Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896


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Miscellaneous Writings


Mary Baker Eddy

Author of Science and Health with Key to the


Published by the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker G. Eddy

Boston, U.S.A.
Copyright, 1896

By Mary Baker G. Eddy

Copyright renewed, 1924


All rights reserved
Printed in the United States of America








PRAY thee, take care, that tak'st my book in hand,

To read it well; that is, to understand.


WHEN I would know thee . . . my thought looks

Upon thy well made choice of friends and books;

Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends

In making thy friends books, and thy books friends.

BEN JONSON: Epigram 86

IF worlds were formed by matter,

And mankind from the dust;

Till time shall end more timely,

There's nothing here to trust.
Thenceforth to evolution's

Geology, we say, —

Nothing have we gained therefrom,

And nothing have to pray:

MY world has sprung from Spirit,

In everlasting day;

Whereof, I've more to glory,

Wherefor, have much to pay.

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Miscellaneous Writings
1 A CERTAIN apothegm of a Talmudical philosopher

suits my sense of doing good. It reads thus: "The

3 noblest charity is to prevent a man from accepting

charity; and the best alms are to show and to enable a
man to dispense with alms."
6 In the early history of Christian Science, among my
thousands of students few were wealthy. Now, Christian
Scientists are not indigent; and their comfortable fortunes

9 are acquired by healing mankind morally, physically,

spiritually. The easel of time presents pictures — once
fragmentary and faint — now rejuvenated by the touch

12 of God's right hand. Where joy, sorrow, hope, disap-

pointment, sigh, and smile commingled, now hope sits
15 To preserve a long course of years still and uniform,
amid the uniform darkness of storm and cloud and
tempest, requires strength from above, — deep draughts

18 from the fount of divine Love. Truly may it be said:

There is an old age of the heart, and a youth that never
grows old; a Love that is a boy, and a Psyche who is

21 ever a girl. The fleeting freshness of youth, however,

is not the evergreen of Soul; the coloring glory of

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1 perpetual bloom; the spiritual glow and grandeur of

a consecrated life wherein dwelleth peace, sacred and

3 sincere in trial or in triumph.

The opportunity has at length offered itself for me to
comply with an oft-repeated request; namely, to collect

6 my miscellaneous writings published in The Christian

Science Journal
, since April, 1883, and republish them
in book form, — accessible as reference, and reliable as

9 old landmarks. Owing to the manifold demands on my

time in the early pioneer days, most of these articles
were originally written in haste, without due preparation.

12 To those heretofore in print, a few articles are herein

appended. To some articles are affixed data, where these

are most requisite, to serve as mile-stones measuring the

15 distance, — or the difference between then and now, —

in the opinions of men and the progress of our Cause.

My signature has been slightly changed from my

18 Christian name, Mary Morse Baker. Timidity in early
years caused me, as an author, to assume various noms
de plume
. After my first marriage, to Colonel Glover

21 of Charleston, South Carolina, I dropped the name of

Morse to retain my maiden name, — thinking that other-
wise the name would be too long.
24 In 1894, I received from the Daughters of the American
Revolution a certificate of membership made out to Mary
Baker Eddy, and thereafter adopted that form of signa-

27 ture, except in connection with my published works.

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1 The first edition of Science and Health having been
copyrighted at the date of its issue, 1875, in my name

3 of Glover, caused me to retain the initial "G" on my

subsequent books.
These pages, although a reproduction of what has

6 been written, are still in advance of their time; and are

richly rewarded by what they have hitherto achieved for
the race. While no offering can liquidate one's debt of

9 gratitude to God, the fervent heart and willing hand are

not unknown to nor unrewarded by Him.
May this volume be to the reader a graphic guide-

12 book, pointing the path, dating the unseen, and enabling

him to walk the untrodden in the hitherto unexplored
fields of Science. At each recurring holiday the Christian

15 Scientist will find herein a "canny" crumb; and thus

may time's pastimes become footsteps to joys eternal.

Realism will at length be found to surpass imagination,

18 and to suit and savor all literature. The shuttlecock of
religious intolerance will fall to the ground, if there be

no battledores to fling it back and forth. It is reason for

21 rejoicing that the vox populi is inclined to grant us peace,

together with pardon for the preliminary battles that
purchased it.
24 With tender tread, thought sometimes walks in memory,
through the dim corridors of years, on to old battle-
grounds, there sadly to survey the fields of the slain and
the enemy's losses. In compiling this work, I have tried

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1 to remove the pioneer signs and ensigns of war, and to

retain at this date the privileged armaments of peace.
3 With armor on, I continue the march, command and
countermand; meantime interluding with loving thought
this afterpiece of battle. Supported, cheered, I take my

6 pen and pruning-hook, to "learn war no more," and with

strong wing to lift my readers above the smoke of conflict
into light and liberty. MARY BAKER EDDY

January, 1897

THE ancient Greek looked longingly for the Olym-

3 piad. The Chaldee watched the appearing of a

star; to him, no higher destiny dawned on the dome
of being than that foreshadowed by signs in the heav-

6 ens. The meek Nazarene, the scoffed of all scoffers,

said, “Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye
not discern the signs of the times?" — for he forefelt

9 and foresaw the ordeal of a perfect Christianity, hated

by sinners.
To kindle all minds with a gleam of gratitude, the

12 new idea that comes welling up from infinite Truth needs

to be understood. The seer of this age should be a
15 Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition
of Deity. The mounting sense gathers fresh forms and

strange fire from the ashes of dissolving self, and drops

18 the world. Meekness heightens immortal attributes

only by removing the dust that dims them. Goodness
reveals another scene and another self seemingly rolled

21 up in shades, but brought to light by the evolutions of

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1 advancing thought, whereby we discern the power of
Truth and Love to heal the sick.
3 Pride is ignorance; those assume most who have the
least wisdom or experience; and they steal from their
neighbor, because they have so little of their own.
6 The signs of these times portend a long and strong
determination of mankind to cleave to the world, the
flesh, and evil, causing great obscuration of Spirit.

9 When we remember that God is just, and admit the

total depravity of mortals, alias mortal mind, — and that
this Adam legacy must first be seen, and then must be

12 subdued and recompensed by justice, the eternal attri-

bute of Truth, — the outlook demands labor, and the
laborers seem few. To-day we behold but the first

15 faint view of a more spiritual Christianity, that embraces

a deeper and broader philosophy and a more rational and
divine healing. The time approaches when divine Life,

18 Truth, and Love will be found alone the remedy for sin,

sickness, and death; when God, man's saving Principle,
and Christ, the spiritual idea of God, will be revealed.
21 Man's probation after death is the necessity of his
immortality; for good dies not and evil is self-destruc-
tive, therefore evil must be mortal and self-destroyed.

24 If man should not progress after death, but should re-

main in error, he would be inevitably self-annihilated.
Those upon whom "the second death hath no power"

27 are those who progress here and hereafter out of evil,

their mortal element, and into good that is immortal;

thus laying off the material beliefs that war against

30 Spirit, and putting on the spiritual elements in divine

While we entertain decided views as to the best method

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1 for elevating the race physically, morally, and spiritu-

ally, and shall express these views as duty demands, we

3 shall claim no especial gift from our divine origin, no

supernatural power. If we regard good as more natural
than evil, and spiritual understanding — the true knowl-

6 edge of God — as imparting the only power to heal the

sick and the sinner, we shall demonstrate in our lives the
power of Truth and Love.
9 The lessons we learn in divine Science are applica-
ble to all the needs of man. Jesus taught them for this
very purpose; and his demonstration hath taught us

12 that "through his stripes" — his life-experience — and

divine Science, brought to the understanding through
Christ, the Spirit-revelator, is man healed and saved.

15 No opinions of mortals nor human hypotheses enter this

line of thought or action. Drugs, inert matter, never are
needed to aid spiritual power. Hygiene, manipulation,

18 and mesmerism are not Mind's medicine. The Prin-

ciple of all cure is God, unerring and immortal Mind.
We have learned that the erring or mortal thought holds

21 in itself all sin, sickness, and death, and imparts these

states to the body; while the supreme and perfect Mind,
as seen in the truth of being, antidotes and destroys these

24 material elements of sin and death.

Because God is supreme and omnipotent, materia

, hygiene, and animal magnetism are impotent;

27 and their only supposed efficacy is in apparently delud-

ing reason, denying revelation, and dethroning Deity.
The tendency of mental healing is to uplift mankind; but

30 this method perverted, is "Satan let loose." Hence the

deep demand for the Science of psychology to meet sin,

and uncover it; thus to annihilate hallucination.

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1 Thought imbued with purity, Truth, and Love, in-

structed in the Science of metaphysical healing, is the

3 most potent and desirable remedial agent on the earth.

At this period there is a marked tendency of mortal
mind to plant mental healing on the basis of hypnotism,

6 calling this method "mental science." All Science is

Christian Science; the Science of the Mind that is God,
and of the universe as His idea, and their relation to each

9 other. Its only power to heal is its power to do good,

not evil.
12 At this date, 1883, a newspaper edited and published
by the Christian Scientists has become a necessity. Many
questions important to be disposed of come to the Col-

15 lege and to the practising students, yet but little time

has been devoted to their answer. Further enlight-
enment is necessary for the age, and a periodical de-

18 voted to this work seems alone adequate to meet the

requirement. Much interest is awakened and expressed
on the subject of metaphysical healing, but in many

21 minds it is confounded with isms, and even infidelity, so

that its religious specialty and the vastness of its worth
are not understood.
24 It is often said, "You must have a very strong will-
power to heal," or, "It must require a great deal of faith
to make your demonstrations." When it is answered

27 that there is no will-power required, and that something

more than faith is necessary, we meet with an expression

of incredulity. It is not alone the mission of Christian

30 Science to heal the sick, but to destroy sin in mortal

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1 thought. This work well done will elevate and purify
the race. It cannot fail to do this if we devote our best

3 energies to the work.

Science reveals man as spiritual, harmonious, and eter-
nal. This should be understood. Our College should

6 be crowded with students who are willing to consecrate

themselves to this Christian work. Mothers should be
able to produce perfect health and perfect morals in their

9 children — and ministers, to heal the sick — by study-

ing this scientific method of practising Christianity.
Many say, "I should like to study, but have not suffi-

12 cient faith that I have the power to heal." The healing

power is Truth and Love, and these do not fail in the
greatest emergencies.
15 Materia medica says, "I can do no more. I have
done all that can be done. There is nothing to build
upon. There is no longer any reason for hope." Then

18 metaphysics comes in, armed with the power of Spirit,

not matter, takes up the case hopefully and builds on
the stone that the builders have rejected, and is suc-

21 cessful.

Metaphysical therapeutics can seem a miracle and a
mystery to those only who do not understand the grand

24 reality that Mind controls the body. They acknowledge

an erring or mortal mind, but believe it to be brain mat-
ter. That man is the idea of infinite Mind, always perfect

27 in God, in Truth, Life, and Love, is something not easily

accepted, weighed down as is mortal thought with mate-
rial beliefs. That which never existed, can seem solid

30 substance to this thought. It is much easier for people

to believe that the body affects the mind, than that the
mind affects the body.

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1 We hear from the pulpits that sickness is sent as a

discipline to bring man nearer to God, — even though

3 sickness often leaves mortals but little time free from

complaints and fretfulness, and Jesus cast out disease as
6 The most of our Christian Science practitioners have
plenty to do, and many more are needed for the ad-
vancement of the age. At present the majority of the

9 acute cases are given to the M. D.'s, and only those

cases that are pronounced incurable are passed over to
the Scientist. The healing of such cases should cer-

12 tainly prove to all minds the power of metaphysics over

physics; and it surely does, to many thinkers, as the
rapid growth of the work shows. At no distant day,

15 Christian healing will rank far in advance of allopathy

and homoeopathy; for Truth must ultimately succeed
where error fails.
18 Mind governs all. That we exist in God, perfect,
there is no doubt, for the conceptions of Life, Truth, and
Love must be perfect; and with that basic truth we con-

21 quer sickness, sin, and death. Frequently it requires

time to overcome the patient's faith in drugs and mate-
rial hygiene; but when once convinced of the uselessness

24 of such material methods, the gain is rapid.

It is a noticeable fact, that in families where laws

of health are strictly enforced, great caution is observed

27 in regard to diet, and the conversation chiefly confined

to the ailments of the body, there is the most sickness.
Take a large family of children where the mother has

30 all that she can attend to in keeping them clothed and

fed, and health is generally the rule; whereas, in small
families of one or two children, sickness is by no means

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1 the exception. These children must not be allowed to

eat certain food, nor to breathe the cold air, because

3 there is danger in it; when they perspire, they must be

loaded down with coverings until their bodies become
dry, — and the mother of one child is often busier than

6 the mother of eight.

Great charity and humility is necessary in this work
of healing. The loving patience of Jesus, we must

9 strive to emulate. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as

thyself" has daily to be exemplified; and, although
skepticism and incredulity prevail in places where

12 one would least expect it, it harms not; for if serving

Christ, Truth, of what can mortal opinion avail? Cast
not your pearls before swine; but if you cannot bring

15 peace to all, you can to many, if faithful laborers in His

Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally

18 reflects that it is dangerous to live, so loaded with disease

seems the very air. These descriptions carry fears to
many minds, to be depicted in some future time upon

21 the body. A periodical of our own will counteract to

some extent this public nuisance; for through our paper,
at the price at which we shall issue it, we shall be able

24 to reach many homes with healing, purifying thought.

A great work already has been done, and a greater work
yet remains to be done. Oftentimes we are denied the

27 results of our labors because people do not understand

the nature and power of metaphysics, and they think
that health and strength would have returned natu-

30 rally without any assistance. This is not so much from

a lack of justice, as it is that the mens populi is not suffi-
ciently enlightened on this great subject. More thought

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1 is given to material illusions than to spiritual facts. If

we can aid in abating suffering and diminishing sin,

3 we shall have accomplished much; but if we can bring

to the general thought this great fact that drugs do not,
cannot, produce health and harmony, since "in Him

6 [Mind] we live, and move, and have our being," we shall

have done more.
9 Who is thine enemy that thou shouldst love him? Is
it a creature or a thing outside thine own creation?

Can you see an enemy, except you first formulate this

12 enemy and then look upon the object of your own con-
ception? What is it that harms you? Can height, or
depth, or any other creature separate you from the

15 Love that is omnipresent good, — that blesses infinitely

one and all?
Simply count your enemy to be that which defiles,

18 defaces, and dethrones the Christ-image that you should

reflect. Whatever purifies, sanctifies, and consecrates
human life, is not an enemy, however much we suffer in

21 the process. Shakespeare writes: "Sweet are the uses

of adversity." Jesus said: "Blessed are ye, when men
shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all

24 manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake; . . .

for so persecuted they the prophets which were before
27 The Hebrew law with its "Thou shalt not," its de-
mand and sentence, can only be fulfilled through the
gospel's benediction. Then, "Blessed are ye," inso-

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1 much as the consciousness of good, grace, and peace,

comes through affliction rightly understood, as sanctified

3 by the purification it brings to the flesh, — to pride, self-

ignorance, self-will, self-love, self-justification. Sweet,
indeed, are these uses of His rod! Well is it that the

6 Shepherd of Israel passes all His flock under His rod

into His fold; thereby numbering them, and giving them

refuge at last from the elements of earth.

9 "Love thine enemies" is identical with "Thou hast
no enemies." Wherein is this conclusion relative to
those who have hated thee without a cause? Simply, in

12 that those unfortunate individuals are virtually thy best

friends. Primarily and ultimately, they are doing thee
good far beyond the present sense which thou canst enter-

15 tain of good.

Whom we call friends seem to sweeten life's cup and

to fill it with the nectar of the gods. We lift this cup

18 to our lips; but it slips from our grasp, to fall in frag-

ments before our eyes. Perchance, having tasted its
tempting wine, we become intoxicated; become lethar-

21 gic, dreamy objects of self-satisfaction; else, the con-

tents of this cup of selfish human enjoyment having lost
its flavor, we voluntarily set it aside as tasteless and

24 unworthy of human aims.

And wherefore our failure longer to relish this fleet-
ing sense, with its delicious forms of friendship,

27 wherewith mortals become educated to gratification in

personal pleasure and trained in treacherous peace?
Because it is the great and only danger in the path

30 that winds upward. A false sense of what consti-

tutes happiness is more disastrous to human progress
than all that an enemy or enmity can obtrude upon

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1 the mind or engraft upon its purposes and achievements

wherewith to obstruct life's joys and enhance its sor-

3 rows.
We have no enemies. Whatever envy, hatred, revenge

— the most remorseless motives that govern mortal mind

6 — whatever these try to do, shall "work together for good

to them that love God."

9 Because He has called His own, armed them, equipped

them, and furnished them defenses impregnable. Their

God will not let them be lost; and if they fall they shall

12 rise again, stronger than before the stumble. The good

cannot lose their God, their help in times of trouble.
If they mistake the divine command, they will recover

15 it, countermand their order, retrace their steps, and

reinstate His orders, more assured to press on safely.
The best lesson of their lives is gained by crossing

18 swords with temptation, with fear and the besetments

of evil; insomuch as they thereby have tried their
strength and proven it; insomuch as they have found

21 their strength made perfect in weakness, and their fear

is self-immolated.
This destruction is a moral chemicalization, wherein

24 old things pass away and all things become new. The

worldly or material tendencies of human affections and
pursuits are thus annihilated; and this is the advent of

27 spiritualization. Heaven comes down to earth, and

mortals learn at last the lesson, "I have no enemies."

Even in belief you have but one (that, not in reality),

30 and this one enemy is yourself — your erroneous belief
that you have enemies; that evil is real; that aught but
good exists in Science. Soon or late, your enemy will

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1 wake from his delusion to suffer for his evil intent; to

find that, though thwarted, its punishment is tenfold.
3 Love is the fulfilling of the law: it is grace, mercy,
and justice. I used to think it sufficiently just to abide
by our State statutes; that if a man should aim a ball at

6 my heart, and I by firing first could kill him and save

my own life, that this was right. I thought, also, that
if I taught indigent students gratuitously, afterwards

9 assisting them pecuniarily, and did not cease teach-

ing the wayward ones at close of the class term, but

followed them with precept upon precept; that if my

12 instructions had healed them and shown them the sure way

of salvation, — I had done my whole duty to students.
Love metes not out human justice, but divine mercy.

15 If one's life were attacked, and one could save it only

in accordance with common law, by taking another's,
would one sooner give up his own? We must love our

18 enemies in all the manifestations wherein and whereby

we love our friends; must even try not to expose their
faults, but to do them good whenever opportunity

21 occurs. To mete out human justice to those who per-

secute and despitefully use one, is not leaving all retribu-
tion to God and returning blessing for cursing. If special

24 opportunity for doing good to one's enemies occur not,

one can include them in his general effort to benefit the
race. Because I can do much general good to such as

27 hate me, I do it with earnest, special care—since they

permit me no other way, though with tears have I striven
for it. When smitten on one cheek, I have turned the

30 other: I have but two to present.

I would enjoy taking by the hand all who love me not,
and saying to them, "I love you, and would not know-

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1 ingly harm you." Because I thus feel, I say to others:

Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads

3 its virus and kills at last. If indulged, it masters us;

brings suffering upon suffering to its possessor, through-
out time and beyond the grave. If you have been badly

6 wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this

wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him
who has striven to injure you. Never return evil for evil;

9 and, above all, do not fancy that you have been wronged

when you have not been.

The present is ours; the future, big with events.

12 Every man and woman should be to-day a law to him-

self, herself, — a law of loyalty to Jesus' Sermon on the
Mount. The means for sinning unseen and unpunished

15 have so increased that, unless one be watchful and stead-

fast in Love, one's temptations to sin are increased a
hundredfold. Mortal mind at this period mutely works

18 in the interest of both good and evil in a manner least

understood; hence the need of watching, and the danger
of yielding to temptation from causes that at former

21 periods in human history were not existent. The action

and effects of this so-called human mind in its silent argu-
ments, are yet to be uncovered and summarily dealt with

24 by divine justice.

In Christian Science, the law of Love rejoices the heart;
and Love is Life and Truth. Whatever manifests aught

27 else in its effects upon mankind, demonstrably is not Love.

We should measure our love for God by our love for man;
and our sense of Science will be measured by our obedience

30 to God, — fulfilling the law of Love, doing good to all;

imparting, so far as we reflect them, Truth, Life, and Love
to all within the radius of our atmosphere of thought.

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1 The only justice of which I feel at present capable,

is mercy and charity toward every one, — just so far as

3 one and all permit me to exercise these sentiments toward

them, — taking special care to mind my own business.
The falsehood, ingratitude, misjudgment, and sharp

6 return of evil for good — yea, the real wrongs (if wrong

can be real) which I have long endured at the hands of
others — have most happily wrought out for me the law

9 of loving mine enemies. This law I now urge upon the

solemn consideration of all Christian Scientists. Jesus

said, "If ye love them which love you, what thank have

12 ye? for sinners also love those that love them."

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