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

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   Notwithstanding the rapid sale already of two editions
of "Christ and Christmas," and many orders on hand, I
have thought best to stop its publication.
   In this revolutionary religious period, the increasing
inquiry of mankind as to Christianity and its unity -
and above all, God's love opening the eyes of the blind
- is fast fitting all minds for the proper reception of
Christian Science healing.
   But I must stand on this absolute basis of Christian
Science; namely, Cast not pearls before the unprepared
thought.  Idolatry is an easily-besetting sin of all peoples.
The apostle saith, "Little children, keep yourselves from
   The illustrations were not intended for a golden calf,
at which the sick may look and be healed.  Christian
Scientists should beware of unseen snares, and adhere
to the divine Principle and rules for demonstration.
They must guard against the deification of finite
personality.  Every human thought must turn instinctively to

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the divine Mind as its sole centre and intelligence.  Until
this be done, man will never be found harmonious and
   Whosoever looks to me personally for his health or
holiness, mistakes.  He that by reason of human love or
hatred or any other cause clings to my material personality,
greatly errs, stops his own progress, and loses
the path to health, happiness, and heaven.  The Scriptures
and Christian Science reveal "the way," and personal
revelators will take their proper place in history,
but will not be deified.
   Advanced scientific students are ready for "Christ
and Christmas;" but those are a minority of its readers,
and even they know its practicality only by healing
the sick on its divine Principle.  In the words of the
prophet, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one
   Friends, strangers, and Christian Scientists, I thank
you, each and all, for your liberal patronage and scholarly,
artistic, and scientific notices of my book.  This little
messenger has done its work, fulfilled its mission, retired
with honor (and mayhap taught me more than it has
others), only to reappear in due season.  The knowledge
that I have gleaned from its fruitage is, that intensely
contemplating personality impedes spiritual growth; even
as holding in mind the consciousness of disease prevents
the recovery of the sick.
   Christian Science is taught through its divine Principle,
which is invisible to corporeal sense.  A material
human likeness is the antipode of man in the image and
likeness of God.  Hence, a finite person is not the model
for a metaphysician.  I earnestly advise all Christian
Scientists to remove from their observation or study

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the personal sense of any one, and not to dwell in thought
upon their own or others' corporeality, either as good or
   According to Christian Science, material personality is
an error in premise, and must result in erroneous
conclusions.  All will agree with me that material portraiture
often fails to express even mortal man, and this declares
its unfitness for fable or fact to build upon.
   The face of Jesus has uniformly been so unnaturally
delineated that it has turned many from the true contemplation
of his character.  He advances most in divine
Science who meditates most on infinite spiritual substance
and intelligence.  Experience proves this true.
Pondering on the finite personality of Jesus, the son of
man, is not the channel through which we reach the

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