New York Herald
From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
1 [New York Herald, February 6, 1895]
MRS. EDDY SHOCKED
3 [By Telegraph to the Herald]
Concord, N. H., February 4, 1895. — The article pub-
lished in the Herald on January 29, regarding a statement
6 made by Mrs. Laura Lathrop, pastor of the Christian Sci-
ence congregation that meets every Sunday in Hodgson
Hall, New York, was shown to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy,
9 the Christian Science “Discoverer,” to-day.
Mrs. Eddy preferred to prepare a written answer to the
interrogatory, which she did in this letter, addressed to the
12 editor of the Herald: —
“A despatch is given me, calling for an interview to an-
swer for myself, ‘Am I the second Christ?’
15 “Even the question shocks me. What I am is for God
to declare in His infinite mercy. As it is, I claim nothing
more than what I am, the Discoverer and Founder of
18 Christian Science, and the blessing it has been to mankind
which eternity enfolds.
“I think Mrs. Lathrop was not understood. If she said
21 aught with intention to be thus understood, it is not what
I have taught her, and not at all as I have heard her talk.
“My books and teachings maintain but one conclusion
24 and statement of the Christ and the deification of mortals.
“Christ is individual, and one with God, in the sense
of divine Love and its compound divine ideal.
27 “There was, is, and never can be but one God, one
1 Christ, one Jesus of Nazareth. Whoever in any age ex-
presses most of the spirit of Truth and Love, the Principle
3 of God’s idea, has most of the spirit of Christ, of that Mind
which was in Christ Jesus.
“If Christian Scientists find in my writings, teachings,
6 and example a greater degree of this spirit than in others,
they can justly declare it. But to think or speak of me in
any manner as a Christ, is sacrilegious. Such a statement
9 would not only be false, but the absolute antipode of Chris-
tian Science, and would savor more of heathenism than of
12 “MARY BAKER EDDY”