Christian Science

By Mark Twain

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...CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

by Mark Twain




PREFACE

Book I of this volume occupies a quarter or a third of...

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...morning; meantime she begged me to make myself tranquil and
comfortable and remember that there was...

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...I was
eager to get to business and find relief, but she was distressingly
deliberate. She unpinned...

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...imagination."

"Then she had a real pain?"

"I have already told you there is no such thing...

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...in any way
you please it cannot be made to mean anything different from what it
means...

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...disappears.
Science so reverses the evidence before the corporeal human senses as
to make this scriptural testimony...

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...are from
Him, but the credit of the discovery of the powers and what they are...

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...absolute Principle of Scientific
Mind-healing, the sovereign Omnipotence which delivers the children of
men from pain, disease,...

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...was as it were the
sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. And he held...

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...experienced not a shade of
relief; and, indeed, the ache was even growing worse and worse,...

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...this way would be of a better quality and more lasting than
any produced by the...

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...meaning of a sole and single
unclarified passage of Scripture, and this at vast cost of...

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...from the combined fissure. A vadum separates it from the
parietal; another from the central."

It humiliates...

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...her hand upon them and said, "Have
faith--it is all that is necessary," and they went...

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...In my opinion it ought to let diseases alone
and confine itself to surgery. There it...

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...is insane; not in all things, but in religious
matters. When a thoughtful and unblessed Mohammedan...

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...a dead person knows that much. This obliges us to admit the truth
of the unpalatable...

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...and puts a mansard roof on it
and a lightning-rod and all the other modern improvements;...

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...in the world
since the birth and spread of Mohammedanism, and that within a century
from now...

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...present health and a cheerful
spirit to offer; and in comparison with this bribe all other...

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...have
added that it is a true picture of the average (civilized) human being:

"He is a...

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...in closing the entrances against sub-sequent
applicants of their breed. I think his method was to...

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...very substantial sound. They came of exposure in the
campaigns. The doctors did all they could,...

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...it seemed to." So "I was
excused, and went down to the basement and said, 'Now...

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...is to intimate that the
inspired book was supernaturally able to convey a sense of its...

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...subject who had essentially died ten
deaths a year for thirty years, and each of them...

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...will be taught in the Sunday-schools and pulpits of the
cult. Already whatever she puts her...

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...does love the Dollar, when it isn't a spiritual one.

In order to force the sale...

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...aureoled chrome-portraits and bogus autographs
of Mrs. Eddy; cash offerings at her shrine no crutches of...

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...She does with the money
it is in accordance with orders from Heaven, for She does...

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...proud of, we should soon hear of
it.

"Without money and without price." Those used to be...

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...of these--very wise people, he is quite likely to scoff at the
beneficent half of the...

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...unorganized great moral and commercial ventures; but I believe that
so long as this one remains...

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...mass of men and women are far from being capable of making such
an examination. They...

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...religious scheme, new or old, and deliver
a judgment upon it which any one need regard...

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...and of subtle intellectual fence, that fertile womb whence has
sprung every great religion that exists....

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...any of
the other customary persuasions to a godly life. Christian Science, like
Mohammedanism, is "restricted" to...

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...and acts proceeded. It is the
same with Joan of Arc, it is the same with...

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...who imagines that a
Big Tree sprout is bigger than other kinds of sprouts is quite...

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... From erudition's bower."

"Minerva's silver sandals still
...

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...every
Sunday. My favorite studies were Natural Philosophy, Logic, and Moral
Science. From my brother Albert I...

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...at last become a compact,
grammatical, dignified, and workman-like body of literature. This was
good training, persistent...

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...the latest
revision of Science and Health after the gun has been improved from
smooth-bore musket up...

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...beginning with "How unreasonable is the belief,"
should in the very same lustrum discharge upon the...

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...are mine:

"I remember reading in my childhood certain manuscripts containing
Scriptural Sonnets, besides other verses and...

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...could not be done
with a noumenon. Not even with a brick, some authorities think.

"It may...

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...Divine Principle and improves the race of Adam." Page 76.

This is too extraneous for me....

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...the
observant reader perceived the game, and enjoyed it and respected it, if
it was well played....

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...purported to be Mrs. Eddy's
writings, in the past two months. I cannot know, but I...

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...handsomest noise and come nearest
to breaking the connection; she often throws out a Forefelt, or...

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...a fresh
universe--old to God, but new to His 'little one.'"

She being His little one, as...

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...business.

The evidence for inspiration is further augmented by the testimony of
Rev. George Tomkins, D.D., already...

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...witness that ever kissed the Book, I am
sure. There is no keeping up with her...

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...reflect
an echo could get over thirty dollars a week in a side-show. Many
impresarios would rather...

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...Christian Science. Each individual must fill
his own niche in time and eternity."

I have read it...

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...them as
duty demands, we shall claim no especial gift from our divine origin,"
etc.

Our divine origin....

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...accumulated in the museum on the Other Side to start a heaven of
their own-and jam...

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...win or perish. Recklessness does not reflect, it plunges
fearlessly in with a hurrah, and takes...

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...a difficult sum for a
cripple who has not been "demonstrated over" to cipher; let it...

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...English must also be added; she is always consistent,
she is always Mrs. Eddy, in her...

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...of pastor of her Church, abolished the office of pastor in
all branch Churches, and appointed...

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...year. She has a capable commercial head, an
organizing head, a head for government.




TREASURER AND CLERK

There...

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...considerable stretches of time, but
nothing can ever permanently modify it, nothing can ever remove it.




BOARD...

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...turn insures
the splitting up of a religion into many sects. It is what has happened;
it...

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...she does, and everything
she thinks, and everything she thinks she thinks or has thought or
intends...

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...MEMBERSHIP

In this Article there is another exhibition of a couple of the large
features of Mrs....

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...if she has doubts about his value to her. A word further as to
applications for...

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...down, then, but instead she added this,
which lacks sugar:

"Failing to adhere to this By-law, the...

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...art. The belated By-law has a
sufficiently quiet look, but it has a ton of dynamite...

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...sentence in which she was
speaking of peoples, for she would not know how to untangle...

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...Eddy's words are to be the sole elucidators of the Bible and
Science and Health--forever. Throughout...

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...up for
Christ. Those who are true believers and followers know what they have
given up, and...

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...thought of it. He came
near thinking of it, for he mentions some of the subdivisions...

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...Infallible that will ever
occupy the Science throne. Many a Science Pope will succeed her, but
she...

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...reconvey forthwith said lot
of land with the building thereon to Mary Baker G. Eddy, her...

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...large value upon them now.
She could build a mighty and far-shining brass-mounted palace if she
wanted...

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...in love. And Love leadeth us
not into temptation, but delivereth from sin, disease, and death....

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...this member from its records."

My, but it breathes a towering indignation!

There are forgivable offenses, but...

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...day.

Some may be curious to know how Mrs. Eddy finds out that a member is
practicing...

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...up his head and tilt his hat over
one ear and imagine himself safe because of...

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...Dick, and Harry's clack.) Unworthy of
Membership. Final Excommunication. Organizing Churches.

This looks as if Mrs. Eddy...

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...and others refused it. At least that
is the charitable view to take of it. There...

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...as I can see, they could not do it if they wanted to. The By-laws
are...

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...Congress will reign in the Capitol then.
She probably attaches small value to the first edition...

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...advance-payments, but its
"claim" was a severe one and they had failed to cure it. But...

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...surpassed comprehension to make a sprint and catch up. These are to
be found in Art....

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...no other church."

That does not surprise us--we know by the rest of the By-laws that...

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...branch Church, and without
explaining.

11. The branch Church can have a religious lecture from time to...

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...and
rivalless and world-shadowing majesty of St. Peter's, reveals in her
By-laws her purpose to set the...

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...of deathless glory--persons and things whereof history and
the ages could furnish only single examples, not...

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...all about the world go softly
in there, in restricted groups, under proper guard, and reverently...

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...had told
me was, that in a part of the Mother-Church in Boston she had seen
Scientists...

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...of
eider-down ducks, and the toilet-room you see in the corner is of the
latest design, with...

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...is the Comforter,
leading into all Truth, and revealing the divine Principle of the
universe--universal and perpetual...

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...such things. Science and Health, edition 1899,
page 33:

"The decisions, by vote of Church Councils, as...

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...referred to is Science and
Health:

"It shall be the duty of all Christian Scientists to circulate...

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...most justifiably, as it seems to
me.

The complete Bible contains one million words. The New Testament...

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...by their policy of selling
the books at cost or below cost," etc.--New York Sun, February...

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...an organ the post-mortem would find it still
in his corpse. The man born ambitious of...

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...her finger on a button and govern the whole combination as easily
as a bench-manager governs...

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...which was incurable fifteen
years ago, and had been incurable for ten million years before; that
this...

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...and sunny and content--why, then
Mrs. Eddy will have a monument that will reach above the...

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...XI

[I must rest a little, now. To sit here and painstakingly spin out a
scheme which...

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...we have seen that, as fast
as her power grew, she was competent to take the...

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...of the Latest Word, and divinely
commissioned to deliver it to the world. The form which...

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...Idea herself? By the Great Idea I mean, of
course, the conviction that the Force involved...

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...should be nonexistent in Christians now.

To wish to exercise it could occur to Mrs. Eddy--but...

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...to examine it at all; to ask them to look at a
blemish which another person...

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...even
that modest magnitude. She has a fine commercial ability, and could
govern a vast railway system...

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...believe that she ever
wrote any part of that book.

I think that if anything in the...

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...referred had some very
advanced views on healing, but he was not avowedly religious neither
scholarly. We...

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...Healing or Christian Science, when writing
or dictating them, we have given ourselves to contemplation wholly...

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...But to reproduce this harmony of being, the error
of personal sense must yield to science,...

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...history of the early life of
Jesus. But Saint Paul summarized the character of Jesus as...

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...to the one that was
inspired for last year's edition. It is strange, but to my...

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...to change perfection? Shall we plead for more
at the open fount, which always pours forth...

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...bring--which, if
not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be made
partakers of Love.

Simply asking...

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...may pardon, but this
divine Principle alone reforms the sinner. God is not separate from the
wisdom...

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...to whom each want of man is always known, and by
whom it will be supplied.

The...

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...better,
though we give no evidence of the sincerity of our requests by living
consistently with our...

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...or we should certainly receive what we ask for. The
Scriptures say: "Ye ask, and receive...

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...any picture of that life. Such
service was not an incident of His career--it was an...

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...recognized. The Church has never been left
without a line of witnesses to this aspect of...

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...greater works than these shall he do."




APPENDIX F

Few will deny that an intelligence apart from...

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...rigid muscles, made cicatrized joints
supple; restored carious bones to healthy conditions, renewed that
which is termed...

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...no idolatry, no human
propaganda. Jesus taught and proved that what feeds a few feeds all....

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...that one, and
never claimed to be."

At a session of the National Christian Science Association, held...

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...from the name Mary. Much vexation, much
misunderstanding, could have been avoided if Mrs. Eddy had...

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...over it, and be properly thankful for the
chance. It shows how innocent he was; it...

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...here.

It is a despotism (on this democratic soil); a sovereignty more absolute
than the Roman Papacy,...

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...only reality. She allows no
one to hold office more than a year--no one gets a...

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...of the other sovereigns has limits, hers has none, none
whatever. And her yoke does not...

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..."harmonious."

I note this phrase:

"Christian Science eschews divine rights in human beings."

"Rights" is vague; I do...

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...account of." It has to mean that or nothing, if "our" is
allowed to stay. The...

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...the printer for issue in book form. In that book, by
accident and good luck, I...

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...of notorious blatherskites and criminals, he
will not hesitate to lay his private Christian honor aside...

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...grand
one, a splendid one, a sublime one, and absolutely unoccupied. Has
Christian Science confidence enough in...