Chapter 15 — Peace and War

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1             [Boston Herald, March, 1898]


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.

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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]


       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-

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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]


       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
27    prosperity.

       June 13, 1905

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       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]


       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.

       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

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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]



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


       War will end when nations are ripe for progress. The
       treaty of Portsmouth is not an executive power, although

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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.



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,
30       April 3, 1907

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       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

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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,
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.

30            May 28, 1907

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       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-
       national Conciliation.

       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
       the prophets.”

       Most sincerely yours,
30                       MARY BAKER EDDY

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       [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.

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