Pulpit and Press, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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By Rev. Mary Baker Eddy

   The land whereon stands The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, was first purchased by the church
and society.  Owing to a heavy loss, they were unable to
pay the mortgage; therefore I paid it, and through trustees
gave back the land to the church.
   In 1892 I had to recover the land from the trustees, reorganize
the church, and reobtain its charter - not, however,
through the State Commissioner, who refused to
grant it, but by means of a statute of the State, and through
Directors regive the land to the church.  In 1895 I reconstructed
my original system of ministry and church government.
Thus committed to the providence of God, the
prosperity of this church is unsurpassed.
   From first to last The Mother Church seemed type and
shadow of the warfare between the flesh and Spirit, even
that shadow whose substance is the divine Spirit, imperatively
propelling the greatest moral, physical, civil,
and religious reform ever known on earth.  In the words
of the prophet: "The shadow of a great rock in a weary
   This church was dedicated on January 6, anciently one
of the many dates selected and observed in the East as the
day of the birth and baptism of our master Metaphysician,
Jesus of Nazareth.

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   Christian Scientists, their children and grandchildren
to the latest generations, inevitably love one another with
that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish,
unambitious, impartial, universal, - that loves only because
it is Love.  Moreover, they love their enemies, even
those that hate them.  This we all must do to be Christian
Scientists in spirit and in truth.  I long, and live, to see
this love demonstrated.  I am seeking and praying for it
to inhabit my own heart and to be made manifest in my
life.  Who will unite with me in this pure purpose, and
faithfully struggle till it be accomplished?  Let this be our
Christian endeavor society, which Christ organizes and
   While we entertain due respect and fellowship for what
is good and doing good in all denominations of religion,
and shun whatever would isolate us from a true sense of
goodness in others, we cannot serve mammon.
   Christian Scientists are really united to only that which
is Christlike, but they are not indifferent to the welfare of
any one.  To perpetuate a cold distance between our denomination
and other sects, and close the door on church
or individuals - however much this is done to us - is
not Christian Science.  Go not into the way of the unchristly,
but wheresoever you recognize a clear expression
of God's likeness, there abide in confidence and hope.
   Our unity with churches of other denominations must
rest on the spirit of Christ calling us together.  It cannot
come from any other source.  Popularity, self-aggrandizement,
aught that can darken in any degree our spirituality,
must be set aside.  Only what feeds and fills the sentiment

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with unworldliness, can give peace and good will towards
   All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one
nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer, - the Lord's
Prayer.  It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love,
and in this sacred petition with every praying assembly
on earth, - "Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in
earth, as it is in heaven."
   If the lives of Christian Scientists attest their fidelity
to Truth, I predict that in the twentieth century every
Christian church in our land, and a few in far-off lands,

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