" If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms.  Your good will be evil spoken of.  This is the cross.  Take it up and bear it, for through it you win and wear the crown." - S&H 254:27-31
Cross & Crown

The trademark Cross and Crown emblem which appears on all publications of the Christian Science Publishing Society as well as all editions of Science and Health and other prose writings by Mary Baker Eddy indicates the authenticity of these works.  Today, the textbook no longer enjoys copyright protection, and various plagiarisms as well as unauthorized and unattributed use of her ideas are common.

In fact, she expected this wider adoption of the fundamental truths she discovered, just as the Bible has been translated by many individuals and organizations, but still retains its unique place among the world’s sacred writings.

For example, in a recent popular natural health web newsletter, Dr. Mercola asserts that “your thoughts, your attitudes, your beliefs… are more primary in shaping your life than anything in the physical world is.”  He quotes Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief  as contending that one’s “perceptions control his biology.”

Over a century ago, Mrs. Eddy wrote that “Mortal mind forms all conditions of the mortal body, and controls the stomach, bones, lungs, heart, blood, etc., as directly as the volition or will moves the hand.” (S&H 220:30-32)

Cross & Crown

Today as in the time of Jesus, the works bear witness—offer proof or validation of the correctness or inaccuracy of any teaching.  That is why Jesus’ injunction to his followers:  “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons” ring this emblem.  They are a call to every spiritual thinker to reach beyond his or her own personal needs to the needs of humanity. 

Every truth is a universal truth, and every ill or sorrow confronts mankind as a whole.  To let one’s light shine is a call to give convincing evidence of the truth of being in every way possible and to embrace all others with the unfailing Love we call God.