Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

COLLEGE AND CHURCH
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COLLEGE AND CHURCH




   In 1867 I introduced the first purely metaphysical system
of healing since the apostolic days.  I began by
teaching one student Christian Science Mind-healing.
From this seed grew the Massachusetts Metaphysical
College in Boston, chartered in 1881.  No charter was
granted for similar purposes after 1883.  It is the only
College, hitherto, for teaching the pathology of spiritual
power, alias the Science of Mind-healing.
   My husband, Asa G. Eddy, taught two terms in my
College.  After I gave up teaching, my adopted son,
Ebenezer J. Foster-Eddy, a graduate of the Hahnemann
Medical College of Philadelphia, and who also received a
certificate from Dr. W. W. Keen's (allopathic) Philadelphia
School of Anatomy and Surgery, - having renounced his
material method of practice and embraced the teachings
of Christian Science, taught the Primary, Normal,
and Obstetric class one term.  Gen. Erastus N. Bates
taught one Primary class, in 1889, after which I judged
it best to close the institution.  These students of mine
were the only assistant teachers in the College.
   The first Christian Scientist Association was organized
by myself and six of my students in 1876, on the Centennial
Day of our nation's freedom.  At a meeting of the
Christian Scientist Association, on April 12, 1879, it was

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voted to organize a church to commemorate the words
and works of our Master, a Mind-healing church, without
a creed, to be called the Church of Christ, Scientist, the
first such church ever organized.  The charter for this
church was obtained in June, 1879, *1 and during the same
month the members, twenty-six in number, extended a
call to me to become their pastor.  I accepted the call,
and was ordained in 1881, though I had preached five
years before being ordained.

*1 Steps were taken to promote the Church of Christ, Scientist,
in April, May, and June; formal organization was accomplished and
the charter obtained in August, 1879.

   When I was its pastor, and in the pulpit every Sunday,
my church increased in members, and its spiritual growth
kept pace with its increasing popularity; but when obliged,
because of accumulating work in the College, to preach
only occasionally, no student, at that time, was found able
to maintain the church in its previous harmony and
prosperity.
   Examining the situation prayerfully and carefully, noting
the church's need, and the predisposing and exciting cause
of its condition, I saw that the crisis had come when much
time and attention must be given to defend this church
from the envy and molestation of other churches, and
from the danger to its members which must always lie in
Christian warfare.  At this juncture I recommended that
the church be dissolved.  No sooner were my views made
known, than the proper measures were adopted to carry
them out, the votes passing without a dissenting voice.
   This measure was immediately followed by a great revival
of mutual love, prosperity, and spiritual power.
   The history of that hour holds this true record.  Adding
to its ranks and influence, this spiritually organized

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Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, still goes on.  A
new light broke in upon it, and more beautiful became
the garments of her who "bringeth good tidings, that publisheth
peace."
   Despite the prosperity of my church, it was learned
that material organization has its value and peril, and that
organization is requisite only in the earliest periods in

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