Honor to Whom Honor is Due

The question is frequently asked by persons mildly interested in Science, Why do Christian Scientists give thanks to Mrs. Eddy instead of to God? The question is not a fair one, because it shows on the part of the questioner a misconception of the attitude of Christian Scientists toward their Leader, and exhibits the common disposition to institute a comparison which has no basis in fact, since all true Christian Scientists do give thanks to God, and that devoutly and continually.

Let us suppose a case which will serve to make clear the point on which information is sought. A student in mathematics is confronted with a problem which does not lend itself to solution. He knows that it can be solved, but he cannot effect the solution because of his imperfect knowledge of the rule which governs this particular problem. In his extremity he appeals to his instructor, who at once perceives the difficulty, explains with patience and exactness the rule which was at hand all the time, though the student did not know it, and then the student is able by his own application of the rule to arrive at the desired result. Naturally the student is thankful for the aid extended, and highly esteems the ability of the instructor to know and apply the rules of mathematics which he himself has not discovered. But did the teacher originate the basic law of mathematics? Certainly not. The underlying principle of mathematics, of all exact science, is as old as creation. No human mind created it. It is an expression of Mind, of God. The teacher is honored because of his desire to know, because of his patient and extended investigation, and finally his command and application of the law to the attainment of a given desired end. It is apparent to all, that if one who by patient endeavor and studious application has gained an understanding of divine law receives a meed of honor and grateful appreciation, this in no way detracts from the full measure of praise due the source of that law.

Mrs. Eddy stands to her followers in the relation of a teacher to pupils. She rediscovered and stated what had so long been lost sight of by humanity, namely, the Principle of all science. She labored long and patiently to know its rule and operation, and in the face of obstacles which would have discouraged one less courageous, and which would have defeated one less grounded in truth, she gave to the world freely and impartially the result of her illumination, her study, and her demonstration. In giving thanks for the service rendered by her to humanity, there is no flavor of intent or desire to exalt her to a position which is not her due. Her followers simply seek to express that measure of gratitude which is due to one whose pioneer work has made possible the unmeasured benefits to all of this world-wide movement. Her teachings are transforming the age, and raising mankind to a higher and more satisfying conception of the allness of God and the perfection of man as His idea, and for this the many are indeed thankful.

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"Thou art ever-present"*
January 16, 1915

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