From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
1 [Montreal Daily Herald, Saturday, February 2, 1895]
3 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
SKETCH OF ITS ORIGIN AND GROWTH — THE MONTREAL BRANCH
“If you would found a new faith, go to Boston,” has
6 been said by a great American writer. This is no idle
word, but a fact borne out by circumstances. Boston can
fairly claim to be the hub of the logical universe, and an
9 accurate census of the religious faiths which are to be
found there to-day would probably show a greater number
of them than even Max O’Rell’s famous enumeration of
12 John Bull’s creeds.
Christian Science, or the Principle of divine healing,
is one of those movements which seek to give expression
15 to a higher spirituality. Founded twenty-five years ago,
it was still practically unknown a decade since, but to-day
it numbers over a quarter of a million of believers, the
18 majority of whom are in the United States, and is rapidly
growing. In Canada, also, there is a large number of
members. Toronto and Montreal have strong churches,
21 comparatively, while in many towns and villages single
believers or little knots of them are to be found.
It was exactly one hundred years from the date of the
24 Declaration of Independence, when on July 4, 1876, the
first Christian Scientist Association was organized by
seven persons, of whom the foremost was Mrs. Eddy.
27 The church was founded in April, 1879, with twenty-six
members, and a charter was obtained two months later.
1 Mrs. Eddy assumed the pastorship of the church during
its early years, and in 1881 was ordained, being now known
3 as the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.
The Massachusetts Metaphysical College was founded
by Mrs. Eddy in 1881, and here she taught the principles
6 of the faith for nine years. Students came to it in hun-
dreds from all parts of the world, and many are now pastors
or in practice. The college was closed in 1889, as Mrs.
9 Eddy felt it necessary for the interests of her religious work
to retire from active contact with the world. She now
lives in a beautiful country residence in her native State.