Preface | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent


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1      THIS volume contains scintillations from press and

         pulpit — utterances which epitomize the story of the

3      birth of Christian Science, in 1866, and its progress

         during the ensuing thirty years. Three quarters of a

         century hence, when the children of to-day are the elders

6      of the twentieth century, it will be interesting to have

         not only a record of the inclination given their own

         thoughts in the latter half of the nineteenth century,

9      but also a registry of the rise of the mercury in the glass

         of the world’s opinion.

         It will then be instructive to turn backward the tele-

12    scope of that advanced age, with its lenses of more

         spiritual mentality, indicating the gain of intellectual

         momentum, on the early footsteps of Christian Science

15    as planted in the pathway of this generation; to note

         the impetus thereby given to Christianity; to con the

         facts surrounding the cradle of this grand verity — that

18    the sick are healed and sinners saved, not by matter, but

         by Mind; and to scan further the features of the vast

         problem of eternal life, as expressed in the absolute

21    power of Truth and the actual bliss of man’s existence

         in Science.

         Mary Baker Eddy

         February, 1895

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