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

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   What is it but another name for Christian Science,
the cognomen of all true religion, the quintessence of
Christianity, that heals disease and sin and destroys
death!  Part and parcel of Truth and Love, wherever
one ray of its effulgence looks in upon the heart, behold
a better man, woman, or child.
   Science is the fiat of divine intelligence, which, hoary
with eternity, touches time only to take away its frailty.
That it rests on everlasting foundations, the sequence

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   Have I discovered and founded at this period Christian
Science, that which reveals the truth of Love, - is
the question.
   And how can you be certain of so momentous an
affirmative?  By proving its effect on yourself to be -
   What is the Principle and rule of Christian Science?
   Infinite query!  Wonder in heaven and on earth, -
who shall say?  The immaculate Son of the Blessed
has spoken of them as the Golden Rule and its Principle,
God who is Love.  Listen, and he illustrates the rule:
"Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the
midst of them, and said, . . . Whosoever . . . shall
humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest
in the kingdom of heaven."
   Harmony is heaven.  Science brings out harmony;
but this harmony is not understood unless it produces a
growing affection for all good, and consequent disaffection
for all evil, hypocrisy, evil-speaking, lust, envy, hate.
Where these exist, Christian Science has no sure
foothold: they obscure its divine element, and thus seem
to extinguish it.  Even the life of Jesus was belittled
and belied by personalities possessing these defacing
deformities.  Only the devout Marys, and such as lived
according to his precepts, understood the concrete character
of him who taught - by the wayside, in humble
homes, to itching ears and to dull disciples - the words
of Life.
   The ineffable Life and light which he reflected through
divine Science is again reproduced in the character which
sensualism, as heretofore, would hide or besmear.  Sin
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verity in Science, that the appearing of good in an individual
involves the disappearing of evil.  He who first
brings to humanity some great good, must have gained
its height beforehand, to be able to lift others toward
it.  I first proved to myself, not by "words," - these
afford no proof, - but by demonstration of Christian
Science, that its Principle is divine.  All must go and do
   Faith illumined by works; the spiritual understanding
which cannot choose but to labor and love; hope holding
steadfastly to good in the midst of seething evil;
charity that suffereth long and is kind, but cancels not
sin until it be destroyed, - these afford the only rule I
have found which demonstrates Christian Science.
   And remember, a pure faith in humanity will subject
one to deception; the uses of good, to abuses from evil;
and calm strength will enrage evil.  But the very heavens
shall laugh at them, and move majestically to your defense
when the armies of earth press hard upon you.

       "Thou must be true thyself,
       If thou the truth wouldst teach;
       Thy soul must overflow, if thou
       Another's soul wouldst reach;
       It needs the overflow of heart,

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