MARY BAKER EDDY
Mrs. Hanna, "for it is the great daily that is so fair and so
just in its attitude toward all questions."
The increasing demands of the public on Mrs. Eddy
have been, it may be, one factor in her removal to Concord,
N. H., where she has a beautiful residence, called Pleasant
View. Her health is excellent, and although her hair is
white, she retains in a great degree her energy and power;
she takes a daily walk and drives in the afternoon. She
personally attends to a vast correspondence; superintends
the church in Boston, and is engaged on further
writings on Christian Science. In every sense she is the
recognized head of the Christian Science Church. At the
same time it is her most earnest aim to eliminate the element
of personality from the faith. "On this point, Mrs.
Eddy feels very strongly," said a gentleman to me on
Christmas eve, as I sat in the beautiful drawing-room,
where Judge and Mrs. Hanna, Miss Elsie Lincoln, the
soprano for the choir of the new church, and one or two
other friends were gathered.
"Mother feels very strongly," he continued, "the danger
and the misfortune of a church depending on any one
personality. It is difficult not to centre too closely around
a highly gifted personality."
The First Association
The first Christian Scientist Association was organized
on July 4, 1876, by seven persons, including Mrs. Eddy.
In April, 1879, the church was founded with twenty-six
members, and its charter obtained the following June. *1
Mrs. Eddy had preached in other parishes for five years
before being ordained in this church, which ceremony
took place in 1881.
*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.
The first edition of Mrs. Eddy's book, Science and
Health, was issued in 1875. During these succeeding
twenty years it has been greatly revised and enlarged, and
it is now in its ninety-first edition. It consists of fourteen
chapters, whose titles are as follows: "Science, Theology,
Medicine," "Physiology," "Footsteps of Truth," "Creation,"
"Science of Being," "Christian Science and Spiritualism,"
"Marriage," "Animal Magnetism," "Some
Objections Answered," "Prayer," "Atonement and Eucharist,"
"Christian Science Practice," "Teaching Christian
Science," "Recapitulation." Key to the Scriptures,
Genesis, Apocalypse, and Glossary.
The Christian Scientists do not accept the belief we call
spiritualism. They believe those who have passed the
change of death are in so entirely different a plane of consciousness
that between the embodied and disembodied
there is no possibility of communication.
They are diametrically opposed to the philosophy of
Karma and of reincarnation, which are the tenets of
theosophy. They hold with strict fidelity to what they
believe to be the literal teachings of Christ.
Yet each and all these movements, however they may
differ among themselves, are phases of idealism and manifestations
of a higher spirituality seeking expression.
It is good that each and all shall prosper, serving those
who find in one form of belief or another their best aid
and guidance, and that all meet on common ground in the
great essentials of love to God and love to man as a signal
proof of the divine origin of humanity which finds no rest
until it finds the peace of the Lord in spirituality. They
all teach that one great truth, that
God's greatness flows around our incompleteness,