcohol. The alcoholic habit is the
use of higher forms of matter, wherewith to do evil;
12 whereas animal magnetism is the highest form of mental
evil, wherewith to complete the sum total of sin.
The question is often asked, Why is there so much
15 dissension among mental practitioners? We answer,
Because they do not practise in strict accordance with
the teaching of Christian Science Mind-healing. If they
18 did, there would be unity of action. Being like the
disciples of old, "with one accord in one place," they
would receive a spiritual influx impossible under other
21 conditions, and so would recognize and resist the
animal magnetism by which they are being deceived
24 The mental malpractitioner, interfering with the
rights of Mind, destroys the true sense of Science, and
loses his own power to heal. He tries to compensate
27 himself for his own loss by hindering in every way con-
ceivable the success of others. You will find this prac-
titioner saying that animal magnetism never troubles
30 him, but that Mrs. Eddy teaches animal magnetism;
and he says this to cover his crime of mental malprac-
tice, in furtherance of unscrupulous designs.
1 The natural fruits of Christian Science Mind-healing
are harmony, brotherly love, spiritual growth and
1 activity. The malicious aim of perverted mind-power,
or animal magnetism, is to paralyze good and give
activity to evil. It starts factions and engenders envy
1 and hatred, but as activity is by no means a right of
evil and its emissaries, they ought not to be encouraged
in it. Because this age is cursed with one rancorous
1 and lurking foe to human weal, those who are the
truest friends of mankind, and conscientious in their
desire to do right and to live pure and Christian lives,
12 should be more zealous to do good, more watchful and
vigilant. Then they will be proportionately successful
and bring out glorious results.
15 Unless one's eyes are opened to the modes of mental
malpractice, working so subtly that we mistake its sug-
gestions for the impulses of our own thought, the victim
18 will allow himself to drift in the wrong direction with-
out knowing it. Be ever on guard against this enemy.
Watch your thoughts, and see whether they lead you
21 to God and into harmony with His true followers.
Guard and strengthen your own citadel more strongly.
Thus you will grow wiser and better through every
24 attack of your foe, and the Golden Rule will not rust
for lack of use or be misinterpreted by the adverse
influence of animal magnetism.
ONLY ONE QUOTATION
The following three quotations from "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures" are submitted
30 to the dear Churches of Christ, Scientist. From these
1 they may select one only to place on the walls of their
church. Otherwise, as our churches multiply, promiscu-
1 ous selections would write your textbook on the walls of
Divine Love always has met and always will meet every
1 human need.
MARY BAKER EDDY
Christianity is again demonstrating the Life that is
1 Truth, and the Truth that is Life.
MARY BAKER EDDY
Jesus' three days' work in the sepulchre set the seal
12 of eternity on time. He proved Life to be deathless and
Love to be the master of hate.
MARY BAKER EDDY
THE LABORER AND HIS HIRE
In reply to letters questioning the consistency of
Christian Scientists taking pay for their labors, and with
18 the hope of relieving the questioners' perplexity, I will say:
Four years after my discovery of Christian Science, while
taking no remuneration for my labors, and for healing all
21 manner of diseases, I was confronted with the fact that I
had no monetary means left wherewith to hire a hall in
which to speak, or to establish a Christian Science home
24 for indigent students, which I yearned to do, or even to
meet my own current expenses. I therefore halted from
27 I had cast my all into the treasury of Truth, but where
were the means with which to carry on a Cause? To
desert the Cause never occurred to me, but nobody
1 then wanted Christian Science, or gave it a halfpenny.
Though sorely oppressed, I was above begging and
1 knew well the priceless worth of what had been bestowed
without money or price. Just then God stretched forth
His hand. He it was that bade me do what I did,
1 and it prospered at every step. I wrote "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," taught students for
a tuition of three hundred dollars each, though I seldom
1 taught without having charity scholars, sometimes a
dozen or upward in one class. Afterwards, with touch-
ing tenderness, those very students sent me the full
12 tuition money. However, I returned this money with
love; but it was again mailed to me in letters begging
me to accept it, saying, "Your teachings are worth much
15 more to me than money can be."
It was thus that I earned the means with which to start
a Christian Science home for the poor worthy student, to
18 establish a Metaphysical College, to plant our first maga-
zine, to purchase the site for a church edifice, to give my
church The Christian Science Journal, and to keep "the
21 wolves in sheep's clothing," preying upon my pearls, from
clogging the wheels of Christian Science.
When the great Master first sent forth his students, he
24 bade them take no scrip for their journey, saying, "The
laborer is worthy of his hire." Next, on the contrary,
he bade them take scrip. Can we find a better example
27 for our lives than that of our Master? Why did he send
forth his students first without, and then with, provision
for their expenses? Doubtless to test the effect of both
30 methods on mankind. That he preferred the latter is
evident, since we have no hint of his changing this direc-
tion; and that his divine wisdom should temper human
1 affairs, is plainly set forth in the Scriptures. Till Christian
Scientists give all their time to spiritual things, live without
1 eating, and obtain their money from a fish's mouth, they
must earn it in order to help mankind with it. All sys-
tems of religion stand on this basis.
1 The law and the gospel, — Christian, civil, and educa-
tional means, — manufacture, agriculture, tariff, and
revenue subsist on demand and supply, regulated by a
1 government currency, by which each is provided for and
maintained. What, then, can a man do with truth
and without a cent to sustain it? Either his life must
12 be a miracle that frightens people, or his truth not
worth a cent.
THE CHILDREN CONTRIBUTORS
15 My Beloved Children: — Tenderly thanking you for
your sweet industry and love on behalf of the room
of the Pastor Emeritus in The First Church of Christ,
18 Scientist, Boston, I say: The purpose of God to you-
ward indicates another field of work which I present to
your thought, work by which you can do much good and
21 which is adapted to your present unfolding capacity. I
request that from this date you disband as a society,
drop the insignia of "Busy Bees," work in your own sev-
24 eral localities, and no longer contribute to The Mother
Church flower fund.
As you grow older, advance in the knowledge of self-
27 support, and see the need of self-culture, it is to be expected
you will feel more than at present that charity begins at
home, and that you will want money for your own uses.
30 Contemplating these important wants, I see that you
should begin now to earn for a purpose even higher, the
1 money that you expend for flowers. You will want it for
academics, for your own school education, or, if need be,
1 to help your parents, brothers, or sisters.
Further to encourage your early, generous incentive
for action, and to reward your hitherto unselfish toil, I
1 have deeded in trust to The Mother Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, the sum of four thousand dollars
to be invested in safe municipal bonds for my dear chil-
1 dren contributors to the room of the Pastor Emeritus.
This sum is to remain on interest till it is disbursed in
equal shares to each contributor. This disbursal will
12 take place when the contributors shall have arrived at
legal age, and each contributor will receive his divi-
dend with interest thereon up to date, provided he has
15 complied with my request as above named.
In the last Sentinel [Oct. 12, 1899] was the following
18 question: "If all matter is unreal, why do we deny the
existence of disease in the material body and not the body
21 We deny first the existence of disease, because we can
meet this negation more readily than we can negative all
that the material senses affirm. It is written in "Science
24 and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "An improved
belief is one step out of error, and aids in taking the
next step and in understanding the situation in Christian
27 Science" (p. 296).
Thus it is that our great Exemplar, Jesus of Nazareth,
first takes up the subject. He does not require the last
30 step to be taken first. He came to the world not to
destroy the law of being, but to fulfil it in righteousness.
1 He restored the diseased body to its normal action,
functions, and organization, and in explanation of his
1 deeds he said, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it be-
cometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Job said, "In
my flesh shall I see God." Neither the Old nor the New
1 Testament furnishes reasons or examples for the destruc-
tion of the human body, but for its restoration to life
and health as the scientific proof of "God with us."
1 The power and prerogative of Truth are to destroy all
disease and to raise the dead — even the self-same
Lazarus. The spiritual body, the incorporeal idea, came
12 with the ascension.
Jesus demonstrated the divine Principle of Christian
Science when he presented his material body absolved
15 from death and the grave. The introduction of pure
abstractions into Christian Science, without their correl-
atives, leaves the divine Principle of Christian Science
18 unexplained, tends to confuse the mind of the reader, and
ultimates in what Jesus denounced, namely, straining
at gnats and swallowing camels.
A fad of belief is the fool of mesmerism. The belief
that an individual can either teach or heal by proxy is a
24 false faith that will end bitterly. My published works are
teachers and healers. My private life is given to a serv-
itude the fruit of which all mankind may share. Such
27 labor is impartial, meted out to one no more than to
another. Therefore an individual should not enter the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College with the expecta-
30 tion of receiving instruction from me, other than that
1 which my books afford, unless I am personally present.
Nor should patients anticipate being helped by me through
1 some favored student. Such practice would be erro-
neous, and such an anticipation on the part of the sick a
hindrance rather than help.
1 My good students have all the honor of their success
in teaching or in healing. I by no means would pluck
their plumes. Human power is most properly used in
1 preventing the occasion for its use; otherwise its use
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING
12 To say that it is sin to ride to church on an electric
car, would not be more preposterous than to believe
that man's Maker is not equal to the destruction of disease
15 germs. Christ, Truth, the ever-present spiritual idea,
who raises the dead, is equal to the giving of life and health
to man and to the healing, as aforetime, of all manner of
18 diseases. I would not charge Christians with doubting
the Bible record of our great Master's life of healing, since
Christianity must be predicated of what Christ Jesus
21 taught and did; but I do say that Christian Science cannot
annul nor make void the laws of the land, since Christ,
the great demonstrator of Christian Science, said, "Think
24 not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
I have expressed my opinion publicly as to the pre-
27 cautions against the spread of so-called infectious and
contagious diseases in the following words: —
"Rather than quarrel over vaccination, I recommend, if
30 the law demand, that an individual submit to this process,
that he obey the law, and then appeal to the gospel to
1 save him from bad physical results. Whatever changes
come to this century or to any epoch, we may safely
1 submit to the providence of God, to common justice, to
the maintenance of individual rights, and to govern-
mental usages. This statement should be so interpreted
1 as to apply, on the basis of Christian Science, to the
reporting of a contagious case to the proper authorities
when the law so requires. When Jesus was questioned
1 concerning obedience to human law, he replied: 'Render
to Caesar the things that are Caesar's,' even while you
render 'to God the things that are God's.' "
12 I believe in obeying the laws of the land. I practise and
teach this obedience, since justice is the moral signification
of law. Injustice denotes the absence of law. Each day
15 I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for
the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and
infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of
18 Christian religion — Christ's Christianity. I also have
faith that my prayer availeth, and that He who is
overturning will overturn until He whose right it is shall
21 reign. Each day I pray: "God bless my enemies; make
them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the
peace of love."
24 Past, present, or future philosophy or religion, which
departs from the instructions and example of the great
Galilean Prophet, cannot be Christlike. Jesus obeyed
27 human laws and fell a victim to those laws. But nineteen
centuries have greatly improved human nature and
human statutes. That the innocent should suffer for the
30 guilty, seems less divine, and that humanity should share
alike liberty of conscience, seems more divine to-day than
it did yesterday.
1 The earthly price of spirituality in religion and medicine
in a material age is persecution, and the moral distance
1 between Christianity and materialism precludes Jesus'
doctrine, now as then, from finding favor with certain
purely human views. The prophets of old looked for
1 something higher than the systems and practices of their
times. They foresaw the new dispensation of Truth
and the demonstration of God in His more infinite
1 meanings, — the demonstration which was to destroy sin,
disease, and death, establish the definition of omnipotence,
and illustrate the Science of Mind. Earth has not known
12 another so great and good as Christ Jesus. Then can
we find a better moral philosophy, a more complete,
natural, and divine Science of medicine, or a better
15 religion than his?
God is Spirit. Then modes of healing, other than the
spiritual and divine, break the First Commandment of
18 the Decalogue, "Thou shalt have no other gods before
me." There are no other heaven-appointed means than
the spiritual with which to heal sin and disease. Our
21 Master conformed to this law, and instructed his follow-
ers, saying, "He that believeth on me, the works that I
do shall he do also." This is enough.
24 All issues of morality, of Christianity, of pleasure, or of
pain must come through a correct or incorrect state
of thought, since matter is not conscious; then, like a
27 watchman forsaking his post, shall we have no faith in
God, in the divine Mind, thus throwing the door wide
open to the intruding disease, forgetting that the divine
30 Mind, Truth and Life, can guard the entrance?
We earnestly ask: Shall we not believe the Scripture,
"The prayer of faith shall save the sick"? In the seven-
1 teenth chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew,
we read that even the disciples of Jesus once failed mentally
1 to cure by their faith and understanding a violent case of
lunacy. And because of this Jesus rebuked them, saying:
"O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be
1 with you ? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to
me." When his disciples asked him why they could not
heal that case, Jesus, the master Metaphysician, answered,
1 "Because of your unbelief" (lack of faith); and then
continued: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence
12 to yonder place; and it shall remove." Also he added:
"This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting"
(refraining from admitting the claims of the senses).
15 Even in those dark days Jesus was not arrested and
executed (for "insanity") because of his faith and
his great demands on the faith of his followers, but
18 he was arrested because, as was said, "he stirreth
up the people." Be patient, O Christian Scientist!
It is well that thou canst unloose the sandals of thy
21 Master's feet.
The Constitution of the United States does not provide
that materia medica shall make laws to regulate man's
24 religion; rather does it imply that religion shall permeate
our laws. Mankind will be God-governed in proportion
as God's government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule
27 utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience
held sacred. Meanwhile, they who name the name of
Christian Science will assist in the holding of crime in
30 check, will aid the ejection of error, will maintain law
and order, and will cheerfully await the end — justice and
RULES OF CONDUCT
I hereby notify the public that no comers are received
1 at Pleasant View without previous appointment by letter.
Also that I neither listen to complaints, read letters, nor
dictate replies to letters which pertain to church diffi-
1 culties outside of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist,
or to any class of individual discords. Letters from the
sick are not read by me or by my secretaries. They
1 should be sent to the Christian Science practitioners
whose cards are in The Christian Science Journal.
Letters and despatches from individuals with whom I
12 have no acquaintance and of whom I have no knowl-
edge, containing questions about secular affairs, I do
not answer. First, because I have not sufficient time to
15 waste on them; second, because I do not consider myself
capable of instructing persons in regard to that of which
I know nothing. All such questions are superinduced by
18 wrong motives or by "evil suggestions," either of which
I do not entertain.
All inquiries, coming directly or indirectly from a
21 member of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, which
relate in any manner to the keeping or the breaking
of one of the Church By-laws, should be addressed to
24 the Christian Science Board of Directors and not to the
A WORD TO THE WISE
27 The hour is imminent. Upon it lie burdens that
time will remove. Just now divine Love and wisdom
saith, "Be still, and know that I am God." Do all Chris-
1 tian Scientists see or understand the importance of that
demand at the moment, when human wisdom is inade-
1 quate to meet the exigencies of the hour and when they
should wait on the logic of events?
I respectfully call your attention to this demand, know-
1 ing a little, as I ought, the human need, the divine com-
mand, the blessing which follows obedience and the bane
which follows disobedience. Hurried conclusions as to
1 the public thought are not apt to be correctly drawn. The
public sentiment is helpful or dangerous only in proportion
to its right or its wrong concept, and the forward footsteps
12 it impels or the prejudice it instils. This prejudice the
future must disclose and dispel. Avoid for the immediate
present public debating clubs. Also be sure that you are
15 not caught in some author's net, or made blind to his
loss of the Golden Rule, of which Christian Science is the
predicate and postulate, when he borrows the thoughts,
18 words, and classification of one author without quotation-
marks, at the same time giving full credit to another more
fashionable but less correct.
21 My books state Christian Science correctly. They may
not be as taking to those ignorant of this Science as
books less correct and therefore less profound. But it is
24 not safe to accept the latter as standards. We would not
deny their authors a hearing, since the Scripture declares,
"He that is not against us is on our part." And we should
27 also speak in loving terms of their efforts, but we cannot
afford to recommend any literature as wholly Christian
Science which is not absolutely genuine.
30 Beloved students, just now let us adopt the classic
saying, "They also serve who only stand and wait."
Our Cause is growing apace under the present persecution
1 thereof. This is a crucial hour, in which the coward and
the hypocrite come to the surface to pass off, while the
1 loyal at heart and the worker in the spirit of Truth are
rising to the zenith of success, — the "Well done, good
and faithful," spoken by our Master.
A correct use of capital letters in composition caps the
climax of the old "new tongue. " Christian Science is not
1 understood by the writer or the reader who does not com-
prehend where capital letters should be used in writing
about Christian Science.
12 In divine Science all belongs to God, for God is All;
hence the propriety of giving unto His holy name
due deference, — the capitalization which distinguishes
15 it from all other names, thus obeying the leading of our
The coming of Christ's kingdom on earth begins in the
18 minds of men by honoring God and sacredly holding His
name apart from the names of that which He creates.
Mankind almost universally gives to the divine Spirit
21 the name God. Christian Science names God as divine
Principle, Love, the infinite Person. In this, as in all
that is right, Christian Scientists are expected to stick
24 to their text, and by no illogical conclusion, either in
speaking or in writing, to forget their prayer, "Hallowed
be Thy name."
27 In their textbook it is clearly stated that God is divine
Principle and that His synonyms are Love, Truth, Life,
Spirit, Mind, Soul, which combine as one. The divine
30 Principle includes them all. The word Principle, when
referring to God, should not be written or used as a
1 common noun or in the plural number. To avoid using
this word incorrectly, use it only where you can substi-
1 tute the word God and make sense. This rule strictly
observed will preserve an intelligent usage of the word
and convey its meaning in Christian Science.
1 What are termed in common speech the principle of har-
monious vibration, the principle of conservation of num-
ber in geometry, the principle of the inclined plane in
1 mechanics, etc., are but an effect of one universal cause, —
an emanation of the one divine intelligent Principle that
holds the earth in its orbit by evolved spiritual power,
12 that commands the waves and the winds, that marks the
sparrow's fall, and that governs all from the infinitesimal
to the infinite, — namely, God. Withdraw God, divine
15 Principle, from man and the universe, and man and the
universe would no longer exist. But annihilate matter,
and man and the universe would remain the forever fact,
18 the spiritual "substance of things hoped for;" and the
evidence of the immortality of man and the cosmos is
sustained by the intelligent divine Principle, Love.
21 Beloved students, in this you learn to hallow His name,
even as you value His all-power, all-presence, all-Science,
and depend on Him for your existence.
Our faithful laborers in the field of Science have
been told by the alert editor-in-chief of the Christian
27 Science Sentinel and Journal that "Mrs. Eddy advises,
until the public thought becomes better acquainted with
Christian Science, that Christian Scientists decline to
30 doctor infectious or contagious diseases."
1 The great Master said, "For which of those works do
ye stone me?" He said this to satisfy himself regarding
1 that which he spake as God's representative — as one who
never weakened in his own personal sense of righteousness
because of another's wickedness or because of the minify-
1 ing of his own goodness by another. Charity is quite as
rare as wisdom, but when charity does appear, it is known
by its patience and endurance.
1 When, under the protection of State or United States
laws, good citizens are arrested for manslaughter because
one out of three of their patients, having the same disease
12 and in the same family, dies while the others recover, we
naturally turn to divine justice for support and wait on
God. Christian Scientists should be influenced by their
15 own judgment in taking a case of malignant disease.
They should consider well their ability to cope with the
claim, and they should not overlook the fact that there
18 are those lying in wait to catch them in their sayings;
neither should they forget that in their practice, whether
successful or not, they are not specially protected by law.
21 The above quotation by the editor-in-chief stands for this:
Inherent justice, constitutional individual rights, self-
preservation, and the gospel injunction, "Neither cast
24 ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under
their feet, and turn again and rend you."
And it stands side by side with Christ's command,
27 "Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to
him the other also." I abide by this rule and triumph by
it. The sinner may sneer at this beatitude, for "the fool
30 hath said in his heart, There is no God." Statistics show
that Christian Science cures a larger per cent of malignant
diseases than does materia medica.
1 I call disease by its name and have cured it thus; so
there is nothing new on this score. My book Science and
1 Health names disease, and thousands are healed by
learning that so-called disease is a sensation of mind, not
of matter. Evil minds signally blunder in divine meta-
1 physics; hence I am always saying the unexpected to
them. The evil mind calls it "skulking," when to me it
is wisdom to "overcome evil with good." I fail to know
1 how one can be a Christian and yet depart from Christ's
12 Who shall be greatest? Referring to John the Baptist,
of whom he said none greater had been born of women,
our Master declared: "He that is least in the kingdom of
15 heaven is greater than he." That is, he that hath the
kingdom of heaven, the reign of holiness, in the least in his
heart, shall be greatest.
18 Who shall inherit the earth? The meek, who sit at the
feet of Truth, bathing the human understanding with
tears of repentance and washing it clean from the taints of
21 self-righteousness, hypocrisy, envy, — they shall inherit
the earth, for "wisdom is justified of her children."
"Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? He that walketh
24 uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the
truth in his heart."
Who shall be called to Pleasant View? He who strives,
27 and attains; who has the divine presumption to say: "For
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that
he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him
30 against that day" (St. Paul). It goes without saying that
such a one was never called to Pleasant View for penance
1 or for reformation; and I call none but genuine Christian
Scientists, unless I mistake their calling. No mesmerist
1 nor disloyal Christian Scientist is fit to come hither. I
have no use for such, and there cannot be found at Pleasant
View one of this sort. "For all that do these things are
1 an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these
abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from
before thee." (Deuteronomy 18: 12.)
1 It is true that loyal Christian Scientists, called to the
home of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science,
can acquire in one year the Science that otherwise might
12 cost them a half century. But this should not be the
incentive for going thither. Better far that Christian
Scientists go to help their helper, and thus lose all selfish-
15 ness, as she has lost it, and thereby help themselves and
the whole world, as she has done, according to this saying
of Christ Jesus: "And whosoever doth not bear his cross,
18 and come after me, cannot be my disciple."
Will those beloved students, whose growth is taking in
21 the Ten Commandments and scaling the steep ascent of
Christ's Sermon on the Mount, accept profound thanks for
their swift messages of rejoicing over the twentieth cen-
24 tury Church Manual? Heaps upon heaps of praise con-
front me, and for what? That which I said in my heart
would never be needed, — namely, laws of limitation for a
27 Christian Scientist. Thy ways are not as ours. Thou
knowest best what we need most, — hence my disap-
pointed hope and grateful joy. The redeemed should be
30 happier than the elect. Truth is strong with destiny;
it takes life profoundly; it measures the infinite against
1 the finite. Notwithstanding the sacrilegious moth of time,
eternity awaits our Church Manual, which will maintain
1 its rank as in the past, amid ministries aggressive and
active, and will stand when those have passed to rest.
Scientific pathology illustrates the digestion of spiritual
1 nutriment as both sweet and bitter, — sweet in expectancy
and bitter in experience or during the senses' assimilation
thereof, and digested only when Soul silences the dyspepsia
1 of sense. This church is impartial. Its rules apply not
to one member only, but to one and all equally. Of this
I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will
12 increase the spirituality of him who obeys it, invigorate his
capacity to heal the sick, to comfort such as mourn, and
to awaken the sinner.
TEACHING IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND TEACHERS OF THE
MOTHER CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL
18 Beloved Students: — I read with pleasure your approval
of the amendments to Article XIX, Sections 5 and 6, (1)
in our Church Manual. Be assured that fitness and
21 fidelity such as thine in the officials of my church give
my solitude sweet surcease. It is a joy to know that
they who are faithful over foundational trusts, such as
24 the Christian education of the dear children, will reap
the reward of rightness, rise in the scale of being, and
realize at last their Master's promise, "And they shall be
27 all taught of God."
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
November 14, 1904
30 (1) Article XX, Sections 2 and 3 in 89th edition.
CHARITY AND INVALIDS
Mrs. Eddy endeavors to bestow her charities for such
1 purposes only as God indicates. Giving merely in com-
pliance with solicitations or petitions from strangers,
incurs the liability of working in wrong directions. As
1 a rule, she has suffered most from those whom she has
labored much to benefit — also from the undeserving
poor to whom she has given large sums of money, worse
1 than wasted. She has, therefore, finally resolved to
spend no more time or money in such uncertain, un-
fortunate investments. She has qualified students for
12 healing the sick, and has ceased practice herself in order
to help God's work in other of its highest and infinite
meanings, as God, not man, directs. Hence, letters from
15 invalids demanding her help do not reach her. They are
committed to the waste-basket by her secretaries.
"Charity suffereth long and is kind," but wisdom must
18 govern charity, else love's labor is lost and giving is un-
kind. As it is, Mrs. Eddy is constantly receiving more
important demands on her time and attention than one
21 woman is sufficient to supply. It would therefore be as
unwise for her to undertake new tasks, as for a landlord
who has not an empty apartment in his house, to receive
24 more tenants.
LESSONS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
TO THE OFFICERS OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OF SECOND CHURCH
27 OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, NEW YORK
Beloved Brethren: —You will accept my thanks for your
interesting report regarding the By-law, "Subject for
30 Lessons" (Article XX, Section 3 of Church Manual).
1 It rejoices me that you are recognizing the proper course,
unfurling your banner to the breeze of God, and sailing
1 over rough seas with the helm in His hands. Steering
thus, the waiting waves will weave for you their winning
webs of life in looms of love that line the sacred shores.
1 The right way wins the right of way, even the way of
Truth and Love whereby all our debts are paid, mankind
blessed, and God glorified.
WATCHING versus WATCHING OUT
COMMENT ON AN EDITORIAL WHICH APPEARED IN THE CHRISTIAN
SCIENCE SENTINEL, SEPTEMBER 23, 1905
12 Our Lord and Master left to us the following sayings as
living lights in our darkness: "What I say unto you I say
unto all, Watch" (Mark 13: 37); and, "If the goodman
15 of the house had known what hour the thief would come,
he would have watched, and not have suffered his house
to be broken through." (Luke 12: 39.)
18 Here we ask: Are Christ's teachings the true authority
for Christian Science? They are. Does the textbook of
Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the
21 Scriptures," read on page 252, "A knowledge of error
and of its operations must precede that understanding
of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal,
24 material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity,
man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recog-
nized as the true likeness of his Maker"? It does. If
27 so-called watching produces fear or exhaustion and no
good results, does that watch accord with Jesus' saying?
It does not. Can watching as Christ demands harm
30 you? It cannot. Then should not "watching out"
mean, watching against a negative watch, alias, no
1 watch, and gaining the spirit of true watching, even the
spirit of our Master's command? It must mean that.
1 Is there not something to watch in yourself, in your
daily life, since "by their fruits ye shall know them,"
which prevents an effective watch? Otherwise, where-
1 fore the Lord's Prayer, "Deliver us from evil"? And
if this something, when challenged by Truth, frightens
you, should you not put that out instead of putting
1 out your watch? I surely should. Then are you not
made better by watching? I am. Which should we
prefer, ease or dis-ease in sin? Is not discomfort from
12 sin better adapted to deliver mortals from the effects of
belief in sin than ease in sin? and can you demonstrate
over the effects of other people's sins by indifference
15 thereto? I cannot.
The Scriptures say, "They have healed also the hurt
of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace,
18 peace; when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6: 14), thus
taking the name of God in vain. Ignorance of self is the
most stubborn belief to overcome, for apathy, dishonesty,
21 sin, follow in its train. One should watch to know what
his errors are; and if this watching destroys his peace in
error, should one watch against such a result? He should
24 not. Our Master said, "He that taketh not his cross,
and followeth after me, is not worthy of me . . . and he
that loseth his life [his false sense of life] for my sake shall
27 find it." (Matthew 10: 38, 39.)
PRINCIPLE OR PERSON?
Do Christian Scientists love God as much as they love
30 mankind? Aye, that's the question. Let us examine it
for ourselves. Thinking of person implies that one is not
1 thinking of Principle, and fifty telegrams per holiday sig-
nalize the thinking of person. Are the holidays blest by
1 absorbing one's time writing or reading congratulations?
I cannot watch and pray while reading telegrams; they
only cloud the clear sky, and they give the appearance of
1 personal worship which Christian Science annuls. Did
the dear students know how much I love them, and how
I need every hour wherein to express this love in labor
1 for them, they would gladly give me the holidays for this
work and not task themselves with mistaken means.
But God will reward their kind motives, and guide them
12 every step of the way from human affection to spiritual
understanding, from faith to achievement, from light to
Love, from sense to Soul.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND CHINA
Beloved Student: — The report of the success of Christian
Science in benighted China, when regarded on one side
18 only, is cheering, but to look at both sides of the great
question of introducing Christian Science into a heathen
nation gives the subject quite another aspect. I believe
21 that all our great Master's sayings are practical and
scientific. If the Dowager Empress could hold her
nation, there would be no danger in teaching Christian
24 Science in her country. But a war on religion in
China would be more fatal than the Boxers' rebellion.
Silent prayer in and for a heathen nation is just what
27 is needed. But to teach and to demonstrate Christian
Science before the minds of the people are prepared
for it, and when the laws are against it, is fraught with
To teach the truth of life without using the word
1 death, the suppositional opposite of life, were as impos-
sible as to define truth and not name its opposite, error.
Straining at gnats, one may swallow camels.
1 The tender mother, guided by love, faithful to her in-
stincts, and adhering to the imperative rules of Science,
asks herself: Can I teach my child the correct numer-
1 ation of numbers and never name a cipher? Knowing
that she cannot do this in mathematics, she should know
that it cannot be done in metaphysics, and so she should
12 definitely name the error, uncover it, and teach truth
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
15 Is God infinite? Yes. Did God make man? Yes.
Did God make all that was made? He did. Is God
Spirit? He is. Did infinite Spirit make that which is
18 not spiritual? No. Who or what made matter? Matter
as substance or intelligence never was made. Is mortal
man a creator, is he matter or spirit ? Neither one. Why?
21 Because Spirit is God and infinite; hence there can be
no other creator and no other creation. Man is but His
image and likeness.
24 Are you a Christian Scientist? I am. Do you adopt
as truth the above statements? I do. Then why this
meaningless commemoration of birthdays, since there are
Had I known what was being done in time to have
prevented it, that which commemorated in deed or in
30 word what is not true, would never have entered into the
1 history of our church buildings. Let us have no more of
echoing dreams. Will the beloved students accept my
1 full heart's love for them and their kind thoughts.
My Beloved Christian Scientists: — Because I suggested
1 the name for one central Reading Room, and this name
continues to be multiplied, you will permit me to make
the amende honorable — notwithstanding "incompetence"
1 — and to say, please adopt generally for your name,
Christian Science Reading Room. An old axiom says:
Too much of one thing spoils the whole. Too many
12 centres may become equivalent to no centre.
Here I have the joy of knowing that Christian Scientists
will exchange the present name for the one which I sug-
15 gest, with the sweet alacrity and uniformity with which
they accepted the first name.
Merely this appellative seals the question of unity, and
18 opens wide on the amplitude of liberty and love a far-
reaching motive and success, of which we can say, the
more the better.
21 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.
JULY 8, 1907
24 I request the Christian Scientists universally to read
the paragraph beginning at line 30 of page 442 in the
edition of Science and Health which will be issued Febru-
27 ary 29 . I consider the information there given to
be of great importance at this stage of the workings of
animal magnetism, and it will greatly aid the students in
30 their individual experiences.
1 The contemplated reference in Science and Health to
the "higher criticism" announced in the Sentinel a few
1 weeks ago, I have since decided not to publish.
What I wrote on Christian Science some twenty-five
1 years ago I do not consider a precedent for a present
student of this Science. The best mathematician has
not attained the full understanding of the principle
1 thereof, in his earliest studies or discoveries. Hence, it
were wise to accept only my teachings that I know to
be correct and adapted to the present demand.
To Christian Scientists: — See Science and Health, page
442, line 30, and give daily attention thereto.
Christian Science practitioners should make their
charges for treatment equal to those of reputable phy-
18 sicians in their respective localities.
BROOKLINE, MASS., December 24, 1909
21 The article on the Church Manual by Blanche Hersey
Hogue, in the Sentinel of September 10  is practi-
cal and scientific, and I recommend its careful study to all
24 Christian Scientists.
CHAPTER XI — QUESTIONS ANSWERED
1 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Will the Bible, if read and practised, heal as effectually
3 as your book, "Science and Health with Key to the
THE exact degree of comparison between the effects
6 produced by reading the above-named books can
only be determined by personal proof. Rightly to read
and to practise the Scriptures, their spiritual sense must
9 be discerned, understood, and demonstrated. God being
Spirit, His language and meaning are wholly spiritual.
Uninspired knowledge of the translations of the Scriptures
12 has imparted little power to practise the Word. Hence
the revelation, discovery, and presentation of Christian
Science — the Christ Science, or "new tongue" of which
15 St. Mark prophesied — became requisite in the divine
order. On the swift pinions of spiritual thought man
rises above the letter, law, or morale of the inspired Word
18 to the spirit of Truth, whereby the Science is reached
that demonstrates God. When the Bible is thus read
and practised, there is no possibility of misinterpreta-
21 tion. God is understandable, knowable, and applicable
to every human need. In this is the proof that Chris-
tian Science is Science, for it demonstrates Life, not
1 death; health, not disease; Truth, not error; Love, not
hate. The Science of the Scriptures coexists with God;
3 and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"
relegates Christianity to its primitive proof, wherein
reason, revelation, the divine Principle, rules, and prac-
6 tice of Christianity acquaint the student with God. In
the ratio that Christian Science is studied and under-
stood, mankind will, as aforetime, imbibe the spirit and
9 prove the practicality, validity, and redemptive power of
Christianity by healing all manner of disease, by over-
coming sin and death.
12 Must mankind wait for the ultimate of the millennium —
until every man and woman comes into the knowledge of
Christ and all are taught of God and see their apparent
15 identity as one man and one woman — for God to be
represented by His idea or image and likeness?
God is one, and His idea, image, or likeness, man, is one.
18 But God is infinite and so includes all in one. Man is the
generic term for men and women. Man, as the idea or
image and likeness of the infinite God, is a compound, com-
21 plex idea or likeness of the infinite one, or one infinite,
whose image is the reflection of all that is real and eternal
in infinite identity. Gender means a kind. Hence man-
24 kind — in other words, a kind of man who is identi-
fied by sex — is the material, so-called man born of the
flesh, and is not the spiritual man, created by God,
27 Spirit, who made all that was made. The millennium
is a state and stage of mental advancement, going
on since ever time was. Its impetus, accelerated by
30 the advent of Christian Science, is marked, and will
1 increase till all men shall know Him (divine Love) from
the least to the greatest, and one God and the brother-
3 hood of man shall be known and acknowledged through-
out the earth.
THE HIGHER CRITICISM
6 An earnest student writes to me: "Would it be asking
too much of you to explain more fully why you call Chris-
tian Science the higher criticism?"
9 I called Christian Science the higher criticism in my
dedicatory Message to The Mother Church, June 10,
1906, when I said, "This Science is a law of divine Mind,
12 . . . an ever-present help. Its presence is felt, for it
acts and acts wisely, always unfolding the highway of
hope, faith, understanding."
15 I now repeat another proof, namely, that Christian
Science is the higher criticism because it criticizes evil,
disease, and death — all that is unlike God, good — on a
18 Scriptural basis, and approves or disapproves according
to the word of God. In the next edition of Science and
Health I shall refer to this.
21 MARY BAKER EDDY
Mrs. Eddy thus replies, through her student, Mr.
24 Adam Dickey, to the question, Does Mrs. Eddy approve
of class teaching: —
Yes! She most assuredly does, when the teaching is
27 done by those who are duly qualified, who have received
certificates from the Massachusetts Metaphysical
College or the Board of Education, and who have the
1 necessary moral and spiritual qualifications to perform
this important work. Class teaching will not be abol-
3 ished until it has accomplished that for which it was
established; viz., the elucidation of the Principle and
rule of Christian Science through the higher meaning
6 of the Scriptures. Students who are ready for this
step should beware the net that is craftily laid and cun-
ningly concealed to prevent their advancement in this
INSTRUCTION BY MRS. EDDY
We are glad to have the privilege of publishing an ex-
12 tract from a letter to Mrs. Eddy, from a Christian Scien-
tist in the West, and Mrs. Eddy's reply thereto. The
issue raised is an important one and one upon which
15 there should be absolute and correct teaching. Christian
Scientists are fortunate to receive instruction from their
Leader on this point. The question and Mrs. Eddy's
18 reply follow.
"Last evening I was catechized by a Christian Science
practitioner because I referred to myself as an immortal
21 idea of the one divine Mind. The practitioner said that
my statement was wrong, because I still lived in my
flesh. I replied that I did not live in my flesh, that
24 my flesh lived or died according to the beliefs I enter-
tained about it; but that, after coming to the light of
Truth, I had found that I lived and moved and had
27 my being in God, and to obey Christ was not to know
as real the beliefs of an earthly mortal. Please give the
truth in the Sentinel, so that all may know it."
Mrs. Eddy's Reply
You are scientifically correct in your statement about
3 yourself. You can never demonstrate spirituality until you
declare yourself to be immortal and understand that
you are so. Christian Science is absolute; it is neither
6 behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards
it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom.
Unless you fully perceive that you are the child
9 of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demon-
strate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I
do not mean that mortals are the children of God, —
12 far from it. In practising Christian Science you must
state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability
to demonstrate it.
I hereby announce to the Christian Science field that
all inquiries or information relating to Christian Science
18 practice, to publication committee work, reading-room
work, or to Mother Church membership, should be sent
to the Christian Science Board of Directors of The
21 Mother Church; and I have requested my secretary
not to make inquiries on these subjects, nor to reply to
any received, but to leave these duties to the Clerk of
24 The Mother Church, to whom they belong.
MARY BAKER EDDY
September 28, 1910
CHAPTER XII — READERS, TEACHERS, LECTURERS
1 THE NEW YORK CHURCHES
MY BELOVED STUDENTS: — According to reports, the
3 belief is springing up among you that the several
churches in New York City should come together and
form one church. This is a suggestion of error, which
6 should be silenced at its inception. You cannot have lost
sight of the rules for branch churches as published in our
Church Manual. The Empire City is large, and there
9 should be more than one church in it.
The Readers of The Church of Christ, Scientist, hold
important, responsible offices, and two individuals would
12 meet meagrely the duties of half a dozen or more of the
present incumbents. I have not yet had the privilege of
knowing two students who are adequate to take charge
15 of three or more churches. The students in New York
and elsewhere will see that it is wise to remain in their
own fields of labor and give all possible time and attention
18 to caring for their own flocks.
THE NOVEMBER CLASS, 1898
Beloved Christian Scientists: — Your prompt presence in
21 Concord at my unexplained call witnesses your fidelity
to Christian Science and your spiritual unity with your
1 Leader. I have awaited your arrival before informing
you of my purpose in sending for you, in order to avoid
3 the stir that might be occasioned among those who wish
to share this opportunity and to whom I would gladly
give it at this time if a larger class were advantageous
6 to the students.
You have been invited hither to receive from me one or
more lessons on Christian Science, prior to conferring on
9 any or all of you who are ready for it, the degree of C.S.D.,
of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College. This oppor-
tunity is designed to impart a fresh impulse to our spiritual
12 attainments, the great need of which I daily discern.
I have awaited the right hour, and to be called of God
to contribute my part towards this result.
15 The "secret place," whereof David sang, is unquestion-
ably man's spiritual state in God's own image and like-
ness, even the inner sanctuary of divine Science, in which
18 mortals do not enter without a struggle or sharp experi-
ence, and in which they put off the human for the divine.
Knowing this, our Master said: "Many are called, but few
21 are chosen." In the highest sense of a disciple, all loyal
students of my books are indeed my students, and your
wise, faithful teachers have come so to regard them.
24 What I have to say may not require more than one
lesson. This, however, must depend on results. But
the lessons will certainly not exceed three in number.
27 No charge will be made for my services.
MASSACHUSETTS METAPHYSICAL COLLEGE
The Massachusetts Metaphysical College of Boston,
30 Massachusetts, was chartered A.D. 1881. As the people
observed the success of this Christian system of heal-
1 ing all manner of disease, over and above the approved
schools of medicine, they became deeply interested
3 in it. Now the wide demand for this universal bene-
fice is imperative, and it should be met as heretofore,
cautiously, systematically, scientifically. This Chris-
6 tian educational system is established on a broad and
liberal basis. Law and order characterize its work
and secure a thorough preparation of the student for
The growth of human inquiry and the increasing pop-
ularity of Christian Science, I regret to say, have called
12 out of their hiding-places those poisonous reptiles and de-
vouring beasts, superstition and jealousy. Towards the
animal elements manifested in ignorance, persecution,
15 and lean glory, and to their Babel of confusion worse
confounded, let Christian Scientists be charitable. Let
the voice of Truth and Love be heard above the dire
18 din of mortal nothingness, and the majestic march of
Christian Science go on ad infinitum, praising God,
doing the works of primitive Christianity, and enlighten-
21 ing the world.
To protect the public, students of the Massachusetts
Metaphysical College have received certificates, and these
24 credentials are still required of all who claim to teach
Inquiries have been made as to the precise significa-
27 tion of the letters of degrees that follow the names of
Christian Scientists. They indicate, respectively, the
degrees of Bachelor and Doctor of Christian Science,
30 conferred by the President or Vice-President of the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College. The first degree
(C.S.B.) is given to students of the Primary class; the
1 second degree (C.S.D.) is given to those who, after
receiving the first degree, continue for three years as
3 practitioners of Christian Science in good and regular
Students who enter the Massachusetts Metaphys-
6 ical College, or are examined under its auspices by
the Board of Education, must be well educated and
have practised Christian Science three years with good
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
In the year 1889, to gain a higher hope for the race, I
12 closed my College in the midst of unprecedented pros-
perity, left Boston, and sought in solitude and silence a
higher understanding of the absolute scientific unity which
15 must exist between the teaching and letter of Christianity
and the spirit of Christianity, dwelling forever in the
divine Mind or Principle of man's being and revealed
18 through the human character.
While revising "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," the light and might of the divine concur-
21 rence of the spirit and the Word appeared, and the
result is an auxiliary to the College called the Board of
Education of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist,
24 in Boston, Mass.
Our Master said: "What I do thou knowest not now;
but thou shalt know hereafter;" and the spirit of his
27 mission, the wisdom of his words, and the immortal-
ity of his works are the same to-day as yesterday and
30 The Magna Charta of Christian Science means much,
1 multum in parvo, — all-in-one and one-in-all. It stands
for the inalienable, universal rights of men. Essentially
3 democratic, its government is administered by the
common consent of the governed, wherein and whereby
man governed by his creator is self-governed. The
6 church is the mouthpiece of Christian Science, — its
law and gospel are according to Christ Jesus; its rules
are health, holiness, and immortality, — equal rights and
9 privileges, equality of the sexes, rotation in office.
TO A FIRST READER
Beloved Student: — Christ is meekness and Truth
12 enthroned. Put on the robes of Christ, and you will
be lifted up and will draw all men unto you. The
little fishes in my fountain must have felt me when I
15 stood silently beside it, for they came out in orderly
line to the rim where I stood. Then I fed these
sweet little thoughts that, not fearing me, sought their
18 food of me.
God has called you to be a fisher of men. It is not a
stern but a loving look which brings forth mankind to
21 receive your bestowal, — not so much eloquence as tender
persuasion that takes away their fear, for it is Love alone
that feeds them.
24 Do you come to your little flock so filled with divine
food that you cast your bread upon the waters? Then
be sure that after many or a few days it will return
27 to you.
The little that I have accomplished has all been
done through love, — self-forgetful, patient, unfaltering
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF LECTURESHIP
Beloved Students: — I am more than satisfied with your
3 work: its grandeur almost surprises me. Let your watch-
word always be:
"Great, not like Caesar, stained with blood,
6 But only great as I am good."
You are not setting up to be great; you are here for the
purpose of grasping and defining the demonstrable, the
9 eternal. Spiritual heroes and prophets are they whose
new-old birthright is to put an end to falsities in a wise
way and to proclaim Truth so winningly that an honest,
12 fervid affection for the race is found adequate for the
emancipation of the race.
You are the needed and the inevitable sponsors for the
15 twentieth century, reaching deep down into the univer-
sal and rising above theorems into the transcendental,
the infinite — yea, to the reality of God, man, nature,
18 the universe. No fatal circumstance of idolatry can fold
or falter your wings. No fetishism with a symbol can
fetter your flight. You soar only as uplifted by God's
21 power, or you fall for lack of the divine impetus. You
know that to conceive God aright you must be good.
The Christ mode of understanding Life — of extermi-
24 nating sin and suffering and their penalty, death — I
have largely committed to you, my faithful witnesses.
You go forth to face the foe with loving look and with the
27 religion and philosophy of labor, duty, liberty, and love,
to challenge universal indifference, chance, and creeds.
Your highest inspiration is found nearest the divine
30 Principle and nearest the scientific expression of Truth.
1 You may condemn evil in the abstract without harming
any one or your own moral sense, but condemn persons
3 seldom, if ever. Improve every opportunity to correct
sin through your own perfectness. When error strives to
be heard above Truth, let the "still small voice" produce
6 God's phenomena. Meet dispassionately the raging ele-
ment of individual hate and counteract its most gigantic
9 The moral abandon of hating even one's enemies ex-
cludes goodness. Hate is a moral idiocy let loose for
one's own destruction. Unless withstood, the heat of
12 hate burns the wheat, spares the tares, and sends forth a
mental miasma fatal to health, happiness, and the morals
of mankind, — and all this only to satiate its loathing of
15 love and its revenge on the patience, silence, and lives
of saints. The marvel is, that at this enlightened period
a respectable newspaper should countenance such evil
Millions may know that I am the Founder of Chris-
tian Science. I alone know what that means.
READERS IN CHURCH
The report that I prefer to have a man, rather than
a woman, for First Reader in The Church of Christ,
24 Scientist, I desire to correct. My preference lies with
the individual best fitted to perform this important
function. If both the First and Second Readers are my
27 students, then without reference to sex I should prefer
that student who is most spiritually-minded. What our
churches need is that devout, unselfed quality of thought
30 which spiritualizes the congregation.
WORDS FOR THE WISE
The By-law of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist,
3 relative to a three years' term for church Readers, was
entitled to and has received profound attention. Rotation
in office promotes wisdom, quiets mad ambition, satisfies
6 justice, and crowns honest endeavors.
The best Christian Scientists will be the first to adopt
this By-law in their churches, and their Readers will
9 retire ex officio, after three years of acceptable service as
church Readers, to higher usefulness in this vast vineyard
of our Lord.
12 The churches who adopt this By-law will please send
to the Editor of our periodicals notice of their action.
15 Beloved Students: — The By-law of The Mother
Church of Christ, Scientist, stipulating three years as
the term for its Readers, neither binds nor compels the
18 branch churches to follow suit; and the By-law applies
only to Christian Science churches in the United States
and Canada. Doubtless the churches adopting this
21 By-law will discriminate as regards its adaptability to
their conditions. But if now is not the time, the branch
churches can wait for the favored moment to act on this
I rest peacefully in knowing that the impulsion of this
action in The Mother Church was from above. So I have
27 faith that whatever is done in this direction by the branch
churches will be blest. The Readers who have filled this
sacred office many years, have beyond it duties and
1 attainments beckoning them. What these are I cannot
yet say. The great Master saith: "What I do thou
3 knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter."
TEACHERS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
I reply to the following question from unknown ques-
"Are the students, whom I have taught, obliged to
take both Primary and Normal class instruction in the
9 Board of Education in order to become teachers of Pri-
No, not if you and they are loyal Christian Scientists,
12 and not if, after examination in the Board of Education,
your pupils are found eligible to enter the Normal class,
which at present is taught in the Board of Education
There is evidently some misapprehension of my meaning
as to the mode of instruction in the Board of Education.
18 A Primary student of mine can teach pupils the prac-
tice of Christian Science, and after three years of good
practice, my Primary student can himself be examined in
21 the Board of Education, and if found eligible, receive a
certificate of the degree C.S.D.
THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS, 1903
24 My Beloved Students: — I call you mine, for all is Thine
and mine. What God gives, elucidates, armors, and tests
in His service, is ours; and we are His. You have con-
27 vened only to convince yourselves of this grand verity:
namely, the unity in Christian Science. Cherish stead-
fastly this fact. Adhere to the teachings of the Bible,
1 Science and Health, and our Manual, and you will obey
the law and gospel. Have one God and you will
3 have no devil. Keep yourselves busy with divine Love.
Then you will be toilers like the bee, always distributing
sweet things which, if bitter to sense, will be salutary as
6 Soul; but you will not be like the spider, which weaves
webs that ensnare.
Rest assured that the good you do unto others you do
9 to yourselves as well, and the wrong you may commit
must, will, rebound upon you. The entire purpose of
true education is to make one not only know the truth
12 but live it — to make one enjoy doing right, make one
not work in the sunshine and run away in the storm, but
work midst clouds of wrong, injustice, envy, hate; and
15 wait on God, the strong deliverer, who will reward right-
eousness and punish iniquity. "As thy days, so shall thy
THE LONDON TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION, 1903
Beloved Students: — Your letter and dottings are an
oasis in my wilderness. They point to verdant pastures,
21 and are already rich rays from the eternal sunshine of
Love, lighting and leading humanity into paths of peace
24 Your "Thanksgiving Day," instituted in England on
New Year's Day, was a step in advance. It expressed
your thanks, and gave to the "happy New Year" a higher
27 hint. You are not aroused to this action by the allure-
ments of wealth, pride, or power; the impetus comes from
above — it is moral, spiritual, divine. All hail to this
30 higher hope that neither slumbers nor is stilled by the
cold impulse of a lesser gain!
1 It rejoices me to know that you know that healing
the sick, soothing sorrow, brightening this lower sphere
3 with the ways and means of the higher and everlasting
harmony, brings to light the perfect original man and uni-
verse. What nobler achievement, what greater glory can
6 nerve your endeavor? Press on! My heart and hope
are with you.
"Thou art not here for ease or pain,
9 But manhood's glorious crown to gain."
THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS, 1904
Beloved Brethren: — I thank you. Jesus said: "The
12 world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee,
and these have known that Thou hast sent me."
THE CANADIAN TEACHERS, 1904
15 Beloved Brethren: — Accept my love and these words
of Jesus: "Holy Father, keep through Thine own name
those whom Thou hast given me, that they may be one,
18 as we are."
STUDENTS IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DECEMBER, 1904
21 Beloved Students: — You will accept my profound
thanks for your letter and telegram. If wishing is wise,
I send with this a store of wisdom in three words: God
24 bless you. If faith is fruition, you have His rich blessing
already and my joy therewith.
We understand best that which begins in ourselves
27 and by education brightens into birth. Dare to be
faithful to God and man. Let the creature become
1 one with his creator, and mysticism departs, heaven
opens, right reigns, and you have begun to be a Chris-
3 tian Scientist.
THE MAY CLASS, 1905
Beloved: — I am glad you enjoy the dawn of Christian
6 Science; you must reach its meridian. Watch, pray,
demonstrate. Released from materialism, you shall run
and not be weary, walk and not faint.
THE DECEMBER CLASS, 1905
Beloved Students: — Responding to your kind letter,
let me say: You will reap the sure reward of right think-
12 ing and acting, of watching and praying, and you will
find the ever-present God an ever-present help. I
thank the faithful teacher of this class and its dear
"ROTATION IN OFFICE"
Dear Leader: — May we have permission to print, as
18 a part of the preamble to our By-laws, the following
extract from your article "Christian Science Board of
Education" in the June Journal of 1904, page 184: —
21 "The Magna Charta of Christian Science means
much, multum in parvo, — all-in-one and one-in-all. It
stands for the inalienable, universal rights of men.
24 Essentially democratic, its government is administered
by the common consent of the governed, wherein and
whereby man governed by his creator is self-governed.
27 The church is the mouthpiece of Christian Science,
— its law and gospel are according to Christ Jesus;
1 its rules are health, holiness, and immortality, — equal
rights and privileges, equality of the sexes, rotation
3 in office."
Mrs. Eddy's Reply
Christian Science churches have my consent to publish
6 the foregoing in their By-laws. By "rotation in office"
I do not mean that minor officers who are filling their
positions satisfactorily should be removed every three
9 years, or be elevated to offices for which they are not
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.,
12 March 6, 1909
CHAPTER XIII — CHRISTMAS
1 EARLY CHIMES, DECEMBER, 1898
BEFORE the Christmas bells shall ring, allow me
3 to improvise some new notes, not specially musi-
cal to be sure, but admirably adapted to the key of my
feeling and emphatically phrasing strict observance or
6 note well.
This year, my beloved Christian Scientists, you must
grant me my request that I be permitted total exemption
9 from Christmas gifts. Also I beg to send to you all a
deep-drawn, heartfelt breath of thanks for those things
of beauty and use forming themselves in your thoughts
12 to send to your Leader. Thus may I close the door of
mind on this subject, and open the volume of Life on
the pure pages of impersonal presents, pleasures, achieve-
15 ments, and aid.
Again loved Christmas is here, full of divine benedic-
18 tions and crowned with the dearest memories in human
history — the earthly advent and nativity of our Lord
and Master. At this happy season the veil of time
21 springs aside at the touch of Love. We count our bless-
ings and see whence they came and whither they tend.
Parents call home their loved ones, the Yule-fires burn,
24 the festive boards are spread, the gifts glow in the dark
1 green branches of the Christmas-tree. But alas for the
broken household band! God give to them more of
3 His dear love that heals the wounded heart.
To-day the watchful shepherd shouts his welcome over
the new cradle of an old truth. This truth has traversed
6 night, through gloom to glory, from cradle to crown. To
the awakened consciousness, the Bethlehem babe has left
his swaddling-clothes (material environments) for the
9 form and comeliness of the divine ideal, which has passed
from a corporeal to the spiritual sense of Christ and is
winning the heart of humanity with ineffable tenderness.
12 The Christ is speaking for himself and for his mother,
Christ's heavenly origin and aim. To-day the Christ is,
more than ever before, "the way, the truth, and the
15 life," — "which lighteth every man that cometh into the
world," healing all sorrow, sickness, and sin. To this
auspicious Christmastide, which hallows the close of the
18 nineteenth century, our hearts are kneeling humbly. We
own his grace, reviving and healing. At this immortal
hour, all human hate, pride, greed, lust should bow and
21 declare Christ's power, and the reign of Truth and Life
divine should make man's being pure and blest.
24 Beloved Students: — For your manifold Christmas memo-
rials, too numerous to name, I group you in one benison
and send you my Christmas gift, two words enwrapped,
27 — love and thanks.
To-day Christian Scientists have their record in the
monarch's palace, the Alpine hamlet, the Christian trav-
30 eller's resting-place. Wherever the child looks up in
1 prayer, or the Book of Life is loved, there the sinner is
reformed and the sick are healed. Those are the "signs
3 following." What is it that lifts a system of religion to
deserved fame? Nothing is worthy the name of religion
save one lowly offering — love.
6 This period, so fraught with opposites, seems illumi-
nated for woman's hope with divine light. It bids her
bind the tenderest tendril of the heart to all of holiest
9 worth. To the woman at the sepulchre, bowed in strong
affection's anguish, one word, "Mary," broke the gloom
with Christ's all-conquering love. Then came her resurrec-
12 tion and task of glory, to know and to do God's will, —
in the words of St. Paul: "Looking unto Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set be-
15 fore him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
The memory of the Bethlehem babe bears to mortals
18 gifts greater than those of Magian kings, — hopes that
cannot deceive, that waken prophecy, gleams of glory,
coronals of meekness, diadems of love. Nor should they
21 who drink their Master's cup repine over blossoms that
mock their hope and friends that forsake. Divinely
beautiful are the Christmas memories of him who sounded
24 all depths of love, grief, death, and humanity.
To the dear children let me say: Your Christmas gifts
are hallowed by our Lord's blessing. A transmitted
27 charm rests on them. May this consciousness of God's
dear love for you give you the might of love, and may
you move onward and upward, lowly in its majesty.
30 To the children who sent me that beautiful statuette
in alabaster — a child with finger on her lip reading a book
— I write: Fancy yourselves with me; take a peep into
1 my studio; look again at your gift, and you will see the
sweetest sculptured face and form conceivable, mounted
3 on its pedestal between my bow windows, and on either
side lace and flowers. I have named it my white student.
From First Church of Christ, Scientist, in London,
6 Great Britain, I received the following cabled message: —
REV. MRS. EDDY, PLEASANT VIEW,
Concord, N. H.
9 Loving, grateful Christmas greetings from members
London, England, church.
December 24, 1901
12 To this church across the sea I return my heart's wire-
less love. All our dear churches' Christmas telegrams to
me are refreshing and most pleasing Christmas presents,
15 for they require less attention than packages and give me
more time to think and work for others. I hope that in
1902 the churches will remember me only thus. Do not
18 forget that an honest, wise zeal, a lowly, triumphant
trust, a true heart, and a helping hand constitute man,
and nothing less is man or woman.
21 [New York World]
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS
Certain occasions, considered either collectively or
24 individually and observed properly, tend to give the
activity of man infinite scope; but mere merry-making
or needless gift-giving is not that in which human capac-
27 ities find the most appropriate and proper exercise.
Christmas respects the Christ too much to submerge
itself in merely temporary means and ends. It represents
30 the eternal informing Soul recognized only in harmony,
1 in the beauty and bounty of Life everlasting, — in the
truth that is Life, the Life that heals and saves man-
3 kind. An eternal Christmas would make matter an alien
save as phenomenon, and matter would reverentially
withdraw itself before Mind. The despotism of material
6 sense or the flesh would flee before such reality, to make
room for substance, and the shadow of frivolity and the
inaccuracy of material sense would disappear.
9 In Christian Science, Christmas stands for the real, the
absolute and eternal, — for the things of Spirit, not of mat-
ter. Science is divine; it hath no partnership with human
12 means and ends, no half-way stations. Nothing condi-
tional or material belongs to it. Human reason and phi-
losophy may pursue paths devious, the line of liquids, the
15 lure of gold, the doubtful sense that falls short of sub-
stance, the things hoped for and the evidence unseen.
The basis of Christmas is the rock, Christ Jesus; its
18 fruits are inspiration and spiritual understanding of joy
and rejoicing, — not because of tradition, usage, or cor-
poreal pleasures, but because of fundamental and de-
21 monstrable truth, because of the heaven within us. The
basis of Christmas is love loving its enemies, returning
good for evil, love that "suffereth long, and is kind." The
24 true spirit of Christmas elevates medicine to Mind; it
casts out evils, heals the sick, raises the dormant facul-
ties, appeals to all conditions, and supplies every need of
27 man. It leaves hygiene, medicine, ethics, and religion
to God and His Christ, to that which is the Way, in word
and in deed, — the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
30 There is but one Jesus Christ on record. Christ is
incorporeal. Neither the you nor the I in the flesh can
be or is Christ.
CHRISTMAS FOR THE CHILDREN
Methinks the loving parents and guardians of youth
3 ofttimes query: How shall we cheer the children's Christ-
mas and profit them withal? The wisdom of their elders,
who seek wisdom of God, seems to have amply provided
6 for this, according to the custom of the age and to the full
supply of juvenile joy. Let it continue thus with one
exception: the children should not be taught to believe
9 that Santa Claus has aught to do with this pastime. A
deceit or falsehood is never wise. Too much cannot be
done towards guarding and guiding well the germinating
12 and inclining thought of childhood. To mould aright
the first impressions of innocence, aids in perpetu-
ating purity and in unfolding the immortal model, man
15 in His image and likeness. St. Paul wrote, "When I
was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a
child, . . . but when I became a man, I put away
18 childish things."
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
December 28, 1905
21 [Ladies' Home Journal]
WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
To me Christmas involves an open secret, understood
24 by few — or by none — and unutterable except in Chris-
tian Science. Christ was not born of the flesh. Christ
is the Truth and Life born of God — born of Spirit and
27 not of matter. Jesus, the Galilean Prophet, was born
of the Virgin Mary's spiritual thoughts of Life and its
1 God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image.
Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection
3 — an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity
with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original
6 Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates
the birth of a human, material, mortal babe — a babe
born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish
This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short
of my sense of the eternal Christ, Truth, never born and
12 never dying. I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my
spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into
human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit,
15 of God and not of a woman—as the birth of Truth, the
dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter
and evil with the glory of infinite being.
18 Human doctrines or hypotheses or vague human phi-
losophy afford little divine effulgence, deific presence or
power. Christmas to me is the reminder of God's great
21 gift, — His spiritual idea, man and the universe, —
a gift which so transcends mortal, material, sensual giv-
ing that the merriment, mad ambition, rivalry, and
24 ritual of our common Christmas seem a human mock-
ery in mimicry of the real worship in commemoration
of Christ's coming.
27 I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility,
benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, elo-
quent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception
30 of Truth's appearing.
The splendor of this nativity of Christ reveals infinite
meanings and gives manifold blessings. Material gifts
1 and pastimes tend to obliterate the spiritual idea in con-
sciousness, leaving one alone and without His glory.
MRS. EDDY'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
Beloved: — A word to the wise is sufficient. Mother
6 wishes you all a happy Christmas, a feast of Soul and a
famine of sense.
9 MARY BAKER EDDY
BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.,
December 25, 1909
Chapter XIV — Contributions to Newspapers and Magazines
1 [Boston Herald, May 5, 1900]
A WORD IN DEFENCE
3 I EVEN hope that those who are kind enough to
speak well of me may do so honestly and not too
earnestly, and this seldom, until mankind learn more of
6 my meaning and can speak justly of my living.
[Boston Globe, November 29, 1900]
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE THANKS
9 On the threshold of the twentieth century, will you
please send through the Globe to the people of New
England, which is the birthplace of Thanksgiving Day, a
12 sentiment on what the last Thanksgiving Day of the
nineteenth century should signify to all mankind?
Mrs. Eddy's Response
15 New England's last Thanksgiving Day of this century
signifies to the minds of men the Bible better understood
and Truth and Love made more practical; the First
18 Commandment of the Decalogue more imperative, and
1 "Love thy neighbor as thyself" more possible and
3 It signifies that love, unselfed, knocks more loudly than
ever before at the heart of humanity and that it finds
admittance; that revelation, spiritual voice and vision,
6 are less subordinate to material sight and sound and more
apparent to reason; that evil flourishes less, invests less
in trusts, loses capital, and is bought at par value; that
9 the Christ-spirit will cleanse the earth of human gore;
that civilization, peace between nations, and the brother-
hood of man should be established, and justice plead not
12 vainly in behalf of the sacred rights of individuals, peoples,
It signifies that the Science of Christianity has dawned
15 upon human thought to appear full-orbed in millennial
glory; that scientific religion and scientific therapeutics
are improving the morals and increasing the longevity
18 of mankind, are mitigating and destroying sin, disease,
and death; that religion and materia medica should be
no longer tyrannical and proscriptive; that divine Love,
21 impartial and universal, as understood in divine Sci-
ence, forms the coincidence of the human and divine,
which fulfils the saying of our great Master, "The king-
24 dom of God is within you;" that the atmosphere of the
human mind, when cleansed of self and permeated with
divine Love, will reflect this purified subjective state in
27 clearer skies, less thunderbolts, tornadoes, and extremes of
heat and cold; that agriculture, manufacture, commerce,
and wealth should be governed by honesty, indus-
30 try, and justice, reaching out to all classes and peoples.
For these signs of the times we thank our Father-
[New York World, December, 1900]
3 To my sense, the most imminent dangers confronting
the coming century are: the robbing of people of life and
liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures; the claims of
6 politics and of human power, industrial slavery, and insuf-
ficient freedom of honest competition; and ritual, creed,
and trusts in place of the Golden Rule, "Whatsoever ye
9 would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."
[Concord (N. H.) Monitor, July, 1902]
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND THE TIMES
12 Your article on the decrease of students in the semi-
naries and the consequent vacancies occurring in the
pulpits, points unmistakably to the "signs of the times"
15 of which Jesus spoke. This flux and flow in one direc-
tion, so generally apparent, tends in one ultimate — the
final spiritualization of all things, of all codes, modes,
18 hypotheses, of man and the universe. How can it be
otherwise, since God is Spirit and the origin of all that
really is, and since this great fact is to be verified by the
21 spiritualization of all?
Since 1877, these special "signs of the times" have in-
creased year by year. My book, "Science and Health
24 with Key to the Scriptures," was published in 1875.
Note, if you please, that many points in theology and
materia medica, at that date undisturbed, are now agitated,
27 modified, and disappearing, and the more spiritual modes
and significations are adopted.
It is undoubtedly true that Christian Science is destined
1 to become the one and the only religion and therapeutics
on this planet. And why not, since Christianity is fully
3 demonstrated to be divine Science? Nothing can be cor-
rect and continue forever which is not divinely scientific,
for Science is the law of the Mind that is God, who is
6 the originator of all that really is. The Scripture reads:
"All things were made by Him; and without Him was
not any thing made that was made." Here let us re-
9 member that God is not the Alpha and Omega of man
and the universe; He is supreme, infinite, the great for-
ever, the eternal Mind that hath no beginning and no
12 end, no Alpha and no Omega.
[New York American, February, 1905]
15 Is heaven spiritual?
Heaven is spiritual. Heaven is harmony, — infinite,
boundless bliss. The dying or the departed enter heaven
18 in proportion to their progress, in proportion to their fit-
ness to partake of the quality and the quantity of heaven.
One individual may first awaken from his dream of life
21 in matter with a sense of music; another with that of
relief from fear or suffering, and still another with a bit-
ter sense of lost opportunities and remorse. Heaven is
24 the reign of divine Science. Material thought tends to
obscure spiritual understanding, to darken the true con-
ception of man's divine Principle, Love, wherein and
27 whereby soul is emancipate and environed with ever-
lasting Life. Our great Teacher hath said: "Behold, the
kingdom of God is within you" — within man's spiritual
30 understanding of all the divine modes, means, forms, ex-
pression, and manifestation of goodness and happiness.
[Boston Herald, March 5, 1905]
PREVENTION AND CURE OF DIVORCE
3 The nuptial vow should never be annulled so long as
the morale of marriage is preserved. The frequency of
divorce shows that the imperative nature of the mar-
6 riage relation is losing ground, — hence that some funda-
mental error is engrafted on it. What is this error?
If the motives of human affection are right, the affec-
9 tions are enduring and achieving. What God hath joined
together, man cannot sunder.
Divorce and war should be exterminated according to
12 the Principle of law and gospel, — the maintenance of
individual rights, the justice of civil codes, and the power
of Truth uplifting the motives of men. Two command-
15 ments of the Hebrew Decalogue, "Thou shalt not commit
adultery" and "Thou shalt not kill," obeyed, will elimi-
nate divorce and war. On what hath not a "Thus saith
18 the Lord," I am as silent as the dumb centuries without
a living Divina.
This time-world flutters in my thought as an unreal
21 shadow, and I can only solace the sore ills of mankind by
a lively battle with "the world, the flesh and the devil,"
in which Love is the liberator and gives man the victory
24 over himself. Truth, canonized by life and love, lays
the axe at the root of all evil, lifts the curtain on the
Science of being, the Science of wedlock, of living and of
27 loving, and harmoniously ascends the scale of life. Look
high enough, and you see the heart of humanity warming
and winning. Look long enough, and you see male and
30 female one — sex or gender eliminated; you see the des-
ignation man meaning woman as well, and you see the
1 whole universe included in one infinite Mind and reflected
in the intelligent compound idea, image or likeness, called
3 man, showing forth the infinite divine Principle, Love,
called God, — man wedded to the Lamb, pledged to inno-
cence, purity, perfection. Then shall humanity have
6 learned that "they which shall be accounted worthy to
obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead,
neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can
9 they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels;
and are the children of God." (Luke 20: 35, 36.) This,
therefore, is Christ's plan of salvation from divorce.
12 All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body nature is, and God the Soul.
15 [The Independent, November, 1906]
God hath thrust in the sickle, and He is separating the
18 tares from the wheat. This hour is molten in the furnace
of Soul. Its harvest song is world-wide, world-known,
world-great. The vine is bringing forth its fruit; the
21 beams of right have healing in their light. The windows
of heaven are sending forth their rays of reality — even
Christian Science, pouring out blessing for cursing, and
24 rehearsing: "I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground."
"Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I
27 will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to
30 The lie and the liar are self-destroyed. Truth is im-
1 mortal. "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: . . . for so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
3 The cycle of good obliterates the epicycle of evil.
Because of the magnitude of their spiritual import, we
repeat the signs of these times. In 1905, the First Con-
6 gregational Church, my first religious home in this capital
city of Concord, N. H., kindly invited me to its one hun-
dred and seventy-fifth anniversary; the leading editors
9 and newspapers of my native State congratulate me; the
records of my ancestry attest honesty and valor. Divine
Love, nearer my consciousness than before, saith: I am
12 rewarding your waiting, and "thy people shall be my
Let error rage and imagine a vain thing. Mary Baker
15 Eddy is not dead, and the words of those who say that she
is are the father of their wish. Her life is proven under
trial, and evidences "as thy days, so shall thy strength be."
18 Those words of our dear, departing Saviour, breathing
love for his enemies, fill my heart: "Father, forgive them;
for they know not what they do." My writings heal the
21 sick, and I thank God that for the past forty years I
have returned good for evil, and that I can appeal to
Him as my witness to the truth of this statement.
24 What we love determines what we are. I love the
prosperity of Zion, be it promoted by Catholic, by Prot-
estant, or by Christian Science, which anoints with
27 Truth, opening the eyes of the blind and healing the sick.
I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion
than I would because of his art. The divine Principle of
30 Christian Science will ultimately be seen to control both
religion and art in unity and harmony. God is Spirit,
and "they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit
1 and in truth." If, as the Scriptures declare, God, Spirit,
is infinite, matter and material sense are null, and there
3 are no vertebrata, mollusca, or radiata.
When I wrote "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," I little understood all that I indited; but
6 when I practised its precepts, healing the sick and reform-
ing the sinner, then I learned the truth of what I had
written. It is of comparatively little importance what a
9 man thinks or believes he knows; the good that a man does
is the one thing needful and the sole proof of rightness.
[The Evening Press, Grand Rapids, Mich., August, 1907]
MRS. EDDY DESCRIBES HER HUMAN IDEAL
In a modest, pleasantly situated home in the city of
Concord, N. H., lives at eighty-six years of age the most
15 discussed woman in all the world. This lady with sweet
smile and snowy hair is Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, Founder
and Leader of Christian Science, beloved of thousands
18 of believers and followers of the thought that has made
her famous. It was to this aged woman of world-wide
renown that the editor of The Evening Press addressed
21 this question, requesting the courtesy of a reply: —
"What is nearest and dearest to your heart to-day?"
Mrs. Eddy's reply will be read with deep interest by all
24 Americans, who, whatever their religious beliefs, cannot
fail to be impressed by the personality of this remarkable
Mrs. Eddy's Answer
Editor of The Evening Press: — To your courtesy and
to your question permit me to say that, insomuch as I
30 know myself, what is "nearest and dearest" to my heart
1 is an honest man or woman — one who steadfastly and
actively strives for perfection, one who leavens the loaf
3 of life with justice, mercy, truth, and love.
Goodness is greatness, and the logic of events pushes
onward the centuries; hence the Scripture, "The law of
6 the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me [man] free
from the law of sin and death."
This predicate and ultimate of scientific being presents,
9 however, no claim that man is equal to God, for the finite
is not the altitude of the infinite.
The real man was, is, and ever shall be the divine ideal,
12 that is, God's image and likeness; and Christian Science
reveals the divine Principle, the example, the rule, and
the demonstration of this idealism.
15 Sincerely yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.
[Cosmopolitan, November, 1907]
YOUTH AND YOUNG MANHOOD
EDITOR'S NOTE. — The Cosmopolitan presents this month to its
21 readers a facsimile of an article sent to us by Mrs. Eddy, with the
corrections on the manuscript reproduced in her own handwriting.
Not only Mrs. Eddy's own devoted followers, but the public gen-
24 erally, will be interested in this communication from the extraordi-
nary woman who, nearly eighty-seven years of age, plays so great
a part in the world and leads with such conspicuous success her very
27 great following.
Mrs. Eddy writes very rarely for any publications outside of the
Christian Science periodicals, and our readers will be interested in
30 this presentation of the thought of a mind that has had so much
influence on this generation.
The Cosmopolitan gives no editorial indorsement to the teachings
1 of Christian Science, it has no religious opinions or predilections to
put before its readers. This manuscript is presented simply as an
3 interesting and remarkable proof of Mrs. Eddy's ability in old age
to vindicate in her own person the value of her teachings.
Certainly, Christian Scientists, enthusiastic in their belief, are
6 fortunate in being able to point to a Leader far beyond the allotted
years of man, emerging triumphantly from all attacks upon her, and
guiding with remarkable skill, determination, and energy a very
9 great organization that covers practically the civilized world.
`` King David, the Hebrew bard, sang, "I have been
young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the right-
12 eous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."
I for one accept his wise deduction, his ultimate or
spiritual sense of thinking, feeling, and acting, and its
15 reward. This sense of rightness acquired by experience
and wisdom, should be early presented to youth and to
manhood in order to forewarn and forearm humanity.
18 The ultimatum of life here and hereafter is utterly
apart from a material or personal sense of pleasure, pain,
joy, sorrow, life, and death. The truth of life, or life in
21 truth, is a scientific knowledge that is portentous; and
is won only by the spiritual understanding of Life as God,
good, ever-present good, and therefore life eternal.
24 You will agree with me that the material body is mortal,
but Soul is immortal; also that the five personal senses
are perishable: they lapse and relapse, come and go, until
27 at length they are consigned to dust. But say you,
"Man awakes from the dream of death in possession of
the five personal senses, does he not?" Yes, because
30 death alone does not awaken man in God's image
and likeness. The divine Science of Life alone gives
`` Copyright, 1907, by Mary Baker G. Eddy. Renewed, 1935.
1 the true sense of life and of righteousness, and demon-
strates the Principle of life eternal; even the Life that
3 is Soul apart from the so-called life of matter or the
Death alone does not absolve man from a false material
6 sense of life, but goodness, holiness, and love do this, and
so consummate man's being with the harmony of heaven;
the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience of Life,
9 even its all-power, all-presence, all-Science.
Dear reader, right thinking, right feeling, and right
acting — honesty, purity, unselfishness — in youth tend
12 to success, intellectuality, and happiness in manhood.
To begin rightly enables one to end rightly, and thus it is
that one achieves the Science of Life, demonstrates health,
15 holiness, and immortality.
[Boston Herald, April, 1908]
MRS. EDDY SENDS THANKS
18 Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy has sent the following to the
Will the dear Christian Scientists accept my thanks
21 for their magnificent gifts, and allow me to say that I am
not fond of an abundance of material presents; but I
am cheered and blessed when beholding Christian healing,
24 unity among brethren, and love to God and man; this
is my crown of rejoicing, for it demonstrates Christian
27 The Psalmist sang, "That thy way may be known
upon earth, thy saving health among all nations."
1 [Minneapolis (Minn.) News]
3 Christian Science can and does produce universal
fellowship. As the sequence of divine Love it explains
love, it lives love, it demonstrates love. The human,
6 material, so-called senses do not perceive this fact until
they are controlled by divine Love; hence the Scripture,
"Be still, and know that I am God."
9 BROOKLINE, MASS.,
May 1, 1908
[New York Herald]
MRS. EDDY'S OWN DENIAL THAT SHE IS ILL
Permit me to say, the report that I am sick (and I
trust the desire thereof) is dead, and should be buried.
15 Whereas the fact that I am well and keenly alive to the
truth of being — the Love that is Life — is sure and stead-
fast. I go out in my carriage daily, and have omitted
18 my drive but twice since I came to Massachusetts.
Either my work, the demands upon my time at home, or
the weather, is all that prevents my daily drive.
21 Working and praying for my dear friends' and my dear
enemies' health, happiness, and holiness, the true sense
of being goes on.
24 Doing unto others as we would that they do by us, is
immortality's self. Intrepid, self-oblivious love fulfils the
law and is self-sustaining and eternal. With white-winged
27 charity brooding over all, spiritually understood and de-
monstrated, let us unite in one Te Deum of praise.
BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.,
30 May 15, 1908
[Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1908]
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
3 Since Mrs. Eddy is watched, as one watches a criminal
or a sick person, she begs to say, in her own behalf, that
she is neither; therefore to be criticized or judged by
6 either a daily drive or a dignified stay at home, is super-
fluous. When accumulating work requires it, or because
of a preference to remain within doors she omits her
9 drive, do not strain at gnats or swallow camels over
it, but try to be composed and resigned to the shock-
ing fact that she is minding her own business, and rec-
12 ommends this surprising privilege to all her dear friends
MARY BAKER EDDY
15 [Boston Post, November, 1908]
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy has always believed that those
18 who are entitled to vote should do so, and she has also
believed that in such matters no one should seek to dictate
the actions of others.
21 In reply to a number of requests for an expression of
her political views, she has given out this statement: —
I am asked, "What are your politics?" I have none, in
24 reality, other than to help support a righteous government;
to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.
Chapter XV — Peace and War
1 [Boston Herald, March, 1898]
OTHER WAYS THAN BY WAR
3 IN reply to your question, "Should difficulties between
the United States and Spain be settled peacefully by
statesmanship and diplomacy, in a way honorable and
6 satisfactory to both nations?" I will say I can see no
other way of settling difficulties between individuals and
nations than by means of their wholesome tribunals,
9 equitable laws, and sound, well-kept treaties.
A bullet in a man's heart never settles the question of
his life. The mental animus goes on, and urges that the
12 answer to the sublime question as to man's life shall come
from God and that its adjustment shall be according to
His laws. The characters and lives of men determine the
15 peace, prosperity, and life of nations. Killing men is
not consonant with the higher law whereby wrong and
injustice are righted and exterminated.
18 Whatever weighs in the eternal scale of equity and
mercy tips the beam on the right side, where the immortal
words and deeds of men alone can settle all questions
21 amicably and satisfactorily. But if our nation's rights or
honor were seized, every citizen would be a soldier and
woman would be armed with power girt for the hour.
1 To coincide with God's government is the proper in-
centive to the action of all nations. If His purpose for
3 peace is to be subserved by the battle's plan or by the
intervention of the United States, so that the Cubans
may learn to make war no more, this means and end
6 will be accomplished.
The government of divine Love is supreme. Love rules
the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: "Thou shalt
9 have no other gods before me," and "Love thy neighbor
as thyself." Let us have the molecule of faith that
removes mountains, — faith armed with the understand-
12 ing of Love, as in divine Science, where right reigneth.
The revered President and Congress of our favored land
are in God's hands.
15 [Boston Globe, December, 1904]
HOW STRIFE MAY BE STILLED
Follow that which is good.
18 A Japanese may believe in a heaven for him who dies
in defence of his country, but the steadying, elevating
power of civilization destroys such illusions and should
21 overcome evil with good.
Nothing is gained by fighting, but much is lost.
Peace is the promise and reward of rightness. Gov-
24 ernments have no right to engraft into civilization the
burlesque of uncivil economics. War is in itself an evil,
barbarous, devilish. Victory in error is defeat in Truth.
27 War is not in the domain of good; war weakens power
and must finally fall, pierced by its own sword.
The Principle of all power is God, and God is Love.
30 Whatever brings into human thought or action an ele-
1 ment opposed to Love, is never requisite, never a neces-
sity, and is not sanctioned by the law of God, the law
3 of Love. The Founder of Christianity said: "My
peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
I unto you."
6 Christian Science reinforces Christ's sayings and doings.
The Principle of Christian Science demonstrates peace.
Christianity is the chain of scientific being reappearing in
9 all ages, maintaining its obvious correspondence with the
Scriptures and uniting all periods in the design of God.
The First Commandment in the Hebrew Decalogue —
12 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" — obeyed,
is sufficient to still all strife. God is the divine Mind.
Hence the sequence: Had all peoples one Mind, peace
15 would reign.
God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when
understood in its divine metaphysics, will establish the
18 brotherhood of man, end wars, and demonstrate "on
earth peace, good will toward men."
[Christian Science Sentinel, June 17, 1905]
THE PRAYER FOR PEACE
Dearly Beloved: — I request that every member of The
Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, pray each
24 day for the amicable settlement of the war between
Russia and Japan; and pray that God bless that great
nation and those islands of the sea with peace and
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
June 13, 1905
1 REV. MARY BAKER EDDY,
Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
3 Beloved Leader: — We acknowledge with rejoicing the
receipt of your message, which again gives assurance of
your watchful care and guidance in our behalf and of your
6 loving solicitude for the welfare of the nations and the
peaceful tranquillity of the race. We rejoice also in this
new reminder from you that all the things which make for
9 the establishment of a universal, loving brotherhood on
earth may be accomplished through the righteous prayer
which availeth much.
12 WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Clerk
BOSTON, MASS., June 13, 1905
[Christian Science Sentinel, July 1, 1905]
"HEAR, O ISRAEL: THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD"
I now request that the members of my church cease
special prayer for the peace of nations, and cease in full
18 faith that God does not hear our prayers only because of
oft speaking, but that He will bless all the inhabitants
of the earth, and none can stay His hand nor say unto
21 Him, What doest Thou? Out of His allness He must
bless all with His own truth and love.
MARY BAKER EDDY
24 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
June 27, 1905
[Christian Science Sentinel, July 22, 1905]
In no way nor manner did I request my church to cease
praying for the peace of nations, but simply to pause in
30 special prayer for peace. And why this asking? Because
1 a spiritual foresight of the nations' drama presented
itself and awakened a wiser want, even to know how
3 to pray other than the daily prayer of my church, —
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it
is in heaven."
6 I cited, as our present need, faith in God's disposal of
events. Faith full-fledged, soaring to the Horeb height,
brings blessings infinite, and the spirit of this orison is the
9 fruit of rightness, — "on earth peace, good will toward
men." On this basis the brotherhood of all peoples is
established; namely, one God, one Mind, and "Love thy
12 neighbor as thyself," the basis on which and by which
the infinite God, good, the Father-Mother Love, is ours
and we are His in divine Science.
15 [Boston Globe, August, 1905]
PRACTISE THE GOLDEN RULE
18 "Official announcement of peace between Russia and
Japan seems to offer an appropriate occasion for the ex-
pression of congratulations and views by representative
21 persons. Will you do us the kindness to wire a sentiment
on some phase of the subject, on the ending of the war,
the effect on the two parties to the treaty of Portsmouth,
24 the influence which President Roosevelt has exerted for
peace, or the advancement of the cause of arbitration."
Mrs. Eddy's Reply
27 TO THE EDITOR OF THE Globe:
War will end when nations are ripe for progress. The
treaty of Portsmouth is not an executive power, although
1 its purpose is good will towards men. The government of
a nation is its peace maker or breaker.
3 I believe strictly in the Monroe doctrine, in our Con-
stitution, and in the laws of God. While I admire the
faith and friendship of our chief executive in and for all
6 nations, my hope must still rest in God, and the Scrip-
tural injunction, — "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all
the ends of the earth."
9 The Douma recently adopted in Russia is no uncer-
tain ray of dawn. Through the wholesome chastise-
ments of Love, nations are helped onward towards
12 justice, righteousness, and peace, which are the land-
marks of prosperity. In order to apprehend more,
we must practise what we already know of the Golden
15 Rule, which is to all mankind a light emitting light.
MARY BAKER EDDY
MRS. EDDY AND THE PEACE MOVEMENT
18 MR. HAYNE DAVIS, American Secretary,
International Conciliation Committee,
542 Fifth Avenue, New York City
21 Dear Mr. Davis: — Deeply do I thank you for the
interest you manifest in the success of the Association
for International Conciliation. It is of paramount im-
24 portance to every son and daughter of all nations under
the sunlight of the law and gospel.
May God guide and prosper ever this good endeavor.
27 Most truly yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
30 April 3, 1907
MRS. EDDY'S ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF APPOINTMENT
AS FONDATEUR OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR
3 INTERNATIONAL CONCILIATION
FIRST CHURCH OP CHRIST, SCIENTIST, NEW YORK CITY,
MR. JOHN D. HIGGINS, Clerk
6 My Beloved Brethren: — Your appointment of me as
Fondateur of the Association for International Concilia-
tion is most gracious.
9 To aid in this holy purpose is the leading impetus of
my life. Many years have I prayed and labored for the
consummation of "on earth peace, good will toward
12 men." May the fruits of said grand Association, preg-
nant with peace, find their birthright in divine Science.
Right thoughts and deeds are the sovereign remedies
15 for all earth's woe. Sin is its own enemy. Right has its
recompense, even though it be betrayed. Wrong may be
a man's highest idea of right until his grasp of goodness
18 grows stronger. It is always safe to be just.
When pride, self, and human reason reign, injustice is
21 Individuals, as nations, unite harmoniously on the basis
of justice, and this is accomplished when self is lost in
Love — or God's own plan of salvation. "To do justly,
24 and to love mercy, and to walk humbly" is the stand-
ard of Christian Science.
Human law is right only as it patterns the divine.
27 Consolation and peace are based on the enlightened sense
of God's government.
Lured by fame, pride, or gold, success is danger-
30 ous, but the choice of folly never fastens on the good
1 or the great. Because of my rediscovery of Chris-
tian Science, and honest efforts (however meagre)
3 to help human purpose and peoples, you may have
accorded me more than is deserved, — but 'tis sweet
to be remembered.
6 Lovingly yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
9 April 22, 1907
[Concord (N. H.) Daily Patriot]
12 Dear Editor: — In the issue of your good paper, the
Patriot, May 21, when referring to the Memorial service
of the E. E. Sturtevant Post held in my church building,
15 it read, "It is said to be the first time in the history of
the church in this country that such an event has oc-
curred." In your next issue please correct this mistake.
18 Since my residence in Concord, 1889, the aforesaid
Memorial service has been held annually in some church
in Concord, N. H.
21 When the Veterans indicated their desire to assemble
in my church building, I consented thereto only as other
churches had done. But here let me say that I am
24 absolutely and religiously opposed to war, whereas I do
believe implicitly in the full efficacy of divine Love to
conciliate by arbitration all quarrels between nations
27 and peoples.
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
30 May 28, 1907
TO A STUDENT
Dear Student: — Please accept my thanks for your
3 kind invitation, on behalf of the Civic League of San
Francisco, to attend the Industrial Peace Conference,
and accept my hearty congratulations.
6 I cannot spare the time requisite to meet with you;
but I rejoice with you in all your wise endeavors for
industrial, civic, and national peace. Whatever adorns
9 Christianity crowns the great purposes of life and demon-
strates the Science of being. Bloodshed, war, and op-
pression belong to the darker ages, and shall be relegated
12 to oblivion.
It is a matter for rejoicing that the best, bravest, most
cultured men and women of this period unite with us in
15 the grand object embodied in the Association for Inter-
In Revelation 2: 26, St. John says: "And he that
18 overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to
him will I give power over the nations." In the words
of St. Paul, I repeat: —
21 "And they neither found me in the temple disputing
with any man, neither raising up the people, neither
in the synagogues, nor in the city: neither can they
24 prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But
this I confess unto thee, that after the way which
they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers,
27 believing all things which are written in the law and in
Most sincerely yours,
30 MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.
[The Christian Science Journal, May, 1908]
3 For many years I have prayed daily that there be
no more war, no more barbarous slaughtering of our
fellow-beings; prayed that all the peoples on earth and
6 the islands of the sea have one God, one Mind; love
God supremely, and love their neighbor as themselves.
National disagreements can be, and should be, arbi-
9 trated wisely, fairly; and fully settled.
It is unquestionable, however, that at this hour
the armament of navies is necessary, for the purpose
12 of preventing war and preserving peace among nations.
Chapter XVI — Tributes
1 [New York Mail and Express]
MONUMENT TO BARON AND BARONESS DE HIRSCH
3 THE movement to erect a monument to the late
Baron and Baroness de Hirsch enlists my hearty
sympathy. They were unquestionably used in a re-
6 markable degree as instruments of divine Love.
Divine Love reforms, regenerates, giving to human
weakness strength, serving as admonition, instruction, and
9 governing all that really is. Divine Love is the noumenon
and phenomenon, the Principle and practice of divine
metaphysics. Love talked and not lived is a poor shift
12 for the weak and worldly. Love lived in a court or cot
is God exemplified, governing governments, industries,
human rights, liberty, life.
15 In love for man we gain the only and true sense of love
for God, practical good, and so rise and still rise to His
image and likeness, and are made partakers of that Mind
18 whence springs the universe.
Philanthropy is loving, ameliorative, revolutionary; it
wakens lofty desires, new possibilities, achievements, and
21 energies; it lays the axe at the root of the tree that
bringeth not forth good fruit; it touches thought to
spiritual issues, systematizes action, and insures success;
1 it starts the wheels of right reason, revelation, justice, and
mercy; it unselfs men and pushes on the ages. Love
3 unfolds marvellous good and uncovers hidden evil. The
philanthropist or reformer gives little thought to self-
defence; his life's incentive and sacrifice need no apology.
6 The good done and the good to do are his ever-present
Love for mankind is the elevator of the human race;
9 it demonstrates Truth and reflects divine Love. Good is
divinely natural. Evil is unnatural; it has no origin in
the nature of God, and He is the Father of all.
12 The great Galilean Prophet was, is, the reformer of re-
formers. His piety partook not of the travesties of human
opinions, pagan mysticisms, tribal religion, Greek phi-
15 losophy, creed, dogma, or materia medica. The divine
Mind was his only instrumentality in religion or medi-
cine. The so-called laws of matter he eschewed; with
18 him matter was not the auxiliary of Spirit. He never
appealed to matter to perform the functions of Spirit,
21 Jesus cast out evil, disease, death, showing that all
suffering is commensurate with sin; therefore, he cast
out devils and healed the sick. He showed that every
24 effect or amplification of wrong will revert to the wrong-
doer; that sin punishes itself; hence his saying, "Sin
no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." Love
27 atones for sin through love that destroys sin. His rod
We cannot remake ourselves, but we can make the
30 best of what God has made. We can know that all is
good because God made all, and that evil is not a
1 All education is work. The thing most important is
what we do, not what we say. God's open secret is seen
3 through grace, truth, and love.
I enclose a check for five hundred dollars for the
De Hirsch monument fund.
TRIBUTES TO QUEEN VICTORIA
MR. WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, C.S.B., Clerk
Beloved Student: — I deem it proper that The Mother
9 Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, the
first church of Christian Science known on earth, should
upon this solemn occasion congregate; that a special meet-
12 ing of its First Members convene for the sacred purpose of
expressing our deep sympathy with the bereaved nation,
its loss and the world's loss, in the sudden departure of
15 the late lamented Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and
Empress of India, — long honored, revered, beloved.
"God save the Queen" is heard no more in England, but
18 this shout of love lives on in the heart of millions.
MARY BAKER EDDY
21 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
January 27, 1901
It being inconvenient for me to attend the memorial
24 meeting in the South Congregational church on Sunday
evening, February 3, I herewith send a few words of con-
dolence, which may be read on that tender occasion.
27 I am interested in a meeting to be held in the capi-
tal of my native State in memoriam of the late lamented
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India.
1 It betokens a love and a loss felt by the strong hearts
of New England and the United States. When contem-
3 plating this sudden international bereavement, the near
seems afar, the distant nigh, and the tried and true seem
few. The departed Queen's royal and imperial honors
6 lose their lustre in the tomb, but her personal virtues can
never be lost. Those live on in the affection of nations.
Few sovereigns have been as venerable, revered, and
9 beloved as this noble woman, born in 1819, married in
1840, and deceased the first month of the new century.
LETTER TO MRS. McKINLEY
12 My Dear Mrs. McKinley: — My soul reaches out to God
for your support, consolation, and victory. Trust in Him
whose love enfolds thee. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect
15 peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth
in Thee." "Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee."
Divine Love is never so near as when all earthly joys seem
18 most afar.
Thy tender husband, our nation's chief magistrate, has
passed earth's shadow into Life's substance. Through
21 a momentary mist he beheld the dawn. He awaits to
welcome you where no arrow wounds the eagle soaring,
where no partings are for love, where the high and holy
24 call you again to meet.
"I knew that Thou hearest me always," are the words of
him who suffered and subdued sorrow. Hold this attitude
27 of mind, and it will remove the sackcloth from thy home.
MARY BAKER EDDY
30 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
September 14, 1901
TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT McKINLEY
Imperative, accumulative, holy demands rested on the
3 life and labors of our late beloved President, William
McKinley. Presiding over the destinies of a nation
meant more to him than a mere rehearsal of aphorisms,
6 a uniting of breaches soon to widen, a quiet assent or dis-
sent. His work began with heavy strokes, measured
movements, reaching from the infinitesimal to the
9 infinite. It began by warming the marble of politics
into zeal according to wisdom, quenching the vol-
canoes of partizanship, and uniting the interests of all
12 peoples; and it ended with a universal good overcoming
His home relations enfolded a wealth of affection, — a
15 tenderness not talked but felt and lived. His humanity,
weighed in the scales of divinity, was not found wanting.
His public intent was uniform, consistent, sympathetic,
18 and so far as it fathomed the abyss of difficulties was
wise, brave, unselfed. May his history waken a tone
of truth that shall reverberate, renew euphony, empha-
21 size humane power, and bear its banner into the vast
While our nation's ensign of peace and prosperity
24 waves over land and sea, while her reapers are strong,
her sheaves garnered, her treasury filled, she is suddenly
stricken, — called to mourn the loss of her renowned
27 leader! Tears blend with her triumphs. She stops to
think, to mourn, yea, to pray, that the God of harvests
send her more laborers, who, while they work for their
30 own country, shall sacredly regard the liberty of other
peoples and the rights of man.
1 What cannot love and righteousness achieve for the
race? All that can be accomplished, and more than his-
3 tory has yet recorded. All good that ever was written,
taught, or wrought comes from God and human faith in
the right. Through divine Love the right government is
6 assimilated, the way pointed out, the process shortened,
and the joy of acquiescence consummated. May God
sanctify our nation's sorrow in this wise, and His rod
9 and His staff comfort the living as it did the departing.
O may His love shield, support, and comfort the chief
mourner at the desolate home!
POWER OF PRAYER
My answer to the inquiry, "Why did Christians of every
sect in the United States fail in their prayers to save
15 the life of President McKinley," is briefly this: Insuffi-
cient faith or spiritual understanding, and a compound of
prayers in which one earnest, tender desire works uncon-
18 sciously against the modus operandi of another, would
prevent the result desired. In the June, 1901, Message
to my church in Boston, I refer to the effect of one
21 human desire or belief unwittingly neutralizing another,
though both are equally sincere.
In the practice of materia medica, croton oil is not mixed
24 with morphine to remedy dysentery, for those drugs are
supposed to possess opposite qualities and so to produce
opposite effects. The spirit of the prayer of the righteous
27 heals the sick, but this spirit is of God, and the divine
Mind is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; where-
as the human mind is a compound of faith and doubt,
30 of fear and hope, of faith in truth and faith in error.
1 The knowledge that all things are possible to God ex-
cludes doubt, but differing human concepts as to the
3 divine power and purpose of infinite Mind, and the so-
called power of matter, act as the different properties of
drugs are supposed to act — one against the other — and
6 this compound of mind and matter neutralizes itself.
Our lamented President, in his loving acquiescence,
believed that his martyrdom was God's way. Hun-
9 dreds, thousands of others believed the same, and hun-
dreds of thousands who prayed for him feared that the
bullet would prove fatal. Even the physicians may have
12 feared this.
These conflicting states of the human mind, of trembling
faith, hope, and of fear, evinced a lack of the absolute
15 understanding of God's omnipotence, and thus they pre-
vented the power of absolute Truth from reassuring the
mind and through the mind resuscitating the body of
18 the patient.
The divine power and poor human sense — yea, the spirit
and the flesh — struggled, and to mortal sense the flesh pre-
21 vailed. Had prayer so fervently offered possessed no
opposing element, and President McKinley's recovery
been regarded as wholly contingent on the power of God,
24 — on the power of divine Love to overrule the pur-
poses of hate and the law of Spirit to control matter, —
the result would have been scientific, and the patient
27 would have recovered.
St. Paul writes: "For the law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
30 death." And the Saviour of man saith: "What things
soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
them, and ye shall have them." Human governments
1 maintain the right of the majority to rule. Christian
Scientists are yet in a large minority on the subject of
3 divine metaphysics; but they improve the morals and the
lives of men, and they heal the sick on the basis that God
has all power, is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent,
6 supreme over all.
In a certain city the Master "did not many mighty
works there because of their unbelief," — because of the
9 mental counteracting elements, the startled or the un-
righteous contradicting minds of mortals. And if he were
personally with us to-day, he would rebuke whatever
12 accords not with a full faith and spiritual knowledge of
God. He would mightily rebuke a single doubt of the
ever-present power of divine Spirit to control all the con-
15 ditions of man and the universe.
If the skilful surgeon or the faithful M.D. is not dis-
mayed by a fruitless use of the knife or the drug, has not
18 the Christian Scientist with his conscious understanding
of omnipotence, in spite of the constant stress of the
hindrances previously mentioned, reason for his faith in
21 what is shown him by God's works?
ON THE DEATH OF POPE LEO XIII, JULY 20, 1903
The sad, sudden announcement of the decease of Pope
24 Leo XIII, touches the heart and will move the pen of
millions. The intellectual, moral, and religious energy
of this illustrious pontiff have animated the Church of
27 Rome for one quarter of a century. The august ruler
of two hundred and fifty million human beings has now
passed through the shadow of death into the great forever.
30 The court of the Vatican mourns him; his relatives
shed "the unavailing tear." He is the loved and lost
1 of many millions. I sympathize with those who mourn,
but rejoice in knowing our dear God comforts such with
3 the blessed assurance that life is not lost; its influence
remains in the minds of men, and divine Love holds
its substance safe in the certainty of immortality.
6 "In Him was life; and the life was the light of men."
(John 1: 4.)
A TRIBUTE TO THE BIBLE
LETTER OF THANKS FOR THE GIFT OF A COPY OF MARTIN LUTHER'S
TRANSLATION INTO GERMAN OF THE BIBLE, PRINTED IN
NUREM BERG IN 1733
12 Dear Student: — I am in grateful receipt of your time-
worn Bible in German. This Book of books is also the
gift of gifts; and kindness in its largest, profoundest
15 sense is goodness. It was kind of you to give it to me.
I thank you for it.
Christian Scientists are fishers of men. The Bible is
18 our sea-beaten rock. It guides the fishermen. It stands
the storm. It engages the attention and enriches the
being of all men.
[Copy of Cablegram]
COUNTESS OF DUNMORE AND FAMILY,
24 55 Lancaster Gate, West, London, England
Divine Love is your ever-present help. You, I, and
mankind have cause to lament the demise of Lord Dun-
27 more; but as the Christian Scientist, the servant of God
and man, he still lives, loves, labors.
MARY BAKER EDDY
30 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
August 31, 1907
HON. CLARENCE A. BUSKIRK'S LECTURE
The able discourse of our "learned judge," his flash of
3 flight and insight, lays the axe "unto the root of the
trees," and shatters whatever hinders the Science of
6 MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
October 14, 1907
"HEAR, O ISRAEL"
The late lamented Christian Scientist brother and the
publisher of my books, Joseph Armstrong, C.S.D., is not
12 dead, neither does he sleep nor rest from his labors in
divine Science; and his works do follow him. Evil has no
power to harm, to hinder, or to destroy the real spiritual
15 man. He is wiser to-day, healthier and happier, than
yesterday. The mortal dream of life, substance, or mind
in matter, has been lessened, and the reward of good
18 and punishment of evil and the waking out of his Adam-
dream of evil will end in harmony, — evil powerless, and
God, good, omnipotent and infinite.
21 MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
December 10, 1907
MISS CLARA BARTON
In the New York American, January 6, 1908, Miss
Clara Barton dipped her pen in my heart, and traced its
27 emotions, motives, and object. Then, lifting the curtains
of mortal mind, she depicted its rooms, guests, standing
and seating capacity, and thereafter gave her discovery
1 to the press. Now if Miss Barton were not a venerable
soldier, patriot, philanthropist, moralist, and states-
3 woman, I should shrink from such salient praise. But
in consideration of all that Miss Barton really is,
and knowing that she can bear the blows which may
6 follow said description of her soul-visit, I will say, Amen,
so be it.
MARY BAKER EDDY
9 PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
January l0, 1908
THERE IS NO DEATH
12 A suppositional gust of evil in this evil world is the
dark hour that precedes the dawn. This gust blows
away the baubles of belief, for there is in reality no evil,
15 no disease, no death; and the Christian Scientist who
believes that he dies, gains a rich blessing of disbelief in
death, and a higher realization of heaven.
18 My beloved Edward A. Kimball, whose clear, correct
teaching of Christian Science has been and is an inspira-
tion to the whole field, is here now as veritably as when
21 he visited me a year ago. If we would awaken to this
recognition, we should see him here and realize that he
never died; thus demonstrating the fundamental truth
24 of Christian Science.
MARY BAKER EDDY
MRS. EDDY'S HISTORY
27 I have not had sufficient interest in the matter to read
or to note from others' reading what the enemies of
Christian Science are said to be circulating regarding my
30 history, but my friends have read Sibyl Wilbur's book,
1 "The Life of Mary Baker Eddy," and request the privi-
lege of buying, circulating, and recommending it to the
3 public. I briefly declare that nothing has occurred in my
life's experience which, if correctly narrated and under-
stood, could injure me; and not a little is already re-
6 ported of the good accomplished therein, the self-sacrifice,
etc., that has distinguished all my working years.
I thank Miss Wilbur and the Concord Publishing Com-
9 pany for their unselfed labors in placing this book before
the public, and hereby say that they have my permission
to publish and circulate this work.
12 MARY BAKER EDDY
Chapter XVII — Answers to Criticisms
1 [Letter to the New York Commercial Advertiser]
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND THE CHURCH
3 OVER the signature "A Priest of the Church,"
somebody, kindly referring to my address to First
Church of Christ, Scientist, in Concord, N. H., writes:
6 "If they [Christian Scientists] have any truth to reveal
which has not been revealed by the church or the Bible,
let them make it known to the world, before they claim
9 the allegiance of mankind."
I submit that Christian Science has been widely made
known to the world, and that it contains the entire
12 truth of the Scriptures, as also whatever portions of truth
may be found in creeds. In addition to this, Christian
Science presents the demonstrable divine Principle and
15 rules of the Bible, hitherto undiscovered in the trans-
lations of the Bible and lacking in the creeds.
Therefore I query: Do Christians, who believe in sin,
18 and especially those who claim to pardon sin, believe
that God is good, and that God is All? Christian
Scientists firmly subscribe to this statement; yea, they
21 understand it and the law governing it, namely, that
God, the divine Principle of Christian Science, is
1 "of purer eyes than to behold evil." On this basis they
endeavor to cast out the belief in sin or in aught
3 besides God, thus enabling the sinner to overcome
sin according to the Scripture, "Work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which
6 worketh in you both to will and to do of His good
Does he who believes in sickness know or declare that
9 there is no sickness or disease, and thus heal disease?
Christian Scientists, who do not believe in the reality
of disease, heal disease, for the reason that the divine
12 Principle of Christian Science, demonstrated, heals the
most inveterate diseases. Does he who believes in
death understand or aver that there is no death, and
15 proceed to overcome "the last enemy" and raise the
dying to health? Christian Scientists raise the dying to
health in Christ's name, and are striving to reach the
18 summit of Jesus' words, "If a man keep my saying, he
shall never see death."
If, as this kind priest claims, these things, inseparable
21 from Christian Science, are common to his church, we
propose that he make known his doctrine to the world,
that he teach the Christianity which heals, and send out
24 students according to Christ's command, "Go ye into all
the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,"
"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
27 out devils."
The tree is known by its fruit. If, as he implies,
Christian Science is not a departure from the first cen-
30 tury churches, — as surely it is not, — why persecute
it? Are the churches opening fire on their own religious
ranks, or are they attacking a peaceable party quite
1 their antipode? Christian Science is a reflected glory;
it shines with borrowed rays — from Light emitting light.
3 Christian Science is the new-old Christianity, that which
was and is the revelation of divine Love.
The present flux in religious faith may be found to be
6 a healthy fermentation, by which the lees of religion will
be lost, dogma and creed will pass off in scum, leaving a
solid Christianity at the bottom — a foundation for the
9 builders. I would that all the churches on earth could
unite as brethren in one prayer: Father, teach us the
life of Love.
12 PLEASANT VEIW, CONCORD, N. H.,
March 22, 1899
[Letter to the New York World]
FAITH IN METAPHYSICS
Is faith in divine metaphysics insanity?
All sin is insanity, but healing the sick is not sin.
18 There is a universal insanity which mistakes fable for
fact throughout the entire testimony of the material
senses. Those unfortunate people who are committed to
21 insane asylums are only so many well-defined instances
of the baneful effects of illusion on mortal minds and
bodies. The supposition that we can correct insanity
24 by the use of drugs is in itself a species of insanity. A
drug cannot of itself go to the brain or affect cerebral
conditions in any manner whatever. Drugs cannot
27 remove inflammation, restore disordered functions, or
destroy disease without the aid of mind.
If mind be absent from the body, drugs can produce
30 no curative effect upon the body. The mind must
1 be, is, the vehicle of all modes of healing disease and of
producing disease. Through the mandate of mind or
3 according to a man's belief, can he be helped or be killed
by a drug; but mind, not matter, produces the result in
6 Neither life nor death, health nor disease, can be pro-
duced on a corpse, whence mind has departed. This
self-evident fact is proof that mind is the cause of all
9 effect made manifest through so-called matter. The
general craze is that matter masters mind; the specific
insanity is that brain, matter, is insane.
12 [Letter to the New York Herald]
REPLY TO MARK TWAIN
It is a fact well understood that I begged the students
15 who first gave me the endearing appellative "Mother,"
not to name me thus. But without my consent, the use
of the word spread like wildfire. I still must think the
18 name is not applicable to me. I stand in relation to
this century as a Christian Discoverer, Founder, and
Leader. I regard self-deification as blasphemous. I may
21 be more loved, but I am less lauded, pampered, provided
for, and cheered than others before me — and where-
fore? Because Christian Science is not yet popular, and
24 I refuse adulation.
My first visit to The Mother Church after it was built
and dedicated pleased me, and the situation was satisfac-
27 tory. The dear members wanted to greet me with escort
and the ringing of bells, but I declined and went alone in
my carriage to the church, entered it, and knelt in thanks
30 upon the steps of its altar. There the foresplendor of
1 the beginnings of truth fell mysteriously upon my spirit.
I believe in one Christ, teach one Christ, know of but
3 one Christ. I believe in but one incarnation, one Mother
Mary. I know that I am not that one, and I have never
claimed to be. It suffices me to learn the Science of the
6 Scriptures relative to this subject.
Christian Scientists have no quarrel with Protestants,
Catholics, or any other sect. Christian Scientists need to
9 be understood as following the divine Principle — God,
Love — and not imagined to be unscientific worshippers
of a human being.
12 In his article, of which I have seen only extracts, Mark
Twain's wit was not wasted in certain directions. Chris-
tian Science eschews divine rights in human beings.
15 If the individual governed human consciousness, my
statement of Christian Science would be disproved;
but to demonstrate Science and its pure monotheism
18 — one God, one Christ, no idolatry, no human propa-
ganda — it is essential to understand the spiritual idea.
Jesus taught and proved that what feeds a few feeds
21 all. His life-work subordinated the material to the
spiritual, and he left his legacy of truth to man-
kind. His metaphysics is not the sport of philosophy,
24 religion, or science; rather is it the pith and finale of
I have not the inspiration nor the aspiration to be
27 a first or second Virgin-mother — her duplicate, ante-
cedent, or subsequent. What I am remains to be proved
by the good I do. We need much humility, wisdom,
30 and love to perform the functions of foreshadowing and
foretasting heaven within us. This glory is molten in
the furnace of affliction.
[Boston Journal, June 8, 1903]
A MISSTATEMENT CORRECTED
3 I was early a pupil of Miss Sarah J. Bodwell, the
principal of Sanbornton Academy, New Hampshire, and
finished my course of studies under Professor Dyer
6 H. Sanborn, author of Sanborn's Grammar. Among
my early studies were Comstock's Natural Philosophy,
Chemistry, Blair's Rhetoric, Whateley's Logic, Watt's
9 "On the Mind and Moral Science." At sixteen years
of age, I began writing for the leading newspapers, and
for many years I wrote for the best magazines in the
12 South and North. I have lectured in large and crowded
halls in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Portland,
and at Waterville College, and have been invited to
15 lecture in London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1883, I started The Christian Science Journal, and
for several years was the proprietor and sole editor of
18 that periodical. In 1893, Judge S. J. Hanna became
editor of The Christian Science Journal, and for ten
subsequent years he knew my ability as an editor. In
21 a lecture in Chicago, he said: "Mrs. Eddy is from
every point of view a woman of sound education and
24 Agassiz, the celebrated naturalist and author, wisely
said: "Every great scientific truth goes through three
stages. First, people say it conflicts with the Bible.
27 Next, they say it has been discovered before. Lastly,
they say they have always believed it."
The first attack upon me was: Mrs. Eddy misinterprets
30 the Scriptures; second, she has stolen the contents of her
book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
1 from one P. P. Quimby (an obscure, uneducated man),
and that he is the founder of Christian Science. Failing
3 in these attempts, the calumniator has resorted to Ralph
Waldo Emerson's philosophy as the authority for Christian
Science! Lastly, the defamer will declare as honestly (?),
6 "I have always known it."
In Science and Health, page 68, third paragraph, I
briefly express myself unmistakably on the subject of
9 "vulgar metaphysics," and the manuscripts and letters
in my possession, which "vulgar" defamers have circu-
lated, stand in evidence. People do not know who is
12 referred to as "an ignorant woman in New Hampshire."
Many of the nation's best and most distinguished men
and women were natives of the Granite State.
15 I am the author of the Christian Science textbook,
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures;" and
the demand for this book constantly increases. I am
18 rated in the National Magazine (1903) as "standing
eighth in a list of twenty-two of the foremost living
21 I claim no special merit of any kind. All that I am
in reality, God has made me. I still wait at the cross to
learn definitely more from my great Master, but not
24 of the Greek nor of the Roman schools — simply how to
do his works.
A PLEA FOR JUSTICE
27 My recent reply to the reprint of a scandal in the
Literary Digest was not a question of "Who shall be
greatest?" but of "Who shall be just?" Who is or is
30 not the founder of Christian Science was not the trend
of thought, but my purpose was to lift the curtain on
1 wrong, on falsehood which persistently misrepresents
my character, education, and authorship, and attempts
3 to narrow my life into a conflict for fame.
Far be it from me to tread on the ashes of the dead or
to dissever any unity that may exist between Christian
6 Science and the philosophy of a great and good man, for
such was Ralph Waldo Emerson; and I deem it unwise to
enter into a newspaper controversy over a question that
9 is no longer a question. The false should be antagonized
only for the purpose of making the true apparent. I have
quite another purpose in life than to be thought great.
12 Time and goodness determine greatness. The greatest
reform, with almost unutterable truths to translate,
must wait to be transfused into the practical and
15 to be understood in the "new tongue." Age, with
experience-acquired patience and unselfed love, waits
on God. Human merit or demerit will find its proper
18 level. Divinity alone solves the problem of human-
ity, and that in God's own time. "By their fruits ye
shall know them."
In 1862, when I first visited Dr. Quimby of Portland,
Me., his scribblings were descriptions of his patients, and
24 these comprised the manuscripts which in 1887 I adver-
tised that I would pay for having published. Before his
decease, in January, 1866, Dr. Quimby had tried to get
27 them published and had failed.
Quotations have been published, purporting to be Dr.
Quimby's own words, which were written while I was his
30 patient in Portland and holding long conversations with
him on my views of mental therapeutics. Some words in
1 these quotations certainly read like words that I said to
him, and which I, at his request, had added to his
3 copy when I corrected it. In his conversations with
me and in his scribblings, the word science was not
used at all, till one day I declared to him that back
6 of his magnetic treatment and manipulation of patients,
there was a science, and it was the science of mind,
which had nothing to do with matter, electricity, or
After this I noticed he used that word, as well as other
terms which I employed that seemed at first new to him.
12 He even acknowledged this himself, and startled me by
saying what I cannot forget — it was this: "I see now
what you mean, and I see that I am John, and that you
15 are Jesus."
At that date I was a staunch orthodox, and my theologi-
cal belief was offended by his saying and I entered a de-
18 murrer which rebuked him. But afterwards I concluded
that he only referred to the coming anew of Truth, which
we both desired; for in some respects he was quite a seer
21 and understood what I said better than some others did.
For one so unlearned, he was a remarkable man. Had
his remark related to my personality, I should still think
24 that it was profane.
At first my case improved wonderfully under his
treatment, but it relapsed. I was gradually emerging
27 from materia medica, dogma, and creeds, and drifting
whither I knew not. This mental struggle might have
caused my illness. The fallacy of materia medica, its
30 lack of science, and the want of divinity in scholas-
tic theology, had already dawned on me. My ideal-
ism, however, limped, for then it lacked Science. But
1 the divine Love will accomplish what all the powers
of earth combined can never prevent being accom-
3 plished — the advent of divine healing and its divine
REPLY TO McClure's Magazine
6 It is calumny on Christian Science to say that man is
aroused to thought or action only by ease, pleasure, or
recompense. Something higher, nobler, more imperative
9 impels the impulse of Soul.
It becomes my duty to be just to the departed and to
tread not ruthlessly on their ashes. The attack on me
12 and my late father and his family in McClure's Magazine,
January, 1907, compels me as a dutiful child and the
Leader of Christian Science to speak.
15 McClure's Magazine refers to my father's "tall, gaunt
frame" and pictures "the old man tramping doggedly
along the highway, regularly beating the ground with a
18 huge walking-stick." My father's person was erect and
robust. He never used a walking-stick. To illustrate:
One time when my father was visiting Governor Pierce,
21 President Franklin Pierce's father, the Governor handed
him a gold-headed walking-stick as they were about to
start for church. My father thanked the Governor,
24 but declined to accept the stick, saying, "I never use
Although McClure's Magazine attributes to my father
27 language unseemly, his household law, constantly en-
forced, was no profanity and no slang phrases. McClure's
Magazine also declares that the Bible was the only book
30 in his house. On the contrary, my father was a great
reader. The man whom McClure's Magazine characterizes
1 as "ignorant, dominating, passionate, fearless," was
uniformly dignified — a well-informed, intellectual man,
3 cultivated in mind and manners. He was called upon
to do much business for his town, making out deeds,
settling quarrels, and even acting as counsel in a lawsuit
6 involving a question of pauperism between the towns of
Loudon and Bow, N. H. Franklin Pierce, afterwards
President of the United States, was the counsel for
9 Loudon and Mark Baker for Bow. Both entered their
pleas, and my father won the suit. After it was decided,
Mr. Pierce bowed to my father and congratulated him.
12 For several years father was chaplain of the New
Hampshire State Militia, and as I recollect it, he was
justice of the peace at one time. My father was a
15 strong believer in States' rights, but slavery he regarded
as a great sin.
Mark Baker was the youngest of his father's family, and
18 inherited his father's real estate, an extensive farm situ-
ated in Bow and Concord, N. H. It is on record that
Mark Baker's father paid the largest tax in the colony.
21 McClure's Magazine says, describing the Baker home-
stead at Bow: "The house itself was a small, square box
building of rudimentary architecture." My father's
24 house had a sloping roof, after the prevailing style of
architecture at that date.
McClure's Magazine states: "Alone of the Bakers, he
27 [Albert] received a liberal education. . . . Mary Baker
passed her first fifteen years at the ancestral home at Bow.
It was a lonely and unstimulating existence. The church
30 supplied the only social diversions, the district school
practically all the intellectual life."
Let us see what were the fruits of this "lonely and
1 unstimulating existence." All my father's daughters were
given an academic education, sufficiently advanced so that
3 they all taught school acceptably at various times and
places. My brother Albert was a distinguished lawyer.
In addition to my academic training, I was privately
6 tutored by him. He was a member of the New Hamp-
shire Legislature, and was nominated for Congress, but
died before the election. McClure's Magazine calls my
9 youngest brother, George Sullivan Baker, "a workman in
a Tilton woolen mill." As a matter of fact, he was joint
partner with Alexander Tilton, and together they owned a
12 large manufacturing establishment in Tilton, N. H. His
military title of Colonel came from appointment on the
staff of the Governor of New Hampshire. My oldest
15 brother, Samuel D. Baker, carried on a large business in
Regarding the allegation by McClure's Magazine that all
18 the family, "excepting Albert, died of cancer," I will
say that there was never a death in my father's family
reported by physician or post-mortem examination as
21 caused by cancer.
McClure's Magazine says that "the quarrels between
Mary, a child ten years old, and her father, a gray-haired
24 man of fifty, frequently set the house in an uproar,"
and adds that these "fits" were diagnosed by Dr. Ladd
as "hysteria mingled with bad temper." My mother
27 often presented my disposition as exemplary for her other
children to imitate, saying, "When do you ever see
Mary angry?" When the first edition of Science and
30 Health was published, Dr. Ladd said to Alexander Tilton:
"Read it, for it will do you good. It does not surprise
me, it so resembles the author."
1 I will relate the following incident, which occurred later
in life, as illustrative of my disposition: —
3 While I was living with Dr. Patterson at his country
home in North Groton, N. H., a girl, totally blind, knocked
at the door and was admitted. She begged to be allowed
6 to remain with me, and my tenderness and sympathy were
such that I could not refuse her. Shortly after, however,
my good housekeeper said to me: "If this blind girl stays
9 with you, I shall have to leave; she troubles me so much."
It was not in my heart to turn the blind girl out, and so
I lost my housekeeper.
12 My reply to the statement that the clerk's book shows
that I joined the Tilton Congregational Church at the age
of seventeen is that my religious experience seemed to
15 culminate at twelve years of age. Hence a mistake may
have occurred as to the exact date of my first church
18 The facts regarding the McNeil coat-of-arms are as
Fanny McNeil, President Pierce's niece, afterwards
21 Mrs. Judge Potter, presented me my coat-of-arms, say-
ing that it was taken in connection with her own family
coat-of-arms. I never doubted the veracity of her gift.
24 I have another coat-of-arms, which is of my mother's
ancestry. When I was last in Washington, D. C., Mrs.
Judge Potter and myself knelt in silent prayer on the
27 mound of her late father, General John McNeil, the
hero of Lundy Lane.
Notwithstanding that McClure's Magazine says, "Mary
30 Baker completed her education when she finished Smith's
grammar and reached long division in arithmetic," I was
called by the Rev. R. S. Rust, D.D., Principal of the
1 Methodist Conference Seminary at Sanbornton Bridge, to
supply the place of his leading teacher during her tempo-
3 rary absence.
Regarding my first marriage and the tragic death of my
husband, McClure's Magazine says: "He [George Wash-
6 ington Glover] took his bride to Wilmington, South Caro-
lina, and in June, 1844, six months after his marriage, he
died of yellow fever. He left his young wife in a miser-
9 able plight. She was far from home and entirely without
money or friends. Glover, however, was a Free Mason,
and thus received a decent burial. The Masons also paid
12 Mrs. Glover's fare to New York City, where she was
met and taken to her father's home by her brother George.
. . . Her position was an embarrassing one. She was a
15 grown woman, with a child, but entirely without means
of support. . . . Mrs. Glover made only one effort at
self-support. For a brief season she taught school."
18 My first husband, Major George W. Glover, resided in
Charleston, S. C. While on a business trip to Wilming-
ton, N. C., he was suddenly seized with yellow fever and
21 died in about nine days. I was with him on this trip.
He took with him the usual amount of money he would
need on such an excursion. At his decease I was sur-
24 rounded by friends, and their provisions in my behalf were
most tender. The Governor of the State and his staff,
with a long procession, followed the remains of my be-
27 loved one to the cemetery. The Free Masons selected
my escort, who took me to my father's home in Tilton,
N. H. My salary for writing gave me ample support.
30 I did open an infant school, but it was for the purpose of
starting that educational system in New Hampshire.
The rhyme attributed to me by McClure's Magazine is
1 not mine, but is, I understand, a paraphrase of a silly
song of years ago. Correctly quoted, it is as follows, so
3 I have been told: —
Go to Jane Glover,
Tell her I love her
6 By the light of the moon
I will go to her.
The various stories told by McClure's Magazine about
9 my father spreading the road in front of his house with
tan-bark and straw, and about persons being hired to rock
me, I am ignorant of. Nor do I remember any such stuff
12 as Dr. Patterson driving into Franklin, N. H., with a
couch or cradle for me in his wagon. I only know that
my father and mother did everything they could think of
15 to help me when I was ill.
I was never "given to long and lonely wanderings,
especially at night," as stated by McClure's Magazine. I
18 was always accompanied by some responsible individual
when I took an evening walk, but I seldom took one. I
have always consistently declared that I was not a medium
21 for spirits. I never was especially interested in the
Shakers, never "dabbled in mesmerism," never was "an
amateur clairvoyant," nor did "the superstitious coun-
24 try folk frequently" seek my advice. I never went
into a trance to describe scenes far away, as McClure's
27 My oldest sister dearly loved me, but I wounded her
pride when I adopted Christian Science, and to a Baker
that was a sorry offence. I was obliged to be parted
30 from my son, because after my father's second marriage
my little boy was not welcome in my father's house.
1 McClure's Magazine calls Dr. Daniel Patterson, my
second husband, "an itinerant dentist." It says that
3 after my marriage we "lived for a short time at Tilton,
then moved to Franklin . . . . During the following nine
years the Pattersons led a roving existence. The doctor
6 practised in several towns, from Tilton to North Groton
and then to Rumney." When I was married to him, Dr.
Daniel Patterson was located in Franklin, N. H. He had
9 the degree D.D.S., was a popular man, and considered a
rarely skilful dentist. He bought a place in North Groton,
which he fancied, for a summer home. At that time he
12 owned a house in Franklin, N. H.
Although, as McClure's Magazine claims, the court
record may state that my divorce from Dr. Patterson was
15 granted on the ground of desertion, the cause neverthe-
less was adultery. Individuals are here to-day who were
present in court when the decision was given by the judge
18 and who know the following facts: After the evidence
had been submitted that a husband was about to have Dr.
Patterson arrested for eloping with his wife, the court
21 instructed the clerk to record the divorce in my favor.
What prevented Dr. Patterson's arrest was a letter from
me to this self-same husband, imploring him not to do it.
24 When this husband recovered his wife, he kept her a
prisoner in her home, and I was also the means of recon-
ciling the couple. A Christian Scientist has told me that
27 with tears of gratitude the wife of this husband related
these facts to her just as I have stated them. I lived
with Dr. Patterson peaceably, and he was kind to me up
30 to the time of the divorce.
The following affidavit by R. D. Rounsevel of Littleton,
N. H., proprietor of the White Mountain House, Fabyans,
1 N. H., the original of which is in my possession, is of
interest in this connection: —
3 About the year 1874, Dr. Patterson, a dentist, boarded
with me in Littleton, New Hampshire. During his stay,
at different times, I had conversation with him about his
6 wife, from whom he was separated. He spoke of her being
a pure and Christian woman, and the cause of the separa-
tion being wholly on his part; that if he had done as he
9 ought, he might have had as pleasant and happy home as
one could wish for.
At that time I had no knowledge of who his wife was.
12 Later on I learned that Mary Baker G. Eddy, the Dis-
coverer and Founder of Christian Science, was the above-
15 (Signed) R. D. ROUNSEVEL
Grafton S. S. Jan'y, 1902. Then personally appeared
R. D. Rounsevel and made oath that the within statement
18 by him signed is true.
Before me, (Signed) H. M. MORSE,
Justice of the Peace
21 Who or what is the McClure "history," so called, pre-
senting? Is it myself, the veritable Mrs. Eddy, whom
the New York World declared dying of cancer, or is it
24 her alleged double or dummy heretofore described?
If indeed it be I, allow me to thank the enterprising
historians for the testimony they have thereby given of the
27 divine power of Christian Science, which they admit has
snatched me from the cradle and the grave, and made
me the beloved Leader of millions of the good men and
30 women in our own and in other countries, — and all this
1 because the truth I have promulgated has separated the
tares from the wheat, uniting in one body those who love
3 Truth; because Truth divides between sect and Science
and renews the heavenward impulse; because I still hear
the harvest song of the Redeemer awakening the nations,
6 causing man to love his enemies; because "blessed are ye,
when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."
[Christian Science Sentinel, January 19, 1907]
The article in the January number of The Arena maga-
12 zine, entitled "The Recent Reckless and Irresponsible
Attacks on Christian Science and its Founder, with a
Survey of the Christian Science Movement," by the
15 scholarly editor, Mr. B.O. Flower, is a grand defence of
our Cause and its Leader. Such a dignified, eloquent
appeal to the press in behalf of common justice and truth
18 demands public attention. It defends human rights and
the freedom of Christian sentiments, and tends to turn
back the foaming torrents of ignorance, envy, and malice.
21 I am pleased to find this "twentieth-century review of
opinion" once more under Mr. Flower's able guardianship
and manifesting its unbiased judgment by such sound
24 appreciation of the rights of Christian Scientists and of
all that is right.
MARY BAKER EDDY
Chapter XVIII — Authorship of Science and Health
1 THE following statement, which was published in
the Sentinel of December 1, 1906, exactly defin-
3 ing her relations with the Rev. James Henry Wiggin of
Boston, was made by Mrs. Eddy in refutation of allega-
tions in the public press to the effect that Mr. Wiggin
6 had a share in the authorship of "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures."
MRS. EDDY'S STATEMENT
9 It is a great mistake to say that I employed the Rev.
James Henry Wiggin to correct my diction. It was for
no such purpose. I engaged Mr. Wiggin so as to avail
12 myself of his criticisms of my statement of Christian
Science, which criticisms would enable me to explain
more clearly the points that might seem ambiguous to
15 the reader.
Mr. Calvin A. Frye copied my writings, and he will tell
you that Mr. Wiggin left my diction quite out of the
18 question, sometimes saying, "I wouldn't express it that
way." He often dissented from what I had written,
but I quieted him by quoting corroborative texts of
My diction, as used in explaining Christian Science, has
been called original. The liberty that I have taken with
1 capitalization, in order to express the "new tongue," has
well-nigh constituted a new style of language. In almost
3 every case where Mr. Wiggin added words, I have erased
them in my revisions.
Mr. Wiggin was not my proofreader for my book
6 "Miscellaneous Writings," and for only two of my books.
I especially employed him on "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures," because at that date some critics
9 declared that my book was as ungrammatical as it was
misleading. I availed myself of the name of the former
proofreader for the University Press, Cambridge, to
12 defend my grammatical construction, and confidently
awaited the years to declare the moral and spiritual
effect upon the age of "Science and Health with Key
15 to the Scriptures."
I invited Mr. Wiggin to visit one of my classes in the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College, and he consented
18 on condition that I should not ask him any questions.
I agreed not to question him just so long as he refrained
from questioning me. He held himself well in check
21 until I began my attack on agnosticism. As I pro-
ceeded, Mr. Wiggin manifested more and more agita-
tion, until he could control himself no longer and,
24 addressing me, burst out with:
"How do you know that there ever was such a man as
27 He would have continued with a long argument,
framed from his ample fund of historical knowledge,
but I stopped him.
30 "Now, Mr. Wiggin," I said, "you have broken our
agreement. I do not find my authority for Christian
Science in history, but in revelation. If there had never
1 existed such a person as the Galilean Prophet, it would
make no difference to me. I should still know that
3 God's spiritual ideal is the only real man in His image
My saying touched him, and I heard nothing further
6 from him in the class, though afterwards he wrote a
kind little pamphlet, signed "Phare Pleigh."
I hold the late Mr. Wiggin in loving, grateful memory
9 for his high-principled character and well-equipped
LETTERS FROM STUDENTS
12 The following letters from students of Mrs. Eddy
confirm her statement regarding the work which the
Rev. Mr. Wiggin did for her, and also indicate what he
15 himself thought of that work and of Mrs. Eddy: —
My Dear Teacher: — I am conversant with some facts
which perhaps have not come under the observation of
18 many of your students, and considering the questions
which have recently appeared, it may interest you to be
advised that I have this information. On the tenth day of
21 January, 1887, I entered your Primary class at Boston.
A few days later, in conversation with you about the
preparation of a theme, you suggested that I call on the
24 late J. Henry Wiggin to assist me in analyzing and arrang-
ing the topics, which I did about the twentieth of the
above-named month. These dates are very well fixed in
27 my memory, as I considered the time an important one
in my experience, and do so still. I also recall very
plainly the conversation with you in general as regards
30 Mr. Wiggin. You told me that he had done some literary
1 work for you and that he was a fine literary student and
a good proofreader.
3 Upon calling on Mr. Wiggin, I presented my matter for
a theme to him, and he readily consented to assist me,
which he did. He also seemed very much pleased to
6 converse about you and your work, and I found that his
statement of what he had done for you exactly agreed
with what you had told me. He also expressed himself
9 freely as to his high regard for you as a Christian lady,
as an author, and as a student of ability. Mr. Wiggin
spoke of "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
12 tures" as being a very unique book, and seemed quite
proud of his having had something to do with some
editions. He always spoke of you as the author of this
15 book and the author of all your works. Mr. Wiggin
did not claim to be a Christian Scientist, but was in
a measure in sympathy with the movement, although
18 he did not endorse all the statements in your textbook;
but his tendency was friendly.
I called on Mr. Wiggin several times while I was in your
21 Primary class at the time above referred to, and several
times subsequent thereto, and he always referred to you as
the author of your works and spoke of your ability without
24 any hesitation or restriction. Our conversations were at
times somewhat long and went into matters of detail
regarding your work, and I am of the opinion that he
27 was proud of his acquaintance with you.
I saw Mr. Wiggin several times after the class closed,
and the last conversation I had with him was at the
30 time of the dedication of the first Mother Church edifice
in 1895. I met him in the vestibule of the church
and he spoke in a very animated manner of your
1 grand demonstration in building this church for your
followers. He seemed very proud to think that he had
3 been in a way connected with your work, but he always
referred to you as the one who had accomplished this
6 My recollections of Mr. Wiggin place him as one
of your devoted and faithful friends, one who knew
who and what you are, also your position as regards
9 your published works; and he always gave you that
position without any restriction. I believe that Mr.
Wiggin was an honest man and that he told the same
12 story to every one with whom he had occasion to talk,
so I cannot believe that he has ever said anything
whatever of you and your relations to your published
15 works differing from what he talked so freely in my
There is nothing in the circumstances which have
18 arisen recently, and the manner in which the statements
have been made, to change my opinion one iota in this
21 It will soon be twenty years since I first saw you and