Near the end of the second period
Near the end of the second period, Mary Baker Eddy closed
the door on every structure that she had created that stood on a corporate,
corporeal, or personal platform, and dissolved it, or requested that it be
dissolved. This includes all corporate and personal structures that she had
organized, even those that she had personally served over the previous 23
years since her discovery of Christian Science. They were all resolutely
dissolved in 1889.
She looked at the future, at where the church needed to be, and recognized
that one cannot build a spiritual platform for an endless future by building
on corrupt foundations. If the goal is to bring the divine infinite into
expression, every concept and convention that is encumbered with material
and personal limits, personal conflicts, is therefore a 'poison' that needs
to be left behind, in order for the field to be open to God, the infinite.
The filter that blocks the poison, is Soul.
Personal teaching; personal preaching; organizational dictates; oligarchic
practices; none of them make the grade. As Mary Baker Eddy saw it, they had
to be dissolved before a higher-level building process could begin. Her take
was that material dissolution fosters spiritual evolution. She had reached a
point in the development of Christian Science in the world, where the old
simply had to be put aside. She took the 'diapers' off, because they were no
longer useful and had become a hindrance.
She said in essence, that we have become adults in Spirit. We are the
children of light, let us walk in the light - or as Paul had put it, let us
put off the old man - for we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to