The Second Period of Christian Science

Gaining the freedom of church-building

 

 

The second development period of Christian Science culminated in Mary Baker Eddy shutting down her church and related organizations, some of which had been in operation for 13 years, in order to reorganize her church on an impersonal footing. The spiritual work for the reorganization occurred in the last two years of this 10-year period. It concluded with publication of an another milestone edition of the textbook, the 50th (Anniversary) Edition published in 1891.


She added two chapters to her textbook in 1886 that focus directly on the Adamic myths and their standing in contrast and opposed to the divine creation. Immediately thereafter she published three books, between 1887 and 1889, against the mounting prohibition against the divine idea in the public sphere. She published the books, "No and Yes," and "Rudimental Divine Science," followed by "Unity of Good."

Then the year later, Mary Baker Eddy shut down everything that she had started. She dissolved the National Association of Christian Scientists, closed her college for scientific mental healing - the Massachusetts Metaphysical College - and even dissolved the church that she had created and served as pastor. With this done, she escaped Boston altogether to the quiet atmosphere of the country setting in Concord, in order to give herself two years for a major revision of her textbook. The revised version became her famous Anniversary Edition, the 50th Edition. She may have felt like Adam and Eve who ventured to embrace the center of the spiritual landscape,. She began to see the zoo that mortal mind is playing in, and found her freedom from it by dissolving its expression in the context of Church.

She escaped to freedom and established herself on higher ground. Together with the major revision of her textbook, she also published still another major book in this timeframe, with the title, Retrospection and Introspection. The year thereafter she reorganized her church on an impersonal footing, on the basis of a deed of trust.