From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
[Jackson Patriot, Jackson, Mich., January 20, 1895]
The erection of a massive temple in Boston by Christian
12 Scientists, at a cost of over two hundred thousand dollars,
love-offerings of the disciples of Mary Baker Eddy, reviver
of the ancient faith and author of the textbook from which,
15 with the New Testament at the foundation, believers
receive light, health, and strength, is evidence of the rapid
growth of the new movement. We call it new. It is not.
18 The name Christian Science alone is new. At the begin-
ning of Christianity it was taught and practised by Jesus
and his disciples. The Master was the great healer. But
21 the wave of materialism and bigotry that swept over the
world for fifteen centuries, covering it with the blackness
of the Dark Ages, nearly obliterated all vital belief in his
24 teachings. The Bible was a sealed book. Recently a
revived belief in what he taught is manifest, and Christian
Science is one result. No new doctrine is proclaimed, but
1 here is the fresh development of a Principle that was put
into practice by the Founder of Christianity nineteen hun-
3 dred years ago, though practised in other countries at an
earlier date. “The thing that hath been, it is that which
shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be
6 done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
The condition which Jesus of Nazareth, on various
occasions during the three years of his ministry on earth,
9 declared to be essential, in the mind of both healer and
patient, is contained in the one word — faith. Can drugs
suddenly cure leprosy? When the ten lepers were cleansed
12 and one returned to give thanks in Oriental phrase, Jesus
said to him: “Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee
whole.” That was Christian Science. In his “Law of
15 Psychic Phenomena” Hudson says: “That word, more
than any other, expresses the whole law of human felicity
and power in this world, and of salvation in the world to
18 come. It is that attribute of mind which elevates man
above the level of the brute, and gives dominion over the
physical world. It is the essential element of success in
21 every field of human endeavor. It constitutes the power
of the human soul. When Jesus of Nazareth proclaimed
its potency from the hilltops of Palestine, he gave to man-
24 kind the key to health and heaven, and earned the title
of Saviour of the World.” Whittier, grandest of mystic
poets, saw the truth: —
27 That healing gift he lends to them
Who use it in his name;
The power that filled his garment’s hem
30 Is evermore the same.
1 Again, in a poem entitled “The Master,” he wrote: —
The healing of his seamless dress
3 Is by our beds of pain;
We touch him in life’s throng and press,
And we are whole again.(1)
6 That Jesus operated in perfect harmony with natural
law, not in defiance, suppression, or violation of it, we can-
not doubt. The perfectly natural is the perfectly spiritual.
9 Jesus enunciated and exemplified the Principle; and,
obviously, the conditions requisite in psychic healing
to-day are the same as were necessary in apostolic times.
12 We accept the statement of Hudson: “There was no law
of nature violated or transcended. On the contrary, the
whole transaction was in perfect obedience to the laws of
15 nature. He understood the law perfectly, as no one before
him understood it; and in the plenitude of his power he
applied it where the greatest good could be accomplished.”
18 A careful reading of the accounts of his healings, in the
light of modern science, shows that he observed, in his
practice of mental therapeutics, the conditions of environ-
21 ment and harmonious influence that are essential to success.
In the case of Jairus’ daughter they are fully set forth.
He kept the unbelievers away, “put them all out,” and
24 permitting only the father and mother, with his closest
friends and followers, Peter, James, and John, in the
chamber with him, and having thus the most perfect
27 obtainable environment, he raised the daughter to life.
(1) NOTE: — About 1868, the author of Science and Health healed
Mr. Whittier with one visit, at his home in Amesbury, of incipient
30 pulmonary consumption. — M. B. EDDY
Page 55 1 “Not in blind caprice of will,
Not in cunning sleight of skill.
3 Not for show of power, was wrought
Nature’s marvel in thy thought.”
In a previous article we have referred to cyclic changes
6 that came during the last quarter of preceding centuries.
Of our remarkable nineteenth century not the least event-
ful circumstance is the advent of Christian Science.
9 That it should be the work of a woman is the natural out-
come of a period notable for her emancipation from many
of the thraldoms, prejudices, and oppressions of the past.
12 We do not, therefore, regard it as a mere coincidence that
the first edition of Mrs. Eddy’s Science and Health should
have been published in 1875. Since then she has revised
15 it many times, and the ninety-first edition is announced.
Her discovery was first called, “The Science of Divine
Metaphysical Healing.” Afterward she selected the name
18 Christian Science. It is based upon what is held to be
scientific certainty, namely, — that all causation is of
Mind, every effect has its origin in desire and thought.
21 The theology — if we may use the word — of Christian
Science is contained in the volume entitled “Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures.”
24 The present Boston congregation was organized
April 12, 1879, and has now over four thousand members.
It is regarded as the parent organization, all others being
27 branches, though each is entirely independent in the
management of its own affairs. Truth is the sole recognized
authority. Of actual members of different congregations
30 there are between one hundred thousand and two hundred
1 thousand. One or more organized societies have sprung
up in New York, Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincin-
3 nati, Philadelphia, Detroit, Toledo, Milwaukee, Madison,
Scranton, Peoria, Atlanta, Toronto, and nearly every other
centre of population, besides a large and growing number
6 of receivers of the faith among the members of all the
churches and non-church-going people. In some churches
a majority of the members are Christian Scientists, and, as
9 a rule, are the most intelligent.
Space does not admit of an elaborate presentation on the
occasion of the erection of the temple, in Boston, the
12 dedication taking place on the 6th of January, of one of
the most remarkable, helpful, and powerful movements
of the last quarter of the century. Christian Science
15 has brought hope and comfort to many weary souls. It
makes people better and happier. Welding Christianity
and Science, hitherto divorced because dogma and truth
18 could not unite, was a happy inspiration.
“And still we love the evil cause,
And of the just effect complain;
21 We tread upon life’s broken laws,
And mourn our self-inflicted pain.”