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

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   The combined efforts of the materialistic portion of
the pulpit and press in 1885, to retard by misrepresentation
the stately goings of Christian Science, are giving
it new impetus and energy; calling forth the vox populi
and directing more critical observation to its uplifting
influence upon the health, morals, and spirituality of
   Their movements indicate fear and weakness, a physical
and spiritual need that Christian Science should remove
with glorious results.  The conclusion cannot now
be pushed, that women have no rights that man is bound
to respect.  This is woman's hour, in all the good tendencies,
charities, and reforms of to-day.  It is difficult
to say which may be most mischievous to the human
heart, the praise or the dispraise of men.
   I have loved the Church and followed it, thinking that
it was following Christ; but, if the pulpit allows the people
to go no further in the direction of Christlikeness, and
rejects apostolic Christianity, seeking to stereotype infinite
Truth, it is a thing to be thankful for that one can walk
alone the straight and narrow way; that, in the words of
Wendell Phillips, "one with God is a majority."

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   It is the pulpit and press, clerical robes and the prohibiting
of free speech, that cradles and covers the sins of
the world, - all unmitigated systems of crime; and it
requires the enlightenment of these worthies, through
civil and religious reform, to blot out all inhuman codes.
It was the Southern pulpit and press that influenced the
people to wrench from man both human and divine rights,
in order to subserve the interests of wealth, religious caste,
civil and political power.  And the pulpit had to be
purged of that sin by human gore, - when the love of
Christ would have washed it divinely away in Christian
   The cry of the colored slave has scarcely been heard
and hushed, when from another direction there comes
another sharp cry of oppression.  Another form of inhumanity
lifts its hydra head to forge anew the old fetters;
to shackle conscience, stop free speech, slander, vilify;
to invite its prey, then turn and refuse the victim a solitary
vindication in this most unprecedented warfare.
   A conflict more terrible than the battle of Gettysburg
awaits the crouching wrong that refused to yield its
prey the peace of a desert, when a voice was heard
crying in the wilderness, - the spiritual famine of 1866,
- "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths
   Shall religious intolerance, arrayed against the rights
of man, again deluge the earth in blood?  The question
at issue with mankind is:  Shall we have a spiritual Christianity
and a spiritual healing, or a materialistic religion
and a materia medica?
   The advancing faith and hope of Christianity, the
earnest seeking after practical truth that shall cast out

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error and heal the sick, wisely demand for man his God-given
heritage, both human and divine rights; namely,
that his honest convictions and proofs of advancing truth
be allowed due consideration, and treated not as pearls
trampled upon.
   Those familiar with my history are more tolerant; those
who know me, know that I found health in just what I
teach.  I have professed Christianity a half-century; and
now I calmly challenge the world, upon fair investigation,
to furnish a single instance of departure in one of my
works from the highest possible ethics.
   The charges against my views are false, but natural,

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