From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
9 [Boston Transcript, December 31, 1894]
The growth of Christian Science is properly marked by
12 the erection of a visible house of worship in this city, which
will be dedicated to-morrow. It has cost two hundred
thousand dollars, and no additional sums outside of the
15 subscriptions are asked for. This particular phase of
religious belief has impressed itself upon a large and in-
creasing number of Christian people, who have been
18 tempted to examine its principles, and doubtless have been
comforted and strengthened by them. Any new move-
ment will awaken some sort of interest. There are many
21 who have worn off the novelty and are thoroughly carried
away with the requirements, simple and direct as they are,
of Christian Science. The opposition against it from the
24 so-called orthodox religious bodies keeps up a while, but
after a little skirmishing, finally subsides. No one religious
body holds the whole of truth, and whatever is likely to
27 show even some one side of it will gain followers and live
down any attempted repression.
1 Christian Science does not strike all as a system of truth.
If it did, it would be a prodigy. Neither does the Christian
3 faith produce the same impressions upon all. Freedom to
believe or to dissent is a great privilege in these days. So
when a number of conscientious followers apply themselves
6 to a matter like Christian Science, they are enjoying that
liberty which is their inherent right as human beings, and
though they cannot escape censure, yet they are to be
9 numbered among the many pioneers who are searching
after religious truth. There is really nothing settled.
Every truth is more or less in a state of agitation. The
12 many who have worked in the mine of knowledge are glad
to welcome others who have different methods, and with
them bring different ideas.
15 It is too early to predict where this movement will go,
and how greatly it will affect the well-established methods.
That it has produced a sensation in religious circles, and
18 called forth the implements of theological warfare, is very
well known. While it has done this, it may, on the other
hand, have brought a benefit. Ere this many a new project
21 in religious belief has stirred up feeling, but as time has
gone on, compromises have been welcomed.
The erection of this temple will doubtless help on the
24 growth of its principles. Pilgrims from everywhere will go
there in search of truth, and some may be satisfied and some
will not. Christian Science cannot absorb the world’s
27 thought. It may get the share of attention it deserves, but
it can only aspire to take its place alongside other great
demonstrations of religious belief which have done some-
30 thing good for the sake of humanity.
1 Wonders will never cease. Here is a church whose
treasurer has to send out word that no sums except those
3 already subscribed can be received! The Christian
Scientists have a faith of the mustard-seed variety.
What a pity some of our practical Christian folk have not a
6 faith approximate to that of these “impractical” Christian