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The Church Manual: maintaining the ‘dignity and defense’ of Christian Science

From the October 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Did you know Mary Baker Eddy revised the Church Manual more than any other of her books besides Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures? She writes about its By-Laws in part as follows: “They were impelled by a power not one’s own …. They sprang from necessity, the logic of events,—from the immediate demand for them as a help that must be supplied to maintain the dignity and defense of our Cause; …” ( Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p.