When Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder...


When Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and author of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," passed away, it was predicted by a few that the Christian Science church, which had reached its greatest influence, would by reason of her absence decline as rapidly as it had risen; yet with her passing appeared in the press throughout the entire world such genuine tributes of praise of her life and work, in special articles and in editorials, that the very reverse of this prediction was found to be the fact. So genuine were these expressions of appreciation of the life-work of Mrs. Eddy that excerpts from a large number of them were printed for some weeks in the current issues of the Christian Science publications, and requests were so numerous that these excerpts have now been issued in book form. One writer says, "There is a story of a certain old-world philosopher who, when it was asked of him, 'What constitutes achievement?' answered, 'To be able to reply Yes, every evening, to yourself, when you ask, "Have I done good to any one today?"' It would be difficult to find a more practical and efficacious test of the value of a man's life-work, and it would be impossible to find any one to whom it could more fearlessly be applied than Mrs. Eddy. Her whole life, even before she discovered Christian Science, constituted an expression of an intense tenderness for suffering humanity, and as the years added themselves to years, and she learned more and more of divine Life, Truth, and Love, she came to fulfil absolutely the exhortation of Paul to the church of Colosse: 'Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.' Building in this way for God and not for herself, she built on sure foundations. The Christian Science church which, in the brief space of forty-four years, has literally folded itself around the globe, is in this way founded upon a rock, the rock of divine service."

While few of the editorial writers lay claim to a personal knowledge of Mrs. Eddy, or indeed any personal knowledge of her teachings, they concede almost without exception that Mrs. Eddy was a wonderful woman and that she achieved a remarkable work.

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