based on the City Foursquare outlined and defined by Mary Baker Eddy
| In 1866, after having fallen on an icy street that resulted in
injuries that were deemed to be fatal, Mary Baker Eddy, reaching out to
the Christ through her Bible found herself suddenly well. The papers
She wrote about this incidence: *2
She wrote about this discovery: *3
She was also dealing with another concept, which she named Divine Science, and linked to the promise that Christ Jesus made about a new comforter. She wrote about this: *4
She used the term Divine Science in its fully capitalized version rarely, one of these rare occasions is the following: *5
Mary Baker Eddy also made extensive references to the biblical narrative of the city foursquare from Revelation 21, in her textbook on Christian Science that she published in 1875. In these references she speaks of four cardinal points and four sides to define that foursquare structure of sixteen elements in terms of horizontal relationships and developmental columns. (see illustrations)
And she did much more than that. She designed all of the major works that she created in structural conformity with this city foursquare matrix that the Apostle John had described as descending from God out of heaven as the end phase of his vision of the end all evil through scientific and spiritual development.
The most basic elements of this interrelationship brings her most
elemental works into this context. These include: The textbook on
Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy, Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures; her illustrated poem, Christ
and Christmas, that contains the metaphor for the foursquare
structure; and the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer
with her addition of its spiritual sense. In their interrelationship,
these three elements, all by themselves richly enhance one another, and
much more so when this interrelationship is brought into the context of
the formalized daily Bible
Lessons that she has instituted.
It is interesting to note that Mary Baker Eddy deals with two fundamental types of science. One she terms Christian Science, which she defines as an absolute statement; the "final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing." The other type she terms Divine Science, which she calls the Comforter that brings un into all truth; evidently referring to her structural science for spiritual and scientific development; a science designed for discovery and individual growth. Evidently, her structural interrelationship of all of her works with the Apostle John's city foursquare, is Divine Science, s structural science which John presents as the end phase of his prophesy of the end of all evil.
It is interesting to note in this context that she presents in metaphor a tablet that is divided into to two halves, which splits the foursquare matrix into two. A closer analysis indicates that this is indeed what she has done, because the first two columns represent the absolute concepts (referring to Christian Science), while the last two columns represent the unfolding of the absolute in human thought (referring to Divine Science).
It is also interesting to note that Mary Baker Eddy never officially
published any formal work on the interrelationship of the vast structures
that she was dealing with. It is as if she hid it "in three measures of meal,"
as she referred to herself (see above). Indeed, she had to do this,
because all scientific and spiritual development results from discovery,
from asking questions, from searching for answers, from creating and
resolving paradoxes, from applying the Platonic method of searching for
the truth. That is, what she provided for in rich measures. She created a
framework for discovery, for scientific and spiritual development, perhaps
the greatest ever created. The details and the complexity of this
structure is so vast that it took a 400 page research
book to document the outlined structures that has created. It is
indeed a city that opens up to infinity. But it is also profound in
nature, so that nothing more than just the most rudimental parts of it, as
outlined above, are sufficient for healing.