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

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   The need of their teacher's counsel, felt by students,
especially by those at a distance, working assiduously for
our common Cause, - and their constant petitions for
the same, should be met in the most effectual way.
   To be responsible for supplying this want, and poise
the wavering balance on the right side, is impracticable
without a full knowledge of the environments.  The
educational system of Christian Science lacks the aid
and protection of State laws.  The Science is hampered
by immature demonstrations, by the infancy of its discovery,
by incorrect teaching; and especially by unprincipled
claimants, whose mad ambition drives them to
appropriate my ideas and discovery, without credit, appreciation,
or a single original conception, while they

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quote from other authors and give them credit for every
random thought in line with mine.
   My noble students, who are loyal to Christ, Truth, and
human obligations, will not be disheartened in the midst
of this seething sea of sin.  They build for time and
eternity.  The others stumble over misdeeds, and their own
unsubstantiality, without the groundwork of right, till,
like camera shadows thrown upon the mists of time, they
melt into darkness.
   Unity is the essential nature of Christian Science.  Its
Principle is One, and to demonstrate the divine One,
demands oneness of thought and action.
   Many students enter the Normal class of my College
whom I have not fitted for it by the Primary course.
They are taught their first lessons by my students; hence
the aptness to assimilate pure and abstract Science is
somewhat untested.
   "As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined."  As mortal
mind is directed, it acts for a season.  Some students
leave my instructions before they are quite free from
the bias of their first impressions, whether those be correct
or incorrect.  Such students are more or less subject
to the future mental influence of their former teacher.
Their knowledge of Mind-healing may be right theoretically,
but the moral and spiritual status of thought
must be right also.  The tone of the teacher's mind must
be pure, grand, true, to aid the mental development of
the student; for the tint of the instructor's mind must
take its hue from the divine Mind.  A single mistake in
metaphysics, or in ethics, is more fatal than a mistake in
   If a teacher of Christian Science unwittingly or intentionally

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offers his own thought, and gives me as authority
for it; if he diverges from Science and knows it not, or,
knowing it, makes the venture from vanity, in order to
be thought original, or wiser than somebody else, - this
divergence widens.  He grows dark, and cannot regain,
at will, an upright understanding.  This error in the
teacher also predisposes his students to make mistakes
and lose their way.  Diverse opinions in Science are
stultifying.  All must have one Principle and the same
rule; and all who follow the Principle and rule have but
one opinion of it.
   Whosoever understands a single rule in Science, and
demonstrates its Principle according to rule, is master
of the situation.  Nobody can gainsay this.  The egotistical
theorist or shallow moralist may presume to
make innovations upon simple proof; but his mistake
is visited upon himself and his students, whose minds
are, must be, disturbed by this discord, which extends
along the whole line of reciprocal thought.  An error

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