It was the purpose of each edition of this pamphlet to benefit no favored
class, but, according to the apostle's admonition, to "reprove, rebuke,
exhort," and with the power and self-sacrificing spirit of Love to correct
involuntary as well as voluntary error.
By a modification of the language, the import of this edition is, we trust,
transparent to the hearts of all conscientious laborers in the realm of
Mind-healing. To those who are athirst for the life-giving waters of a true
divinity, it saith tenderly, "Come and drink;" and if you are babes in
Christ, leave the meat and take the unadulterated milk of the Word, until you
grow to apprehend the pure spirituality of Truth.
MARY BAKER EDDY
To kindle in all minds a common sentiment of regard for the spiritual idea
emanating from the infinite, is a most needful work; but this must be done
gradually, for Truth is as "the still, small voice," which comes to
our recognition only as our natures are changed by its silent influence.
Small streams are noisy and rush precipitately; and babbling brooks fill the
rivers till they rise in floods, demolishing bridges and overwhelming cities. So
men, when thrilled by a new idea, are sometimes impatient; and, when public
sentiment is aroused, are liable to be borne on by the current of feeling. They
should then turn temporarily from the tumult, for the silent cultivation of the
true idea and the quiet practice of its virtues. When the noise and stir of
contending sentiments cease, and the flames die away on the mount of revelation,
we can read more clearly the tablets of Truth.
The theology and medicine of Jesus were one,--in the divine oneness of the
trinity, Life, Truth, and Love, which healed the sick and cleansed the sinful.
This trinity in unity, correcting the individual thought, is the only
Mind-healing I vindicate; and on its standard have emblazoned that crystallized
expression, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.
A spurious and hydra-headed mind-healing is naturally glared at by the
pulpit, ostracized by the medical faculty, and scorned by people of common
sense. To aver that disease is normal, a God-bestowed and stubborn reality, but
that you can heal it, leaves you to work against that which is natural and a law
of being. It is scientific to rob disease of all reality; and to accomplish
this, you cannot begin by admitting its reality. Our Master taught his students
to deny self, sense, and take up the cross. Mental healers who admit that
disease is real should be made to test the feasibility of what they say by
healing one case audibly, through such an admission,--if this is possible. I
have healed more disease by the spoken than the unspoken word.
The honest student of Christian Science is modest in his claims and
conscientious in duty, waiting and working to mature what he has been taught.
Institutes furnished with such teachers are becoming beacon-lights along the
shores of erudition; and many who are not teachers have large practices and some
marked success in healing the most defiant forms of disease.
Dishonesty destroys one's ability to heal mentally. Conceit cannot avert the
effects of deceit. Taking advantage of the present ignorance in relation to
Christian Science Mind-healing, many are flooding our land with conflicting
theories and practice. We should not spread abroad patchwork ideas that in some
vital points lack Science. How sad it is that envy will bend its bow and shoot
its arrow at the idea which claims only its inheritance, is naturally modest,
generous, and sincere! while the trespassing error murders either friend or foe
who stands in its way. Truly it is better to fall into the hands of God, than of
When I revised "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in
1878, some irresponsible people insisted that my manual of the practice of
Christian Science Mind-healing should not be made public; but I obeyed a diviner
rule. People dependent on the rules of this practice for their healing, not
having lost the Spirit which sustains the genuine practice, will put that book
in the hands of their patients, whom it will heal, and recommend it to their
students, whom it would enlighten. Every teacher must pore over it in secret, to
keep himself well informed. The Nemesis of the history of Mind-healing notes
Dishonesty necessarily stultifies the spiritual sense which Mind-healers
specially need; and which they must possess, in order to be safe members of the
community. How good and pleasant a thing it is to seek not so much thine own as
another's good, to sow by the wayside for the way-weary, and trust Love's
recompense of love.
Plagiarism from my writings is so common it is becoming odious to honest
people; and such compilations, instead of possessing the essentials of Christian
Science, are tempting and misleading.
Reading Science and Health has restored the sick to health; but the task of
learning thoroughly the Science of Mind-healing and demonstrating it
understandingly had better be undertaken in health than sickness.
Disease is more than ^imagination^; it is a human error, a constituent part
of what comprise the whole of mortal existence,--namely, material sensation and
mental delusion. But an erring sense of existence, or the error of belief, named
disease, never made sickness a stubborn reality. On the ground that harmony is
the truth of being, the Science of Mind-healing destroys the feasibility of
disease; hence error of thought becomes fable instead of fact. Science
demonstrates the reality of Truth and the unreality of the error. A self-evident
proposition, in the Science of Mind-healing, is that disease is unreal; and the
efficacy of my system, beyond other systems of medicine, vouches for the
validity of that statement. Sin and disease are not scientific, because they
embody not the idea of divine Principle, and are not the phenomena of the
immutable laws of God; and they do not arise from the divine consciousness and
true constituency of being.
The unreality of sin, disease, and death, rests on the exclusive truth that
being, to be eternal, must be harmonious. All disease must be--and can only
be--healed on this basis. All true Christian Scientists are vindicating,
fearlessly and honestly, the Principle of this grand verity of Mind-healing.
In erring mortal thought the reality of Truth has an antipode,--the reality
of error; and disease is one of the severe realities of this error. God has no
opposite in Science. To Truth there is no error. As Truth alone is real, then it
follows that to declare error real would be to make it Truth. Disease arises
from a false and material sense, from the belief that matter has sensation.
Therefore this material sense, which is untrue, is of necessity unreal.
Moreover, this unreal sense substitutes for Truth an unreal belief,--namely,
that life and health are independent of God, and dependent on material
conditions. Material sense also avers that Spirit, or Truth, cannot restore
health and perpetuate life, but that material conditions can and do destroy both
human health and life.
If disease is as real as health, and is itself a state of being, and yet is
arrayed against being, then Mind, or God, does not meddle with it. Disease
becomes indeed a stubborn reality, and man is mortal. A "kingdom divided
against itself is brought to desolation;" therefore the mind that attacks a
normal and real condition of man, is profanely tampering with the realities of
God and His laws. Metaphysical healing is a lost jewel in this misconception of
reality. Any contradictory fusion of Truth with error, in both theory and
practice, prevents one from healing scientifically, and makes the last state of
one's patients worse than the first. If disease is real it is not illusive, and
it certainly would contradict the Science of Mind-healing to attempt to destroy
the realities of Mind in order to heal the sick.
On the theory that God's formations are spiritual, harmonious, and eternal,
and that God is the only creator, Christian Science refutes the validity of the
testimony of the senses, which take cognizance of their own phenomena,
--sickness, disease, and death. This refutation is indispensable to the
destruction of false evidence, and the consequent cure of the sick,--as all
understand who practise the true Science of Mind-healing. If, as the error
indicates, the evidence of disease is not false, then disease cannot be healed
by denying its validity; and this is why the mistaken healer is not successful,
trying to heal on a material basis.
The evidence that the earth is motionless and the sun revolves around our
planet, is as sensible and real as the evidence for disease; but Science
determines the evidence in both cases to be unreal. To material sense it is
plain also that the error of the revolution of the sun around the earth is more
apparent than the adverse but true Science of the stellar universe. Copernicus
has shown that what appears real, to material sense and feeling, is absolutely
unreal. Astronomy, optics, acoustics, and hydraulics are all at war with the
testimony of the physical senses. This fact intimates that the laws of Science
are mental, not material; and Christian Science demonstrates this.
SCIENCE OF MIND-HEALING
The rule of divinity is golden; to be wise and true rejoices every heart. But
evil influences waver the scales of justice and mercy. No personal
considerations should allow any root of bitterness to spring up between
Christian Scientists, nor cause any misapprehension as to the motives of others.
We must love our enemies, and continue to do so unto the end. By the love of God
we can cancel error in our own hearts, and blot it out of others.
Sooner or later the eyes of sinful mortals must be opened to see every error
they possess, and the way out of it; and they will "flee as a bird to your
mountain," away from the enemy of sinning sense, stubborn will, and every
imperfection in the land of Sodom, and find rescue and refuge in Truth and Love.
Every loving sacrifice for the good of others is known to God, and the wrath
of man cannot hide it from Him. God has appointed for Christian Scientists high
tasks, and will not release them from the strict performance of each one of
them. The students must now fight their own battles. I recommend that Scientists
draw no lines whatever between one person and another, but think, speak, teach,
and write the truth of Christian Science without reference to right or wrong
personality in this field of labor. Leave the distinctions of individual
character and the discriminations and guidance thereof to the Father, whose
wisdom is unerring and whose love is universal.
We should endeavor to be long-suffering, faithful, and charitable with all.
To this small effort let us add one more privilege--namely, silence whenever it
can substitute censure. Avoid voicing error; but utter the truth of God and the
beauty of holiness, the joy of Love and "the peace of God, that passeth all
understanding," recommending to all men fellowship in the bonds of Christ.
Advise students to rebuke each other always in love, as I have rebuked them.
Having discharged this duty, counsel each other to work out his own salvation,
without fear or doubt, knowing that God will make the wrath of man to praise
Him, and that the remainder thereof He will restrain. We can rejoice that every
germ of goodness will at last struggle into freedom and greatness, and every sin
will so punish itself that it will bow down to the commandments of
Christ,--Truth and Love.
I enjoin it upon my students to hold no controversy or enmity over doctrines
and traditions, or over the misconceptions of Christian Science, but to work,
watch, and pray for the amelioration of sin, sickness, and death. If one be
found who is too blind for instruction, no longer cast your pearls before this
state of mortal mind, lest it turn and rend you; but quietly, with benediction
and hope, let the unwise pass by, while you walk on in equanimity, and with
increased power, patience, and understanding, gained from your forbearance. This
counsel is not new, as my Christian students can testify; and if it had been
heeded in times past it would have prevented, to a great extent, the factions
which have sprung up among Scientists to the hindrance of the Cause of Truth. It
is true that the mistakes, prejudices, and errors of one class of thinkers must
not be introduced or established among another class who are clearer and more
conscientious in their convictions; but this one thing can be done, and should
be: let your opponents alone, and use no influence to prevent their legitimate
action from their own standpoint of experience, knowing, as you should, that God
will well 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
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 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 truth.
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 erroneous.
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 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 in-
dividuality 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.
Ancient and modern human philosophy are inadequate to grasp the Principle of
Christian Science, or to demonstrate it. Revelation shows this Principle, and
will rescue reason from the thrall of error. Revelation must subdue the
sophistry of intellect, and spiritualize consciousness with the dictum and the
demonstration of Truth and Love. Christian Science Mind-healing can only be
gained by working from a purely Christian standpoint. Then it heals the sick and
exalts the race. The essence of this Science is right thinking and right
acting--leading us to see spirituality and to be spiritual, to understand and to
The Massachusetts Metaphysical College and Church of Christ, Scientist, in
Boston, were the outgrowth of the author's religious experience. After a
lifetime of orthodoxy on the platform of doctrines, rites, and ceremonies, it
became a sacred duty for her to impart to others this new-old knowledge of God.
The same affection, desire, and motives which have stimulated true
Christianity in all ages, and given impulse to goodness, in or out of the
Church, have nerved her purpose to build on the new-born conception of the
Christ, as Jesus declared himself,--namely, "the way, the truth, and the
life." Living a true life, casting out evil, healing the sick, and
preaching the gospel of Truth,--these are the ends of Christianity. This divine
way impels a spirit-
ualization of thought and method, beyond doctrine and ritual; and in nothing
else has she departed from the old landmarks.
The unveiled spiritual signification of the Word so enlarges our sense of God
that it makes both sense and Soul, man and Life, immaterial, though still
individual. It removes all limits from divine power. God must be found all
instead of a part of being, and man the reflection of His power and goodness.
This Science rebukes sin with its own nothingness, and thus destroys sin quickly
and utterly. It makes disease unreal, and this heals it.
The demonstration of moral and physical growth, and a scientific deduction
from the Principle of all harmony, declare both the Principle and idea to be
divine. If this be true, then death must be swallowed up in Life, and the
prophecy of Jesus fulfilled, "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall
never die." Though centuries passed after those words were originally
uttered, before this reappearing of Truth, and though the hiatus be longer still
before that saying is demonstrated in Life that knows no death, the declaration
is nevertheless true, and remains a clear and profound deduction from Christian
IS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE OF THE SAME LINEAGE AS
SPIRITUALISM OR THEOSOPHY?
Science is not susceptible of being held as a mere theory. It is hoary with
time. It takes hold of eternity, voices the infinite, and governs the universe.
No greater opposites can be conceived of, physically, morally, and spiritually,
than Christian Science, spiritualism, and theosophy.
Science and Health has effected a revolution in the minds of thinkers on the
subject of mediumship, and given impulse to reason and revelation, goodness and
virtue. A theory may be sound in spots, and sparkle like a diamond, while other
parts of it have no lustre. Christian Science is sound in every part. It is
neither warped nor misconceived, when properly demonstrated. If a spiritualist
medium understood the Science of Mind-healing, he would know that between those
who have and those who have not passed the transition called death, there can be
no interchange of consciousness, and that all sensible phenomena are merely
subjective states of mortal mind.
Theosophy is a corruption of Judaism. This corruption had a renewal in the
Neoplatonic philosophy; but it sprang from the Oriental philosophy of
Brahmanism, and blends with its magic and enchantments. Theosophy is no more
allied to Christian Science than the odor of the upas-tree is to the sweet
breath of springtide, or the brilliant coruscations of the northern sky are to
solar heat and light.
IS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FROM BENEATH, AND NOT
Hear the words of our Master: "Go ye into all the world"!
"Heal the sick, cast out devils"! Christian Scientists, perhaps more
than any other religious sect, are obeying these commands; and the injunctions
are not confined to Jesus' students in that age, but they extend to this
age,--to as many as shall believe on him. The demand and example of Jesus were
not from beneath. Are frozen dogmas, persistent persecution, and the doctrine of
eternal damnation, from above? Are the dews of divine Truth, falling on the sick
and sinner, to heal them, from beneath? "By their fruits ye shall know
Reading my books, without prejudice, would convince all that their purpose is
right. The comprehension of my teachings would enable any one to prove these
books to be filled with blessings for the whole human family. Fatiguing Bible
translations and voluminous commentaries are employed to explain and prop old
creeds, and they have the civil and religious arms in their defense; then why
should not these be equally extended to support the Christianity that heals the
sick? The notions of personality to be found in creeds are far more mystic than
Mind-healing. It is no easy matter to believe there are three persons in one
person, and that one person is cast out of another person. These conceptions of
Deity and devil presuppose an impotent God and an incredible Satan.
IS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PANTHEISTIC?
Christian Science refutes pantheism, finds Spirit neither in matter nor in
the modes of mortal mind. It shows that matter and mortal mind have neither
origin nor existence in the eternal Mind. Thinking otherwise is what estranges
mortals from divine Life and Love. God is All-in-all. He is Spirit; and in
nothing is He unlike Himself. Nothing that "worketh or maketh a lie"
is to be found in the divine consciousness. For God to know, is to be; that is,
what He knows must truly and eternally exist. If He knows matter, and matter can
exist in Mind, then mortality and discord must be eternal. He is Mind; and
whatever He knows is made manifest, and must be Truth.
If God knows evil even as a false claim, this knowledge would manifest evil
in Him and proceeding from Him. Christian Science shows that matter, evil, sin,
sickness, and death are but negations of Spirit, Truth, and Life, which are
positives that cannot be gainsaid. The subjective states of evil, called mortal
mind or matter, are negatives destitute of time and space; for there is none
beside God or Spirit and the idea of Spirit.
This infinite logic is the infinite light,--uncomprehended, yet forever
giving forth more light, because it has no darkness to emit. Mortals do not
understand the All; hence their inference of some other existence beside God and
His true likeness,--of something unlike Him. He who is All, understands all. He
can have no knowledge or inference but His own consciousness, and can take in no
more than all.
The mists of matter--sin, sickness, and death--disappear in proportion as
mortals approach Spirit, which is the reality of being. It is not enough to say
that matter is the substratum of evil, and that its highest attenuation is
mortal mind; for there is, strictly speaking, ^no^ mortal mind. Mind is
immortal. Death is the consequent of an antecedent false assumption of the
realness of something unreal, material, and mortal. If God knows the antece-
dent, He must produce its consequences. From this logic there is no escape.
Matter, or evil, is the absence of Spirit or good. Their nothingness is thus
proven; for God is good, ever-present, and All.
"In Him we live, and move, and have our being;" consequently it is
impossible for the true man--who is a spiritual and individual being, created in
the eternal Science of being--to be conscious of aught but good. God's image and
likeness can never be less than a good man; and for man to be more than God's
likeness is impossible. Man is the climax of creation; and God is not without an
ever-present witness, testifying of Himself. Matter, or any mode of mortal mind,
is neither part nor parcel of divine consciousness and God's verity.
In Science there is no fallen state of being; for therein is no inverted
image of God, no escape from the focal radiation of the infinite. Hence the
unreality of error, and the truth of the Scripture, that there is "none
beside Him." If mortals could grasp these two words ^all^ and ^nothing^,
this mystery of a God who has no knowledge of sin would disappear, and the
eternal, infinite harmony would be fathomed. If God could know a false claim,
false knowledge would be a part of His consciousness. Then evil would be as real
as good, sickness as real as health, death as real as Life; and sickness, sin,
and death would be as eternal as God.
IS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BLASPHEMOUS?
Blasphemy has never diminished sin and sickness, nor acknowledged God in all
His ways. Blasphemy rebukes not the godless lie that denies Him as All-in-all,
nor does it ascribe to Him all presence, power, and glory. Christian Science
does this. If Science lacked the proof of its origin in God, it would be
self-destructive, for it rests alone on the demonstration of God's supremacy and
tence. Right thinking and right acting, physical and moral harmony, come with
Science, and the secret of its presence lies in the universal need of better
health and morals.
Human theories, when weighed in the balance, are found unequal to the
demonstration of divine Life and Love; and their highest endeavors are, to
divine Science, what a child's love of pictures is to art. A child, in his
ignorance, may imagine the face of Dante to be the rapt face of Jesus. Thus
falsely may the human conceive of the Divine. If the schoolmaster is not Christ,
the school gets things wrong, and knows it not; but the teacher is morally
Good health and a more spiritual religion are the common wants; and these
wants have wrought this moral result,--that the so-called mortal mind asks for
what Mind alone can supply. This demand militates against the so-called demands
of matter, and regulates the present high premium on Mind-healing. If the
uniform moral and spiritual, as well as physical, effects of Christian Science
were lacking, the premium would go down. That it continues to rise, and the
demand to increase, shows its real value to the race. Even doctors will agree
that infidelity, ignorance, and quackery have never met the growing wants of
humanity. Christian Science is no "Boston craze;" it is the sober
second thought of advancing humanity.
IS THERE A PERSONAL DEITY?
God is infinite. He is neither a limited mind nor a limited body. God is
Love; and Love is Principle, not person. What the person of the infinite is, we
know not; but we are gratefully and lovingly conscious of the fatherliness of
this Supreme Being. God is individual, and man is His individualized idea. While
material man and the physical senses receive no spiritual idea, and feel no
sensation of divine Love, spiritual man and his spiritual senses are drinking in
the nature and essence of the individual infinite. A sinful sense is incompetent
to understand the realities of being,--that Life is God, and that man is in His
image and likeness. A sinner can take no cognizance of the noumenon or the
phenomena of Spirit; but leaving sin, sense rises to the fulness of the stature
of man in Christ.
Person is formed after the manner of mortal man, so far as he can conceive of
personality. Limitless personality is inconceivable. His person and perfection
are neither self-created, nor discerned through imperfection; and of God as a
person, human reason, imagination, and revelation give us no knowledge. Error
would fashion Deity in a manlike mould, while Truth is moulding a Godlike man.
When the term divine Principle is used to signify Deity it may seem distant
or cold, until better apprehended. This Principle is Mind, substance, Life,
Truth, Love. When understood, Principle is found to be the only term that fully
conveys the ideas of God,--one Mind, a perfect man, and divine Science. As the
divine Principle is comprehended, God's omnipotence and omnipresence will dawn
on mortals, and the notion of an everywhere-present body--or of an infinite Mind
starting from a finite body, and returning to it--will disappear.
Ever-present Love must seem ever absent to ever-present selfishness or
material sense. Hence this asking amiss and receiving not, and the common
idolatry of man-worship. In divine Science, God is recognized as the only power,
presence, and glory.
Adam's mistiness and Satan's reasoning, ever since the flood,--when specimens
of every kind emerged from the ark,--have run through the veins of all human
philosophy. Human reason is a blind guide, a continued series of mortal
hypotheses, antagonistic to Revelation and Science. It is continually straying
into forbidden by-paths of sensualism, contrary to the life and teachings of
Jesus and Paul, and the vision of the Apocalypse. Human philosophy has
ninety-nine parts of error to the one-hundredth part of Truth,--an unsafe
decoction for the race. The Science that Jesus demonstrated, whose views of
Truth Confucius and Plato but dimly discerned, Science and Health interprets. It
was not a search after wisdom; it was wisdom, and it grasped in spiritual law
the universe,--all time, space, immortality, thought, extension. This Science
demonstrated the Principle of all phenomena, identity, individuality, law; and
showed man as reflecting God and the divine capacity. Human philosophy would
dethrone perfection, and substitute matter and evil for divine means and ends.
Human philosophy has an undeveloped God, who unfolds Himself through material
modes, wherein the human and divine mingle in the same realm and consciousness.
This is rank infidelity; because by it we lose God's ways and perpetuate the
supposed power and reality of evil ^ad^ ^infinitum^. Christian Science rends
this veil in the pantheon of many gods, and reproduces the teachings of Jesus,
whose philosophy is incontestable, bears the strain of time, and brings in the
glories of eternity; "for other foundation can no man lay than that is
laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Divine philosophy is demonstrably the true idea of the Christ, wherein
Principle heals and saves. A philosophy which cannot heal the sick has little
resemblance to Science, and is, to say the least, like a cloud without rain,
"driven about by every wind of doctrine." Such philosophy has
certainly not touched the hem of the Christ garment.
Leibnitz, Descartes, Fichte, Hegel, Spinoza, Bishop Berkeley, were once
clothed with a "brief authority;" but Berkeley ended his metaphysical
theory with a treatise on the healing properties of tar-water, and Hegel was an
inveterate snuff-taker. The circumlocution and cold categories of Kant fail to
improve the conditions of mortals, morally, spiritually, or physically. Such
miscalled metaphysical systems are reeds shaken by the wind. Com-
pared with the inspired wisdom and infinite meaning of the Word of Truth,
they are as moonbeams to the sun, or as Stygian night to the kindling dawn.
IS THERE A PERSONAL DEVIL?
No man hath seen the person of good or of evil. Each is greater than the
corporeality we behold.
"He cast out ^devils^." This record shows that the term devil is
generic, being used in the plural number. From this it follows that there is
more than one devil. That Jesus cast several persons out of another person, is
not stated, and is impossible. Hence the passage must refer to the ^evils^ which
were cast out.
Jesus defined devil as a mortal who is full of evil. "Have I not chosen
you twelve, and one of you ^is a devil^?" His definition of evil indicated
his ability to cast it out. An incorrect concept of the nature of evil hinders
the destruction of evil. To conceive of God as resembling--in personality, or
form--the personality that Jesus condemned as devilish, is fraught with
spiritual danger. Evil can neither grasp the prerogative of God nor make evil om-
nipotent and omnipresent.
Jesus said to Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan;" but he to whom
our Lord gave the keys of the kingdom could not have been wholly evil, and
therefore was not a ^devil^, after the accepted definition. Out of the Magdalen,
Jesus cast seven devils; but not one person was named among them. According to
Crabtre, these devils were the diseases Jesus cast out.
The most eminent divines, in Europe and America, concede that the Scriptures
have both a literal and a moral meaning. Which of the two is the more important
to gain, --the literal or the moral sense of the word ^devil^,--in order to cast
out this devil? Evil is a quality, not an individual.
As mortals, we need to discern the claims of evil, and to fight these claims,
not as realities, but as illusions; but Deity can have no such warfare against
Himself. Knowledge of a man's physical personality is not sufficient to inform
us as to the amount of good or evil he possesses. Hence we cannot understand God
or man, through the person of either. God is All-in-all; but He is definite and
individual, the omnipresent and omniscient Mind; and man's individuality is
God's own image and likeness,--even the immeasurable idea of divine Mind. In the
Science of good, evil loses all place, person, and power.
According to Spinoza's philosophy God is amplification. He is in all things,
and therefore He is in evil in human thought. He is extension, of whatever
character. Also, according to Spinoza, man is an animal vegetable, developed
through the lower orders of matter and mortal mind. All these vagaries are at
variance with my system of metaphysics, which rests on God as One and All, and
denies the actual existence of both matter and evil. According to false
philosophy and scholastic theology, God is three persons in one person. By the
same token, evil is not only as real as good, but much more real, since evil
subordinates good in personality.
The claims of evil become both less and more in Christian Science, than in
human philosophies or creeds: ^more^, because the evil that is hidden by dogma
and human reason is uncovered by Science; and ^less^, because evil, being thus
uncovered, is found out, and exposure is nine points of destruction. Then
appears the grand verity of Christian Science: namely, that evil has no claims
and was never a claimant; for behold evil (or devil) is, as Jesus said, "a
murderer from the beginning, and the truth abode not in him."
There was never a moment in which evil was real. This great fact concerning
all error brings with it another and more glorious truth, that good is supreme.
As there is none beside Him, and He is all good, there can be no evil. Simply
uttering this great thought is not enough! We must live it, until God becomes
the All and Only of our being. Having won through great tribulation this
cardinal point of divine Science, St. Paul said, "But now we are delivered
from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in
newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter."
IS MAN A PERSON?
Man is more than physical personality, or what we cognize through the
material senses. Mind is more than matter, even as the infinite idea of Truth is
beyond a finite belief. Man outlives finite mortal definitions of himself,
according to a law of "the survival of the fittest." Man is the
eternal idea of his divine Principle, or Father. He is neither matter nor a mode
of mortal mind, for he is spiritual and eternal, an immortal mode of the divine
Mind. Man is the image and likeness of God, coexistent and coeternal with Him.
Man is not absorbed in Deity; for he is forever individual; but what this
everlasting individuality is, remains to be learned. Mortals have not seen it.
That which is born of the flesh is not man's eternal identity. Spiritual and
immortal man alone is God's likeness, and that which is mortal is not man in a
spiritually scientific sense. A material, sinful mortal is but the counterfeit
of immortal man.
The mind-quacks believe that mortal man is identical with immortal man, and
that the immortal is inside the mortal; that good and evil blend; that matter
and Spirit are one; and that Soul, or Spirit, is subdivided into spirits, or
souls,--^alias^ gods. This infantile talk about Mind-healing is no more
identical with Christian Science than the babe is identical with the adult, or
the human belief resembles the divine idea. Hence it is impossible for those
holding such material and mortal views to demonstrate my metaphysics. Theirs is
the sensuous thought, which brings forth its own sensuous conception. Mine is
the spiritual idea which transfigures thought.
All real being represents God, and is in Him. In this Science of being, man
can no more relapse or collapse from perfection, than his divine Principle, or
Father, can fall out of Himself into something below infinitude. Man's real ego,
or selfhood, is goodness. If man's individuality were evil, he would be
annihilated, for evil is self-destroying.
Man's individual being must reflect the supreme individual Being, to be His
image and likeness; and this individuality never originated in molecule,
corpuscle, materiality, or mortality. God holds man in the eternal bonds of
Science,--in the immutable harmony of divine law. Man is a celestial; and in the
spiritual universe he is forever individual and forever harmonious. "If God
so clothe the grass of the field, . . . shall He not much more clothe you, O ye
of little faith?"
Sin must be obsolete,--dust returning to dust, nothingness to nothingness.
Sin is not Mind; it is but the supposition that there is more than one Mind. It
issues a false claim; and the claim, being worthless, is in reality no claim
whatever. Matter is not Mind, to claim aught; but Mind is God, and evil finds no
place in good. When we get near enough to God to see this, the springtide of
Truth in Christian Science will burst upon us in the similitude of the
Apocalyptic pictures. No night will be there, and there will be no more sea.
There will be no need of the sun, for Spirit will be the light of the city, and
matter will be proved a myth. Until centuries pass, and this vision of Truth is
fully interpreted by divine Science, this prophecy will be scoffed at; but it is
just as veritable now as it can be then. Science, divine Science, presents the
grand and eternal verities of God and man as the divine Mind and that Mind's
Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man, and the two should not be
confounded. Bishop Foster said, in a lecture in Boston, "No man living hath
yet seen man." This material sinful personality, which we misname man, is
what St. Paul terms "the old man and his deeds," to be "put
Who can say what the absolute personality of God or man is? Who living hath
seen God or a perfect man? In presence of such thoughts take off thy shoes and
tread lightly, for this is holy ground. Surely the probation of mortals must go
on after the change called death, that they may learn the definition of immortal
being; or else their present mistakes would extinguish human existence. How long
this false sense remains after the transition called death, no mortal knoweth;
but this is sure, that the mists of error, sooner or later, will melt in the
fervent heat of suffering, mortality will burst the barriers of sense, and man
be found perfect and eternal. Of his intermediate conditions--the purifying
processes and terrible revolutions necessary to effect this end--I am ignorant.
Inasmuch as these momentous facts in the Science of being must be learned
some time, now is the most acceptable time for beginning the lesson. If Science
is pointing the way, and is found to bring with it health, holiness, and
immortality, then to-day is none too soon for entering this path. The proof that
Christian Science is the way of salvation given by Christ, I consider well
established. The present, as well as the future, reveals the fact that Truth is
never understood too soon.
Has Truth, as demonstrated by Jesus, reappeared? Study Christian Science and
practise it, and you will know that Truth has reappeared. What is demonstrably
true cannot be gainsaid; but getting the letter and omitting the spirit of this
Science is neither the comprehension of its Principle nor the practice of its
HAS MAN A SOUL?
The Scriptures inform us that "the soul that sinneth, it shall
die." Here ^soul^ means sense and organic life; and this passage refers to
the Jewish law, that a mortal should be put to death for his own sin, but not
for another's. Not Soul, but mortal sense, sins and dies. Immortal man has
immortal Soul and a deathless sense of being. Mortal man has but a false sense
of Soul and body. He believes that Spirit, or Soul, exists in matter. This is
pantheism, and is not the Science of Soul. The mind-quacks have so slight a
knowledge of Soul that they believe material and sinning sense to be soul; and
then they doctor this soul as if it were not even a material sense.
In Dr. Gordon's sermon on The Ministry of Healing, he said, "The
forgiven soul in a sick body is not half a man." Is this pantheistic
statement sound theology,--that Soul is in matter, and the immortal part of man
a sinner? Is not this a disparagement of the person of man and a denial of God's
power? Better far that we impute such doctrines to mortal opinion than to the
To my sense, such a statement is a shocking reflection on the divine power. A
mortal pardoned by God is not sick, he is made whole. He in whom sin, disease,
and death are destroyed, is more than a fraction of himself. Such sermons,
though clad in soft raiment, are spiritless waifs, literary driftwood on the
ocean of thought; while Truth walks triumphantly over the waves of sin,
sickness, and death.
IS SIN FORGIVEN?
The law of Life and Truth is the law of Christ, destroying all sense of sin
and death. It does more than forgive the false sense named sin, for it pursues
and punishes it, and will not let sin go until it is destroyed,--until nothing
is left to be forgiven, to suffer, or to be punished. Forgiven thus, sickness
and sin have no relapse. God's law reaches and destroys evil by virtue of the
allness of God.
He need not know the evil He destroys, any more than the legislator need know
the criminal who is punished by the law enacted. God's law is in three words,
"I am All;" and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim
of another law. God pities our woes with the love of a Father for His
child,--not by becoming human, and knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our
knowledge of what is not. He could not destroy our woes totally if He possessed
any knowledge of them. His sympathy is divine, not human. It is Truth's
knowledge of its own infinitude which forbids the genuine existence of even a
claim to error. This knowledge is light wherein there is no darkness,--not light
holding darkness within itself. The consciousness of light is like the eternal
law of God, revealing Him and nothing else.
Sympathy with sin, sorrow, and sickness would dethrone God as Truth, for
Truth has no sympathy for error. In Science, the cure of the sick demonstrates
this grand verity of Christian Science, that you cannot eradicate disease if you
admit that God sends it or sees it. Material and mortal mind-healing (so-called)
has for ages been a pretender, but has not healed mortals; and they are yet sick
Disease and sin appear to-day in subtler forms than they did yesterday. They
progress and will multiply into worse forms, until it is understood that disease
and sin are unreal, ^unknown^ to Truth, and never actual persons or real facts.
Our phraseology varies. To me ^divine pardon^ is that divine presence which
is the sure destruction of sin; and I insist on the destruction of sin as the
only full proof of its pardon. "For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might ^destroy^ the works of the devil" (1 John iii.
Jesus cast out evils, mediating between what is and is not, until a perfect
consciousness is attained. He healed disease as he healed sin; but he treated
them both, not as in or of matter, but as mortal beliefs to be exterminated.
Physical and mental healing were one and the same with this master
Metaphysician. If the evils called sin, sickness, and death had been forgiven in
the generally accepted sense, they would have returned, to be again forgiven;
but Jesus said to disease: "Come out of him, and enter no more into
him." He said also: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see
death;" and "Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in
heaven." The misinterpretation of such passages has retarded the progress
of Christianity and the spiritualization of the race.
A magistrate's pardon may encourage a criminal to repeat the offense; because
^forgiveness^, in the popular sense of the word, can neither extinguish a crime
nor the motives leading to it. The belief in sin--its pleasure, pain, or
power--must suffer, until it is self-destroyed. "Whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap."
IS THERE ANY SUCH THING AS SIN?
Frequently when I touch this subject my meaning is ignorantly or maliciously
misconstrued. Christian Science Mind-healing lifts with a steady arm, and
cleaves sin with a broad battle-axe. It gives the lie to sin, in the spirit of
Truth; but other theories make sin true. Jesus declared that the devil was
"a liar, and the father of it." A lie is negation,--^alias^ nothing,
or the opposite of something. Good is great and real. Hence its opposite, named
^evil^, must be small and unreal. When this sense is attained, we shall no
longer be the servants of sin, and shall cease to love it. The domination of
good destroys the sense of evil. To illustrate: It seems a great evil to belie
and belittle Christian Science, and persecute a Cause which is healing its
thousands and rapidly diminishing the percentage of sin. But reduce this evil to
its lowest terms, ^nothing^, and slander loses its power to harm; for even the
wrath of man shall praise Him. The reduction of evil, in Science, gives the
dominance to God, and must lead us to bless those who curse, that thus we may
overcome evil with good.
If the Bible and my work Science and Health had their rightful place in
schools of learning, they would revolutionize the world by advancing the kingdom
of Christ. It requires sacrifice, struggle, prayer, and watchfulness to
understand and demonstrate what these volumes teach, because they involve divine
Science, with fixed Principle, a given rule, and unmistakable proof.
IS THERE NO SACRIFICIAL ATONEMENT?
Self-sacrifice is the highway to heaven. The sacrifice of our blessed Lord is
undeniable, and it was a million times greater than the brief agony of the
cross; for that would have been insufficient to insure the glory his sacrifice
brought and the good it wrought. The spilling of human blood was inadequate to
represent the blood of Christ, the outpouring love that sustains man's at-one-ment
with God; though shedding human blood brought to light the efficacy of divine
Life and Love and its power over death. Jesus' sacrifice stands preeminently
amidst physical suffering and human woe. The glory of human life is in
overcoming sickness, sin, and death. Jesus suffered for all mortals to bring in
this glory; and his pur-
pose was to show them that the way out of the flesh, out of the delusion of
all human error, must be through the baptism of suffering, leading up to health,
harmony, and heaven.
We shall leave the ceremonial law when we gain the truer sense of following
Christ in spirit, and we shall no longer venture to materialize the spiritual
and infinite meaning and efficacy of Truth and Love, and the sacrifice that
Jesus made for us, by commemorating his death with a material rite. Jesus said:
"The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth." They drink the cup of Christ and are
baptized in the purification of persecution who discern his true merit,--the
unseen glory of suffering for others. Physical torture affords but a slight
illustration of the pangs which come to one upon whom the world of sense falls
with its leaden weight in the endeavor to crush out of a career its divine
The blood of Christ speaketh better things than that of Abel. The real
atonement--so infinitely beyond the heathen conception that God requires human
blood to propitiate His justice and bring His mercy--needs to be understood. The
real blood or Life of Spirit is not yet discerned. Love bruised and bleeding,
yet mounting to the throne of glory in purity and peace, over the steps of
uplifted humanity,--this is the deep significance of the blood of Christ.
Nameless woe, everlasting victories, are the blood, the vital currents of Christ
Jesus' life, purchasing the freedom of mortals from sin and death.
This blood of Jesus is everything to human hope and faith. Without it, how
poor the precedents of Christianity! What manner of Science were Christian
Science without the power to demonstrate the Principle of such Life; and what
hope have mortals but through deep humility and adoration to reach the
understanding of this Principle! When human struggles cease, and mortals yield
lovingly to the purpose of divine Love, there will be no more sickness, sorrow,
sin, and death. He who pointed the way of Life conquered also the drear subtlety
It was not to appease the wrath of God, but to show the allness of Love and
the nothingness of hate, sin, and death, that Jesus suffered. He lived that we
also might live. He suffered, to show mortals the awful price paid by sin, and
how to avoid paying it. He atoned for the terrible unreality of a supposed
existence apart from God. He suffered because of the shocking human idolatry
that presupposes Life, substance, Soul, and intelligence in matter,--which is
the antipode of God, and yet governs mankind. The glorious truth of
being--namely, that God is the only Mind, Life, substance, Soul--needs no
reconciliation with God, for it is one with Him now and forever.
Jesus came announcing Truth, and saying not only "the kingdom of God is
at hand," but "the kingdom of God is within you." Hence there is
no sin, for God's kingdom is everywhere and supreme, and it follows that the
human kingdom is nowhere, and must be ^unreal^. Jesus taught and demonstrated
the infinite as one, and not as two. He did not teach that there are two
deities,--one infinite and the other finite; for that would be impossible. He
knew God as infinite, and therefore as the All-in-all; and we shall know this
truth when we awake in the divine likeness. Jesus' true and conscious being
never left heaven for earth. It abode forever above, even while mortals believed
it was here. He once spoke of himself (John iii. 13) as "the Son of man
which is in heaven,"--remarkable words, as wholly opposed to the popular
view of Jesus' nature.
The real Christ was unconscious of matter, of sin, disease, and death, and
was conscious only of God, of good, of eternal Life, and harmony. Hence the
human Jesus had a resort to his higher self and relation to the Father, and
there could find rest from unreal trials in the conscious reality and royalty of
his being,--holding the mortal as unreal, and the divine as real. It was this
retreat from material to spiritual selfhood which recuperated him for triumph
over sin, sickness, and death. Had he been as conscious of these evils as he was
of God, wherein there is no consciousness of human error, Jesus could not have
resisted them; nor could he have conquered the malice of his foes, rolled away
the stone from the sepulchre, and risen from human sense to a higher concept
than that in which he appeared at his birth.
Mankind's concept of Jesus was a babe born in a manger, even while the divine
and ideal Christ was the Son of God, spiritual and eternal. In human conception
God's offspring had to grow, develop; but in Science his divine nature and
manhood were forever complete, and dwelt forever in the Father. Jesus said,
"Ye do err, not know-
ing the Scriptures, nor the power of God." Mortal thought gives the
eternal God and infinite consciousness the license of a short-lived sinner, to
begin and end, to know both evil and good; when evil is temporal and God is
eternal,--and when, as a sphere of Mind, He cannot know beginning or end.
The spiritual interpretation of the vicarious atonement of Jesus, in
Christian Science, unfolds the full-orbed glory of that event; but to regard
this wonder of glory, this most marvellous demonstration, as a personal and
material bloodgiving--or as a proof that sin is known to the divine Mind, and
that what is unlike God demands His continual presence, knowledge, and power, to
meet and master it--would make the atonement to be less than the ^at-one-ment^,
whereby the work of Jesus would lose its efficacy and lack the "signs
From Genesis to Revelation the Scriptures teach an infinite God, and none
beside Him; and on this basis Messiah and prophet saved the sinner and raised
the dead, --uplifting the human understanding, buried in a false sense of being.
Jesus rendered null and void whatever is unlike God; but he could not have done
this if error and sin existed in the Mind of God. What God knows, He also
predestinates; and it must be fulfilled. Jesus proved to perfection, so far as
this could be done in that age, what Christian Science is to-day proving in a
small degree,--the falsity of the evidence of the material senses that sin,
sickness, and death are sensible claims, and that God substantiates their
evidence by knowing their claim. He established the only true idealism on the
basis that God is All, and He is good, and good is Spirit; hence there is no
intelligent sin, evil ^mind^ or matter: and this is the only true philosophy and
realism. This divine mystery of godliness was the rock of Truth, on which he
built his Church of the new-born, against which the gates of hell cannot
This Truth is the rock which the builders rejected; but "the same is
become the head of the corner." This is the chief corner-stone, the basis
and support of creation, the interpreter of one God, the infinity and unity of
In proportion as mortals approximate the understanding of Christian Science,
they take hold of harmony, and material incumbrance disappears. Having one God,
one Mind, one consciousness,--which includes only His own nature,--and loving
your neighbor as yourself, constitute Christian Science, which must demonstrate
the nothingness of any other state or stage of being.
IS THERE NO INTERCESSORY PRAYER?
All prayer that is desire is intercessory; but kindling desire loses a part
of its purest spirituality if the lips try to express it. It is a truism that we
can think more lucidly and profoundly than we can write or speak. The silent
intercession and unvoiced imploring is an honest and potent prayer to heal and
save. The audible prayer may be offered to be heard of men, though ostensibly to
catch God's ear,--after the fashion of Baal's prophets,--by speaking loud enough
to be heard; but when the heart prays, and not the lips, no dishonesty or vanity
influences the petition.
Prophet and apostle have glorified God in secret prayer, and He has rewarded
them openly. Prayer can neither change God, nor bring His designs into mortal
modes; but it can and does change our modes and our false sense of Life, Love,
and Truth, uplifting us to Him. Such prayer humiliates, purifies, and quickens
activity, in the direction that is unerring.
True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to
include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love
wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It
makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows
us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of
all, it shows us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it; and this
light reveals the pure Mind-pictures, in silent prayer, even as photography
grasps the solar light to por-
tray the face of pleasant thought.
What but silent prayer can meet the demand, "Pray without ceasing"?
The apostle James said: "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to
consume it on your lusts." Because of vanity and self-righteousness,
mortals seek, and expect to receive, a material sense of approval; and they
expect also what is impossible,--a material and mortal sense of spiritual and
It is sometimes wise to hide from dull and base ears the pure pearls of
awakened consciousness, lest your pearls be trampled upon. Words may belie
desire, and pour forth a hypocrite's prayer; but thoughts are our honest
conviction. I have no objection to audible prayer of the right kind; but the
inaudible is more effectual.
I instruct my students to pursue their mental ministrations very sacredly,
and never to touch the human thought save to issues of Truth; never to trespass
mentally on individual rights; never to take away the rights, but only the
wrongs of mankind. Otherwise they forfeit their ability to heal in Science. Only
when sickness, sin, and fear obstruct the harmony of Mind and body, is it right
for one mind to meddle with another mind, and control aright the thought
struggling for freedom.
It is Truth and Love that cast out fear and heal the sick, and mankind are
better because of this. If a change in the religious views of the patient comes
with the change to health, our Father has done this; for the human mind and body
are made better only by divine influence.
SHOULD CHRISTIANS BEWARE OF CHRISTIAN
History repeats itself. The Pharisees of old warned the people to beware of
Jesus, and contemptuously called him "this fellow." Jesus said,
"For which of these works do ye stone me?" as much as to ask, Is it
the work most derided and envied that is most acceptable to God? Not that he
would cease to do the will of his Father on account of persecution, but he would
repeat his work to the best advantage for mankind and the glory of his Father.
There are sinners in all societies, and it is vain to look for perfection in
churches or associations. The life of Christ is the perfect example; and to
compare mortal lives with this model is to subject them to severe scrutiny.
Without question, the subtlest forms of sin are trying to force the doors of
Science and enter in; but this white sanctuary will never admit such as come to
steal and to rob. Through long ages people have slumbered over Christ's
commands, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel;"
"Heal the sick, cast out devils;" and now the Church seems almost
chagrined that by new discoveries of Truth sin is losing prestige and power.
The Rev. Dr. A. J. Gordon, a Boston Baptist clergyman, said in a sermon:
"The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and it is doing it to-day; and as
the faith of the Church increases, and Christians more and more learn their duty
to believe all things written in the Scriptures, will such manifestations of
God's power increase among us." Such sentiments are wholesome avowals of
Christian Science. God is not unable or unwilling to heal, and mortals are not
compelled to have other gods before Him, and employ material forms to meet a
mental want. The divine Spirit supplies all human needs. Jesus said to the sick,
"Thy sins are forgiven thee; rise up and walk!" God's pardon is the
destruction of all "the ills that flesh is heir to."
All power belongs to God; and it is not in all the vain power of dogma and
philosophy to dispossess the divine Mind of healing power, or to cast out error
with error, even in the name and for the sake of Christ, and so heal the sick.
While Science is engulfing error in bottomless oblivion, the material senses
would enthrone error as omnipotent and omnipresent, with power to determine the
fact and fate to being. It is said that the devil is the ape of God. The lie of
evil holds its own by declaring itself both true and good. The path of Christian
Science is beset with false claimants, aping its virtues, but cleaving to their
own vices. Denial of the authorship of "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures" would make a lie the author of Truth, and so make Truth itself
A distinguished clergyman came to be healed. He said: "I am suffering
from nervous prostration, and have to eat beefsteak and drink strong coffee to
support me through a sermon." Here a skeptic might well ask if the
atonement had lost its efficacy for him, and if Christ's power to heal was not
equal to the power of daily meat and drink. The power of Truth is not contingent
on matter. Our Master said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest." Truth rebukes error; and whether
stall-fed or famishing, theology needs Truth to stimulate and sustain a good
A lady said: "Only He who knows all things can estimate the good your
books are doing."
A distinguished Doctor of Divinity said: "Your book leavens my
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 Science, substantiates his ignorance of its Principle and
practice, and incapacitates him for correct comment. This failure should make
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
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
Jesus said: "I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou
hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto
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 more spiritual latitudes, and so fulfil her
Let the Word have free course and be glorified. The people clamor to leave
cradle and swaddling-clothes. The spiritual status is urging its highest demands
on mortals, and material history is drawing to a close. Truth cannot be
stereotyped; it unfoldeth forever. "One on God's side is a majority;"
and "Lo, I am with you alway," is the pledge of the Master.
The question now at issue is: Shall we have a practical, spiritual
Christianity, with its healing power, or shall we have material medicine and
superficial religion? The advancing hope of the race, craving health and
holiness, halts for a reply; and the reappearing Christ, whose life-giving
understanding Christian Science imparts, must answer the constant inquiry:
"Art thou he that should come?" Woman should not be ordered to the
rear, or laid on the rack, for joining the overture of angels. Theologians
descant pleasantly upon free moral agency; but they should begin by admitting
The author's ancestors were among the first settlers of New Hampshire. They
reared there the Puritan standard of undefiled religion. As dutiful descendants
of Puritans, let us lift their standard higher, rejoicing, as Paul did, that we
are ^free born^.
Man has a noble destiny; and the full-orbed significance of this destiny has
dawned on the sick-bound and sin-enslaved. For the unfolding of this upward
tendency to health, greatness, and goodness, I shall continue to labor and wait.