The First Church of Christ Scientist and Miscellany, by Mary Baker
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet;
   Lest we forget - lest we forget!
                                        -Kipling's Recessional

   In these stirring times of church building, when the
attention of the whole world is fixed on Christian Science,
when the growth and prosperity of the Cause are
matters of general wondermant and frequent comment,
when the right hand of fellowship is being extended to
this people by other Christian denominations, when popularity
threatens to supersede persecution, it is well
for earnest and loyal Christian Scientists to fortify themselves
against the mesmerism of personal pride and self-adulation
by recalling the following historical facts: -
   1.  That Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Science
in 1866, and established the Cause on a sound basis
by healing the sick and reforming the sinner quickly
and completely, and doing this work "without money and
without price."
   2.  That in 1875, after nine years of arduous preliminary
labor, she wrote and published the Christian Science
textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures;" that over four hundred thousand copies of
this book have been sold - an unparalleled record for
a work of this description; that it has healed multitudes
of disease and has revealed God to well-nigh

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countless numbers - facts which prove, (1) that Science
and Health does not need to be interpreted to those who
are earnestly seeking Truth; (2) that it is not possible
to state truth absolutely in a simpler or more pleasing
   3.  That no one on earth to-day, aside from Mrs.
Eddy, knows anything about Christian Science except
as he has learned it from her and from her writings; and
Christian Scientists are honest only as they give her full
credit for this extraordinary work.
   4.  That Mrs. Eddy organized The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., devised its church
government, originated its form of public worship, wrote
its Church Manual and Tenets, and always has been
and is now its guide, guardian, Leader, and wise and
unerring counsellor.
   5.  That Mrs. Eddy founded The Christian Science
Journal in 1883, was its first editor and for years the
principal contributor to its columns; that she organized
The Christian Science Publishing Society, which in 1898,
with its assets valued at forty-five thousand dollars,
she made over to trustees under agreement to pay all
future profits to her church; that at the same time she
presented to her church the property at 95 and 97
Falmouth Street, then occupied by the Publishing Society
and valued at twenty-five thousand dollars, reserving
for herself only a place for the publishing of her
works; that she established the Christian Science Sentinel
and authorized Der Herold der Christian Science, both of

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which, together with The Christian Science Journal, are
the property of the Publishing Society.
   Strive it ever so hard, The Church of Christ, Scientist,
can never do for its Leader what its Leader has done
for this church; but its members can so protect their
own thoughts that they are not unwittingly made to deprive
their Leader of her rightful place as the revelator
to this age of the immortal truths testified to by Jesus
and the prophets.

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