Mrs. Eddy Explains

An explanation in this article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 305: 26-306:20

"My recent reply to the reprint of a scandal in the Literary Digest was not a question of 'Who shall be greatest?' but 'Who shall be just?' Who is or is not the founder of Christian Science was not the trend of thought, but to lift the curtain on wrong, on falsehood persistently misrepresenting my character, education, and authorship, and attempting to narrow my life into a conflict for fame.

"Far be it from me to tread on the ashes of the dead, or to dissever any unity that may exist between Christian Science and the philosophy of a great and good man, for such was Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I deem it unwise to enter into a newspaper controversy over a question that is no longer a question. The false should be antagonized only for the purpose of making the true transparent. I have quite another purpose in life than to be thought great; time and goodness determine greatness. The greatest reform, with almost unutterable truths to translate, must wait to be transfused into the practical and to be understood in the 'new tongue.' Age, with experience-acquired patience and unselfed love, waits on God. Human merit or demerit will find its proper level. Divinity alone solves the problem of humanity, and in God's own time. 'By their fruits ye shall know them.'"

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