Pulpit and Press, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
STATELY HOME FOR BELIEVERS IN GOSPEL HEALING -
A WOMAN OF WEALTH WHO DEVOTES ALL TO HER
STATELY HOME FOR BELIEVERS IN GOSPEL HEALING - A WOMAN OF WEALTH WHO DEVOTES ALL TO HER CHURCH WORK
oston Sunday Globe, January 6, 1895]
Christian Science has shown its power over its students,
as they are called, by building a church by voluntary contributions,
the first of its kind; a church which will be
dedicated to-day with a quarter of a million dollars expended
and free of debt.
The money has flowed in from all parts of the United
States and Canada without any special appeal, and it kept
coming until the custodian of funds cried "enough" and
refused to accept any further checks by mail or otherwise.
Men, women, and children lent a helping hand, some
giving a mite and some substantial sums. Sacrifices were
made in many an instance which will never be known in
Christian Scientists not only say that they can effect
cures of disease and erect churches, but add that they can
get their buildings finished on time, even when the feat
seems impossible to mortal senses. Read the following,
from a publication of the new denomination: -
"One of the grandest and most helpful features of this
glorious consummation is this: that one month before the
close of the year every evidence of material sense declared
that the church's completion within the year 1894 transcended
human possibility. The predictions of workman
and onlooker alike were that it could not be completed
before April or May of 1895. Much was the ridicule
heaped upon the hopeful, trustful ones, who declared and
repeatedly asseverated to the contrary. This is indeed,
then, a scientific demonstration. It has proved, in most
striking manner, the oft-repeated declarations of our
textbooks, that the evidence of the mortal senses is
A week ago Judge Hanna withdrew from the pastorate
of the church, saying he gladly laid down his responsibilities
to be succeeded by the grandest of ministers - the
Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
This action, it appears, was the result of rules
made by Mrs. Eddy. The sermons hereafter will consist
of passages read from the two books by Readers, who will
be elected each year by the congregation.
A story has been abroad that Judge Hanna was so eloquent
and magnetic that he was attracting listeners who
came to hear him preach, rather than in search of the
truth as taught. Consequently the new rules were formulated.
But at Christian Science headquarters this is denied;
Mrs. Eddy says the words of the judge speak to the point,
and that no such inference is to be drawn therefrom.
In Mrs. Eddy's personal reminiscences, which are published
under the title of "Retrospection and Introspection,"
much is told of herself in detail that can only be touched
upon in this brief sketch.
Aristocratic to the backbone, Mrs. Eddy takes delight
in going back to the ancestral tree and in tracing those
branches which are identified with good and great names
both in Scotland and England.
Her family came to this country not long before the
Revolution. Among the many souvenirs that Mrs. Eddy
remembers as belonging to her grandparents was a heavy
sword, encased in a brass scabbard, upon which had been
inscribed the name of the kinsman upon whom the sword
had been bestowed by Sir William Wallace of mighty
Mrs. Eddy applied herself, like other girls, to her studies,
though perhaps with an unusual zest, delighting in philosophy,
logic, and moral science, as well as looking into the
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