PULPIT AND PRESS
MARY BAKER EDDY
DISCOVERER AND FOUNDER OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
AND AUTHOR OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH
KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
Published by Allison V. Stewart
FOR THE TRUSTEES UNDER THE WILL OF MARY BAKER G. EDDY
Falmouth and St. Paul Streets
Authorized Literature of
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
in Boston, Massachusetts
By Mary Baker Eddy
All rights reserved
THE DEAR TWO THOUSAND AND SIX HUNDRED
WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS OF $4,460 WERE DEVOTED
TO THE MOTHER'S ROOM IN THE FIRST CHURCH
OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, BOSTON, THIS UNIQUE
BOOK IS TENDERLY DEDICATED BY
MARY BAKER EDDY
THIS volume contains scintillations from press and
pulpit utterances which epitomize the story of the
birth of Christian Science, in 1866, and its progress
during the ensuing thirty years. Three quarters of a
century hence, when the children of to-day are the elders
of the twentieth century, it will be interesting to have
not only a record of the inclination given their own
thoughts in the latter half of the nineteenth century,
but also a registry of the rise of the mercury in the glass
of the world's opinion.
It will then be instructive to turn backward the tele-
scope of that advanced age, with its lenses of more
spiritual mentality, indicating the gain of intellectual
momentum, on the early footsteps of Christian Science
as planted in the pathway of this generation; to note
the impetus thereby given to Christianity; to con the
facts surrounding the cradle of this grand verity that
the sick are healed and sinners saved, not by matter, but
by Mind; and to scan further the features of the vast
problem of eternal life, as expressed in the absolute
power of Truth and the actual bliss of man's existence
MARY BAKER EDDY
Dedicatory Sermon . . . . . . . . . . .
Christian Science Textbook . . . . . . . .
Laying the Corner-stone . . . . . . . . . .
"Feed My Sheep'' . . . . . . . . . . . .
Christ My Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . .
Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS
Chicago Inter-Ocean . . . . . . . . . . .
Boston Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Boston Sunday Globe . . . . . . . . . . .
Boston Transcript . . . . . . . . . . . .
Jackson Patriot . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
American Art Journal . . . . . . . . . .
Boston Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Republic (Washington, D. C.) . . . . . . .
New York Tribune . . . . . . . . . . .
Kansas City Journal . . . . . . . . . . .
Montreal Herald . . . . . . . . . . . .
Baltimore American . . . . . . . . . . .
Reporter (Lebanon, Ind.) . . . . . . . . .
New York Commercial Advertiser . . . . .
Syracuse Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New York Herald . . . . . . . . . . . .
Toronto Globe . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Concord Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . .
People and Patriot . . . . . . . . . . .
Union Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New Century . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Christian Science Journal . . . . . . . .
Concord Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . .
PULPIT AND PEESS
By Rev. Mary Baker Eddy
First Pastor of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass.
Delivered January 6, 1895
Text: They shall he abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy
house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.
Psalms xxxvi. 8.
A NEW year is a nursling, a babe of time, a prophecy
and promise clad in white raiment, kissed and
encumbered with greetings redolent with grief and
An old year is timers adult, and 1893 was a distinguished
character, notable for good and evil. Time past and time
present, both, may pain us, but time improved is elo-
quent in God's praise. For due refreshment garner the
memory of 1894; for if wiser by reason of its large lessons,
and records deeply engraven, great is the value thereof.
Pass on, returnless year!
The path behind thee is with glory crowned;
This spot whereon thou troddest was holy ground;
Pass proudly to thy bier!
To-day, being with you in spirit, what need that I should
be present in propria persona? Were I present, methinks
2 PULPIT AND PRESS
I should be much like the Queen of Sheba, when she saw
the house Solomon had erected. In the expressive language
of Holy Writ, "There was no more spirit in her;'' and
she said, "Behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom
and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.'' Both
without and within, the spirit of beauty dominates The
Mother Church, from its mosaic flooring to the soft shim-
mer of its starlit dome.
Nevertheless, there is a thought higher and deeper than
the edifice. Material light and shade are temporal, not
eternal. Turning the attention from sublunary views,
however enchanting, think for a moment with me of the
house wherewith "they shall be abundantly satisfied,"
even the "house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens." With the mind's eye glance at the direful
scenes of the war between China and Japan. Imagine
yourselves in a poorly barricaded fort, fiercely besieged
by the enemy. Would you rush forth single-handed to
combat the foe? Nay, would you not rather strengthen
your citadel by every means in your power, and remain
within the walls for its defense? Likewise should we do
as metaphysicians and Christian Scientists. The real
house in which "we live, and move, and have our being"
is Spirit, God, the eternal harmony of infinite Soul. The
enemy we confront would overthrow this sublime fortress,
and it behooves us to defend our heritage.
How can we do this Christianly scientific work? By
intrenching ourselves in the knowledge that our true
temple is no human fabrication, but the superstructure
of Truth, reared on the foundation of Love, and pinnacled
DEDICATORY SERMON 3
in Life. Such being its nature, how can our godly temple
possibly be demolished, or even disturbed? Can eternity
end? Can Life die? Can Truth be uncertain? Can
Love be less than boundless? Referring to this temple,
our Master said: "Destroy this temple, and in three days
I will raise it up." He also said: "The kingdom of God
is within you." Know, then, that you possess sovereign
power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dis-
possess you of this heritage and trespass on Love. If you
maintain this position, who or what can cause you to sin
or suffer? Our surety is in our confidence that we are
indeed dwellers in Truth and Love, man's eternal mansion.
Such a heavenly assurance ends all warfare, and bids tu-
mult cease, for the good fight we have waged is over, and
divine Love gives us the true sense of victory. "They
shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house;
and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy
pleasures.'' No longer are we of the church militant, but
of the church triumphant; and with Job of old we ex-
claim, "Yet in my flesh shall I see God." The river of
His pleasures is a tributary of divine Love, whose living
waters have their source in God, and flow into everlasting
Life. We drink of this river when all human desires are
quenched, satisfied with what is pleasing to the divine
Perchance some one of you may say, "The evidence of
spiritual verity in me is so small that I am afraid. I feel
so far from victory over the flesh that to reach out for a
present realization of my hope savors of temerity. Be-
cause of my own unfitness for such a spiritual animus my
4 PULPIT AND PRESS
strength is naught and my faith fails." O thou "weak
and infirm of purpose." Jesus said, "Be not afraid"!
"What if the little rain should say,
'So small a drop as I
Can never refresh a drooping earth,
I'll tarry in the sky.'''
Is not a man metaphysically and mathematically num-
ber one, a unit, and therefore whole number, governed
and protected by his divine Principle, God? You have
simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with
your divine source, and daily demonstrate this. Then you
will find that one is as important a factor as duodecillions
in being and doing right, and thus demonstrating deific
Principle. A dewdrop reflects the sun. Each of Christ's
little ones reflects the infinite One, and therefore is the
seer's declaration true, that "one on God's side is a
A single drop of water may help to hide the stars, or
crown the tree with blossoms.
Who lives in good, lives also in God, lives in all Life,
through all space. His is an individual kingdom, his dia-
dem a crown of crowns. His existence is deathless, for-
ever unfolding its eternal Principle. Wait patiently on
illimitable Love, the lord and giver of Life. Reflect this
Life, and with it cometh the full power of being. "They
shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy
In 1893 the World's Parliament of Religions, held in
Chicago, used, in all its public sessions, my form of prayer
DEDICATORY SERMON 5
since 1866; and one of the very clergymen who had pub-
licly proclaimed me "the prayerless Mrs. Eddy," offered
his audible adoration in the words I use, besides listening
to an address on Christian Science from my pen, read by
Judge S. J. Hanna, in that unique assembly.
When the light of one friendship after another passes
from earth to heaven, we kindle in place thereof the glow
of some deathless reality. Memory, faithful to goodness,
holds in her secret chambers those characters of holiest
sort, bravest to endure, firmest to suffer, soonest to re-
nounce. Such was the founder of the Concord School of
Philosophy the late A. Bronson Alcott.
After the publication of ''Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures," his athletic mind, scholarly and serene,
was the first to bedew my hope with a drop of humanity.
When the press and pulpit cannonaded this book, he
introduced himself to its author by saying, "I have come
to comfort you." Then eloquently paraphrasing it, and
prophesying its prosperity, his conversation with a beauty
all its own reassured me. That prophecy is fulfilled.
This book, in 1895, is in its ninety-first edition of one
thousand copies. It is in the public libraries of the prin-
cipal cities, colleges, and universities of America; also
the same in Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia,
Italy, Greece, Japan, India, and China; in the Oxford
University and the Victoria Institute, England; in the
Academy of Greece, and the Vatican at Rome.
This book is the leaven fermenting religion; it is
palpably working in the sermons, Sunday Schools, and
literature of our and other lands. This spiritual chemi-
6 PULPIT AND PRESS
calization is the upheaval produced when Truth is neutral-
izing error and impurities are passing off. And it will
continue till the antithesis of Christianity, engendering the
limited forms of a national or tyrannical religion, yields to
the church established by the Nazarene Prophet and main-
tained on the spiritual foundation of Christ's healing.
Good, the Anglo-Saxon term for God, unites Science to
Christianity. It presents to the understanding, not matter,
but Mind; not the deified drug, but the goodness of God
healing and saving mankind.
The author of "Marriage of the Lamb," who made the
mistake of thinking she caught her notions from my book,
wrote to me in 1894, "Six months ago your book, Science
and Health, was put into my hands. I had not read three
pages before I realized I had found that for which I had
hungered since girlhood, and was healed instantaneously
of an ailment of seven years' standing. I cast from me the
false remedy I had vainly used, and turned to the 'great
Physician.' I went with my husband, a missionary to
China, in 1884. He went out under the auspices of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. I feel the truth is leading
us to return to Japan."
Another brilliant enunciator, seeker, and servant of
Truth, the Rev. William R. Alger of Boston, signalled
me kindly as my lone bark rose and fell and rode the rough
sea. At a conversazione in Boston, he said, "You may
find in Mrs. Eddy's metaphysical teachings more than is
dreamt of in your philosophy."
Also that renowned apostle of anti-slavery, Wendell
Phillips, the native course of whose mind never swerved
DEDICATORY SERMON 7
from the chariot-paths of justice, speaking of my work,
said: "Had I young blood in my veins, I would help that
I love Boston, and especially the laws of the State where-
of this city is the capital. To-day, as of yore, her laws
have befriended progress.
Yet when I recall the past, how the gospel of healing
was simultaneously praised and persecuted in Boston,
and remember also that God is just, I wonder whether,
were our dear Master in our New England metropolis at
this hour, he would not weep over it, as he wept over
Jerusalem! O ye tears! Not in vain did ye flow. Those
sacred drops were but enshrined for future use, and God
has now unsealed their receptacle with His outstretched
arm. Those crystal globes made morals for mankind.
They will rise with joy, and with power to wash away, in
floods of forgiveness, every crime, even when mistakenly
committed in the name of religion.
An unjust, unmerciful, and oppressive priesthood must
perish, for false prophets in the present as in the past
stumble onward to their doom; while their tabernacles
crumble with dry rot. "God is not mocked," and "the
word of the Lord endureth forever.''
I have ordained the Bible and the Christian Science
textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,''
as pastor of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in
Boston, so long as this church is satisfied with this
pastor. This is my first ordination. "They shall be
abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and
Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures."
8 PULPIT AND PRESS
All praise to the press of America's Athens, and
throughout our land the press has spoken out historically,
impartially. Like the winds telling tales through the
leaves of an ancient oak, unfallen, may our church chimes
repeat my thanks to the press.
Notwithstanding the perplexed condition of our na-
tion's finances, the want and woe with millions of dollars
unemployed in our money centres, the Christian Scientists,
within fourteen months, responded to the call for this
church with $191,012. Not a mortgage was given nor a
loan solicited, and the donors all touchingly told their
privileged joy at helping to build The Mother Church.
There was no urging, begging, or borrowing; only the
need made known, and forth came the money, or dia-
monds, which served to erect this "miracle in stone."
Even the children vied with their parents to meet the
demand. Little hands, never before devoted to menial
services, shoveled snow, and babes gave kisses to earn a
few pence toward this consummation. Some of these
lambs my prayers had christened, but Christ will rechristen
them with his own new name. "Out of the mouths of
babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise." The
resident youthful workers were called "Busy Bees."
Sweet society, precious children, your loving hearts and
deft fingers distilled the nectar and painted the finest
flowers in the fabric of this history, even its centre-piece,
Mother's Room in The First Church of Christ, Sci-
entist, in Boston. The children are destined to witness
results which will eclipse Oriental dreams. They belong
to the twentieth century. By juvenile aid, into the build-
DEDICATORY SERMON 9
ing fund have come $4,460. Ah, children, you are the
bulwarks of freedom, the cement of society, the hope of
Brothers of the Christian Science Board of Directors,
when your tireless tasks are done well done no Del-
phian lyre could break the full chords of such a rest. May
the altar you have built never be shattered in our hearts,
but justice, mercy, and love kindle perpetually its fires.
It was well that the brother whose appliances warm
this house, warmed also our perishless hope, and nerved
its grand fulfilment. Woman, true to her instinct, came
to the rescue as sunshine from the clouds; so, when man
quibbled over an architectural exigency, a woman climbed
with feet and hands to the top of the tower, and helped
settle the subject.
After the loss of our late lamented pastor, Rev. D. A.
Easton, the church services were maintained by excellent
sermons from the editor of The Christian Science Journal
(who, with his better half, is a very whole man), together
with the Sunday School giving this flock "drink from the
river of His pleasures.'' O glorious hope and blessed as-
surance, "it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the
kingdom." Christians rejoice in secret, they have a bounty
hidden from the world. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and
love are treasures untold constant prayers, prophecies,
and anointings. Practice, not profession, goodness, not
doctrines, spiritual understanding, not mere belief,
gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence, and call down
blessings infinite. "Faith without works is dead." The
foundation of enlightened faith is Christ's teachings and
10 PULPIT AND PRESS
practice. It was our Master's self-immolation, his life-
giving love, healing both mind and body, that raised the
deadened conscience, paralyzed by inactive faith, to a
quickened sense of mortal's necessities, and God's
power and purpose to supply them. It was, in the words
of the Psalmist, He "who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases."
Rome's fallen fanes and silent Aventine is glory's tomb;
her pomp and power lie low in dust. Our land, more
favored, had its Pilgrim Fathers. On shores of solitude,
at Plymouth Rock, they planted a nation's heart, the
rights of conscience, imperishable glory. No dream of
avarice or ambition broke their exalted purpose, theirs
was the wish to reign in hope's reality the realm of
Christian Scientists, you have planted your standard
on the rock of Christ, the true, the spiritual idea, the
chief corner-stone in the house of our God. And our
Master said: "The stone which the builders rejected, the
same is become the head of the corner." If you are less
appreciated to-day than your forefathers, wait for if
you are as devout as they, and more scientific, as progress
certainly demands, your plant is immortal. Let us rejoice
that chill vicissitudes have not withheld the timely shelter
of this house, which descended like day-spring from on
Divine presence, breathe Thou Thy blessing on every
heart in this house. Speak out, O soul! This is the new-
born of Spirit, this is His redeemed; this, His beloved.
May the kingdom of God within you, with you alway,
DEDICATORY SERMON 11
reascending, bear you outward, upward, heavenward.
May the sweet song of silver-throated singers, making
melody more real, and the organ's voice, as the sound of
many waters, and the Word spoken in this sacred temple
dedicated to the ever-present God mingle with the joy
of angels and rehearse your hearts' holy intents. May all
whose means, energies, and prayers helped erect The
Mother Church, find within it home, and heaven.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEXTBOOK
The following selections from "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures," pages 568-571, were read
from the platform. The impressive stillness of the audi-
ence indicated close attention.
Revelation xii. 10-12. And I heard a loud voice saying in
heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the king-
dom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser
of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our
God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood
of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they
loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye
heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters
of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto
you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath
but a short time.
For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and mag-
nify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty
conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has
ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and
nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not
there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting
strain. Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for
Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in
Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEXTBOOK 13
divine Principle, as Life, represented by the Father;
as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented
by the mother. Every mortal at some period, here or here-
after, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief
in a power opposed to God.
The Scripture, "Thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many," is literally ful-
filled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth,
by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know
that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wicked-
ness. He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters
his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof
of healing, in a sweet and certain sense that God is
Love. Alas for those who break faith with divine Science
and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!
They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief.
They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift
their heads above the drowning wave.
What must the end be? They must eventually expiate
their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has made
his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with
accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short.
Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not
eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own
malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to
remove all sin, must depend upon sin's obduracy.
Revelation xii. 13. And when the dragon saw that he was
cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought
forth the man child.
14 PULPIT AND PRESS
The march of mind and of honest investigation will
bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of
some sort, the growing occultism of this period. The
present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet un-
seen mental agencies will finally be shocked into another
extreme mortal mood, into human indignation; for
one extreme follows another.
Revelation xii. 15, 16. And the serpent cast out of his
mouth water as a flood, after the woman, that he might
cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth
helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and
swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his
Millions of unprejudiced minds simple seekers for
Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert are wait-
ing and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of
cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the conse-
quences. What if the old dragon should send forth a new
flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown
your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the
deep waters of chaos and old night. In this age the earth
will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood.
Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.
The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the
When God heals the sick or the sinning, they should
know the great benefit which Mind has wrought. They
should also know the great delusion of mortal mind, when
it makes them sick or sinful. Many are willing to open
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEXTBOOK 15
the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in
divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the
evil in human thought, and expose evil's hidden mental
ways of accomplishing iniquity.
Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to
ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people like
you better when you tell them their virtues than when you
tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed
Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human dis-
pleasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our
race. Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush? Is
the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be
wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful
stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given
At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil
with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom
and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the
panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The
cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the
By Rev. Mart Baker Eddy
[Set to the Church Chimes and Sung on This Occasion]
Laying the Corner-stone
Laus Deo, it is done!
Rolled away from loving heart
Is a stone.
Joyous, risen, we depart
Laus Deo, on this rock
(Heaven chiselled squarely good)
Stands His church,
God is Love, and understood
By His flock.
Laus Deo, night starlit
Slumbers not in God's embrace;
Then, O man!
Like this stone, be in thy place;
Stand, not sit.
Cold, silent, stately stone.
Dirge and song and shoutings low,
In thy heart
Dwell serene, and sorrow? No,
It has none,
"Feed My Sheep''
Shepherd, show me how to go
O'er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice.
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.
Thou wilt bind the stubborn will,
Wound the callous breast.
Make self-righteousness be still,
Break earth's stupid rest.
Strangers on a barren shore.
Laboring long and lone
We would enter by the door,
And Thou know'st Thine own.
So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms.
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold.
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,
Till the morning's beam;
White as wool, ere they depart
Shepherd, wash them clean.
18 PULPIT AND PRESS
Christ My Refuge
O'er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
The power of pain.
And wake a white-winged angel throng
Of thoughts, illumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song.
With love perfumed.
Then his unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life's burdens light.
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.
And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea
I see Christ walk.
And come to me, and tenderly.
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock.
Upon Life's shore;
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock.
From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee,
Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.
My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
Some offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.
By Rev. Mary Baker Eddy
The land whereon stands The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, was first purchased by the church
and society. Owing to a heavy loss, they were unable to
pay the mortgage; therefore I paid it, and through trustees
gave back the land to the church.
In 1892 I had to recover the land from the trustees, re-
organize the church, and reobtain its charter not, how-
ever, through the State Commissioner, who refused to
grant it, but by means of a statute of the State, and through
Directors regive the land to the church. In 1895 I recon-
structed my original system of ministry and church gov-
ernment. Thus committed to the providence of God, the
prosperity of this church is unsurpassed.
From first to last The Mother Church seemed type and
shadow of the warfare between the flesh and Spirit, even
that shadow whose substance is the divine Spirit, im-
peratively propelling the greatest moral, physical, civil,
and religious reform ever known on earth. In the words
of the prophet: "The shadow of a great rock in a weary
This church was dedicated on January 6, anciently one
of the many dates selected and observed in the East as the
day of the birth and baptism of our master Metaphysician,
Jesus of Nazareth.
Christian Scientists, their children and grandchildren
to the latest generations, inevitably love one another with
that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish,
unambitious, impartial, universal, that loves only be-
cause it is Love. Moreover, they love their enemies, even
those that hate them. This we all must do to be Christian
Scientists in spirit and in truth. I long, and live, to see
this love demonstrated. I am seeking and praying for it
to inhabit my own heart and to be made manifest in my
life. Who will unite with me in this pure purpose, and
faithfully struggle till it be accomplished? Let this be our
Christian endeavor society, which Christ organizes and
While we entertain due respect and fellowship for what
is good and doing good in all denominations of religion,
and shun whatever would isolate us from a true sense of
goodness in others, we cannot serve mammon.
Christian Scientists are really united to only that which
is Christlike, but they are not indifferent to the welfare of
any one. To perpetuate a cold distance between our de-
nomination and other sects, and close the door on church
or individuals however much this is done to us is
not Christian Science. Go not into the way of the un-
christly, but wheresoever you recognize a clear expression
of God's likeness, there abide in confidence and hope.
Our unity with churches of other denominations must
rest on the spirit of Christ calling us together. It cannot
come from any other source. Popularity, self-aggrandize-
ment, aught that can darken in any degree our spirituality,
must be set aside. Only what feeds and fills the sentiment
22 PULPIT AND PRESS
with unworldliness, can give peace and good will towards
All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one
nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer, the Lord's
Prayer. It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love,
and in this sacred petition with every praying assembly
on earth, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in
earth, as it is in heaven.''
If the lives of Christian Scientists attest their fidelity
to Truth, I predict that in the twentieth century every
Christian church in our land, and a few in far-off lands,
will approximate the understanding of Christian Science
sufficiently to heal the sick in his name. Christ will give
to Christianity his new name, and Christendom will be
classified as Christian Scientists.
When the doctrinal barriers between the churches are
broken, and the bonds of peace are cemented by spiritual
understanding and Love, there will be unity of spirit, and
the healing power of Christ will prevail. Then shall Zion
have put on her most beautiful garments, and her waste
places budded and blossomed as the rose.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS
[Daily Inter-Ocean, Chicago, December 31, 1894]
Mary Baker Eddy
Completion of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
"Our Prayer in Stone" Description of the Most
Unique Structure in Any City A Beautiful Temple
and Its Furnishings Mrs. Eddy's Work and Her In-
Boston, Mass., December 28. Special Correspond-
ence. The "great awakening" of the time of Jonathan
Edwards has been paralleled during the last decade by a
wave of idealism that has swept over the country, mani-
festing itself under several different aspects and under
various names, but each having the common identity of
spiritual demand. This movement, under the guise of
Christian Science, and ingenuously calling out a closer
inquiry into Oriental philosophy, prefigures itself to us
as one of the most potent factors in the social evolution
of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. History
shows the curious fact that the closing years of every cen-
tury are years of more intense life, manifested in unrest
or in aspiration, and scholars of special research, like
Prof. Max Muller, assert that the end of a cycle, as is the
latter part of the present century, is marked by peculiar
intimations of man's immortal life.
24 PULPIT AND PRESS
The completion of the first Christian Science church
erected in Boston strikes a keynote of definite attention.
This church is in the fashionable Back Bay, between
Commonwealth and Huntington Avenues. It is one of
the most beautiful, and is certainly the most unique struc-
ture in any city. The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
as it is officially called, is termed by its Founder, "Our
prayer in stone." It is located at the intersection of Nor-
way and Falmouth Streets, on a triangular plot of ground,
the design a Romanesque tower with a circular front and
an octagonal form, accented by stone porticos and turreted
corners. On the front is a marble tablet, with the follow-
ing inscription carved in bold relief:
"The First Church of Christ, Scientist, erected Anno
Domini 1894. A testimonial to our beloved teacher,
the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder
of Christian Science; author of "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures;" president of the Massa-
chusetts Metaphysical College, and the first pastor of
THE CHURCH EDIFICE
The church is built of Concord granite in light gray,
with trimmings of the pink granite of New Hampshire,
Mrs. Eddy's native State. The architecture is Romanesque
throughout. The tower is one hundred and twenty feet in
height and twenty-one and one half feet square. The en-
trances are of marble, with doors of antique oak richly
carved. The windows of stained glass are very rich in
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 25
pictorial effect. The lighting and cooling of the church
for cooling is a recognized feature as well as heating
are done by electricity, and the heat generated by two
large boilers in the basement is distributed by the four
systems with motor electric power. The partitions are
of iron; the floors of marble in mosaic work, and the
edifice is therefore as literally fire-proof as is conceivable.
The principal features are the auditorium, seating eleven
hundred people and capable of holding fifteen hundred;
the "Mother's Room,'' designed for the exclusive use of
Mrs. Eddy; the "directors' room," and the vestry. The
girders are all of iron, the roof is of terra cotta tiles, the
galleries are in plaster relief, the window frames are of
iron, coated with plaster; the staircases are of iron, with
marble stairs of rose pink, and marble approaches.
The vestibule is a fitting entrance to this magnificent
temple. In the ceiling is a sunburst with a seven-pointed
star, which illuminates it. From this are the entrances
leading to the auditorium, the "Mother's Room," and
the directors' room.
The auditorium is seated with pews of curly birch, up-
holstered in old rose plush. The floor is in white Italian
mosaic, with frieze of the old rose, and the wainscoting
repeats the same tints. The base and cap are of pink
Tennessee marble. On the walls are bracketed oxidized
silver lamps of Roman design, and there are frequent
illuminated texts from the Bible and from Mrs. Eddy's
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" im-
panelled. A sunburst in the centre of the ceiling takes
the place of chandeliers. There is a disc of cut glass in
26 PULPIT AND PRESS
decorative designs, covering one hundred and forty-four
electric lights in the form of a star, which is twenty-one
inches from point to point, the centre being of pure white
light, and each ray under prisms which reflect the rainbow
tints. The galleries are richly panelled in relief work.
The organ and choir gallery is spacious and rich beyond
the power of words to depict. The platform corre-
sponding to the chancel of an Episcopal church is a
mosaic work, with richly carved seats following the sweep
of its curve, with a lamp stand of the Renaissance period
on either end, bearing six richly wrought oxidized silver
lamps, eight feet in height. The great organ comes from
Detroit. It is one of vast compass, with Ζolian attach-
ment, and cost eleven thousand dollars. It is the gift of
a single individual a votive offering of gratitude for the
healing of the wife of the donor.
The chime of bells includes fifteen, of fine range and
THE "MOTHER'S ROOM"
The "Mother's Room" is approached by an entrance of
Italian marble, and over the door, in large golden letters on
a marble tablet, is the word "Love." In this room the
mosaic marble floor of white has a Romanesque border and
is decorated with sprays of fig leaves bearing fruit. The
room is toned in pale green with relief in old rose. The
mantel is of onyx and gold. Before the great bay window
hangs an Athenian lamp over two hundred years old,
which will be kept always burning day and night. Lead-
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 27
ing off the "Mother's Room" are toilet apartments, with
full-length French mirrors and every convenience.
The directors' room is very beautiful in marble ap-
proaches and rich carving, and off this is a vault for the
safe preservation of papers.
The vestry seats eight hundred people, and opening from
it are three large class-rooms and the pastor's study.
The windows are a remarkable feature of this temple.
There are no "memorial" windows; the entire church is a
testimonial, not a memorial a point that the members
strongly insist upon.
In the auditorium are two rose windows one repre-
senting the heavenly city which "cometh down from God
out of heaven," with six small windows beneath, emblem-
atic of the six water-pots referred to in John ii. 6. The
other rose window represents the raising of the daughter
of Jairus. Beneath are two small windows bearing palms
of victory, and others with lamps, typical of Science and
Another great window tells its pictorial story of the four
Marys the mother of Jesus, Mary anointing the head of
Jesus, Mary washing the feet of Jesus, Mary at the resur-
rection; and the woman spoken of in the Apocalypse,
chapter 12, God-crowned.
One more window in the auditorium represents the
raising of Lazarus.
In the gallery are windows representing John on the
Isle of Patmos, and others of pictorial significance. In
the "Mother's Room" the windows are of still more unique
interest. A large bay window, composed of three separate
28 PULPIT AND PRESS
panels, is designed to be wholly typical of the work of Mrs.
Eddy. The central panel represents her in solitude and
meditation, searching the Scriptures by the light of a single
candle, while the star of Bethlehem shines down from above.
Above this is a panel containing the Christian Science seal,
and other panels are decorated with emblematic designs,
with the legends, "Heal the Sick," "Raise the Dead,"
"Cleanse the Lepers," and "Cast out Demons."
The cross and the crown and the star are presented in
appropriate decorative effect. The cost of this church is
two hundred and twenty-one thousand dollars, exclusive
of the land a gift from Mrs. Eddy which is valued
at some forty thousand dollars.
THE ORDER OF SERVICE
The order of service in the Christian Science Church
does not differ widely from that of any other sect, save that
its service includes the use of Mrs. Eddy's book, entitled
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in per-
haps equal measure to its use of the Bible. The reading
is from the two alternately; the singing is from a compila-
tion called the "Christian Science Hymnal," but its songs
are for the most part those devotional hymns from Herbert,
Faber, Robertson, Wesley, Browning, and other recog-
nized devotional poets, with selections from Whittier and
Lowell, as are found in the hymn-books of the Unitarian
churches. For the past year or two Judge Hanna, for-
merly of Chicago, has filled the office of pastor to the
church in this city, which held its meetings in Chickering
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 29
Hall, and later in Copley Hall, in the new Grundmann
Studio Building on Copley Square. Preceding Judge
Hanna were Rev. D. A. Easton and Rev. L. P. Norcross,
both of whom had formerly been Congregational clergy-
men. The organizer and first pastor of the church here
was Mrs. Eddy herself, of whose work I shall venture to
speak, a little later, in this article.
Last Sunday I gave myself the pleasure of attending the
service held in Copley Hall. The spacious apartment was
thronged with a congregation whose remarkable earnest-
ness impressed the observer. There was no straggling
of late-comers. Before the appointed hour every seat in the
hall was filled and a large number of chairs pressed into
service for the overflowing throng. The music was spirited,
and the selections from the Bible and from Science and
Health were finely read by Judge Hanna. Then came his
sermon, which dealt directly with the command of Christ
to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast
out demons." In his admirable discourse Judge Hanna
said that while all these injunctions could, under certain
conditions, be interpreted and fulfilled literally, the
special lesson was to be taken spiritually to cleanse the
leprosy of sin, to cast out the demons of evil thought.
The discourse was able, and helpful in its suggestive
THE CHURCH MEMBERS
Later I was told that almost the entire congregation was
composed of persons who had either been themselves, or
30 PULPIT AND PRESS
had seen members of their own families, healed by Chris-
tian Science treatment; and I was further told that once
when a Boston clergyman remonstrated with Judge Hanna
for enticing a separate congregation rather than offering
their strength to unite with churches already established
I was told he replied that the Christian Science Church did
not recruit itself from other churches, but from the grave-
yards! The church numbers now four thousand members;
but this estimate, as I understand, is not limited to the
Boston adherents, but includes those all over the country.
The ceremonial of uniting is to sign a brief "confession of
faith," written by Mrs. Eddy, and to unite in communion,
which is not celebrated by outward symbols of bread and
wine, but by uniting in silent prayer.
The "confession of faith" includes the declaration that
the Scriptures are the guide to eternal Life; that there is a
Supreme Being, and His Son, and the Holy Ghost, and
that man is made in His image. It affirms the atonement;
it recognizes Jesus as the teacher and guide to salvation;
the forgiveness of sin by God, and affirms the power of
Truth over error, and the need of living faith at the
moment to realize the possibilities of the divine Life.
The entire membership of Christian Scientists throughout
the world now exceeds two hundred thousand people. The
church in Boston was organized by Mrs. Eddy, and the
first meeting held on April 19, 1879. It opened with
twenty-six members, and within fifteen years it has grown
to its present impressive proportions, and has now its own
magnificent church building, costing over two hundred
thousand dollars, and entirely paid for when its consecra-
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 31
tion service on January 6 shall be celebrated. This is
certainly a very remarkable retrospect.
Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of this denomina-
tion and Discoverer of Christian Science, as they term her
work in affirming the present application of the principles
asserted by Jesus, is a most interesting personality. At
the risk of colloquialism, I am tempted to "begin at the
beginning" of my own knowledge of Mrs. Eddy, and take,
as the point of departure, my first meeting with her and
the subsequent development of some degree of familiarity
with the work of her life which that meeting inaugurated
It was during some year in the early '80's that I became
aware from that close contact with public feeling result-
ing from editorial work in daily journalism that the
Boston atmosphere was largely thrilled and pervaded by a
new and increasing interest in the dominance of mind over
matter, and that the central figure in all this agitation was
Mrs. Eddy. To a note which I wrote her, begging the
favor of an interview for press use, she most kindly replied,
naming an evening on which she would receive me. At
the hour named I rang the bell at a spacious house on
Columbus Avenue, and I was hardly more than seated be-
fore Mrs. Eddy entered the room. She impressed me as
singularly graceful and winning in bearing and manner,
and with great claim to personal beauty. Her figure was
tall, slender, and as flexible in movement as that of a Del-
32 PULPIT AND PRESS
sarte disciple; her face, framed in dark hair and lighted
by luminous blue eyes, had the transparency and rose-flush
of tint so often seen in New England, and she was magnetic,
earnest, impassioned. No photographs can do the least
justice to Mrs. Eddy, as her beautiful complexion and
changeful expression cannot thus be reproduced. At once
one would perceive that she had the temperament to domi-
nate, to lead, to control, not by any crude self-assertion, but
a spiritual animus. Of course such a personality, with the
wonderful tumult in the air that her large and enthusiastic
following excited, fascinated the imagination. What had
she originated? I mentally questioned this modern St.
Catherine, who was dominating her followers like any ab-
bess of old. She told me the story of her life, so far as out-
ward events may translate those inner experiences which
alone are significant.
Mary Baker was the daughter of Mark and Abigail
(Ambrose) Baker, and was born in Concord, N. H., some-
where in the early decade of 1820-'30. At the time I met
her she must have been some sixty years of age, yet she had
the coloring and the elastic bearing of a woman of thirty,
and this, she told me, was due to the principles of Chris-
tian Science. On her father's side Mrs. Eddy came from
Scotch and English ancestry, and Hannah More was a
relative of her grandmother. Deacon Ambrose, her mater-
nal grandfather, was known as a "godly man," and her
mother was a religious enthusiast, a saintly and consecrated
character. One of her brothers, Albert Baker, graduated
at Dartmouth and achieved eminence as a lawyer.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 33
MRS. EDDY AS A CHILD
As a child Mary Baker saw visions and dreamed dreams.
When eight years of age she began, like Jeanne d'Arc, to
hear "voices," and for a year she heard her name called
distinctly, and would often run to her mother questioning
if she were wanted. One night the mother related to her
the story of Samuel, and bade her, if she heard the voice
again to reply as he did: "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant
heareth." The call came, but the little maid was afraid
and did not reply. This caused her tears of remorse and
she prayed for forgiveness, and promised to reply if the call
came again. It came, and she answered as her mother had
bidden her, and after that it ceased.
These experiences, of which Catholic biographies are
full, and which history not infrequently emphasizes, cer-
tainly offer food for meditation. Theodore Parker related
that when he was a lad, at work in a field one day on his
father's farm at Lexington, an old man with a snowy beard
suddenly appeared at his side, and walked with him as he
worked, giving him high counsel and serious thought. All
inquiry in the neighborhood as to whence the stranger
came or whither he went was fruitless; no one else had
seen him, and Mr. Parker always believed, so a friend has
told me, that his visitor was a spiritual form from another
world. It is certainly true that many and many persons,
whose life has been destined to more than ordinary achieve-
ment, have had experiences of voices or visions in their
34 PULPIT AND PRESS
At an early age Miss Baker was married to Colonel
Glover, of Charleston, S. C., who lived only a year. She
returned to her father's home in 1844 and from that
time until 1866 no special record is to be made.
In 1866, while living in Lynn, Mass., Mrs. Eddy (then
Mrs. Glover) met with a severe accident, and her case
was pronounced hopeless by the physicians. There came
a Sunday morning when her pastor came to bid her good-
by before proceeding to his morning service, as there was
no probability that she would be alive at its close. During
this time she suddenly became aware of a divine illumina-
tion and ministration. She requested those with her to
withdraw, and reluctantly they did so, believing her de-
lirious. Soon, to their bewilderment and fright, she walked
into the adjoining room, "and they thought I had died,
and that it was my apparition,'' she said.
THE PRINCIPLE OF DIVINE HEALING
From that hour dated her conviction of the Principle of
divine healing, and that it is as true to-day as it was in the
days when Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth. "I felt
that the divine Spirit had wrought a miracle," she said, in
reference to this experience. "How, I could not tell, but
later I found it to be in perfect scientific accord with the
divine law." From 1866-69 Mrs. Eddy withdrew from the
world to meditate, to pray, to search the Scriptures.
"During this time," she said, in reply to my questions,
"the Bible was my only textbook. It answered my ques-
tions as to the process by which I was restored to health;
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 35
it came to me with a new meaning, and suddenly I appre-
hended the spiritual meaning of the teaching of Jesus and
the Principle and the law involved in spiritual Science
and metaphysical healing in a word Christian
Mrs. Eddy came to perceive that Christ's healing was not
miraculous, but was simply a natural fulfilment of divine
law a law as operative in the world to-day as it was
nineteen hundred years ago. "Divine Science is begotten
of spirituality," she says, "since only the 'pure in heart'
can see God."
In writing of this experience, Mrs. Eddy has said:
"I had learned that thought must be spiritualized in
order to apprehend Spirit. It must become honest, un-
selfish, and pure, in order to have the least understanding
of God in divine Science. The first must become last.
Our reliance upon material things must be transferred to
a perception of and dependence on spiritual things. For
Spirit to be supreme in demonstration, it must be supreme
in our affections, and we must be clad with divine power.
I had learned that Mind reconstructed the body, and that
nothing else could. All Science is a revelation."
Through homoeopathy, too, Mrs. Eddy became con-
vinced of the Principle of Mind-healing, discovering that
the more attenuated the drug, the more potent was its
In 1877 Mrs. Glover married Dr. Asa Gilbert Eddy, of
Londonderry, Vermont, a physician who had come into
sympathy with her own views, and who was the first to
place "Christian Scientist" on the sign at his door. Dr.
36 PULPIT AND PRESS
Eddy died in 1882, a year after her founding of the Meta-
physical College in Boston, in which he taught.
The work in the Metaphysical College lasted nine years,
and it was closed (in 1889) in the very zenith of its pros-
perity, as Mrs. Eddy felt it essential to the deeper founda-
tion of her religious work to retire from active contact with
the world. To this College came hundreds and hundreds
of students, from Europe as well as this country. I was
present at the class lectures now and then, by Mrs. Eddy's
kind invitation, and such earnestness of attention as was
given to her morning talks by the men and women present
I never saw equalled.
MRS. EDDY'S PERSONALITY
On the evening that I first met Mrs. Eddy by her hos-
pitable courtesy, I went to her peculiarly fatigued. I came
away in a state of exhilaration and energy that made me
feel I could have walked any conceivable distance. I have
met Mrs. Eddy many times since then, and always with
this experience repeated.
Several years ago Mrs. Eddy removed from Columbus
to Commonwealth Avenue, where, just beyond Massa-
chusetts Avenue, at the entrance to the Back Bay Park,
she bought one of the most beautiful residences in Boston.
The interior is one of the utmost taste and luxury, and the
house is now occupied by Judge and Mrs. Hanna, who are
the editors of The Christian Science Journal, a monthly
publication, and to whose courtesy I am much indebted
for some of the data of this paper. "It is a pleasure to
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 37
give any information for The Inter-Ocean," remarked
Mrs. Hanna, "for it is the great daily that is so fair and so
just in its attitude toward all questions."
The increasing demands of the public on Mrs. Eddy
have been, it may be, one factor in her removal to Concord,
N. H., where she has a beautiful residence, called Pleasant
View. Her health is excellent, and although her hair is
white, she retains in a great degree her energy and power;
she takes a daily walk and drives in the afternoon. She
personally attends to a vast correspondence; superin-
tends the church in Boston, and is engaged on further
writings on Christian Science. In every sense she is the
recognized head of the Christian Science Church. At the
same time it is her most earnest aim to eliminate the ele-
ment of personality from the faith. ''On this point, Mrs.
Eddy feels very strongly," said a gentleman to me on
Christmas eve, as I sat in the beautiful drawing-room,
where Judge and Mrs. Hanna, Miss Elsie Lincoln, the
soprano for the choir of the new church, and one or two
other friends were gathered.
"Mother feels very strongly," he continued, "the danger
and the misfortune of a church depending on any one
personality. It is difficult not to centre too closely around
a highly gifted personality."
THE FIRST ASSOCIATION
The first Christian Scientist Association was organized
on July 4, 1876, by seven persons, including Mrs. Eddy.
In April, 1879, the church was founded with twenty-six
38 PULPIT AND PRESS
members, and its charter obtained the following June.
Mrs. Eddy had preached in other parishes for five years
before being ordained in this church, which ceremony
took place in 1881.
The first edition of Mrs. Eddy's book, Science and
Health, was issued in 1875. During these succeeding
twenty years it has been greatly revised and enlarged, and
it is now in its ninety-first edition. It consists of fourteen
chapters, whose titles are as follows: "Science, Theology,
Medicine," " Physiology," "Footsteps of Truth," "Crea-
tion," "Science of Being," "Christian Science and Spirit-
ualism," "Marriage," "Animal Magnetism," "Some
Objections Answered," "Prayer," "Atonement and Eu-
charist," "Christian Science Practice," "Teaching Chris-
tian Science," "Recapitulation," Key to the Scriptures,
Genesis, Apocalypse, and Glossary.
The Christian Scientists do not accept the belief we call
spiritualism. They believe those who have passed the
change of death are in so entirely different a plane of con-
sciousness that between the embodied and disembodied
there is no possibility of communication.
They are diametrically opposed to the philosophy of
Karma and of reincarnation, which are the tenets of
theosophy. They hold with strict fidelity to what they
believe to be the literal teachings of Christ.
Yet each and all these movements, however they may
differ among themselves, are phases of idealism and mani-
festations of a higher spirituality seeking expression.
It is good that each and all shall prosper, serving those
who find in one form of belief or another their best aid
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 39
and guidance, and that all meet on common ground in the
great essentials of love to God and love to man as a signal
proof of the divine origin of humanity which finds no rest
until it finds the peace of the Lord in spirituality. They
all teach that one great truth, that
God's greatness flows around our incompleteness,
Round our restlessness, His rest.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
I add on the following page a little poem that I con-
sider superbly sweet from my friend, Miss Whiting,
the talented author of "The World Beautiful." M. B.
At the Window
[Written for the Traveller]
The sunset, burning low,
Throws o'er the Charles its flood of golden light.
Dimly, as in a dream, I watch the flow
Of waves of light.
The splendor of the sky
Repeats its glory in the river's flow;
And sculptured angels, on the gray church tower.
Gaze on the world below.
Dimly, as in a dream,
I see the hurrying throng before me pass,
But 'mid them all I only see one face.
Under the meadow grass.
40 PULPIT AND PRESS
Ah, love! I only know
How thoughts of you forever cling to me:
I wonder how the seasons come and go
Beyond the sapphire sea?
April 15, 1888.
[Boston Herald, January 7, 1895]
A Temple Given to God Dedication of The
Mother Church of Christian Science
Novel Method of Enabling Six Thousand Believers to
Attend the Exercises The Service Repeated Four
Times Sermon by Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of
the Denomination Beautiful Room Which the Children
With simple ceremonies, four times repeated, in the
presence of four different congregations, aggregating
nearly six thousand persons, the unique and costly edifice
erected in Boston at Norway and Falmouth Streets as a
home for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and a
testimonial to the Discoverer and Founder of Christian
Science, Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, was yesterday dedicated
to the worship of God.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 41
The structure came forth from the hands of the artisans
with every stone paid for with an appeal, not for more
money, but for a cessation of the tide of contributions
which continued to flow in after the full amount needed
was received. From every State in the Union, and from
many lands, the love-offerings of the disciples of Christian
Science came to help erect this beautiful structure, and
more than four thousand of these contributors came to
Boston, from the far-off Pacific coast and the Gulf States
and all the territory that lies between, to view the new-
built temple and to listen to the Message sent them by
the teacher they revere.
From all New England the members of the denomina-
tion gathered; New York sent its hundreds, and even
from the distant States came parties of forty and fifty.
The large auditorium, with its capacity for holding from
fourteen hundred to fifteen hundred persons, was hopelessly
incapable of receiving this vast throng, to say nothing of
nearly a thousand local believers. Hence the service was
repeated until all who wished had heard and seen; and
each of the four vast congregations filled the church to
At 7:30 a. m. the chimes in the great stone tower, which
rises one hundred and twenty-six feet above the earth,
rung out their message of "On earth peace, good will
Old familiar hymns "All hail the power of Jesus'
name," and others such were chimed until the hour for
the dedication service had come.
At 9 a. m. the first congregation gathered. Before this
42 PULPIT AND PRESS
service had closed the large vestry room and the spacious
lobbies and the sidewalks around the church were all
filled with awaiting multitude. At 10:30 o'clock another
service began, and at noon still another. Then there was
an intermission, and at 3 p. m. the service was repeated
for the last time.
There was scarcely even a minor variation in the exer-
cises at any one of these services. At 10:30 a. m., how-
ever, the scene was rendered particularly interesting by
the presence of several hundred children in the central
pews. These were the little contributors to the building
fund, whose money was devoted to the "Mother's Room,''
a superb apartment intended for the sole use of Mrs. Eddy.
These children are known in the church as the "Busy
Bees," and each of them wore a white satin badge with a
golden beehive stamped upon it, and beneath the beehive
the words, "Mother's Room," in gilt letters.
The pulpit end of the auditorium was rich with the
adornment of flowers. On the wall of the choir gallery
above the platform, where the organ is to be hereafter
placed, a huge seven-pointed star was hung a star of
lilies resting on palms, with a centre of white immortelles,
upon which in letters of red were the words: "Love-
Children's Offering 1894."
In the choir and the steps of the platform were potted
palms and ferns and Easter lilies. The desk was wreathed
with ferns and pure white roses fastened with a broad
ribbon bow. On its right was a large basket of white
carnations resting on a mat of palms, and on its left a vase
filled with beautiful pink roses.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 43
Two combined choirs that of First Church of Christ,
Scientist, of New York, and the choir of the home church,
numbering thirty-five singers in all led the singing,
under the direction, respectively, of Mr. Henry Lincoln
Case and Miss Elsie Lincoln.
Judge S. J. Hanna, editor of The Christian Science
Journal, presided over the exercises. On the platform
with him were Messrs. Ira O. Knapp, Joseph Armstrong,
Stephen A. Chase, and William B. Johnson, who compose
the Board of Directors, and Mrs. Henrietta Clark Bemis,
a distinguished elocutionist, and a native of Concord, New
The utmost simplicity marked the exercises. After an
organ voluntary, the hymn, "Laus Deo, it is done!"
written by Mrs. Eddy for the corner-stone laying last
spring, was sung by the congregation. Selections from the
Scriptures and from "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," were read by Judge Hanna and Dr. Eddy.
A few minutes of silent prayer came next, followed by
the recitation of the Lord's Prayer, with its spiritual inter-
pretation as given in the Christian Science textbook.
The sermon prepared for the occasion by Mrs. Eddy,
which was looked forward to as the chief feature of the
dedication, was then read by Mrs. Bemis. Mrs. Eddy
remained at her home in Concord, N. H., during the day,
because, as heretofore stated in The Herald, it is her
custom to discourage among her followers that sort of
personal worship which religious teachers so often receive.
Before presenting the sermon, Mrs. Bemis read the fol-
lowing letter from a former pastor of the church:
44 PULPIT AND PRESS
"To Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.
"Dear Teacher, Leader, Guide: 'Laus Deo, it is done!'
At last you begin to see the fruition of that you have worked,
toiled, prayed for. The 'prayer in stone' is accomplished.
Across two thousand miles of space, as mortal sense puts
it, I send my hearty congratulations. You are fully occu-
pied, but I thought you would willingly pause for an
instant to receive this brief message of congratulation.
Surely it marks an era in the blessed onward work of
Christian Science. It is a most auspicious hour in your
eventful career. While we all rejoice, yet the mother in
Israel, alone of us all, comprehends its full significance.
"Lanson P. Norcross."
[Boston Sunday Globe, January 6, 1895]
Stately Home for Believers in Gospel Healing
A Woman of Wealth Who Devotes All to Her
Christian Science has shown its power over its students,
as they are called, by building a church by voluntary con-
tributions, the first of its kind; a church which will be
dedicated to-day with a quarter of a million dollars ex-
pended and free of debt.
The money has flowed in from all parts of the United
States and Canada without any special appeal, and it kept
coming until the custodian of funds cried ''enough" and
refused to accept any further checks by mail or otherwise.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 45
Men, women, and children lent a helping hand, some
giving a mite and some substantial sums. Sacrifices were
made in many an instance which will never be known in
Christian Scientists not only say that they can effect
cures of disease and erect churches, but add that they can
get their buildings finished on time, even when the feat
seems impossible to mortal senses. Read the following,
from a publication of the new denomination:
"One of the grandest and most helpful features of this
glorious consummation is this: that one month before the
close of the year every evidence of material sense declared
that the church's completion within the year 1894 tran-
scended human possibility. The predictions of workman
and onlooker alike were that it could not be completed
before April or May of 1895. Much was the ridicule
heaped upon the hopeful, trustful ones, who declared and
repeatedly asseverated to the contrary. This is indeed,
then, a scientific demonstration. It has proved, in most
striking manner, the oft-repeated declarations of our
textbooks, that the evidence of the mortal senses is
A week ago Judge Hanna withdrew from the pastorate
of the church, saying he gladly laid down his responsibili-
ties to be succeeded by the grandest of ministers the
Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures." This action, it appears, was the result of rules
made by Mrs. Eddy. The sermons hereafter will consist
of passages read from the two books by Readers, who will
be elected each year by the congregation.
46 PULPIT AND PRESS
A story has been abroad that Judge Hanna was so elo-
quent and magnetic that he was attracting listeners who
came to hear him preach, rather than in search of the
truth as taught. Consequently the new rules were formu-
lated. But at Christian Science headquarters this is denied;
Mrs. Eddy says the words of the judge speak to the point,
and that no such inference is to be drawn therefrom.
In Mrs. Eddy's personal reminiscences, which are pub-
lished under the title of "Retrospection and Introspection,"
much is told of herself in detail that can only be touched
upon in this brief sketch.
Aristocratic to the backbone, Mrs. Eddy takes delight
in going back to the ancestral tree and in tracing those
branches which are identified with good and great names
both in Scotland and England.
Her family came to this country not long before the
Revolution. Among the many souvenirs that Mrs. Eddy
remembers as belonging to her grandparents was a heavy
sword, encased in a brass scabbard, upon which had been
inscribed the name of the kinsman upon whom the sword
had been bestowed by Sir William Wallace of mighty
Mrs. Eddy applied herself, like other girls, to her studies,
though perhaps with an unusual zest, delighting in philos-
ophy, logic, and moral science, as well as looking into the
ancient languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
Her last marriage was in the spring of 1877, when, at
Lynn, Mass., she became the wife of Asa Gilbert Eddy.
He was the first organizer of a Christian Science Sunday
School, of which he was the superintendent, and later he
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 47
attracted the attention of many clergymen of other de-
nominations by his able lectures upon Scriptural topics.
He died in 1882.
Mrs. Eddy is known to her circle of pupils and admirers
as the editor and publisher of the first official organ of this
sect. It was called the Journal of Christian Science, and
has had great circulation with the members of this fast-
In recounting her experiences as the pioneer of Chris-
tian Science, she states that she sought knowledge concern-
ing the physical side in this research through the different
schools of allopathy, homoeopathy, and so forth, without
receiving any real satisfaction. No ancient or modern
philosophy gave her any distinct statement of the Science
of Mind-healing. She claims that no human reason has
been equal to the question. And she also defines care-
fully the difference in the theories between faith-cure and
Christian Science, dwelling particularly upon the terms
belief and understanding, which are the key words respec-
tively used in the definitions of these two healing arts.
Besides her Boston home, Mrs. Eddy has a delightful
country home one mile from the State House of New
Hampshire's quiet capital, an easy driving distance for
her when she wishes to catch a glimpse of the world. But
for the most part she lives very much retired, driving rather
into the country, which is so picturesque all about Con-
cord and its surrounding villages.
The big house, so delightfully remodelled and modern-
ized from a primitive homestead that nothing is left ex-
cepting the angles and pitch of the roof, is remarkably
48 PULPIT AND PRESS
well placed upon a terrace that slopes behind the build-
ings, while they themselves are in the midst of green
stretches of lawns, dotted with beds of flowering shrubs,
with here and there a fountain or summer-house.
Mrs. Eddy took the writer straight to her beloved "look-
out" a broad piazza on the south side of the second
story of the house, where she can sit in her swinging chair,
revelling in the lights and shades of spring and summer
greenness. Or, as just then, in the gorgeous October
coloring of the whole landscape that lies below, across the
farm, which stretches on through an intervale of beautiful
meadows and pastures to the woods that skirt the valley
of the little truant river, as it wanders eastward.
It pleased her to point out her own birthplace. Straight
as the crow flies, from her piazza, does it lie on the brow
of Bow hill, and then she paused and reminded the reporter
that Congressman Baker from New Hampshire, her cousin,
was born and bred in that same neighborhood. The
photograph of Hon. Hoke Smith, another distinguished
relative, adorned the mantel.
Then my eye caught her family coat of arms and the
diploma given her by the Society of the Daughters of the
The natural and lawful pride that comes with a tincture
of blue and brave blood, is perhaps one of her characteris-
tics, as is many another well-born woman's. She had a
long list of worthy ancestors in Colonial and Revolutionary
days, and the McNeils and General Knox figure largely in
her genealogy, as well as the hero who killed the ill-starred
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 49
This big, sunny room which Mrs. Eddy calls her den
or sometimes "Mother's room," when speaking of her
many followers who consider her their spiritual Leader
has the air of hospitality that marks its hostess herself.
Mrs. Eddy has hung its walls with reproductions of some
of Europe's masterpieces, a few of which had been the
gifts of her loving pupils.
Looking down from the windows upon the tree-tops
on the lower terrace, the reporter exclaimed: "You have
lived here only four years, and yet from a barren waste
of most unpromising ground has come forth all this
"Four years!" she ejaculated; "two and a half, only
two and a half years." Then, touching my sleeve and
pointing, she continued: "Look at those big elms! I had
them brought here in warm weather, almost as big as they
are now, and not one died."
Mrs. Eddy talked earnestly of her friendships. . . .
She told something of her domestic arrangements, of how
she had long wished to get away from her busy career in
Boston, and return to her native granite hills, there to
build a substantial home that should do honor to that
precinct of Concord.
She chose the stubbly old farm on the road from Con-
cord, within one mile of the "Eton of America," St. Paul's
School. Once bought, the will of the woman set at work,
and to-day a strikingly well-kept estate is the first impres-
sion given to the visitor as he approaches Pleasant View.
She employs a number of men to keep the grounds and
farm in perfect order, and it was pleasing to learn that this
50 PULPIT AND PRESS
rich woman is using her money to promote the welfare of
industrious workmen, in whom she takes a vital interest.
Mrs. Eddy believes that "the laborer is worthy of his
hire," and, moreover, that he deserves to have a home and
family of his own. Indeed, one of her motives in buying
so large an estate was that she might do something for the
toilers, and thus add her influence toward the advancement
of better home life and citizenship.
[Boston Transcript, December 31, 1894]
The growth of Christian Science is properly marked by
the erection of a visible house of worship in this city, which
will be dedicated to-morrow. It has cost two hundred
thousand dollars, and no additional sums outside of the
subscriptions are asked for. This particular phase of
religious belief has impressed itself upon a large and in-
creasing number of Christian people, who have been
tempted to examine its principles, and doubtless have been
comforted and strengthened by them. Any new move-
ment will awaken some sort of interest. There are many
who have worn off the novelty and are thoroughly carried
away with the requirements, simple and direct as they are,
of Christian Science. The opposition against it from the
so-called orthodox religious bodies keeps up a while, but
after a little skirmishing, finally subsides. No one religious
body holds the whole of truth, and whatever is likely to
show even some one side of it will gain followers and live
down any attempted repression.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 51
Christian Science does not strike all as a system of truth.
If it did, it would be a prodigy. Neither does the Christian
faith produce the same impressions upon all. Freedom to
believe or to dissent is a great privilege in these days. So
when a number of conscientious followers apply themselves
to a matter like Christian Science, they are enjoying that
liberty which is their inherent right as human beings, and
though they cannot escape censure, yet they are to be
numbered among the many pioneers who are searching
after religious truth. There is really nothing settled.
Every truth is more or less in a state of agitation. The
many who have worked in the mine of knowledge are glad
to welcome others who have different methods, and with
them bring different ideas.
It is too early to predict where this movement will go,
and how greatly it will affect the well-established methods.
That it has produced a sensation in religious circles, and
called forth the implements of theological warfare, is very
well known. While it has done this, it may, on the other
hand, have brought a benefit. Ere this many a new project
in religious belief has stirred up feeling, but as time has
gone on, compromises have been welcomed.
The erection of this temple will doubtless help on the
growth of its principles. Pilgrims from everywhere will go
there in search of truth, and some may be satisfied and some
will not. Christian Science cannot absorb the world's
thought. It may get the share of attention it deserves, but
it can only aspire to take its place alongside other great
demonstrations of religious belief which have done some-
thing good for the sake of humanity.
52 PULPIT AND PRESS
Wonders will never cease. Here is a church whose
treasurer has to send out word that no sums except those
already subscribed can be received! The Christian
Scientists have a faith of the mustard-seed variety.
What a pity some of our practical Christian folk have not a
faith approximate to that of these "impractical" Christian
[Jackson Patriot, Jackson, Mich., January 20, 1895]
The erection of a massive temple in Boston by Christian
Scientists, at a cost of over two hundred thousand dollars,
love-offerings of the disciples of Mary Baker Eddy, reviver
of the ancient faith and author of the textbook from which,
with the New Testament at the foundation, believers
receive light, health, and strength, is evidence of the rapid
growth of the new movement. We call it new. It is not.
The name Christian Science alone is new. At the begin-
ning of Christianity it was taught and practised by Jesus
and his disciples. The Master was the great healer. But
the wave of materialism and bigotry that swept over the
world for fifteen centuries, covering it with the blackness
of the Dark Ages, nearly obliterated all vital belief in his
teachings. The Bible was a sealed book. Recently a
revived belief in what he taught is manifest, and Christian
Science is one result. No new doctrine is proclaimed, but
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 53
there is the fresh development of a Principle that was put
into practice by the Founder of Christianity nineteen hun-
dred years ago, though practised in other countries at an
earlier date. "The thing that hath been, it is that which
shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be
done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
The condition which Jesus of Nazareth, on various
occasions during the three years of his ministry on earth,
declared to be essential, in the mind of both healer and
patient, is contained in the one word faith. Can drugs
suddenly cure leprosy? When the ten lepers were cleansed
and one returned to give thanks in Oriental phrase, Jesus
said to him: "Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee
whole." That was Christian Science. In his "Law of
Psychic Phenomena" Hudson says: "That word, more
than any other, expresses the whole law of human felicity
and power in this world, and of salvation in the world to
come. It is that attribute of mind which elevates man
above the level of the brute, and gives dominion over the
physical world. It is the essential element of success in
every field of human endeavor. It constitutes the power
of the human soul. When Jesus of Nazareth proclaimed
its potency from the hilltops of Palestine, he gave to man-
kind the key to health and heaven, and earned the title
of Saviour of the World.'' Whittier, grandest of mystic
poets, saw the truth:
That healing gift he lends to them
Who use it in his name;
The power that filled his garment's hem
Is evermore the same.
54 PULPIT AND PRESS
Again, in a poem entitled "The Master," he wrote:
The healing of his seamless dress
Is by our beds of pain;
We touch him in life's throng and press;
And we are whole again. 
That Jesus operated in perfect harmony with natural
law, not in defiance, suppression, or violation of it, we can-
not doubt. The perfectly natural is the perfectly spiritual.
Jesus enunciated and exemplified the Principle; and,
obviously, the conditions requisite in psychic healing
to-day are the same as were necessary in apostolic times.
We accept the statement of Hudson: "There was no law
of nature violated or transcended. On the contrary, the
whole transaction was in perfect obedience to the laws of
nature. He understood the law perfectly, as no one before
him understood it; and in the plenitude of his power he
applied it where the greatest good could be accomplished."
A careful reading of the accounts of his healings, in the
light of modern science, shows that he observed, in his
practice of mental therapeutics, the conditions of environ-
ment and harmonious influence that are essential to success.
In the case of Jairus' daughter they are fully set forth.
He kept the unbelievers away, "put them all out," and
permitting only the father and mother, with his closest
friends and followers, Peter, James, and John, in the
chamber with him, and having thus the most perfect
obtainable environment, he raised the daughter to life.
 Note: About 1868, the author of Science and Health healed
Mr. Whittier with one visit, at his home in Amesbury, of incipient
pulmonary consumption. M. B. Eddy.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 55
"Not in blind caprice of will,
Not in cunning sleight of skill,
Not for show of power, was wrought
Nature's marvel in thy thought."
In a previous article we have referred to cyclic changes
that came during the last quarter of preceding centuries.
Of our remarkable nineteenth century not the least event-
ful circumstance is the advent of Christian Science.
That it should be the work of a woman is the natural out-
come of a period notable for her emancipation from many
of the thraldoms, prejudices, and oppressions of the past.
We do not, therefore, regard it as a mere coincidence that
the first edition of Mrs. Eddy's Science and Health should
have been published in 1875. Since then she has revised
it many times, and the ninety-first edition is announced.
Her discovery was first called, "The Science of Divine
Metaphysical Healing.'' Afterward she selected the name
Christian Science. It is based upon what is held to be
scientific certainty, namely, that all causation is of
Mind, every effect has its origin in desire and thought.
The theology if we may use the word of Christian
Science is contained in the volume entitled "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures."
The present Boston congregation was organized
April 19, 1879, and has now over four thousand members.
It is regarded as the parent organization, all others being
branches, though each is entirely independent in the
management of its own affairs. Truth is the sole recognized
authority. Of actual members of different congregations
there are between one hundred thousand and two hundred
56 PULPIT AND PRESS
thousand. One or more organized societies have sprung
up in New York, Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincin-
nati, Philadelphia, Detroit, Toledo, Milwaukee, Madison,
Scranton, Peoria, Atlanta, Toronto, and nearly every other
centre of population, besides a large and growing number
of receivers of the faith among the members of all the
churches and non-church-going people. In some churches
a majority of the members are Christian Scientists, and, as
a rule, are the most intelligent.
Space does not admit of an elaborate presentation on the
occasion of the erection of the temple, in Boston, the
dedication taking place on the 6th of January, of one of
the most remarkable, helpful, and powerful movements
of the last quarter of the century. Christian Science
has brought hope and comfort to many weary souls. It
makes people better and happier. Welding Christianity
and Science, hitherto divorced because dogma and truth
could not unite, was a happy inspiration.
''And still we love the evil cause,
And of the just effect complain;
We tread upon life's broken laws,
And mourn our self-inflicted pain."
[The Outlook, New York, January 19, 1895]
A Christian Science Church
A great Christian Science church was dedicated in Bos-
ton on Sunday, the 6th inst. It is located at Norway and
Falmouth Streets, and is intended to be a testimonial to
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 57
the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, the
Rev. Mary Baker Eddy. The building is fire-proof, and
cost over two hundred thousand dollars. It is entirely
paid for, and contributions for its erection came from every
State in the Union, and from many lands. The auditorium
is said to seat between fourteen and fifteen hundred, and
was thronged at the four services on the day of dedication.
The sermon, prepared by Mrs. Eddy, was read by Mrs.
Bemis. It rehearsed the significance of the building, and
reenunciated the truths which will find emphasis there.
From the description we judge that it is one of the most
beautiful buildings in Boston, and, indeed, in all New
England. Whatever may be thought of the peculiar tenets
of the Christian Scientists, and whatever difference of
opinion there may be concerning the organization of such
a church, there can be no question but that the adherents
of this church have proved their faith by their works.
[American Art Journal, New York, January 26, 1895]
"Our Prayer in Stone"
Such is the excellent name given to a new Boston church.
Few people outside its own circles realize how extensive is
the belief in Christian Science. There are several sects of
mental healers, but this new edifice on Back Bay, just off
Huntington Avenue, not far from the big Mechanics
Building and the proposed site of the new Music Hall,
belongs to the followers of Rev. Mary Baker Glover Eddy,
a lady born of an old New Hampshire family, who, after
58 PULPIT AND PRESS
many vicissitudes, found herself in Lynn, Mass., healed by
the power of divine Mind, and thereupon devoted herself
to imparting this faith to her fellow-beings. Coming to
Boston about 1880, she began teaching, gathered an
association of students, and organized a church. For
several years past she has lived in Concord, N. H., near
her birthplace, owning a beautiful estate called Pleasant
View; but thousands of believers throughout this country
have joined The Mother Church in Boston, and have now
erected this edifice at a cost of over two hundred thousand
dollars, every bill being paid.
Its appearance is shown in the pictures we are permitted
to publish. In the belfry is a set of tubular chimes. Inside
is a basement room, capable of division into seven excellent
class-rooms, by the use of movable partitions. The main
auditorium has wide galleries, and will seat over a thousand
in its exceedingly comfortable pews. Scarcely any wood-
work is to be found. The floors are all mosaic, the steps
marble, and the walls stone. It is rather dark, often too
much so for comfortable reading, as all the windows are of
colored glass, with pictures symbolic of the tenets of the
organization. In the ceiling is a beautiful sunburst window.
Adjoining the chancel is a pastor's study; but for an
indefinite time their prime instructor has ordained that the
only pastor shall be the Bible, with her book, called
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." In the
tower is a room devoted to her, and called "Mother's
Room," furnished with all conveniences for living, should
she wish to make it a home by day or night. Therein is
a portrait of her in stained glass; and an electric light,
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 59
behind an antique lamp, kept perpetually burning in her
honor; though she has not yet visited her temple, which
was dedicated on New Year's Sunday in a somewhat novel
There was no special sentence or prayer of consecration,
but continuous services were held from nine to four o'clock,
every hour and a half, so long as there were attendants;
and some people heard these exercises four times repeated.
The printed program was for some reason not followed,
certain hymns and psalms being omitted. There was sing-
ing by a choir and congregation. The Pater Noster was
repeated in the way peculiar to Christian Scientists, the
congregation repeating one sentence and the leader re-
sponding with its parallel interpretation by Mrs. Eddy.
Antiphonal paragraphs were read from the book of
Revelation and her work respectively. The sermon,
prepared by Mrs. Eddy, was well adapted for its purpose,
and read by a professional elocutionist, not an adherent of
the order, Mrs. Henrietta Clark Bemis, in a clear emphatic
style. The solo singer, however, was a Scientist, Miss Elsie
Lincoln; and on the platform sat Joseph Armstrong,
formerly of Kansas, and now the business manager of the
Publishing Society, with the other members of the Christian
Science Board of Directors Ira O. Knapp, Edward P.
Bates, Stephen A. Chase, gentlemen officially connected
with the movement. The children of believing families
collected the money for the Mother's Room, and seats were
especially set apart for them at the second dedicatory
service. Before one service was over and the auditors left
by the rear doors, the front vestibule and street (despite
60 PULPIT AND PRESS
the snowstorm) were crowded with others, waiting for
On the next Sunday the new order of service went
into operation. There was no address of any sort, no
notices, no explanation of Bible or their textbook. Judge
Hanna, who was a Colorado lawyer before coming into
this work, presided, reading in clear, manly, and intelli-
gent tones, the Quarterly Bible Lesson, which happened
that day to be on Jesus' miracle of loaves and fishes.
Each paragraph he supplemented first with illustrative
Scripture parallels, as set down for him, and then by pas-
sages selected for him from Mrs. Eddy's book. The place
was again crowded, many having remained over a week
from among the thousands of adherents who had come
to Boston for this auspicious occasion from all parts of
the country. The organ, made by Farrand & Votey in
Detroit, at a cost of eleven thousand dollars, is the gift of
a wealthy Universalist gentleman, but was not ready for
the opening. It is to fill the recess behind the spacious
platform, and is described as containing pneumatic wind-
chests throughout, and having an Ζolian attachment.
It is of three-manual compass, C. C. C. to C. 4, 61 notes;
and pedal compass, C. C. C. to F. 30. The great organ
has double open diapason (stopped bass), open diapason,
dulciana, viola di gamba, doppel flute, hohl flute, octave,
octave quint, superoctave, and trumpet, 61 pipes each.
The swell organ has bourdon, open diapason, salicional,
ζoline, stopped diapason, gemshorn, flute harmonique,
flageolet, cornet 3 ranks, 183, cornopean, oboe, vox
humana 61 pipes each. The choir organ, enclosed in
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 61
separate swell-box, has geigen principal, dolce, concert
flute, quintadena, fugara, flute d'amour, piccolo harmo-
nique, clarinet, 61 pipes each. The pedal organ has
open diapason, bourdon, lieblich gedeckt (from stop 10),
violoncello-wood, 30 pipes each. Couplers: swell to
great; choir to great; swell to choir; swell to great oc-
taves, swell to great sub-octaves; choir to great sub-
octaves; swell octaves; swell to pedal; great to pedal;
choir to pedal. Mechanical accessories: swell tremulant,
choir tremulant, bellows signal; wind indicator. Pedal
movements: three affecting great and pedal stops, three
affecting swell and pedal stops; great to pedal reversing
pedal; crescendo and full organ pedal; balanced great
and choir pedal; balanced swell pedal.
Beautiful suggestions greet you in every part of this
unique church, which is practical as well as poetic, and
justifies the name given by Mrs. Eddy, which stands at
the head of this sketch. J. H. W.
[Boston Journal, January 7, 1895]
Chimes Rang Sweetly
Much admiration was expressed by all those fortunate
enough to listen to the first peal of the chimes in the tower
of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, corner of Fal-
mouth and Norway Streets, dedicated yesterday. The
sweet, musical tones attracted quite a throng of people,
who listened with delight.
The chimes were made by the United States Tubular
62 PULPIT AND PRESS
Bell Company, of Methuen, Mass., and are something
of a novelty in this country, though for some time well
and favorably known in the Old Country, especially in
They are a substitution of tubes of drawn brass for the
heavy cast bells of old-fashioned chimes. They have the
advantage of great economy of space, as well as of cost, a
chime of fifteen bells occupying a space not more than
five by eight feet.
Where the old-fashioned chimes required a strong man
to ring them, these can be rung from an electric keyboard,
and even when rung by hand require but little muscular
power to manipulate them and call forth all the purity
and sweetness of their tones. The quality of tone is some-
thing superb, being rich and mellow. The tubes are care-
fully tuned, so that the harmony is perfect. They have
all the beauties of a great cathedral chime, with infinitely
There is practically no limit to the uses to which these
bells may be put. They can be called into requisition in
theatres, concert halls, and public buildings, as they range
in all sizes, from those described down to little sets of
silver bells that might be placed on a small centre table.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 63
[The Republic, Washington, D. C, February 2, 1895]
Mary Baker Eddy the "Mother'' of the Idea She Has an
Immense Following Throughout the United States, and
A Church Costing $250,000 Was Recently Built in Her
Honor at Boston
"My faith has the strength to nourish trees as well as
souls," was the remark Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the
"Mother" of Christian Science, made recently as she
pointed to a number of large elms that shade her delight-
ful country home in Concord, N. H. " I had them brought
here in warm weather, almost as big as they are now, and
not one died." This is a remarkable statement, but it is
made by a remarkable woman, who has originated a new
phase of religious belief, and who numbers over one hun-
dred thousand intelligent people among her devoted
The great hold she has upon this army was demon-
strated in a very tangible and material manner recently,
when "The First Church of Christ, Scientist," erected at
a cost of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, was
dedicated in Boston. This handsome edifice was paid
for before it was begun, by the voluntary contributions of
Christian Scientists all over the country, and a tablet im-
bedded in its wall declares that it was built as "a testi-
monial to our beloved teacher, Rev. Mary Baker Eddy,
64 PULPIT AND PRESS
Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, author of
its textbook, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures,' president of the Massachusetts Metaphysical Col-
lege, and the first pastor of this denomination."
There is usually considerable difficulty in securing suffi-
cient funds for the building of a new church, but such was
not the experience of Rev. Mary Baker Eddy. Money
came freely from all parts of the United States. Men,
women, and children contributed, some giving a pittance,
others donating large sums. When the necessary amount
was raised, the custodian of the funds was compelled to
refuse further contributions, in order to stop the continued
inflow of money from enthusiastic Christian Scientists.
Mrs. Eddy says she discovered Christian Science in
1866. She studied the Scriptures and the sciences, she
declares, in a search for the great curative Principle. She
investigated allopathy, homoeopathy, and electricity, with-
out finding a clew; and modern philosophy gave her no
distinct statement of the Science of Mind-healing. After
careful study she became convinced that the curative
Principle was the Deity.
[New York Tribune, February 7, 1895]
Boston has just dedicated the first church of the Chris-
tian Scientists, in commemoration of the Founder of that
sect, the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, drawing together six
thousand people to participate in the ceremonies, showing
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 65
that belief in that curious creed is not confined to its
original apostles and promulgators, but that it has pene-
trated what is called the New England mind to an un-
looked-for extent. In inviting the Eastern churches and
the Anglican fold to unity with Rome, the Holy Father
should not overlook the Boston sect of Christian Scientists,
which is rather small and new, to be sure, but is undoubt-
edly an interesting faith and may have a future before it,
whatever attitude Rome may assume toward it.
[Journal, Kansas City, Mo., January 10, 1895]
Growth of a Faith
Attention is directed to the progress which has been
made by what is called Christian Science by the dedication
at Boston of ''The First Church of Christ, Scientist."
It is a most beautiful structure of gray granite, and its
builders call it their "prayer in stone,'' which suggests
to recollection the story of the cathedral of Amiens, whose
architectural construction and arrangement of statuary
and paintings made it to be called the Bible of that city.
The Frankish church was reared upon the spot where, in
pagan times, one bitter winter day, a Roman soldier parted
his mantle with his sword and gave half of the garment to
a naked beggar; and so was memorialized in art and
stone what was called the divine spirit of giving, whose un-
believing exemplar afterward became a saint. The Boston
church similarly expresses the faith of those who believe
66 PULPIT AND PRESS
in what they term the divine art of healing, which, to their
minds, exists as much to-day as it did when Christ healed
The first church organization of this faith was founded
fifteen years ago with a membership of only twenty-six,
and since then the number of believers has grown with
remarkable rapidity, until now there are societies in every
part of the country. This growth, it is said, proceeds
more from the graveyards than from conversions from
other churches, for most of those who embrace the faith
claim to have been rescued from death miraculously under
the injunction to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise
the dead, cast out demons." They hold with strict fidelity
to what they conceive to be the literal teachings of the
Bible as expressed in its poetical and highly figurative
Altogether the belief and service are well suited to
satisfy a taste for the mystical which, along many lines, has
shown an uncommon development in this country during
the last decade, and which is largely Oriental in its choice.
Such a rapid departure from long respected views as is
marked by the dedication of this church, and others of
kindred meaning, may reasonably excite wonder as to
how radical is to be this encroachment upon prevailing
faiths, and whether some of the pre-Christian ideas of
the Asiatics are eventually to supplant those in company
with which our civilization has developed.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 67
[Montreal Daily Herald, Saturday, February 2, 1895]
Sketch of Its Origin and Growth The Montreal Branch
"If you would found a new faith, go to Boston," has
been said by a great American writer. This is no idle
word, but a fact borne out by circumstances. Boston can
fairly claim to be the hub of the logical universe, and an
accurate census of the religious faiths which are to be
found there to-day would probably show a greater number
of them than even Max O'Rell's famous enumeration of
John Bull's creeds.
Christian Science, or the Principle of divine healing,
is one of those movements which seek to give expression
to a higher spirituality. Founded twenty-five years ago,
it was still practically unknown a decade since, but to-day
it numbers over a quarter of a million of believers, the
majority of whom are in the United States, and is rapidly
growing. In Canada, also, there is a large number of
members. Toronto and Montreal have strong churches,
comparatively, while in many towns and villages single
believers or little knots of them are to be found.
It was exactly one hundred years from the date of the
Declaration of Independence, when on July 4, 1876, the
first Christian Scientist Association was organized by
seven persons, of whom the foremost was Mrs. Eddy.
The church was founded in April, 1879, with twenty-six
members, and a charter was obtained two months later.
68 PULPIT AND PRESS
Mrs. Eddy assumed the pastorship of the church during
its early years, and in 1881 was ordained^ being now known
as the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.
The Massachusetts Metaphysical College was founded
by Mrs. Eddy in 1881, and here she taught the principles
of the faith for nine years. Students came to it in hun-
dreds from all parts of the world, and many are now pastors
or in practice. The college was closed in 1889, as Mrs.
Eddy felt it necessary for the interests of her religious work
to retire from active contact with the world. She now
lives in a beautiful country residence in her native State.
[The American, Baltimore, IMd., January 14, 1895]
Mrs. Eddy's Disciples
It is not generally known that a Christian Science con-
gregation was organized in this city about a year ago. It
now holds regular services in the parlor of the residence
of the pastor, at 1414 Linden Avenue. The dedication in
Boston last Sunday of the Christian Science church, called
The Mother Church, which cost over two hundred thou-
sand dollars, adds interest to the Baltimore organization.
There are many other church edifices in the United States
owned by Christian Scientists. Christian Science was
founded by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy. The Baltimore con-
gregation was organized at a meeting held at the present
location on February 27, 1894.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 69
Dr. Hammond, the pastor, came to Baltimore about
three years ago to organize this movement. Miss Cross
came from Syracuse, N. Y., about eighteen months ago.
Both were under the instruction of Mrs. Mary Baker
Eddy, the Founder of the movement.
Dr. Hammond says he was converted to Christian Sci-
ence by being cured by Mrs. Eddy of a physical ailment
some twelve years ago, after several doctors had pronounced
his case incurable. He says they use no medicines, but
rely on Mind for cure, believing that disease comes from
evil and sick-producing thoughts, and that, if they can so
fill the mind with good thoughts as to leave no room there
for the bad, they can work a cure. He distinguishes Chris-
tian Science from the faith-cure, and added: "This Chris-
tian Science really is a return to the ideas of primitive
Christianity. It would take a small book to explain fully
all about it, but I may say that the fundamental idea is that
God is Mind, and we interpret the Scriptures wholly from
the spiritual or metaphysical standpoint. We find in this
view of the Bible the power fully developed to heal the
sick. It is not faith-cure, but it is an acknowledgment of
certain Christian and scientific laws, and to work a cure the
practitioner must understand these laws aright. The
patient may gain a better understanding than the Church
has had in the past. All churches have prayed for the cure
of disease, but they have not done so in an intelligent man-
ner, understanding and demonstrating the Christ-healing."
70 PULPIT AND PRESS
[The Reporter, Lebanon, Ind., January 18, 1895]
Discovered Christian Science
Remarkable Career of Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Who Has
Over One Hundred Thousand Followers
Rev. Mary Balder Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science, author of its textbook, "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," president of the Mas-
sachusetts Metaphysical College, and first pastor of the
Christian Science denomination, is without doubt one of
the most remarkable women in America. She has within a
few years founded a sect that has over one hundred thou-
sand converts, and very recently saw completed in Boston,
as a testimonial to her labors, a handsome fire-proof church
that cost two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and was
paid for by Christian Scientists all over the country.
Mrs. Eddy asserts that in 1866 she became certain that
"all causation was Mind, and every effect a mental phe-
nomenon." Taking her text from the Bible, she endeav-
ored in vain to find the great curative Principle the Deity
in philosophy and schools of medicine, and she con-
cluded that the way of salvation demonstrated by Jesus
was the power of Truth over all error, sin, sickness, and
death. Thus originated the divine or spiritual Science of
Mind-healing, which she termed Christian Science. She
has a palatial home in Boston and a country-seat in
Concord, N. H. The Christian Science Church has a
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 71
membership of four thousand, and eight hundred of the
members are Bostonians.
[N. Y. Commercial Advertiser, January 9, 1895]
The idea that Christian Science has declined in popu-
larity is not borne out by the voluntary contribution of a
quarter of a million dollars for a memorial church for Mrs.
Eddy, the inventor of this cure. The money comes from
Christian Science believers exclusively.
[The Post, Syracuse, New York, February 1, 1895]
Do Not Believe She Was Deified
Christian Scientists of Syracuse Surprised at the News
About Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of the Faith
Christian Scientists in this city, and in fact all over the
country, have been startled and greatly discomfited over
the announcements in New York papers that Mrs. Mary
Baker G. Eddy, the acknowledged Christian Science
Leader, has been exalted by various dignitaries of the
faith. . . .
It is well known that Mrs. Eddy has resigned herself
completely to the study and foundation of the faith to which
many thousands throughout the United States are now so
entirely devoted. By her followers and cobelievers she is
unquestionably looked upon as having a divine mission to
72 PULPIT AND PRESS
fulfil, and as though inspired in her great task by super-
For the purpose of learning the feeling of Scientists in this
city toward the reported deification of Mrs. Eddy, a Post
reporter called upon a few of the leading members of the
faith yesterday and had a number of very interesting con-
versations upon the subject.
Mrs. D. W. Copeland of University Avenue was one of
the first to be seen. Mrs. Copeland is a very pleasant and
agreeable lady, ready to converse, and evidently very much
absorbed in the work to which she has given so much of
her attention. Mrs. Copeland claims to have been healed
a number of years ago by Christian Scientists, after she
had practically been given up by a number of well-known
"And for the past eleven years," said Mrs. Copeland,
"I have not taken any medicine or drugs of any kind, and
yet have been perfectly well.''
In regard to Mrs. Eddy, Mrs. Copeland said that she
was the Founder of the faith, but that she had never
claimed, nor did she believe that Mrs. Lathrop had, that
Mrs. Eddy had any power other than that which came
from God and through faith in Him and His teachings.
"The power of Christ has been dormant in mankind for
ages,'' added the speaker, "and it was Mrs. Eddy's mission
to revive it. In our labors we take Christ as an example,
going about doing good and healing the sick. Christ has
told us to do his work, naming as one great essential that
we have faith in him.
"Did you ever hear of Jesus' taking medicine himself, or
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 73
giving it to others?" inquired the speaker. "Then why-
should we worry ourselves about sickness and disease?
If we become sick, God will care for us, and will send to
us those who have faith, who believe in His unlimited and
divine power. Mrs. Eddy was strictly an ardent follower
after God. She had faith in Him, and she cured herself of
a deathly disease through the mediation of her God. Then
she secluded herself from the world for three years and
studied and meditated over His divine Word. She delved
deep into the Biblical passages, and at the end of the period
came from her seclusion one of the greatest Biblical schol-
ars of the age. Her mission was then the mission of a
Christian, to do good and heal the sick, and this duty she
faithfully performed. She of herself had no power. But
God has fulfilled His promises to her and to the world.
If you have faith, you can move mountains."
Mrs. Henrietta N. Cole is also a very prominent member
of the church. When seen yesterday she emphasized her-
self as being of the same theory as Mrs. Copeland. Mrs.
Cole has made a careful and searching study in the beliefs
of Scientists, and is perfectly versed in all their beliefs and
doctrines. She stated that man of himself has no power,
but that all comes from God. She placed no credit what-
ever in the reports from New York that Mrs. Eddy has
been accredited as having been deified. She referred the
reporter to the large volume which Mrs. Eddy had herself
written, and said that no more complete and yet concise
idea of her belief could be obtained than by a perusal of it.
74 PULPIT AND PRESS
[New York Herald, February 6, 1895]
Mrs. Eddy Shocked
[By Telegraph to the Herald]
Concord, N. H., February 4, 1895. The article pub-
lished in the Herald on January 29, regarding a statement
made by Mrs. Laura Lathrop, pastor of the Christian Sci-
ence congregation that meets every Sunday in Hodgson
Hall, New York, was shown to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy,
the Christian Science "Discoverer," to-day.
Mrs. Eddy preferred to prepare a written answer to the
interrogatory, which she did in this letter, addressed to the
editor of the Herald:
"A despatch is given me, calling for an interview to an-
swer for myself, 'Am I the second Christ?'
"Even the question shocks me. What I am is for God
to declare in His infinite mercy. As it is, I claim nothing
more than what I am, the Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science, and the blessing it has been to mankind
which eternity enfolds.
"I think Mrs. Lathrop was not understood. If she said
aught with intention to be thus understood, it is not what
I have taught her, and not at all as I have heard her talk.
"My books and teachings maintain but one conclusion
and statement of the Christ and the deification of mortals.
"Christ is individual, and one with God, in the sense
of divine Love and its compound divine ideal.
"There was, is, and never can be but one God, one
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 75
Christ, one Jesus of Nazareth. Whoever in any age ex-
presses most of the spirit of Truth and Love, the Principle
of God's idea, has most of the spirit of Christ, of that Mind
which was in Christ Jesus.
"If Christian Scientists find in my writings, teachings,
and example a greater degree of this spirit than in others,
they can justly declare it. But to think or speak of me in
any manner as a Christ, is sacrilegious. Such a statement
would not only be false, but the absolute antipode of Chris-
tian Science, and would savor more of heathenism than of
''Mary Baker Eddy."
[The Globe, Toronto, Canada, January 12, 1895]
Dedication to the Founder of the Order of a Beautiful
Church at Boston Many Toronto Scientists Present
The Christian Scientists of Toronto, to the number of
thirty, took part in the ceremonies at Boston last Sunday
and for the day or two following, by which the members
of that faith all over North America celebrated the dedica-
tion of the church constructed in the great New England
capital as a testimonial to the Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science, Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.
The temple is believed to be the most nearly fire-proof
church structure on the continent, the only combustible
76 PULPIT AND PRESS
material used in its construction being that used in the
doors and pews. A striking feature of the church is a
beautiful apartment known as the "Mother's Room,"
which is approached through a superb archway of Italian
marble set in the wall. The furnishing of the "Mother's
Room" is described as "particularly beautiful, and blends
harmoniously with the pale green and gold decoration of the
walls. The floor is of mosaic in elegant designs, and two
alcoves are separated from the apartment by rich hangings
of deep green plush, which in certain lights has a shimmer
of silver. The furniture frames are of white mahogany
in special designs, elaborately carved, and the upholstery
is in white and gold tapestry. A superb mantel of Mexican
onyx with gold decoration adorns the south wall, and before
the hearth is a large rug composed entirely of skins of the
eider-down duck, brought from the Arctic regions. Pic-
tures and bric-a-brac everywhere suggest the tribute of
loving friends. One of the two alcoves is a retiring-room
and the other a lavatory in which the plumbing is all
heavily plated with gold."
[Evening Monitor, Concord, N. H., February 27, 1895]
An Elegant Souvenir
Rev. Mary Baker Eddy Memorialized By a Christian
Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer of Christian Science,
has received from the members of The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, Boston, an invitation formally to accept
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 77
the magnificent new edifice of worship which the church
has just erected.
The invitation itself is one of the most chastely elegant
memorials ever prepared, and is a scroll of solid gold,
suitably engraved, and encased in a handsome plush
casket with white silk linings. Attached to the scroll is a
golden key of the church structure.
The inscription reads thus:
Dear Mother: During the year eighteen hundred and
ninety-four a church edifice was erected at the intersection
of Falmouth and Norway Streets, in the city of Boston,
by the loving hands of four thousand members. This
edifice is built as a testimonial to Truth, as revealed by
divine Love through you to this age. You are hereby
most lovingly invited to visit and formally accept this
testimonial on the twentieth day of February, eighteen
hundred and ninety-five, at high noon.
"The First Church of Christ, Scientist, at Boston, Mass.
''By Edward P. Bates,
"Caroline S. Bates.
"To the Reverend Mary Baker Eddy,
"Boston, January 6th, 1895.''
[People and Patriot, Concord, N. H., February 27, 1895]
Members of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, at
Boston, have forwarded to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy of
78 PULPIT AND PRESS
this city, the Founder of Christian Science, a testimonial
which is probably one of the most magnificent examples
of the goldsmith's art ever wrought in this country. It is
in the form of a gold scroll, twenty-six inches long, nine
inches wide, and an eighth of an inch thick.
It bears upon its face the following inscription, cut in
''Dear Mother: During the year 1894 a church edi-
fice was erected at the intersection of Falmouth and Nor-
way Streets, in the city of Boston, by the loving hands of
four thousand members. This edifice is built as a testi-
monial to Truth, as revealed by divine Love through you
to this age. You are hereby most lovingly invited to visit
and formally accept this testimonial on the 20th day of
February, 1895, at high noon.
"The First Church of Christ, Scientist, at Boston, Mass.
"By Edward P. Bates,
"Caroline S. Bates.
''To the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy,
"Boston, January 6, 1895.''
Attached by a white ribbon to the scroll is a gold key
to the church door.
The testimonial is encased in a white satin-lined box
of rich green velvet.
The scroll is on exhibition in the window of J. C.
Derby's jewelry store.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 79
[The Union Signal, Chicago]
The New Woman and the New Church
The dedication, in Boston, of a Christian Science temple
costing over two hundred thousand dollars, and for which
the money was all paid in so that no debt had to be taken
care of on dedication day, is a notable event. While we
are not, and never have been, devotees of Christian Science,
it becomes us as students of public questions not to ignore
a movement which, starting fifteen years ago, has already
gained to itself adherents in every part of the civilized
world, for it is a significant fact that one cannot take up
a daily paper in town or village to say nothing of cities
without seeing notices of Christian Science meetings, and
in most instances they are held at "headquarters."
We believe there are two reasons for this remarkable
development, which has shown a vitality so unexpected.
The first is that a revolt was inevitable from the crass
materialism of the cruder science that had taken posses-
sion of men's minds, for as a wicked but witty writer has
said, "If there were no God, we should be obliged to in-
vent one." There is something in the constitution of
man that requires the religious sentiment as much as his
lungs call for breath; indeed, the breath of his soul is a
belief in God.
But when Christian Science arose, the thought of the
world's scientific leaders had become materialistically
"lopsided," and this condition can never long continue.
80 PULPIT AND PRESS
There must be a righting-up of the mind as surely as of a
ship when under stress of storm it is ready to capsize. The
pendulum that has swung to one extreme will surely find
the other. The religious sentiment in women is so strong
that the revolt was headed by them; this was inevitable
in the nature of the case. It began in the most intellectual
city of the freest country in the world that is to say,
it sought the line of least resistance. Boston is emphati-
cally the women's paradise, numerically, socially, in-
deed every way. Here they have the largest individuality,
the most recognition, the widest outlook. Mrs. Eddy we
have never seen; her book has many a time been sent
us by interested friends, and out of respect to them we
have fairly broken our mental teeth over its granitic peb-
bles. That we could not understand it might be rather
to the credit of the book than otherwise. On this subject
we have no opinion to pronounce, but simply state the
We do not, therefore, speak of the system it sets forth,
either to praise or blame, but this much is true: the spirit
of Christian Science ideas has caused an army of well-mean-
ing people to believe in God and the power of faith, who
did not believe in them before. It has made a myriad of
women more thoughtful and devout; it has brought a
hopeful spirit into the homes of unnumbered invalids.
The belief that ''thoughts are things,'' that the invisible
is the only real world, that we are here to be trained into
harmony with the laws of God, and that what we are here
determines where we shall be hereafter all these ideas
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 81
The chimes on the Christian Science temple in Boston
played "All hail the power of Jesus' name," on the morn-
ing of the dedication. We did not attend, but we learn
that the name of Christ is nowhere spoken with more
reverence than it was during those services, and that he
is set forth as the power of God for righteousness and the
express image of God for love.
[The New Century, Boston, February, 1895]
One Point of View The New Woman
We all know her she is simply the woman of the past
with an added grace a newer charm. Some of her
dearest ones call her "selfish" because she thinks so much
of herself she spends her whole time helping others. She
represents the composite beauty, sweetness, and nobility
of all those who scorn self for the sake of love and her
handmaiden duty of all those who seek the brightness
of truth not as the moth to be destroyed thereby, but as
the lark who soars and sings to the great sun. She is of
those who have so much to give they want no time to take,
and their name is legion. She is as full of beautiful possi-
bilities as a perfect harp, and she realizes that all the har-
monies of the universe are in herself, while her own soul
plays upon magic strings the unwritten anthems of love.
She is the apostle of the true, the beautiful, the good, com-
missioned to complete all that the twelve have left undone.
Hers is the mission of missions the highest of all to
82 PULPIT AND PRESS
make the body not the prison, but the palace of the soul,
with the brain for its great white throne.
When she comes like the south wind into the cold haunts
of sin and sorrow, her words are smiles and her smiles are
the sunlight which heals the stricken soul. Her hand is
tender but steel tempered with holy resolve, and as
one whom her love had glorified once said she is soft
and gentle, but you could no more turn her from her
course than winter could stop the coming of spring. She
has long learned with patience, and to-day she knows
many things dear to the soul far better than her teachers.
In olden times the Jews claimed to be the conservators
of the world's morals they treated woman as a chattel,
and said that because she was created after man, she was
created solely for man. Too many still are Jews who
never called Abraham "Father," while the Jews them-
selves have long acknowledged woman as man's proper
helpmeet. In those days women had few lawful claims
and no one to urge them. True, there were Miriam and
Esther, but they sang and sacrificed for their people, not
for their sex.
To-day there are ten thousand Esthers, and Miriams
by the million, who sing best by singing most for their
own sex. They are demanding the right to help make
the laws, or at least to help enforce the laws upon
which depends the welfare of their husbands, their chil-
dren, and themselves. Why should our selfish self longer
remain deaf to their cry? The date is no longer B. C.
Might no longer makes right, and in this fair land at least
fear has ceased to kiss the iron heel of wrong. Why then
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 83
should we continue to demand woman's love and woman's
help while we recklessly promise as lover and candidate
what we never fulfil as husband and office-holder? In
our secret heart our better self is shamed and dishonored,
and appeals from Philip drunk to Philip sober, but has
not yet the moral strength and courage to prosecute the
appeal. But the east is rosy, and the sunlight cannot long
be delayed. Woman must not and will not be disheart-
ened by a thousand denials or a million of broken pledges.
With the assurance of faith she prays, with the certainty
of inspiration she works, and with the patience of genius
she waits. At last she is becoming "as fair as the morn,
as bright as the sun, and as terrible as an army with ban-
ners" to those who march under the black flag of oppres-
sion and wield the ruthless sword of injustice.
In olden times it was the Amazons who conquered the
invincibles, and we must look now to their daughters to
overcome our own allied armies of evil and to save us from
ourselves. She must and will succeed, for as David sang
''God shall help her, and that right early," When we
try to praise her later works it is as if we would pour
incense upon the rose. It is the proudest boast of many
of us that we are "bound to her by bonds dearer than free-
dom," and that we live in the reflected royalty which
shines from her brow. We rejoice with her that at last
we begin to know what John on Patmos meant "And
there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her
head a crown of twelve stars." She brought to warring
men the Prince of Peace, and he, departing, left his scepter
84 PULPIT AND PRESS
not in her hand, but in her soul. "The time of times''
is near when "the new woman'' shall subdue the whole
earth with the weapons of peace. Then shall wrong be
robbed of her bitterness and ingratitude of her sting,
revenge shall clasp hands with pity, and love shall dwell
in the tents of hate; while side by side, equal partners in
all that is worth living for, shall stand the new man with
the new woman.
[Christian Science Journal, January, 1895]
The Mother Church
The Mother Church edifice The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in Boston, is erected. The close of the
year, Anno Domini 1894, witnessed the completion of
"our prayer in stone," all predictions and prognostications
to the contrary notwithstanding.
Of the significance of this achievement we shall not
undertake to speak in this article. It can be better felt
than expressed. All who are awake thereto have some
measure of understanding of what it means. But only
the future will tell the story of its mighty meaning or un-
fold it to the comprehension of mankind. It is enough for
us now to know that all obstacles to its completion have
been met and overcome, and that our temple is completed
as God intended it should be.
This achievement is the result of long years of untiring,
unselfish, and zealous effort on the part of our beloved
teacher and Leader, the Reverend Mary Baker Eddy,
the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, who
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 85
nearly thirty years ago began to lay the foundation of
this temple, and whose devotion and consecration to God
and humanity during the intervening years have made
its erection possible.
Those who now, in part, understand her mission, turn
their hearts in gratitude to her for her great work, and
those who do not understand it will, in the fulness of time,
see and acknowledge it. In the measure in which she has
unfolded and demonstrated divine Love, and built up in
human consciousness a better and higher conception of
God as Life, Truth, and Love, as the divine Principle
of all things which really exist, and in the degree in
which she has demonstrated the system of healing of Jesus
and the apostles, surely she, as the one chosen of God to
this end, is entitled to the gratitude and love of all who
desire a better and grander humanity, and who believe
it to be possible to establish the kingdom of heaven upon
earth in accordance with the prayer and teachings of
[Concord Evening Monitor, March 23, 1895]
Testimonial and Gift
To Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, from The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in Boston
Rev. Mary Baker Eddy received Friday, from the Chris-
tian Science Board of Directors, Boston, a beautiful and
unique testimonial of the appreciation of her labors and
loving generosity in the Cause of their common faith. It
was a facsimile of the corner-stone of the new church of
86 PULPIT AND PRESS
the Christian Scientists, just completed, being of granite,
about six inches in each dimension, and contains a solid
gold box, upon the cover of which is this inscription:
"To our Beloved Teacher, the Reverend Mary Baker
Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, from
her affectionate Students, the Christian Science Board of
On the under side of the cover are the facsimile sig-
natures of the Directors, Ira O. Knapp, William B.
Johnson, Joseph Armstrong, and Stephen A. Chase,
with the date, ''1895." The beautiful souvenir is en-
cased in an elegant plush box.
Accompanying the stone testimonial was the following
address from the Board of Directors:
Boston, March 20, 1895.
To the Reverend Mary Baker Eddy, our Beloved
Teacher and Leader: We are happy to announce to you
the completion of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
In behalf of your loving students and all contributors
wherever they may be, we hereby present this church to
you as a testimonial of love and gratitude for your labors
and loving sacrifice, as the Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science, and the author of its textbook, ''Sci-
ence and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
We therefore respectfully extend to you the invitation
to become the permanent pastor of this church, in con-
nection with the Bible and the book alluded to above,
which you have already ordained as our pastor. And we
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 87
most cordially invite you to be present and take charge
of any services that may be held therein. We especially
desire you to be present on the twenty-fourth day of March,
eighteen hundred and ninety-five, to accept this offering,
with our humble benediction.
Ira O. Knapp, Joseph Armstrong,
William B. Johnson, Stephen A. Chase,
The Christian Science Board of Directors.
REV. MRS. EDDY'S REPLY
Beloved Directors and Brethren: For your costly offer-
ing, and kind call to the pastorate of "The First Church
of Christ, Scientist," in Boston accept my profound
thanks. But permit me, respectfully, to decline their ac-
ceptance, while I fully appreciate your kind intentions.
If it will comfort you in the least, make me your Pastor
Emeritus, nominally. Through my book, your textbook,
I already speak to you each Sunday. You ask too much
when asking me to accept your grand church edifice. I
have more of earth now, than I desire, and less of heaven;
so pardon my refusal of that as a material offering. More
effectual than the forum are our states of mind, to bless
mankind. This wish stops not with my pen God give
you grace. As our church's tall tower detains the sun,
so may luminous lines from your lives linger, a legacy to
Mary Baker Eddy.
March 25, 1895.
88 PULPIT AND PRESS
List of Leading Newspapers Whose Articles
From Canada to New Orleans, and from the Atlantic
to the Pacific ocean, the author has received leading news-
papers with uniformly kind and interesting articles on
the dedication of The Mother Church. They were, how-
ever, too voluminous for these pages. To those which are
copied she can append only a few of the names of other
prominent newspapers whose articles are reluctantly
Advertiser, Calais, Me.
Advertiser, Boston, Mass.
Farmer, Bridgeport, Conn.
Independent, Rockland, Mass.
Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Me.
News, New Haven, Conn.
News, Newport, R. I.
Post, Boston, Mass.
Post, Hartford, Conn.
Republican, Springfield, Mass.
Sentinel, Eastport, Me.
Sun, Attleboro, Mass.
Advertiser, New York City.
Bulletin, Auburn, N. Y.
Daily, York, Pa.
Enquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.
Evening Reporter, Lebanon, Pa.
Farmer, Bridgeport, N. Y.
Herald, Rochester, N. Y.
Independent, Harrisburg, Pa.
CLIPPINGS FROM NEWSPAPERS 89
Independent, New York City.
Journal, Lockport, N. Y.
Knickerbocker, Albany, N. Y.
News, Buffalo, N. Y.
News, Newark, N. J.
Once A Week, New York City.
Post, Pittsburg, Pa.
Press, Albany, N. Y.
Press, New York City.
Press, Philadelphia, Pa.
Saratogian, Saratoga Springs, N. Yo
Sun, New York City.
Telegram, Philadelphia, Pa.
Telegram, Troy, N. Y.
Times, Trenton, N. J.
Commercial, Louisville, Ky.
Journal, Atlanta, Ga.
Post, Washington, D. C.
Telegram, New Orleans, La.
Times, New Orleans, La.
Times-Herald, Dallas, Tex.
Bee, Omaha, Neb.
Bulletin, San Francisco, Cal.
Chronicle, San Francisco, Cal.
Elite, Chicago, Ill.
Enquirer, Oakland, Cal.
Free Press, Detroit, Mich.
Gazette, Burhngton, Iowa.
Herald, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Herald, St. Joseph, Mo.
Journal, Columbus, Ohio.
Journal, Topeka, Kans.
Leader, Bloomington, Ill.
Leader, Cleveland, Ohio.
News, St. Joseph, Mo.
90 PULPIT AND PRESS
News-Tribune, Duluth, Minn.
Pioneer-Press, St. Paul, Minn.
Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Wash.
Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sentinel, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis.
Star, Kansas City, Mo.
Telegram, Portland, Ore.
Times, Chicago, Ill.
Times, Minneapolis, Minn.
Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.
Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Free Press, London, Can.
The University Press, Cambridge, U. S. A.