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

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obviously, the conditions requisite in psychic healing
to-day are the same as were necessary in apostolic times.
We accept the statement of Hudson: "There was no law
of nature violated or transcended.  On the contrary, the
whole transaction was in perfect obedience to the laws of
nature.  He understood the law perfectly, as no one before
him understood it; and in the plenitude of his power he
applied it where the greatest good could be accomplished."
A careful reading of the accounts of his healings, in the
light of modern science, shows that he observed, in his
practice of mental therapeutics, the conditions of environment
and harmonious influence that are essential to success.
In the case of Jairus' daughter they are fully set forth.
He kept the unbelievers away, "put them all out," and
permitting only the father and mother, with his closest
friends and followers, Peter, James, and John, in the
chamber with him, and having thus the most perfect
obtainable environment, he raised the daughter to life.

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      "Not in blind caprice of will,
      Not in cunning sleight of skill,
      Not for show of power, was wrought
      Nature's marvel in thy thought."

   In a previous article we have referred to cyclic changes
that came during the last quarter of preceding centuries.
Of our remarkable nineteenth century not the least eventful
circumstance is the advent of Christian Science.
That it should be the work of a woman is the natural outcome
of a period notable for her emancipation from many
of the thraldoms, prejudices, and oppressions of the past.
We do not, therefore, regard it as a mere coincidence that
the first edition of Mrs. Eddy's Science and Health should
have been published in 1875.  Since then she has revised
it many times, and the ninety-first edition is announced.
Her discovery was first called, "The Science of Divine
Metaphysical Healing."  Afterward she selected the name
Christian Science.  It is based upon what is held to be
scientific certainty, namely, - that all causation is of
Mind, every effect has its origin in desire and thought.
The theology - if we may use the word - of Christian
Science is contained in the volume entitled "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures."
   The present Boston congregation was organized
April 12, 1879, and has now over four thousand members.
It is regarded as the parent organization, all others being
branches, though each is entirely independent in the
management of its own affairs.  Truth is the sole recognized
authority.  Of actual members of different congregations
there are between one hundred thousand and two hundred

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thousand.  One or more organized societies have sprung
up in New York, Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati,
Philadelphia, Detroit, Toledo, Milwaukee, Madison,
Scranton, Peoria, Atlanta, Toronto, and nearly every other
centre of population, besides a large and growing number
of receivers of the faith among the members of all the
churches and non-church-going people.  In some churches
a majority of the members are Christian Scientists, and, as
a rule, are the most intelligent.
   Space does not admit of an elaborate presentation on the
occasion of the erection of the temple, in Boston, the
dedication taking place on the 6th of January, of one of
the most remarkable, helpful, and powerful movements
of the last quarter of the century.  Christian Science
has brought hope and comfort to many weary souls.  It
makes people better and happier.  Welding Christianity
and Science, hitherto divorced because dogma and truth

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