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

COLLEGE CLOSED
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COLLEGE CLOSED



   The apprehension of what has been, and must be, the
final outcome of material organization, which wars
with Love's spiritual compact, caused me to dread the
unprecedented popularity of my College.  Students from
all over our continent, and from Europe, were flooding
the school.  At this time there were over three hundred
applications from persons desiring to enter the College,
and applicants were rapidly increasing.  Example had
shown the dangers arising from being placed on earthly
pinnacles, and Christian Science shuns whatever involves
material means for the promotion of spiritual ends.
   In view of all this, a meeting was called of the Board
of Directors of my College, who, being informed of
my intentions, unanimously voted that the school be
discontinued.
   A Primary class student, richly imbued with the spirit
of Christ, is a better healer and teacher than a Normal
class student who partakes less of God's love.  After having
received instructions in a Primary class from me, or
a loyal student, and afterwards studied thoroughly Science
and Health, a student can enter upon the gospel work of
teaching Christian Science, and so fulfil the command of
Christ.  But before entering this field of labor he must
have studied the latest editions of my works, be a good
Bible scholar and a consecrated Christian.

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   The Massachusetts Metaphysical College drew its
breath from me, but I was yearning for retirement.  The
question was, Who else could sustain this institute, under
all that was aimed at its vital purpose, the establishment
of genuine Christian Science healing?  My conscientious
scruples about diplomas, the recent experience of the
church fresh in my thoughts, and the growing conviction
that every one should build on his own foundation, subject
to the one builder and maker, God, - all these considerations
moved me to close my flourishing school, and
the following resolutions were passed: -


   At a special meeting of the Board of the Metaphysical
College Corporation, Oct. 29, 1889, the following are some
of the resolutions which were presented and passed
unanimously: -


   WHEREAS, The Massachusetts Metaphysical College,
chartered in January, 1881, for medical purposes, to give
instruction in scientific methods of mental healing on a purely
practical basis, to impart a thorough understanding of metaphysics,
to restore health, hope, and harmony to man, - has
fulfilled its high and noble destiny, and sent to all parts of our
country, and into foreign lands, students instructed in Christian
Science Mind-healing, to meet the demand of the age for
something higher than physic or drugging; and


   WHEREAS, The material organization was, in the beginning
in this institution, like the baptism of Jesus, of which he said,
"Suffer it to be so now," though the teaching was a purely
spiritual and scientific impartation of Truth, whose Christly
spirit has led to higher ways, means, and understanding, - the
President, the Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy, at the height of prosperity

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in the institution, which yields a large income, is willing
to sacrifice all for the advancement of the world in Truth and
Love; and


   WHEREAS, Other institutions for instruction in Christian
Science, which are working out their periods of organization,
will doubtless follow the example of the Alma Mater after
having accomplished the worthy purpose for which they were
organized, and the hour has come wherein the great need is

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