"Miscellaneous Writings" by Mary Baker Eddy Questions, Answers, and Literary Friendships

[The third of a series of six articles as published in the current issue of The Christian Science Journal]

THE wisdom and clarity of thought manifested in the answers to questions sent to Mrs. Eddy during the early years of Christian Science, as they appear in "Miscellaneous Writings," deeply impress every reader. That she was dealing with divine Science, which was revolutionary both in its theology and its philosophy, she was fully aware. Moreover, she knew that her published words were being carefully examined by both friends and hostile critics. Hence the wise caution apparent in many of her answers.

When asked the name of the "critique" who, under the pen name of "Quibus," had made statements friendly to Christian Science in a Boston paper, Mrs. Eddy adroitly avoided a direct answer, and without offense turned the thought of the inquirer from the personality involved to the quality of the message he had written. By this means was avoided the bringing of a sympathetic personage into what might have developed into a personal controversy.

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