The discovery of the Science
of Christ healing came four years later in conjunction with a momentous healing
of her own, that of a spinal injury incurred from a fall which had left her
struggling for her life. The healing came about instantaneously, completely, and
This healing was realized in a
moment of her greatest need. As her custom was, she had reached for her Bible
and began contemplating the healing works of Christ Jesus, who had called
himself both the Son of God, and the Son of Man. She reckoned that his marvelous
healing works reflected certain fundamental truths and principles, reflected in
universal natural laws that had
enabled Jesus' works to be done. She reasoned that nothing happens in the real
world that has not a fundamental universal principle supporting it, that allows things to
happen, lawfully, and that such principles are not time dependent, but are ever operating,
and are equally effective whenever they are applied. In other words, she realized that
Christ Jesus' works reflect certain conditions of reality that apply to everyone
and for all times.
This simple reasoning caused her healing. She never believed in magic, or
miracles, or unique endowments and predestination. Since her childhood she had
protested against such notions. She finally realized that whatever
Christ Jesus had done, anyone would be able to do likewise if the laws that Christ Jesus
understood could be discovered and be applied again. This, she set out to
During the first nine years after
her own healing, that was coincident with her discovery of spiritual power, she
wrote down the fundamentals of her discoveries, but did not published them until
some years later as she had learned that this Science must first be reliably
demonstrated by healing, before anything on the subject could be successfully
By 1875 this condition was met.
Like the Bible itself, her book sold in the millions of copies over the years.
However, it was never a 'complete' book. She never claimed that it contains the
final revelation of divine Science. She merely claimed that God had
been graciously preparing her during many years for the reception of the
final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental
healing. (Science and Health p.107) The science for dealing with that
revelation of divine Principle represents not a finite religious dogma,
but is a stepping stone for enabling humanity to uplift its perception
of reality and its own nature to a higher level far above the level at
which the human problems are defined. Divine Science is our stepping
stone for applying "the
final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental
In this context,
the content of her book became more and
more clarified over the years, as her own understanding of the subject broadened.
editions of that book were eventually published by her over a span of more then 35
years. This constant updating was necessitated as new scientific advances
required corresponding clarification of the early statements of her discovery.
In other words, she became herself an ongoing discoverer in the field of the
science that she had discovered, of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental
healing. Nor will this Science ever become a closed door or a final limit, but
remains an open horizon as we progress in our celebration of the divine nature
that is reflected in our humanity. Here the Bible lessons come into play.
Like the Bible, Mary Baker Eddy's book has inspired countless individuals and
brought about cases of healing of virtually every known disease. A
hundred pages of "Fruitage" were appended to her book in later years.
They contain a small sample of testimonials of individuals who were healed by the mere reading of
the book. The body of the testimonies covers a broad spectrum of diseases
and ailments that were healed by the individual person's own pursuit of the
Science presented in her book. Also the individuals who testify have no
apparent preconditioning in scholarly, or religious attainments. Instead, they
come literally from all walks of life.
It appears only natural, therefore, that her book would be brought formally into
the context of exploratory Bible lessons, since the foundation of this Science
is rooted in the Bible, and that such lessons would become the
"pastor" of the church that she founded to reintroduce to humanity the
scientific elements of spiritual healing that was a common occurrence during the
early or 'primitive' era of Christianity.
What appears natural, of course,
has indeed happened. No personal pastor orates in her church. The Bible itself,
together with her book, are the 'pastor' of it. A structure of formalized Bible
Lessons was established by her to take the place of personal preaching. The subjects
for these formalized Bible lessons were also made standard. They are simple, but
are deeply related to the purpose of exploring the fundamental aspects of
spiritual reality. Twenty-six topics were selected by her for this purpose, to
be repeated twice a year, to cover all of the weeks in year. The topics
themselves are also structurally interrelated with the vast array of pedagogical
structures that all of her works are an inherent hart of.
For many people the lesson-sermons were profoundly significant and have resulted
to a large extend in the volume of healing that the Christian Science church had
been noted for during the decades of the late nineteenth century and early
twenties century. But like everything that becomes institutionalized, the
lessons have lost their power to inspire people. Without the vital thrust of
continuing exploration and discovery, little remained to sustain their
life-giving impetuous. So it was, that over the years the churches became
Indeed, some people could be seen to fall asleep during the services when the
lessons were read from the pulpit. Some vital element was missing. Perhaps one
should wonder if the Bible is really by now a kind of a dead book, including the science
that is based on it.
Homer's works, in contrast have not faded over the two and a half thousand years
since the time they were created. The language and story of Homer's Odyssey
still grip people's imagination, and as they do, they still stir a sense of
respect for all that is human. Homer's stories deal with the gods and goddesses
of the ancient Greek mythologies, but Homer presents the human element of
intelligence, loyalty, family, home, and honor to be superior to the power of
the gods. When honestly pursued, these elements of our humanity overcome the most
fearful odds and protect and uplift the human lot. With his epic poems, that
were widely recited, Homer secured a great victory for his people. That
changed the unfolding of the world. The same can be said about the stories in
the Bible, supported by Mary Baker Eddy's textbook is a scientific basis can be
established for an ongoing exploration of the universal principles involved. There is evidently a great
deal more contained in these pages then anything that Homer may have ever dreamed of. But why
does this rich context not grip humanity today with the same power?
The reason may be that Homer dealt with simple subjects and dramatic metaphor.
But spiritual existence isn't as simple as that. Homer never healed a cancer or
created an economy that functions productively, although he laid the foundation
for the advanced structures that would enable those higher attainments. In order
to go beyond the rudiments, more then superficial means for exploration are
required for the needed sustained progress to occur. Where there is no progress
and no further unfolding, there is entropy and chaos. Entropy is reflected in a
wind-up toy, as the wound up energy plays itself out until the toy stops. Life,
however, unfolds from the very opposite platform. Entropy does not reflect the
dynamics of life, because life is always unfolding, progressive. It can never be
static, finite, a finished book. The mythological middle road between finiteness
and infinity does not exist, no matter how much we may
wish it to exist. Reality, unfortunately, is not bound to what one may wish it
Life is the principle of existence. Since life cannot be static, entopic, or
chaotic by its own divine Principle, it can only be unfolding, progressing to ever
greater riches in beauty, wisdom, and strength. The Bible becomes static, and
then entopic when it is merely read, by which its power to move consciousness
becomes entopic as well like the depleting energy of a wind up toy. Even
Mary Baker Eddy's textbook becomes but a collection of words if it is pursued in
any other context then to further the experience of infinite unfolding.
Christ Jesus' life has been a
process of unfolding. He always demanded more and more of himself and of his
disciples. He demanded demonstrations of what they understood. Then he demanded
more of them and greater ones, as he extended the realm of their 'vision' which
had enabled them to achieve more.
Most religions are entopic in nature, because their structure is rigidly finite.
Their dogmas become a closed door, whereas the door to inquiry should be open to
infinity. Mary Baker Eddy may have been the only scientist working in the field
of Christianity who has prepared the ground for keeping the door of enquiry
open. She has done this in a unique way that was not recognized in her time, nor
during the decades that followed, and is rarely recognized even now. She
documented in her textbook on Christian Science, and in other major works, a
formalized structure for the constantly unfolding scientific and spiritual
development that reflects the dynamics of life.
This scientific development
structure is extensively explored in the nine volume research series "Discovering
Infinity." The formalized Bible lessons presented here are structured fundamentally in
accord with her scientific development structure, so that the resulting platform
for scientific and spiritual development plays a central role in the unfolding process of
exploring the lessons' topics. The resulting process interrelated discovery
opens the door to the kind of
scientific and spiritual development which makes not only the Bible lessons, but
also ones entire application of Christian Science, inherently none-entopic.