Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   In reply to letters questioning the consistency of
Christian Scientists taking pay for their labors, and with
the hope of relieving the questioners' perplexity, I will say:
Four years after my discovery of Christian Science, while
taking no remuneration for my labors, and for healing all
manner of diseases, I was confronted with the fact that I
had no monetary means left wherewith to hire a hall in
which to speak, or to establish a Christian Science home
for indigent students, which I yearned to do, or even to
meet my own current expenses.  I therefore halted from
   I had cast my all into the treasury of Truth, but where
were the means with which to carry on a Cause?  To
desert the Cause never occurred to me, but nobody

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then wanted Christian Science, or gave it a halfpenny.
Though sorely oppressed, I was above begging and
knew well the priceless worth of what had been bestowed
without money or price.  Just then God stretched forth
His hand.  He it was that bade me do what I did,
and it prospered at every step.  I wrote "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," taught students for
a tuition of three hundred dollars each, though I seldom
taught without having charity scholars, sometimes a
dozen or upward in one class.  Afterwards, with touching
tenderness, those very students sent me the full
tuition money.  However, I returned this money with
love; but it was again mailed to me in letters begging
me to accept it, saying, "Your teachings are worth much
more to me than money can be."
   It was thus that I earned the means with which to start
a Christian Science home for the poor worthy student, to
establish a Metaphysical College, to plant our first magazine,
to purchase the site for a church edifice, to give my
church The Christian Science Journal, and to keep "the
wolves in sheep's clothing," preying upon my pearls, from
clogging the wheels of Christian Science.
   When the great Master first sent forth his students, he
bade them take no scrip for their journey, saying, "The
laborer is worthy of his hire."  Next, on the contrary,
he bade them take scrip.  Can we find a better example
for our lives than that of our Master?  Why did he send
forth his students first without, and then with, provision
for their expenses?  Doubtless to test the effect of both
methods on mankind.  That he preferred the latter is
evident, since we have no hint of his changing this direction;
and that his divine wisdom should temper human

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affairs, is plainly set forth in the Scriptures.  Till Christian
Scientists give all their time to spiritual things, live without
eating, and obtain their money from a fish's mouth, they
must earn it in order to help mankind with it.  All systems
of religion stand on this basis.
   The law and the gospel, - Christian, civil, and educational
means, - manufacture, agriculture, tariff, and
revenue subsist on demand and supply, regulated by a
government currency, by which each is provided for and
maintained.  What, then, can a man do with truth
and without a cent to sustain it?  Either his life must
be a miracle that frightens people, or his truth not
worth a cent.

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