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Tenth in a series of twelve articles about Mary Baker Eddy commemorating the first century of Christian Science.

Mary Baker Eddy: Her Influence upon Theology

From the October 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Many years ago a meteor fell into the forests of Siberia, but not until much later, when the region had been completely explored, was the vastness of the impact understood. In a sense, the impact of Christian Science on theology has been made, but its significance has not yet been widely explored or acknowledged.

In the Preface of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, "A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood." She adds, "Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished."Science and Health, p. vii;

It is plain from Mrs. Eddy's exchanges with clergymen of her day and from her many references to theology that she knew the magnitude of the challenge Christian Science presents to the mode of thought she sometimes called "scholastic" or "speculative theology." Inspired theology, on the other hand—the clear, healing reasoning on God's allness which flows forth from having that "mind...which was also in Christ Jesus"Phil. 2:5;—she recognized as the keystone of the Science of Christianity.

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