(PART 1) - The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

APPENDIX TO PART I: As Chronicled by the Newspapers
page 595

ochester (N. Y.) Post Express]

   There are two things to be said in favor of Christian
Science.  Its growth has been wonderfully rapid, and due
apparently to nothing save the desire in the human heart
for some such comfort as it promises.  Christian Scientists,

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as a class, so far as the writer knows them, are happy,
gentle, and virtuous.  They are multiplying without
efforts at proselytizing; they are in no wise at war with
society; and they have little of the spirit of bigotry.  The
dedication of their great church in Boston is a material
evidence of their prosperity; and it may be said that if
their opinions seem visionary, there is nothing in them
to attract any class save the moderately well-to-do, the
intelligent, and the well-behaved.  It has been said
cynically that a religion prospers according to the pledges
which it holds out to its votaries; and though Christian
Science promises nothing in the way of gratifying the
passions or attaining dominion over others, yet it has
rare lures for weary hearts, - physical health and spiritual

opeka (Kan.) Daily Capital]

   Those of us who do not accept the doctrine of Christian
Science are possibly too prone to approach it in a spirit
of levity, too often disposed to touch upon it with the
tongue of facetiousness.  Too often we see only its ridiculous
phases, attaching meanwhile no importance to
the saneness and common sense which underlie many of
the practices in its name.  And many of us have missed
entirely its tremendous growth and the part it has come
to play in the economy of our social and religious life.
   To those of us who have overlooked these essentials of
its hold upon the public, certain statistics brought to light
by the great meeting of the church now being held in
Boston will come in the nature of a revelation.  In 1890
the faith had but an insignificant following.  To-day its
adherents number hundreds of thousands, and if the

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growth continues in like proportion through another
decade every other sect will be left behind in the race for
numerical supremacy.  The figures given out by the
church itself have been ridiculed by the hostile as mere
guesswork, but some of the evidence appears in the concrete
and cannot be combated.  "One cannot sneer away
the two-million-dollar stone edifice or the thirty thousand
worshippers who entered its portals Sunday," says the
Springfield Republican.  Neither can we overlook the
steady, consistent growth of the sect in every community
in which it has found a foothold.  In the adherence
of its converts to the faith, and in the absence of dissent
among them in the interpretation of its tenets, there is
also much to convince the skeptic.

lbany (N. Y.) Knickerbocker]

   The remarkable growth and the apparent permanency
of Christian Science were noted in the recent dedication in
Boston of the magnificent new temple of the cult.  When
the doors were opened to the public, the structure was free
from debt.  While the dedicatory services were being held
at different hours of the day, forty thousand Christian Scientists
from every State in the Union and from many foreign
countries were in attendance.
   Although Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science,
was not in attendance, she sent greetings in which she
declared that the "crowning ultimate" of the church
"rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high above
the work of men's hands, even the outcome of their
hearts, giving to the material a spiritual significance -
the speed, beauty, and achievements of goodness."
   But a few years ago, men there were who predicted that

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