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The background of The Mother Church

From the June 1982 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The founding of The Mother Church and the development of its Manual are more than past history. They bring to light the spiritual design for the whole future development of the Christian Science movement. To see this is to feel the power of the spiritual vision that enabled Mary Baker Eddy to found her Church on a timeless basis and foresee the needs that would confront it in the future. This four-part series, by the author and biographer Robert Peel, is based on his extensive historical research. It provides factual answers to distortions and misrepresentations currently circulating, which would work to destroy The Mother Church and frustrate its Founder's divinely inspired purpose.

During a time of fierce trial in 1900 Mary Baker Eddy wrote a statement with a challenging depth of meaning: "Millions may know that I am the Founder of Christian Science. I alone know what that means."The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 249.

Why—we may ask—did Mrs. Eddy, after giving her earth-shaking spiritual discovery to the world in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pour years of unremitting labor, struggle, inspiration, and love into the founding of ... a Church?

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