In the last half of the preceding century an event occurred which was to shake human thinking to its very foundations. The law of spiritual healing was discovered. Mary Baker Eddy, seriously injured in an accident and thought by her friends to be dying, was instantaneously healed through the revelation of the spiritual law which underlay Christ Jesus' healing of the palsied man. At once she set about to prove the availability and universality of this divine law and to put into writing her inspired conclusions concerning it.

In 1875, nine years after the accident, her book "Science and Health," as it was then titled, was published; and glorious new horizons were opened up to the world. An avalanche of misunderstanding and persecution descended upon Mrs. Eddy, similar in a measure to the misunderstanding and persecution which descended upon those earlier pioneers of thought, Copernicus and Galileo, when they dared to assert the fact that the earth was a sphere and that it rotated on its axis and revolved around the sun. It was similar, also, to the misunderstanding and persecution which descended upon Christ Jesus as he preached and practiced contrary to the established customs and beliefs of his day and revealed to the world of his time, and for all time to come, the ever-present power and love of God as Spirit.

For several centuries after Christ Jesus' advent upon earth, the new horizons he had opened up to mankind's thinking were accepted by his followers. The proofs that he gave of spiritual healing were repeated. But after a time the law of healing seemed to be lost in a maze of misunderstanding concerning Christian living and practice. And it was not until Mrs. Eddy discovered the law of spiritual healing that healing was reinstated as a vital part of the Christian church.

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August 6, 1955

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