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

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regenerate and separate wisely and finally; whereas you
may err in effort, and lose your fruition.
   Hoping to pacify repeated complaints and murmurings
against too great leniency, on my part, towards some of
my students who fall into error, I have opposed occasionally
and strongly - especially in the first edition of
this little work - existing wrongs of the nature referred
to.  But I now point steadfastly to the power of grace to
overcome evil with good.  God will "furnish a table in
the wilderness" and show the power of Love.
   Science is not the shibboleth of a sect or the cabalistic
insignia of philosophy; it excludes all error and
includes all Truth.  More mistakes are made in its name
than this period comprehends.  Divinely defined, Science
is the atmosphere of God; humanly construed, and according
to Webster, it is "knowledge, duly arranged and
referred to general truths and principles on which it is

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founded, and from which it is derived."  I employ this
awe-filled word in both a divine and human sense; but
I insist that Christian Science is demonstrably as true,
relative to the unseen verities of being, as any proof that
can be given of the completeness of Science.
   The two largest words in the vocabulary of thought are
"Christian" and "Science."  The former is the highest
style of man; the latter reveals and interprets God and
man; it aggregates, amplifies, unfolds, and expresses the
ALL-God.  The life of Christ is the predicate and postulate
of all that I teach, and there is but one standard
statement, one rule, and one Principle for all scientific
   My hygienic system rests on Mind, the eternal Truth.
What is termed matter, or relates to its so-called attributes,
is a self-destroying error.  When a so-called material sense
is lost, and Truth restores that lost sense, - on the basis
that all consciousness is Mind and eternal, - the former
position, that sense is organic and material, is proven
   The feasibility and immobility of Christian Science
unveil the true idea, - namely, that earth's discords have
not the reality of Mind in the Science of being; and this
idea - dematerializing and spiritualizing mortals - turns
like the needle to the pole all hope and faith to God, based
as it is on His omnipotence and omnipresence.
   Eternal harmony, perpetuity, and perfection, constitute
the phenomena of being, governed by the immutable and

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eternal laws of God; whereas matter and human will,
intellect, desire, and fear, are not the creators, controllers,
nor destroyers of life or its harmonies.  Man has an immortal
Soul, a divine Principle, and an eternal being.
Man has perpetual individuality; and God's laws, and
their intelligent and harmonious action, constitute his individuality
in the Science of Soul.
   In its literary expression, my system of Christian metaphysics
is hampered by material terms, which must be
used to indicate thoughts that are to be understood
metaphysically.  As a Science, this system is held back by the
common ignorance of what it is and what it does, and
(worse still) by those who come falsely in its name.  To
be appreciated, Science must be understood and conscientiously
introduced.  If the Bible and Science and Health
had the place in schools of learning that physiology occupies,
they would revolutionize and reform the world,
through the power of Christ.  It is true that it requires
more study to understand and demonstrate what these
works teach, than to learn theology, physiology, or physics;
because they teach divine Science, with fixed Principle,
given rule, and unmistakable proof.

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