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

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ackson Patriot, Jackson, Mich., January 20, 1895]

   The erection of a massive temple in Boston by Christian
Scientists, at a cost of over two hundred thousand dollars,
love-offerings of the disciples of Mary Baker Eddy, reviver
of the ancient faith and author of the textbook from which,
with the New Testament at the foundation, believers
receive light, health, and strength, is evidence of the rapid
growth of the new movement.  We call it new.  It is not.
The name Christian Science alone is new.  At the beginning
of Christianity it was taught and practised by Jesus
and his disciples.  The Master was the great healer.  But
the wave of materialism and bigotry that swept over the
world for fifteen centuries, covering it with the blackness
of the Dark Ages, nearly obliterated all vital belief in his
teachings.  The Bible was a sealed book.  Recently a
revived belief in what he taught is manifest, and Christian
Science is one result.  No new doctrine is proclaimed, but

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there is the fresh development of a Principle that was put
into practice by the Founder of Christianity nineteen hundred
years ago, though practised in other countries at an
earlier date.  "The thing that hath been, it is that which
shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be
done:  and there is no new thing under the sun."
   The condition which Jesus of Nazareth, on various
occasions during the three years of his ministry on earth,
declared to be essential, in the mind of both healer and
patient, is contained in the one word - faith.  Can drugs
suddenly cure leprosy?  When the ten lepers were cleansed
and one returned to give thanks in Oriental phrase, Jesus
said to him: "Arise, go thy way:  thy faith hath made thee
whole."  That was Christian Science.  In his "Law of
Psychic Phenomena" Hudson says: "That word, more
than any other, expresses the whole law of human felicity
and power in this world, and of salvation in the world to
come.  It is that attribute of mind which elevates man
above the level of the brute, and gives dominion over the
physical world.  It is the essential element of success in
every field of human endeavor.  It constitutes the power
of the human soul.  When Jesus of Nazareth proclaimed
its potency from the hilltops of Palestine, he gave to mankind
the key to health and heaven, and earned the title
of Saviour of the World."  Whittier, grandest of mystic
poets, saw the truth: -

      That healing gift he lends to them
        Who use it in his name;
      The power that filled his garment's hem
        Is evermore the same.

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   Again, in a poem entitled "The Master," he wrote: -

      The healing of his seamless dress
        Is by our beds of pain;
      We touch him in life's throng and press,
        And we are whole again. *1

*1 NOTE: - About 1868, the author of Science and Health healed
Mr. Whittier with one visit, at his home in Amesbury, of incipient
pulmonary consumption. - M. B. Eddy

   That Jesus operated in perfect harmony with natural
law, not in defiance, suppression, or violation of it, we cannot
doubt.  The perfectly natural is the perfectly spiritual.
Jesus enunciated and exemplified the Principle; and,

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