No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   To kindle in all minds a common sentiment of regard
for the spiritual idea emanating from the infinite, is
a most needful work; but this must be done gradually, for
Truth is as "the still, small voice," which comes to our
recognition only as our natures are changed by its silent
   Small streams are noisy and rush precipitately; and
babbling brooks fill the rivers till they rise in floods,
demolishing bridges and overwhelming cities.  So men, when
thrilled by a new idea, are sometimes impatient; and,
when public sentiment is aroused, are liable to be borne
on by the current of feeling.  They should then turn temporarily
from the tumult, for the silent cultivation of the
true idea and the quiet practice of its virtues.  When
the noise and stir of contending sentiments cease, and
the flames die away on the mount of revelation, we can
read more clearly the tablets of Truth.
   The theology and medicine of Jesus were one, - in the
divine oneness of the trinity, Life, Truth, and Love, which
healed the sick and cleansed the sinful.  This trinity in
unity, correcting the individual thought, is the only Mind-healing

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I vindicate; and on its standard have emblazoned
that crystallized expression, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.
   A spurious and hydra-headed mind-healing is naturally
glared at by the pulpit, ostracized by the medical faculty,
and scorned by people of common sense.  To aver that
disease is normal, a God-bestowed and stubborn reality,
but that you can heal it, leaves you to work against that
which is natural and a law of being.  It is scientific to rob
disease of all reality; and to accomplish this, you cannot
begin by admitting its reality.  Our Master taught his
students to deny self, sense, and take up the cross.  Mental
healers who admit that disease is real should be made
to test the feasibility of what they say by healing one case
audibly, through such an admission, - if this is possible.
I have healed more disease by the spoken than the unspoken
   The honest student of Christian Science is modest in his
claims and conscientious in duty, waiting and working to
mature what he has been taught.  Institutes furnished
with such teachers are becoming beacon-lights along the
shores of erudition; and many who are not teachers have
large practices and some marked success in healing the
most defiant forms of disease.
   Dishonesty destroys one's ability to heal mentally.  Conceit
cannot avert the effects of deceit.  Taking advantage
of the present ignorance in relation to Christian Science
Mind-healing, many are flooding our land with conflicting
theories and practice.  We should not spread abroad

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patchwork ideas that in some vital points lack Science.
How sad it is that envy will bend its bow and shoot its
arrow at the idea which claims only its inheritance, is naturally
modest, generous, and sincere! while the trespassing
error murders either friend or foe who stands in its
way.  Truly it is better to fall into the hands of God, than
of man.
   When I revised "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," in 1878, some irresponsible people insisted
that my manual of the practice of Christian Science Mind-healing
should not be made public; but I obeyed a diviner
rule.  People dependent on the rules of this practice for
their healing, not having lost the Spirit which sustains the
genuine practice, will put that book in the hands of their
patients, whom it will heal, and recommend it to their
students, whom it would enlighten.  Every teacher must

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