Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   From the platform of the Monday lectureship in
Tremont Temple, on Monday, March 16, 1885, as
will be seen by what follows, Reverend Mary Baker G.
Eddy was presented to Mr. Cook's audience, and allowed
ten minutes in which to reply to his public letter condemning
her doctrines; which reply was taken in full by
a shorthand reporter who was present, and is transcribed
   Mrs. Eddy responding, said: -
   As the time so kindly allotted me is insufficient for
even a synopsis of Christian Science, I shall confine myself
to questions and answers.
   Am I a spiritualist?
   I am not, and never was.  I understand the impossibility
of intercommunion between the so-called dead and
living.  There have always attended my life phenomena
of an uncommon order, which spiritualists have miscalled
mediumship; but I clearly understand that no
human agencies were employed, - that the divine Mind
reveals itself to humanity through spiritual law.  And
to such as are "waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption
of our body," Christian Science reveals the infinitude


of divinity and the way of man's salvation from
sickness and death, as wrought out by Jesus, who robbed
the grave of victory and death of its sting.  I understand
that God is an ever-present help in all times of trouble, -
have found Him so; and would have no other gods, no
remedies in drugs, no material medicine.
   Do I believe in a personal God?
   I believe in God as the Supreme Being.  I know not
what the person of omnipotence and omnipresence is,
or what the infinite includes; therefore, I worship that
of which I can conceive, first, as a loving Father and
Mother; then, as thought ascends the scale of being to
diviner consciousness, God becomes to me, as to the
apostle who declared it, "God is Love," - divine Principle,
- which I worship; and "after the manner of my
fathers, so worship I God."
   Do I believe in the atonement of Christ?
   I do; and this atonement becomes more to me since
it includes man's redemption from sickness as well as
from sin.  I reverence and adore Christ as never before.
   It brings to my sense, and to the sense of all who entertain
this understanding of the Science of God, a whole
   How is the healing done in Christian Science?
   This answer includes too much to give you any conclusive
idea in a brief explanation.  I can name some
means by which it is not done.
   It is not one mind acting upon another mind; it is
not the transference of human images of thought to
other minds; it is not supported by the evidence before
the personal senses, - Science contradicts this evidence;
it is not of the flesh, but of the Spirit.  It is Christ come


to destroy the power of the flesh; it is Truth over error;
that understood, gives man ability to rise above the evidence
of the senses, take hold of the eternal energies of
Truth, and destroy mortal discord with immortal harmony,
- the grand verities of being.  It is not one mortal
thought transmitted to another's thought from the human
mind that holds within itself all evil.
   Our Master said of one of his students, "He is a devil,"
and repudiated the idea of casting out devils through
Beelzebub.  Erring human mind is by no means a desirable
or efficacious healer.  Such suppositional healing
I deprecate.  It is in no way allied to divine power.  All
human control is animal magnetism, more despicable

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