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

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BEWARE OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE?
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   The following extract from a letter is a specimen of
those received daily: "Your book Science and Health is
healing the sick, binding up the broken-hearted, preaching
deliverance to the captive, convicting the infidel, alarming
the hypocrite, and quickening the Christian."
   Christian Science Mind-healing is dishonored by those
who take it up from mercenary motives, for wealth and
fame, or think to build a baseless fabric of their own on
another's foundation.  They cannot put the "new wine
into old bottles;" they can never engraft Truth into error.
Such students come to my College to learn a system which
they go away to disgrace.  Stealing or garbling my statements
of Mind-science will never prevent or reconstruct
the wrecks of "isms" and help humanity.
   Science often suffers blame through the sheer ignorance
of people, while envy and hatred bark and bite at its heels.
A man's inability to heal, on the Principle of Christian


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Science, substantiates his ignorance of its Principle and
practice, and incapacitates him for correct comment.
This failure should make him modest.
   Christian Science involves a new language, and a higher
demonstration of medicine and religion.  It is the "new
tongue" of Truth, having its best interpretation in the
power of Christianity to heal.  My system of Mind-healing
swerves not from the highest ethics and from the spiritual
goal.  To climb up by some other way than Truth is
to fall.  Error has no hobby, however boldly ridden or
brilliantly caparisoned, that can leap into the sanctum
of Christian Science.
   In Queen Elizabeth's time Protestantism could sentence
men to the dungeon or stake for their religion, and so
abrogate the rights of conscience and choke the channels
of God.  Ecclesiastical tyranny muzzled the mouth lisping
God's praise; and instead of healing, it palsied the weak
hand outstretched to God.  Progress, legitimate to the
human race, pours the healing balm of Truth and Love
into every wound.  It reassures us that no Reign of Terror
or rule of error will again unite Church and State, or reenact,
through the civil arm of government, the horrors of
religious persecution.
   The Rev. S. E. Herrick, a Congregational clergyman of
Boston, says: "Heretics of yesterday are martyrs to-day."
In every age and clime, "On earth peace, good will toward
men" must be the watchword of Christianity.
   Jesus said: "I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven

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and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise
and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."
   St. Paul said that without charity we are "as sounding
brass, or a tinkling cymbal;" and he added: "Charity
suffereth long, and is kind; . . . doth not behave itself
unseemly, . . . thinketh no evil, . . . but rejoiceth in the
truth."
   To hinder the unfolding truth, to ostracize whatever
uplifts mankind, is of course out of the question.  Such an
attempt indicates weakness, fear, or malice; and such
efforts arise from a spiritual lack, felt, though
unacknowledged.
   Let it not be heard in Boston that woman, "last at the
cross and first at the sepulchre," has no rights which man
is bound to respect.  In natural law and in religion the
right of woman to fill the highest measure of enlightened
understanding and the highest places in government, is
inalienable, and these rights are ably vindicated by the
noblest of both sexes.  This is woman's hour, with all its
sweet amenities and its moral and religious reforms.
   Drifting into intellectual wrestlings, we should agree to
disagree; and this harmony would anchor the Church in

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