Definition of the rivers
Pison (river). The love of
the good and beautiful, and their immortality.
Gihon (river). The rights of
woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially.
Hiddekel (river). Divine
Science understood and acknowledged.
Euphrates (river). Divine
Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a
type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of
physics; the reign of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief
before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought,
the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of
Note: The rivers can be seen to 'globally' define the entire column
in which they are located, though their own definition is located in the
The major divisions
The only reference that Mary Baker Eddy has provided of how the whole
structure needs to be 'seen' is actually provided in visual form. We
find this visual metaphor provided in the form of a tablet held in the
lap of the woman of Science in the second half of the painting Christmas
Eve, the woman in the rocking chair.
Her right had, identified above as pertaining to the
concept of Church, is positioned at or near the boy's
genitals. A tablet is centered over her own genitals as if she had
given birth to it. We also see her left
hand touching the left side of it, the side that is identified above as
pertaining to the concept of Temple. We also see a girl in bright
clothing standing to her left, the side of the Temple.
The boy at her right hand, metaphorically represents
the concept of Church in its scientific dimension. We see him holding her textbook
in his right hand, reaching high up, holding up high -- the new form of
science, divine Science that had has become the new theology. The boy is
shown as if he was drawing the book from her head.
To the left of the woman of science we see the girl as the budding
spiritual sense of a new humanity. She has her right hand on the arm of
the woman of Science who has placed her left hand at the left side of the tablet,
the side of Temple. The girl represents society living in the
Temple, the spiritually conscious humanity celebrating the brightness of
her being as the reflection of her celebration of the completeness of
God. God cannot be perceived in any other form than being fully
complete, reflected in humanity as its inherent completeness that is
natural for it as the divine image and likeness. The Temple therefore
becomes an arena for celebration, both of the completeness of God and
the completeness of man.
In the background, separated by the back of the rocking
chair, we see 'old theology' representing the empire-ruled world
dominated by an elite entertaining a 'captive' society with sophistry.
On the tablet that we find in the lap of the woman of
Science we find a major division presented that divides the structure
represented by the tablet down the center into two halves.
The major division is dividing the tablet into two functional parts,
while the hand placed bedside it shows the two halves actually
consisting of four individual vertical parts.
We also find a horizontal division near the top of the
tablet that separates the top row from the rest as something unique. She
defines it as representing the Word of (God, the sublime) of Life, Truth, and
Love, as the first of four major divisions. (S&H 577) What pertains
to the top row of the horizontal divisions can be seen as our divine, spiritual resource. The
dividing line falls across the center of the lower three rows which she
also defined. She defined the lower three rows as the spiritual domain,
the moral (transitional), and the physical domain. (S&H p. 115/6)
Mary Baker Eddy also defined two terms in the Glossary of her textbook, which structurally and functionally
match the major vertical division of the structure into a right and left half. She gave
each of the two terms two separate definitions (presented in separate
paragraphs) which functionally stand side by side in their respective
half. The two defined terms are, Church,
The term Church is defined (below) as structure of
science. This term relates the right side where the rivers are
defined to relate to science (shown in
the previous chapter).
Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever
rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof
of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant
understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual
ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out
devils, or error, and healing the sick.
The term Ark (defined below) gives us the manifest sense
should experience when the structure of Church is fully
Ark. Safety; the idea, or reflection,
of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding
of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.
God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing
that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and
exist forever. The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by
However there is another term defined in her glossary,
the term Temple (defined below), which combines both aspects of Ark and also
includes the concept of the horizontal division of the lower three rows
in to an upper part relating to the spiritual domain, and a lower part
relating to the physical domain (with the whole pivoting around the
moral that she defined as transitional).
Temple. Body; the idea of Life,
substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine
of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for
Mary Baker Eddy put the distinction between Temple and
Church prominently on the table in her message for the dedication of the
great extension edifice of the Mother Church of Christ, Scientists in
Boston, Mass. on June 10, 1906. She concluded her message to the
over 30,000 who had come for the dedication service, dedicating the giant structure
that had been built and fully paid for with two million dollars received
in donations from across the land and other lands, asking if they were
aware what precisely they had come to dedicate, saying:
"You have dexterously and wisely provided for The
Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, a magnificent temple wherein to
enter and pray. Greatly impressed and encouraged thereby, deeply
do I thank you for this proof of your progress, unity, and love."
They had come to dedicate a church edifice. She called it a
temple. The Temple is a structure for celebration, celebrating
the completeness of both God and by reflection, man. The Church,
on the other had is a structure for discovery, a structure of
science, of divine Science, a workhouse in which we discover our
completeness in the reflected completeness of God. The 16
elements of her foursquare structure cover both grounds, with
the two aspects standing side by side.
All the 16 sections of the Manual therfore appear to be designed to
interrelate both vertically within their development and
horizontally with each other in the form of a reflection. They interrelate
vertically according to the definition of the 'river' that
defines the development process within a column. And they
interrelate horizontally reflecting the common cardinal point of the
specific row (or level of the structure). For example the lowest level
right across the board
represents a grouping of elements in which society is severely exposed to
failures in civilization and is urgently in need of healing. We
can find the related aspect of a specific need referenced on
both sides, reflected in Church and in the Temple. Thus in the horizontal context the individual elements
can be seen to correlate between identical positions within
the two major parts of the structure. For example a
correlation would result between element 1 and 9, or 5 and 13,
between "Temple" and "Church"
"Church Officers" (1)
The concept of "Guardianship of
Funds" is located on the bottom row as an element of
Church. The location on the bottom row tells us that it is an
element that is in serious need of healing. It has been noted in
the previous chapter that this element, "Guardianship
of Funds," when see in the universal context relates to the crucial need of
society to safeguard the value of its currency as an expression
of its inherent creative and productive power. It has been
further noted that this safeguarding is currently
failing, ensuing potentially catastrophic consequences. The vast
scope of the ongoing worldwide economic collapse indicates that a great deal of
healing is required for the process to function again to safeguard
society's currency, society itself, and civilization as a whole,
without which the physical existence of much of society is in danger
Obviously the required healing of a failure that goes immensely
deep, down to the very heart and soul of mankind in its
self-perception, cannot be achieved by merely changing governmental policy. The healing has to be won on a platform of
science that is rooted in the Sublime of our humanity and is manifest in
the spiritual dimension of the Christ principles that are
reflected in human culture and support the structure of civilization.
This pattern, of taking a healing to the deepest level in
our spiritual self-perception, extends through the entire bottom
row and finds it equivalent in both halves of Mary Baker Eddy's
foursquare structure. The position-defined equivalent section of
the Manual would therefore be the section "Church
Officers." Element 1 and 9 are both the first element
in their respective part.
So what about the section "Church Officers?"
What causes an impending crisis here that is in urgent need of
healing? In the context of Mary Baker Eddy's organizational
structure, which is designed to be functioning in the Temple, the officers are
not positioned as leaders, but are positioned at the lowest
point in the first column, in the servants
quarter so to speak, to function as the temple servants. That includes
both the Board of Directors and
the President. The demand that comes to light here is immense. It
demands in the universal context that every President, King,
Queen, Prime Minister, Viceroy, politician, or the like perceive
themselves as but servant in the temple whose task it is to see
to it that the furnace is stoked, the roof repaired, the bills
are paid, and whatever society requires to advance its general
welfare is made available to the greatest extend possible. If
this was to happen, society would function. Unfortunately we are
far from that.
The bottom line is, the king on the block is society,
celebrating the completeness of God reflected in humanity.
That's the tallest position. No one can exceed that. The only
form of leadership that is possible is reflected in the fullness
of that celebration, celebrating the profundity of it to the
fullest extend possible as Christ Jesus had defined the position
of leadership in the Temple. Any other form is mythological
Jesus rose from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took
a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a
bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them
with the towel wherewith he was girded. (reported in John
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord,
dost thou wash my feet?
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou
knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet.
Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part
Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but
also my hands and my head.
Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to
wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but
For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye
are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had
taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them,
Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord:
and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master,
have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's
feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I
have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant
is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater
than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy
are ye if ye do them.
In today's world the officers that should serve society want to
masters; potentates; the deciders in-chief; the dictators
in-chief; rulers of empires; kings in pompous palaces -- thy
want to be bowed to, cheered, respected, hailed, and be called
"leader," though they haven't got a clue what civilization is,
much less how it operates, or even what the general welfare it.
And so, the world goes to hell.
The cultural failure that we see here is a mirror image of the
cultural failure that is reflected in the section related to
"Guardianship of Funds."
When society begins to discover its inherent value as human
beings and brings it to light to the point that it finds this
value reflected in the value of its currency, reflecting its
creative and productive power, then the corresponding scene in the
change and the dance of kings will be replaced with the dance of
the temple servants. That's inevitable.
The example shows how deeply the
correlated individual elements of Church and Temple complement each other.
"Committee on Publication."
For example, on the second-lowest row we find the
Manual-section "Committee on Publication." In
specific form it pertains to the functioning of the Church of
Christ Scientist. In this context it is the
function of the committee is to correct false statements in
public literature about Mary Baker Eddy and her discovered science that she
named, "Christian Science." It is the committee task
in this context to assure that false statements in the public
media are corrected and that the truth
be published. While the committee is set up to serve a
useful function in this context, in the universal sense Mary
Baker Eddy established with this provision a model that is of
critical importance for the functioning of civilization. It
becomes a model for universally assuring truth in journalism and related
In today's world truth is largely omitted, up to 99.9%
of it in the most critical areas of published journalism. This
drifting away from the truth creates a dangerous environment for society. Frank Herbert said
in his "Dune" series of novels, "Who controls the
spice, controls the universe." In the imperial world it is
being said, "Who controls the oil, controls the world." It is
also being said in the modern world that, "who controls the media, controls the
mentality of society, and thereby owns society."
For millennia civilization has been
under the gun of the war of empire versus mankind, and as
Hitler's propaganda minister had pointed out "who owns the
media does own the nation." Guess who owns the media today? The modern empire
has its banners that boldly proclaim, though thinly concealed,
"In Lies we Trust."
is not an understatement therefore to say that truth in
journalism is one of the great pillars of civilization. It is
actually more than that. To underscore its critical importance Mary Baker
Eddy assigned the highest salary in her church to the manager of
that function related to her church, almost twice the salary
that she assigned to its directors. In time society as a whole
might institute such a function for its own self-government as a necessary
step for its self-defense in the still-raging war of empire
We assume that the news media presents the truth faithfully
and fully. In real terms we are extremely far from that happening. One
day we may get to it if we care for it enough for the truth. In the mean time
we suffer the dire consequences. A people who don't care to protect
their mentality, allowing the truth to be discounted to
zero, loose their humanity and with it their culture
Also there is again a correlation apparent between the two sides
for the specific element-position. For example, the focus on truth in
journalism and related aspects, which is focused on in the section
of "Committee on Publication" is focused on is a
similar manner in respect to the public domain, in the domain of the
Temple. We find this correlative aspect in the section of "Reading Rooms."
Specifically for her church, Mark Baker Eddy established the
institution of the Reading Room that is designed to function as a quiet place for
reading and contemplating, and as a publicly accessible library facility where Christian Science literature is made available for
purchase, loan, study, and perusal. It is designed to provide as
an oasis of peace and enrichment in the busy world of the fast hubbub of commercial competition and cultural
pollution. As a universal model the concept of the Reading Room becomes more than that. It symbolized
the responsibility of each one of society to maintain its
'reading room' -- its mental environment -- free from the raging
world of cultural warfare that imposes itself under the banner,
"In Lies We Trust!"
Society needs to maintain in its daily activities a state of spiritual peace and carefully guard
its mental sanctuary against the flood of lies that flow in the
world around it, lies that are glad in garments of sophistry, false environmentalism, racism,
corporatism, fascism, destructive political and social
structures. Maintaining ones 'reading' room therefore becomes as crucial
for the welfare of individuals as it is crucial to achieve and maintain
truth in journalism and associated aspects, such as truthfulness
in the sciences, education, and politics.
An example for the
process of maintaining ones 'reading room' is found in a recent
cooperative project of a group of youth made a major effort to help their fellow
youth to keep the mental environment from becoming destroyed by the
currently unfolding cyber revolution. The title of their
alerting project is: Is the
Devil in Your Laptop? The research results were published in
a mass-distribution pamphlet that was distributed by them by the hundreds of
thousands across the major campuses in North America. While the project touches only
the fringe of the problem, it nevertheless sets a direction that
reflects the direction that Mary Baker Eddy had established a hundred years ago with her model for the "Reading
"Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor
Another similarly interesting correlation between Church and Temple
can be found on the second-highest row from the top, connecting the
Church-related Manual-section "Church-Building" (this denotes a
process) with the corresponding Manual section in the domain of Temple,
called "Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor
While the section in the Manual
concerned with "Church-Building"
speaks about the
structure of an edifice and a deed of trust pertaining to the
land on which it stands, the title of the section speaks of a
process, the process of building. Otherwise it would not have
been hyphenated. In other words, the universal Church as a scientific
institution that shapes human culture is still in the process of
being built and will always remain so.
Mary Baker Eddy highlights this sense
of continuous Church-building in the preface to the Manual in
the last paragraph under
THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, IN BOSTON, MASS., is
designed to be built,,, thus to reflect in some degree the
Church Universal and Triumphant.
The larger sense of the dimension of Church-building
is reflective of the forever ongoing need to upgrade human
culture, giving it the highest spiritual dimension that can be
attained for it. Human culture is an accumulative progression
made up of advancing ideas that become a part of the platform of
human existence for all times, reflecting the principle of the
immortality of good.
For example, while Plato is long dead, his
scientific achievements are still with us. The same holds true
for all the achievements of good from before Abraham to beyond
our present day. The sum total of it defines human culture, a
culture that spans far beyond our lifespan and reflects the
boundless quality of Truth and Life. Civilization is a construct
of advancing culture. While the genetic development in biology is
painfully slow, human culture, which is maintained in thought and ideas,
has exceeded all previous limits by many orders
of magnitude, both in powers of expression and in the rapidity
of progression . Anthropology tells us that it took mankind a
million years to stand with a fully erect posture, while
cultural progression enabled us to build a civilization in less
than 10,000 years that makes it possible for mankind to stand on
the moon and explore the universe from it, with most parts of
this progression stemming from the last few hundred years. And
even then, our cultural development seems to have just begun.
But as history has also shown, cultural achievements are not handed
down to us on a silver platter. That Church needs to be built,
stone by stone. And the more profoundly spiritual its structure
becomes, the freer and more powerful human living becomes. This
interrelationship is extensively explored in the
previous chapter in the context of the story of
Jacob. The same dimension is also reflected in the functional
structure of the Temple in the Manual section of, "Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor
Pastor Emeritus is a title that Mary
Baker Eddy assumed for herself when she was called upon to
become the pastor of her newly created church. She refused the position
of serving personally as pastor, saying that she already speaks to the congregation
through her textbook. She suggested therefore that she assume the title, Pastor
Emeritus, which she did.
However she also said about herself in the very preface of this
very textbook: "To-day, though rejoicing in some progress,
she still finds herself a willing disciple at the heavenly gate,
waiting for the Mind of Christ." And she emphasised in
a message to her church in 1901 and again in 1902, "Follow
your Leader only so far as she follows Christ."
(Message... 01, p. 34 /02, p.4)
In the context of Church she defined
Christian Science, as the great Exemplar of the Christ-idea, and
the example of it (S&H p.577). In the context of Temple the
Science of Church becomes everyone's responsibility as pioneered by her
example. She makes the advance of human culture everyone's responsibility, powered by the most leading-edge scientific and
spiritual development afforded by the function of Church. What
begins in Church lights up the Temple. The Pastor Emeritus
thereby reflects itself in society as an obligation of it to
spiritually and scientifically light up the world.
Here an odd provision comes into play
from the Manual section of, "Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor
Emeritus." It is made the duty of any member called upon by the
Pastor Emeritus, personally represented by Mary Baker Eddy, to serve in her household without hesitation,
is so called, regardless of that member's other family obligations.
This by-law provides for servitude that borders on slavery and
may have never been implemented. However, its universal implication is profound.
Culture is the soul of
humanity. Without it, what would we have? When the call comes
upon one from the Sublime of our humanity to enrich it with ever-greater
spiritual contributions, the call cannot really be turned down,
can it? Culture is the life of society. It is a living construct
and ultimately the only true riches we have. Indeed, most of the
great scientific, spiritual, artistic, literary, and
technological contributions that have enriched human culture
through the ages were freely offered and often with an intensity
of devotion that makes slavery appear like a holiday. Mary Baker
Eddy devoted everything to her mission, as inspired by the
Christ, holding back nothing. That is the model that she sets
before us, reflected in the Temple as Pastor Emeritus, the
standard-bearer for the Christ. Her standard is the highest
spiritual achievement that she attained. That is what she
demands society to emulate. The interrelationship is well
illustrated in the painting Christmas
It appears that all the great advances
in culture were produced in this process of following the call
of the Sublime, such as the great symphonies of
music that have enriched human culture, and the great achievements in science, and likewise the
lesser contributions that aid the cultural projects, like contributions
of support. When Mary Baker Eddy published the first edition of
her textbook, the printing cost took all that she had and the
result was useless, being filled with printing errors. So she had
to get it redone, which added to the burden. Also the renting of suitable halls for her
early public presentation imposed enormous burden on her budget.
But in time the contribution were received to advance the work
that would in time uplift the whole of human culture with a
contribution that has barely begun to unfold. Many became a part
of this process in their own way. As the result, thirty years later, her work had permeated and uplifted the
nation and had spread into many parts of the world and enriched
society universally with a wave of healing which still continues
to some degree. When in 1902 the modest church edifice in Boston
was deemed too small, two million dollars were pledged
in a motion, to built a larger one to seat 5000, which was
completed and dedicated in 1906, all fully paid for when it was
donations from all over. More than 30,000 had come to
Boston to attend the dedication service that had to be repeated
all day long.
The directive by Mary Baker Eddy to
serve in the household of the Pastor Emeritus is essentially a
model for society to dedicate itself to its own cultural
advancement. If that is neglected, what is one's life
worth? When society is unprepared to serve in its own household,
then it serves as slaves to someone else, or something worse,
wasting its life in an
ultimately empty pursuit.
A story comes to mind here that appears to
be applicable. In the Gospel of John we read about a woman
named Mary who took a large supply of costly ointment and anointed
the feet of Christ Jesus with it. But Judas objected. "Why was
not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the
poor?" he asked. Christ Jesus replied to him, "the
poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always."
(John 12) That answer still applies. Modern society maintains
huge charitable organizations to still the ever-growing human
need brought on by ravishing poverty, and even then the charity is
rarely sufficient. Wouldn't it have been far more efficient for
society to dedicate its effort to the cultural requirement of
creating a poverty-free world, taking a few simple steps to shut
down the war of empire versus civilization that leaves a
trail of poverty in its wake? In the above story the woman Mary
had put the emphasis on where the efficient solution lies. Modern
society has not risen yet to match her example. It lets the
bleeding continue and supplies a few Band Aids to patch up the
worst of the wounds.
In many places throughout the Manual
Mary Baker Eddy requires the major decisions to be made "subject
to the approval of the Pastor Emeritus." The woman Mary
evidently got her approval from the Pastor Emeritus and
rightfully so, Her Sublime act was so profound that it still
remains a beacon after two millennia of passing history. The
approval by the Pastor Emeritus that is required by law in the
Manual is one of the greatest demands for constitutional
government that has ever been put into law. It literally demands the approval
of the Christ in human consciousness, so that the criterion is
determined by what most efficiently advances the cultural power
of mankind. This criterion demands absolute honesty with oneself.
No deceit is possible without deceiving oneself. If this bylaw is
understood as a universal model it becomes impossible not not to
have a new renaissance erupting on this planet. It is by far
the most spiritually demanding bylaw in the Temple.
"The Mother Church and Branch Churches"
On the top level we have a similar
connection unfolding, this time between the section "Church Manual"
pertaining to Church, and the section "The Mother Church and Branch Churches"
pertaining to the Temple.
The section, "Church
Manual," limits the use of the Manual as an exclusive structure of
the Mother Church and assures its endurance without amendments,
deletions, and alterations. The provision acknowledges its self-completeness
requiring no external improvements. It stands as a monument for
the homosexual principle explored throughout the
previous chapter. Likewise, it counterpart in the Temple, the section
"The Mother Church and Branch Churches"
acknowledges that each individual expression of Church is
sovereign, distinct, and unique. It assures that there can never
be any 'cross-border' controls or imposition
between churches of Christ Scientist, including the Mother
Can you imagine what the world would be like today if
this simple law of the Sublime was heeded in the political
sphere? All the wars would stop. Indeed, all the world wars of this and the last century
would have been avoided, from World War I to the present, which
well over 100,000,000 lives. Even the current Bush-Wars
against Iraq and Afghanistan, which accomplish nothing for
civilization and cause 30,000 deaths a months (conservatively),
wanton destruction, and are costing America $500 million a day
(conservatively) that the whole of mankind is paying for, would
simply not have been thought of.
On the political platform this single
bylaw would assure that every elected member to the U.S.
Congress and Senate, for example, would stand as a sovereign
individual. It would eradicate the rule of political parties
over them (which are not defined in the Constitution); and the
rule of the money bags, the financiers, the hedge funds, and the
cartels (that have no place in civilization); as well as the rule of the lobbying power groups,
industries, the media, and so forth; and the rule of the White
House manipulators (that are detrimental to culture). It would bring freedom and honesty to
government. Of course it would also close the door to the rule
of empire, and that would in itself be ample cause for great
"Board of Lectureship"
This combination takes us back to the bottom row
where we find the
elements that have the most immediate requirement for healing.
find the Manual section, "Board of Lectureship"
as an element of Church, and "Church Services"
as an element of the Temple.
Both sections are related to scientific
education, but of a type that is not accessible anywhere else. High schools,
colleges, and universities offer education in all sorts of
scientific disciplines, such as the science of engineering,
biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and so on, but not
Christian science, the one science that most directly supports
culture and civilization. The specific discipline of Christian
Science is not yet an element of the public education system,
even while it is of greater importance than other forms of
science and is of critical importance to the development of
culture and the advance of civilization. This crucial element of
civilization is currently addressed exclusively by a function of Church and
by its corresponding expression in a
similar function in the Temple.
The Board of Lectureship as a function
of Church provides an educational Church-resource that is
available to the public
to educate it in the innermost dimension of science, which is Christian Science, the science
that supports culture and civilization and society's supporting
homosexuality as complete spiritual beings. The reflection of it
is found in Church Service, a
Church-expression in the Temple, which provides for the public's
celebration of Science. This Church-expressed
service-function includes also a provision for an appropriate
form of the celebration of Christian Science in the Sunday
In considering the critical role that
scientific spiritual education plays for the advance of culture
and civilization one should expect the lecture halls to be full
and overflowing as an expression of Church, and likewise the Temple become a crowded place.
We are not there yet. In fact society is moving away from it.
This negative trend does not reflect a failing Church or a
crumbling Temple, but reflects the larger trend of society
loosing sight of itself. It reflects the warfare of
"cultural freedom" (freedom from culture) imposed by
the dark blanket of sophistry, the art of the sophistication of
lies, the art of empire. For over a hundred years society has been loosing itself
'progressively,' dropping ever deeper into the sewer. It has
correspondingly become a
century of war, fascism, terror, and looting, with the blanket
getting evermore dense so that hardly anyone remembers the
sunshine anymore. Now, education has been put in reverse with
the introduction of shooting games in the cyber world where blasting
people to smithereens becomes entertainment, and relationship
games and financial games become the new controllers of society
catering to the great mind-killer, consensus.
Whether society drowns in the sewer or
gets its life back depends on how badly society wants its life
back. The educational foundation to facility it has been
well-established. It only needs to be utilized. Of course the
effectiveness of the process depends also on how seriously
society is interested in the primary tool for its scientific
spiritual education, which is the
pedagogical structure for divine Science that Mary Baker
Eddy has extensively outlined has made all of her major works contributory
to, but which is barely known to exist and even then is rarely
acknowledged as something of value.
Science Publishing Society"
Mary Baker Eddy made a provision for a worldwide membership in the Mother Church of Christ Scientist,
The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.
Why would anyone want to be a member? What does it mean? It
means many things to many people. It offers a few privileges. It
also offers a form of identity and a form of punishment by
excommunication. But I don't think that where its real
The church membership lives in the Temple, not in Church. It is not a
servant of Church or Temple. It is the benefactor of them. There
are two individuals shown in the first half of the
painting Christ Healing. One is roused from the dead, and
one is facilitating the process. Both appear to be
representative of Church Membership, operating in the Temple,
healing and raising civilization up (from the dead). It is here,
in the universal sense, operating in the Temple, were the real
significance lies of the Church-process of Membership.
In the modern movie version of the Lord
of the Rings, saga by J.R.R. Tolkien the wise Lady Galadriel
gives to the hero of the saga, Frodo the ring-bearer, a sense of
the importance of his mission, in this case a great mission to save mankind.
"This task is appointed to you," she says to Frodo,
"if you can't find a way, nobody will." This must also
be said about us and each human being.
As human beings we have
been given a mission to create a civilization that is expressed
in a higher manifest of life than has ever been see before on
this planet, a spiritual mission, a metaphysical mission, a
mission to enrich the Earth, a mission that no other form of
life can carry out, but which mankind is uniquely capable of by
virtue of mankind's profound intelligence and creative and
productive power as the reflected image of God. Ultimately this mission might include
spreading life through the galaxy.
The mission itself is powered by our
culture, and we all share in this mission universally by
enriching human culture. And so, it must be said about our
individual part in the mission that a task has been appoint to
us, and that if we can't find a way to fulfill it, nobody will.
In that case we'll die without ever having truly lived and
without the faintest evidence that we ever existed. Our
individual mission is unique and individual so the truly nobody
but us can fulfill it. If we don't fulfill our task, it remains
undone, and human culture is cheated by a lost potential. That defines
our membership in humanity, unfolding in the temple. We have
been given a talent to advance human culture, if we don't do it
"The Christian Science
Publishing Society" exists to support that mission. It
becomes a resource for us in carrying out our mission. It doesn't exist
as an indoctrination institution, nor as an arbitrator to
authorize perception, but exists as the facilitator for the
resulting leading edge research papers and books of an actively publishing
society of members of the church. Naturally, what Mary Baker
Eddy has put on the table here is a tall demand, but it is not
different than the one she made herself of the printing company
that printed her early editions of her textbook on Christian
Science, a most revolutionary work at the time. She challenged consensus.
The printer went along with that. Consensus is the mind-killer.
An alert publisher might have realized that even then,
acknowledging that consensus
closes the door to the leading edge of discovery. That is what
currently keeps the Christian Science Publishing Society
The section on "Discipline" covers
a wide range of topics, but they all merge into one, namely that
has nothing to do with punishment, but with assuring the most
efficient path to fulfilling one's mission as a human being. If
discipline is not observed, the mission fails. That is where the
punishment comes in. It is always self-imposed. While the Board
of Directors has the power to excommunicate a member, meaning
that the offender's name be dropped from the membership roll,
such actions bear no weight in the universal domain. Nothing can
touch a person's identity as a spiritual being or alter the
scope of one's mission to advance civilization. Removing a name
from a list doesn't really alter anything, unless it affects
one's self-recognition and self-acceptance.
The element "Discipline"
is located in the first column, which is the functional correlative
of the third column with its river 'flowing' in the world of
understanding and acknowledgment -- "Divine Science
understood and acknowledged." The functional correlative
of understanding and
acknowledgment, would be the quality of recognition and
acceptance unfolding in the Temple
where it is defined in the first column as the love of "the
good and beautiful and their immortality." The quality
of recognition and acceptance of ones own and one-another's
spiritual fullness completeness becomes the real discipline, a
discipline in thinking that is demanding, but highly rewarding.
It is an active discipline that fulfills the passive demands
that are normally called discipline, such as to mental and
physical invasion and rape. Recognition and acceptance close the
door to the invasion of one-another and rape on the whole front
of human interaction; sexually; economically; financially;
politically; militarily; socially; intellectually; and so on.
The process of "Discipline" in this sense reflects
the process of the Decalogue. The Decalogue presents largely a
collection of passive moral demands, such as "thou shalt
not kill," and "thou shalt not steal,"
and "thou shalt not commit adultery," and so
on. (Exodus 20) However, each passive demand stands an active
principle by which the demand becomes met without fail. For the
case of adultery the German translation adds a unique facet
where the passive directive is, not to break the honourable bond
(ehebrechen), such as the bond (or bonds) that love has forged.
here the discipline of recognition and
acceptance opens a whole new scene for a more profound social
platform. These are the wider implications of 'membership' in
the universal sense.
The weighty matter in respect to
Church is actually located in joining the membership. The application
form for joining that membership needs to be signed by an approver, one who approves of the applicant. Each
application form has the following note attached relating to the
status of the approver: "If you have been taught by
a loyal student who has taken a degree at the Massachusetts
Metaphysical College, or by one who has passed an examination by
the Board of Education, fill this blank." Mary Baker
Eddy urges the
applicant to evaluate the approver, and to determine if he or
she is qualified as an example for the mission that the individual
The wording of the note is interesting.
The approver can be one who has passed an examination by a
Board, or has taken a degree at Mary Baker Eddy's college. The Board awards a
bachelor's degree, CSB and issues certificates. That's the
current practice. But only the college
can award the doctor's degree CSD. However, the college stopped
functioning when Mary Baker Eddy died and thereby stopped
awarding the degree, though she remained its President. Thus her note suggests that a degree at the college that she is
President of can still be obtained, by the deeply conscious act
of taking it, based on "Divine Science understood and
acknowledged" as it is taught by her through the totality
of her works in a spiritual process. Note: the element "Teaching
Christian Science" is located in the second horizontal
row, the domain that she defined as, spiritual. Here the
spiritual dimension is primary, rather than the physical
Today's convention is that college-course
can be taken, but that the resulting degree is always awarded. But with
with Mary Baker Eddy's college still intact as a spiritual
institution, with Mary Baker Eddy retaining in the position of
President, it is possible that she suggests that someone who is taught by
Mary Baker Eddy through her writings (in her college) and is by his own honesty qualified
for the degree because of the work accomplished, is authorized to
"take" (assume) the corresponding degree (but without
receiving a certificate that is irrelevant in an environment of
self-acceptance). Also, the degree that
is thus taken is the higher degree, the CSD degree, instead of the CSB degree that is
awarded with a certificate by passing an examination if front of
as is the current practice.
A certificate is needed only for formal teaching, not for one's
self-acknowledgment and self-acceptance.
In this context the public
is alerted that the process of one person sitting in judgement
over another person's achievement is inefficient and uncertain, and
shouldn't be trusted any further than a bachelor's degree
suggests. Mary Baker Eddy seems to suggest that a degree taken from the
standpoint of a person's deepest honesty with himself, or herself,
is more trustworthy and is of greater value, which raises the
whole question of certificates versus achievements, or one
person certifying another.
When building a civilization, which is
everyone's mission, the mission of Soul, shouldn't the
individual person not rather be known by his or her achievement which enriches culture and transcends the ages.
This means that a certificate only measures the temporary, while
the eternal should really be measured. That puts on the table a
critical determinant for the entire system of education with
far-reaching consequences. It also defines the parameter of our
individual mission as spiritual human beings.
"Board of Education"
These two elements belong to the highest row where our divine
resources are represented.
The subject of "Meetings" here pertains to
the regular Annual Meetings of the Mother Church at which only
the officers are required to be present. The members are not
barred, but neither are they required to attend as no special
befit would be derived from it.
The current convention is, and has been for a long time, that
thousands are coming for a mass gathering at Annual Meeting time
to be entertained with speeches and presentations. But as Mary
Baker Eddy points out in the painting Seeking
that the spiritual resource for individuals is not located in
such meetings, but is located in the individual member's unity
The same sense is reflected in the Manual section, "Board
of Education." The central focal point here is the position
of her college. She writes about the college in the preface of
her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
The first school of Christian Science Mind-healing was
started by the author with only one student in Lynn,
Massachusetts, about the year 1867. In 1881, she opened the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College in Boston, under the seal
of the Commonwealth, a law relative to colleges having been
passed, which enabled her to get this institution chartered
for medical purposes. No charters were granted to Christian
Scientists for such institutions after 1883, and up to that
date, hers was the only College of this character which had
been established in the United States, where Christian Science
was first introduced. During seven years over four thousand
students were taught by the author (Mary Baker Eddy) in this
College... She closed her College, October 29, 1889, in the
height of its prosperity with a deep-lying conviction that the
next two years of her life should be given to the preparation
of the revision of SCIENCE AND HEALTH, which was published in
1891. She retained her charter, and as its President, reopened
the College in 1899 as auxiliary to her church.
She never vacated her office of the President of the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College but established a Board of
Education for it, consisting of the President (the position she
retained), a Vice-President, and a teacher. The question needs
to be asked why she didn't resign her position? In fact she
complicated the issue by specifying "The signature of
the teacher and of the President of the College shall be on all
certificates issued," while also stipulating that
"Teachers must have Certificates." (Manual p.85
Did she suggest that all formal teaching of the science of
Christian Science must grind to a halt without her presence?
After all, a dead person cannot sign certificates, but
certificates are required for all teachers.
With this consideration another question comes to the
surface: Is Mary Baker Eddy dead? Or is the President of the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College a position that has been
established and rests within mankind's cultural continuum of
discovered and established spiritual ideas, a continuum that
never ends? Didn't she thereby retain her position as the
primary teacher? In actual practice, this is the case today. Her
position as the primary teacher is still essential, simply
because there is not not a single teacher in the field today who
is able to teach from the position of her pedagogical structure
of divine Science that she made all of her major works
subjective to as contributory structures. In fact, there is
nobody in the field today, or ever has been, apart from the
President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, who is
qualified to teach Christian Science. Therefore no teaching is
actually happening as the result of this fundamental deficiency
of not knowing what Christian Science really is based on.
In time this deficiency will likely be corrected and the
process as outlined in the painting Christian
Unity may begin to unfold, which of course is foundational
for the work of the "Board of Lectureship"
(which is liked to by this painting) which cannot really
function until the primary deficiency is dealt with.
Mary Baker Eddy may have expected the deficiency to have been
dealt with before her passing, at which point the college could
have had a new President. But this was not to be. Nor could she
have imposed her
pedagogical structure onto the field, though she had made
all of her works contributory to it. Such an imposition would
have created a dogma instead of opening the scene to the process
of discovery, which is the leading edge of Science. Christian
Science resulted from a discovery and needs to remain on this
platform, as the process of discovery is one of the key elements
in human culture without which it wouldn't exist.
In the mean time, until the process of discovery comes anew
to Christian Science no degree can be awarded in the Board of
Education as none of the signing officers are aware of, much
less understand, the very foundation for what the college is
designed to be teaching. Still, Mary Baker Eddy didn't close the
door completely. She suggested in her application forms for
Church membership that the degree that cannot be awarded, can however
be simply taken by one who understands and can acknowledge his
right to do so.
We face a cultural failure here that is not uncommon in the
larger world. In many an election for the leaders of State, none
of the candidates who stood for election, or were allowed to
stand, were actually qualified for the task, resulting in
enormous tragedies in society. In this sense Mary Baker Eddy's
continuity as the President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical
College, and the huge challenge that this presents for teaching
Christian Science, stands as a model for the kind of challenge
that society as a whole must recognize and master in order to
assure the continuity of civilization which is increasingly
threatened by society's failure to recognize and master this
Mary Baker Eddy's
pedagogical structure (a research presentation)
The Church-Manual elements in vertical alignment
There are four columns in the structure of the Mother Church of Christ
Scientists, the first two relating to Temple and the last two relating to
Church, but they are all related to metaphysical healing of every disease known, including the most
devastating and most deadly disease ever known of
the face of the Earth that so far has defied all attempts of healing. It's name
is, "empire," a mental disease that has been raging for four millennia
and has been shredding human culture as fast as it was being built and now
stands poised to eradicate civilization. The disease has grown in sophistication,
but its fundamental nature has not changed.
It stands fundamentally on four
distinct pillars, which the structure of the Mother Church of Christ Scientists appears to be specifically
designed to counter, and with it affect the healing of society from its debilitating impositions.
Each of the pillars of empire comprises a specific attack on the nature of the
human being and society as a whole. The attack is carried out in each case through a process of degradation
aiming for the destruction of civilization for the simple reason that the rule
of empire has
no roots in civilization and cannot survive within it.
Historically in the war of empire versus civilization has been fought against
mankind (and is
still being fought) on four major fronts.
(1) The claim of a mission -- the
supposed divine right of kings to rule, to suppress, to loot, etc..
(2) The mythology that the
human being is not human.
(3) The right of property -- the feudal platform for
looting expressed by the modern financial empire-apparatus.
(4) The process of erosion
to grind civilization down; to grind it into the dust of impotence, causing its internal collapse.
The last three of these aspects have become prominent in a big way in a
timeframe that coincides with Mary
Baker Eddy's timeframe, which also was a timeframe of scholarly prominence. It
is not likely therefore that Mary Baker Eddy would have been ignorant about these
developments. It is more likely that her scientific platform for healing would
have included a strong focus on healing the disease of empire, which the Church Manual
appears to be specifically designed to address in its universal context. In this respect the the
remainder of this article is focused on exploring the functional coincidence of
the four columns of Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual with the four fronts in the war of empire versus
The sequence that appears to work the best for this particular study is to
look backwards, that is, to
begin with the grossest attack on mankind, the attack on the metaphysical nature
of man. The exposure that society suffers on this front is what the 4th column appears to be designed to
counter and heal. This exploration is then
followed by exploring the second front related to the second column (the
correlative to the fourth column); followed further by exploring the third front
and its correlative, the first front.
So, let's begin.
The defense of mankind the 4th column:
Committee on Publication
Board of Lectureship
Here we deal with the empire-process of erosion, which is designed to grind
civilization down into the dust of impotence, aiming to cause its internal collapse. This
goal is not rooted in conspiracy theory. It's an openly stated policy of empire, formally put on the
table in 1884 with the founding of Fabian Society, the policy arm of the then
British Empire and remains to the present day the policy center of ruling oligarchical power
structure. Also it remains centered in Britain, the host of a vastly expanded
empire, while its front-men around the world determine
the policies of nations.
The root of the name, Fabian, is located in Roman history. One of the founders of the
Fabian Society, Frank Podmore suggested that the group should be named after the Roman
General, Quintus Fabius Maximus, whose claim to fame is his military strategy of
weakening a superior opposition by harassment operations rather than becoming
involved in head-to-head battles. Fabius had aimed to circumvent the military superiority
of the Carthaginians when Hannibal invaded Italy. Instead of facing Hannibal
battle he kept his troops just close enough to prevent Hannibal from
functioning. His strategy was to stage a war of attrition, to harass the Carthaginian foraging
parties, to limit Hannibal's ability to wreak destruction while conserving his
own troops. In an over-all sense he was implementing a "scorched earth" policy
designed to prevent Hannibal's
forces from obtaining grain and other necessities of life. The policy succeeded
grinding Hannibal down, grinding him down into impotence. This policy saved the
fledgling Roman Empire back in in 200-BC. It became famous by its success. Thus
it became the modern policy of empire in the war of empire versus civilization.
Military professionals have associated Fabius' name with this unique strategic doctrine known as
the "Fabian strategy,"
The imperial Fabian Society believed that capitalism, as
practiced by the American System of Economy, which also had rapidly spread in notoriety
across Eurasia, had created an "unjust and inefficient environment"
(an increasingly impossible environment for imperial rule) so that the Fabian strategy would
therefore offer the only possible hope for the continued existence of any empire.
They agreed, hiding under the socialist garment, that the ultimate aim of the
group should be to reconstruct "society in accordance with the highest
'moral' possibilities" (as laid out in the doctrine of empire, such as
extreme private monetarism and private militarism). This doctrine became
expressed in official strategy,
a coordinated strategy of empire. With the founding of the Fabian Society the
march was on towards 'permanent' war that shaped the world-scene of the last
century extending to the present.
In real terms the Fabian policy isn't anything new. It
is merely a coordinated extension of the old Venetian policy that had been developed
in response to the Golden Renaissance that spread from Italy all across Europe,
with major transformations happening in France and later in England. Only one
big dark spot had remained on the European landscape in the Golden Renaissance
environment. This dark spot was the Venetian
Empire, the slave trader and financier-looter of the old world. A military
alliance was eventually set up to rid Europe of this dark spot that the Venetian Empire had
become. However, the forged alliance, The League of Cambrai (app. 1508), was eventually
betrayed by the Pope by which it fell apart in 1516. Thus the black empire, the
Empire of Venice, was saved. Recovering from its shock it promptly set out to destroy the
Golden Renaissance that had threatened its
existence. It developed a political scorched-earth policy, staging religious
warfare. It created the Reformation and then the Counterreformation. The latter
was implemented by
the Jesuits (app. 1534) the "foot-soldiers of the Pope - "soldiers for
Christ." The end result was an 80 years-string of war, ending with the Thirty Years
War that was finally shut down in 1648 with the Treaty of Westphalia after a third
of the population had been killed and the economies of Europe lay devastated.
In the shadow of the religious-war devastation the Venetian Empire (its oligarchy) found a new fertile ground
for its 'foraging' in
the Netherlands from where it eventually extended itself into England with the
invasion of Prince William of Orange, who became William III in 1689 and set the
stage for England to become an oligarchy. The ruling power thereby became the private financier
oligarchy, which though the infamous East India Trading Company became an effective
private world empire from 1763 onward. Backed by the world's foremost sea power (in
Venetian tradition) the Empire's looting reach became global, reaching from India to the
However, with the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia
a new platform for civilization was born -- the institution of the sovereign
nation state -- the opposite of empire. This breakthrough in cultural development paved the way for the
founding of the USA as a republic on a platforms that is totally divorced from empire and
with an opposite practice, especially in economic practice, a practice built on
the pioneering renaissance
principles, the principle of the sovereignty and of the dignity of the human being.
Thus the USA became the number-one enemy and the prime target in the war of empire versus
civilization. However every military attempt by the British Empire to recapture its American colonies ended in failure, with
the last failure being the Civil War that
ended in 1865. It probably became apparent that a nation built on high moral
principles could only be disabled from within.
It must have come as a shock then to the British Empire when
Christian Science was founded in America that once again raised the moral platform
and lifted it higher than anyone had for centuries, and
established the identity of man on a spiritual platform with an amazing potential for healing.
The dawn of Christian Science must have shocked the British Empire as much as
Christ Jesus had shocked the Roman Empire. It appears that the empire reacted.
Specie Resumption Act in 1875 might have been response to the new situation, and
possibly in response to the first edition of Mary Baker Eddy's textbook, Science
and Health, that was copyrighted in 1875 but which was evidently completed
before that time. The rapid expansion of Christian Science with its textbook
already in its 9th Edition in 1884 might have led to another imperial response
in the form of the founding of the Fabian Society in 1884. The Fabian ideology
was evidently already in the development stage for some time prior to the society's
actual founding, which appears to be evident by the fact that all of the 20 names related to the Jacob's story, the story
focused on the debilitating effect of inner emptiness and the healing of it (see the previous chapter) were
already in place in the Glossary in 1884. It appears thereby that Mary
Baker Eddy's treatment of the developing imperial policy structure towards
creating inner emptiness in society was incorporated quite early into the design
of her foursquare pedagogical structure.
The Fabian ideology is an ideology focused on the "scorched Earth" strategy
of creating inner emptiness by grinding down its support structures.
We see this policy-direction now reflected evermore in many places around the world in the
grinding down of science, education, art, health care, infrastructures, industries,
finance, social support structures, including the grinding down of culture itself
in a project started in 1951 with the Congress for Cultural Freedom (meaning freedom
from culture, since culture is freedom).
In the aftermath of the American Revolution, which had been to a large part
inspired and supported by the leading-edge intellectual elite of Europe, the
empire responded with a "scorched Earth" strategy against the
intellectual elite of Europe for which the French Revolution was staged primarily
by the empire. While a few Aristocrats also lost their head in the unfolding
hubbub, the major thrust of
the Jacobin terror operations was to eradicate the intellectual foundation of
society, a policy that Napoleon
carried forward against all of Europe in his more than twenty wars. The thrust
was then, as it is still, to create an empty society. Mary Baker Eddy's thrust in
the last column of her pedagogical structure is to counter this trend towards emptiness through the offices
of Lectureship, truth in journalism, Church-building, and the recognition of the
Manual as a model for natural government to advance civilization and to obsolete
the war of empire against mankind.
The fundamental fact that all the Fabians in the world, and all their horses
and all or their men, cannot touch, much less assail, is the scientific divine
fact that man is a spiritual metaphysical being that cannot be
diminished, just as God cannot be diminished by any means or any
power. Whenever the physical evidence suggests otherwise, we look at the wrong
evidence, because the real evidence lies in the spiritual which supersedes the
physical. The only means by which we can diminish our life-experience is by
subjecting ourselves to the pathetic practice of smallness in thinking, the kind
of thinking that one of the great pioneers of the Golden Renaissance called, Learned
Ignorance. Mary Baker Eddy provided a definition for it that applies here
(that applies to the 4th column). This is the last of four definitions for the
name Adam respective of God. She writes in the Glossary, "The name Adam
represents the false supposition... that the one God and creator entered what He
created, and then disappeared in the atheism of matter." If we bow to this
sophistry of learned ignorance the Fabiens have their day and all hope is lost.
But if we look deep into the heart of reality -- our native air: Holy
Ghost. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love
-- then our future will be as Mary Baker Eddy defined the 4th column: westward,
to the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of
Harmony. (S&H 575)
The defense of mankind in 2nd column
The Mother Church and Branch Churches
Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus
In the second column we face the mythology of empire, that the
human being is not human, much less reflecting the divine. History gives us
an interesting example.
The American Independence was declared in 1776. In 1783 the
British Empire's first war was lost that it fought in a desperate attempt to recapture
its colonies. The military defeat was officially acknowledged by the
1784 with the Treaty of Paris, which acknowledged the existence of the USA as an
independent nation. Five years later, in
1789 the USA established itself internally as a brand new
nation with a new
The US Constitution was adopted in 1787.
While the Constitution was being ratified by the individual States, near
the end of 1788, the old
Congress that had been still
operating under the Articles of Confederation, voted for its
The Articles of Federation no longer applied. In 1789 the new government under
the most advanced Constitution ever created began its operations.
this timeframe in which revolutionary changes swept the world, with
the curtain fast falling on the Empire, the Empire began to retaliate through
the back door in typical Venetian fashion. Its retaliation began with a scientific fraud by the Venetian monk
Giammaria Ortes (1713-1790) who conjured up the image of a dying world, caused
by overpopulation. In the last year of his life, Ortes published a raving attack
on the human population under the gentle sounding title, "Reflections on the
Population of Nations in Relation to National Economy." In his attack on
humanity the fraudulent notion of the earth's "carrying capacity" was
put on the table, for which he set up an an absolute maximum of 3 billion
people. It was a fraudulent notion even then,
because it was well demonstrated during the Golden Renaissance and onward that
the development of mankind was not a function of the good graces of the Earth,
which were rather meagre, but was a function of the creative power of the human
being, reflecting scientific and technological progress, a metaphysical trend.
The publication of
Ortes' attack on mankind was launched in 1790, the following year after the U.S.
Constitution was enacted. The timing suggests that
with the publication of this
scientific fraud a new phase in the war of empire versus civilization was
Ortes' hoax was certainly a clever fraud. He compared mankind with a herd of cattle that is limited in size by the size of its pasture
so that the herd must be culled in order to protect the pasture form being
overgrazed. With this comparative fraud on the table, the Empire gave itself the mandate to
do the culling of mankind. The worst atrocities, of which there were many, now
were said to serve a benign purpose.
Of course the fraud remained a
If Ortes had
been correct in saying that the "carrying capacity" of the Earth was a
function of the quality of the Earth, like a heard of wild cattle is dependent
on the quality of the land that an animal herd cannot improve with its own
resources, then mankind would have lived in a totally different world than the
one in which Ortes found himself. If Ortes had been correct the world population would would have remained
limited to the low population
level that came out of the last Ice Age because
the Earth itself hadn't changed dramatically
in those 10,000 years.
However, mankind had changed. Mankind had developed the technology of
agriculture, irrigation, land cultivation, fertilization, and evermore
energy-intensive agricultural methods.
At Ortes' time mankind had
developed the means to support a world population of 800 million. That's a far
cry away from the 5 million population that the Earth by itself had been able to
in a primitive fashion.
Unfortunately Ortes' fraud has been surprisingly successful. The
fraud created a world in which society has been 'educated' to hate its own
development, to even curse itself as a cancer on the earth, and to slavishly
follow their demoralizing leaders like so many sheep lined up to the
Ortes evidently knew that his "carrying capacity" song
was a fraud, and so did all the Empire's stooges and all the Empire's so-called
geniuses' who tirelessly continued singing this fraudulent song. The British
Empire's infamous pimp, Parson Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), the author of
the Essay on the Principle of Population (published in 1798) extensively
plagiarized Ortes and invited the whole of society to his depopulation
whorehouses, the infamous workhouses that used people up. All of Malthus'
arguments for depopulation, especially the depopulation of the poor, were
already contained in the writings of Ortes. Scholars point out that the
entire school of the ensuing British Philosophical Radicalism from Malthus
onward regurgitates Ortes. This trend of philosophical plagiarism includes the
'works' of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1732), James Mill (1773-1836) and John Stuart
Mill (1806-1873). Thus, the most honored British empiricists (possibly by their
lack of freedom to speak the truth) saw themselves forced to slavishly
plagiarize the ranting of a decadent defrocked 'Venetian' monk who might
therefore be recognized as the original master of all modern 'scientific' liars.
Perhaps the Empire's most honored scientific geniuses in the barnyard of Ortes was Charles Darwin
(1809-1882). By his own admission, he was 'inspired' by Malthus, the disciple of
Ortes, the original author who was defining the human being as basically an animal
instead of as a unique spiritual being with an intellectual quality that no animal
has ever come even close to in the entire billion-year history of the proliferation
of life on this planet.
Darwin put the scientific stamp on the fraud of Ortes. With it
he opened the door to the perception of lesser human beings and superior human
beings, as a kind of extension of the fraud of Ortes, that became known as social Darwinism. While
Darwin didn't go as far on this
trail as Aristotle went to justify slavery as a good thing -- Aristotle insisted that the slaves
benefit from the naturally superior virtue of their master and are ennobled
thereby -- Darwin
nevertheless went that direction and inspired his cousin Francis
Galton (1822-1911) who added his own invention. Galton advanced the science of social Darwinism into a new science, called
Eugenics, the science (of the genetically impure that Hitler latched on) that justified the sterilization
and eliination of the unwanted
populations like the immigrants and the poor.
Since permanent sterilization rarely
ever happens truly voluntarily by the victims, Eugenics should not be labelled a science, but a
crime, a crime against mankind and against God. This crime is still
being carried out under the original doctrine of Ortes, but with a new political twist
as a policy to
limit Third World economic development so their their raw materials can be preserved
for the needs of empire as was spelled out under the 1974 U.S. National
Security Study Memorandum 200 doctrine, which names 13 nations as targets for
depopulation measures, including Brazil. One of the lesser-known crimes
along this line is that inflicted onto the Brazilian women of the poor with a policy of mass
sterilization under NSSM 200. The Brazilian Health Ministry discovered that an estimated 44% of all Brazilian women of child-bearing age
have been permanently sterilized by private imperial institutions, with double
the figure (an estimated 90%) of all Brazilian women of African descent having
been sterilized. That's
huge genocide by any standard in a nation with a black population that is the second
largest in the world, second only to Nigeria's.
(see: Seeds of Destruction and 1994
- STERILIZATION OF WOMEN IN BRAZIL)
"The Earth has Cancer and that Cancer is Man," proclaimed
the banner headlines in the late 1960s when the masters of the modern world revived the terrible lie of
Ortes in a big way. The so-called "carrying capacity" hoax was then,
and still is, being dragged
before mankind for it to swallow as a poison. And a poison it is! It is served
up by some of the most noble and respected institutions, including the U.N.,,
whose leaders in the service to empire have prostituted themselves to singing
Ortes' fraudulent song, some demanding a combined world-population reduction by
85%, even 90%. And they sing that
song well, since society now cheerfully dances to the tune played by their pipers.
Doesn't anyone agree that there are too many people in the world?
The great lie of Ortes is a lie against God. Mary Baker Eddy
defined this lie under the term Adam in respect to God. The portion of this
definition, for the second column, reads: "The
name Adam represents the false supposition... that the infinite enters the
finite, that intelligence passes into non-intelligence, and that Soul dwells in
material sense." If we bow to this lie, which is prominently reflected
in the sophistry of Ortes, then we have no hope, for in joining the traitors
against God we have nothing to celebrate in the Temple and thereby all hope
vanishes with it.
brainwashing with the Ortes-type of sophistry is strong. It has worked so remarkably well that hardly anyone is
even interested in hearing the truth. And the truth is, the world needs ten
billion people to build the infrastructures and technologies to get an advanced
society through the next Ice Age, supplied totally with food resources from
indoor agriculture. The truth is that as human beings we have that kind of capability
to fully meet this vast kind need, and much more so the little needs of of today. The
truth is that we have every justification that one cares to name to celebrate ourselves as
the brightest stars in the heaven of life, and to accept that nothing less would reflect the
infinite God. The truth is, mankind is a metaphysical society with unbounded
resources in its spiritual dimension where the physical factors are determined
by the spiritual factors that are expressions of God. Mankind is limited only by its subjection to
empire that defines mankind as a cancer on the Earth instead of a creator of
resources for the unfolding of life. Once the
factor of empire is put out of the way, the sky is the limit and all of its
stars, or as Mary Baker Eddy defined for the second column: "eastward,
to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of
Jesus demonstrated to some degree that there are no physical
limits standing in the way of mankind's unbounded development. Only self-imposed
limits stand in our way. This is a spiritual fact, a divine reality. This is what the Church
services are instituted to celebrate in the Temple; providing a continuing
platform for celebration. The spiritual fact is that the divine idea man is inherently
complete, whole, and substantial, because God is complete, whole, and substantial;
and that therefore man is unbounded, including all right ideas, because God is
unbounded and includes all. This fact defines man not like a wind-up toy that
has spent all its energy, but as a spiritual being with the quality of life that
is ever expanding from its boundless base. Once this quality becomes recognized
as symbolic with the sun and is accepted as the reality of our being, then our
individual reading rooms will be filled with light. Then we cannot hesitate to
take on the mission of the sun that the Pastor Emeritus exemplifies, a mission
defined by the Christ in which we find our 'sonship' with God. That's what we
bring to the Temple, the place of celebration in recognition of the completeness
of man and our acceptance of it in our celebration of the universal sovereignty
of all individuals, societies, nations, and churches as it is spelled out in the Manual for the relationships of The Mother Church and Branch Churches.
The defense of mankind in the 3rd column
Board of Education
Teaching Christian Science
The Christian Science Publishing Society
Guardianship of Funds
This is logically the first column in the dimension of Church. The mythology that we face
here is the ancient mythology of the right of property -- the feudal platform for
looting society expressed in the modern financial empire, a looting that has
become so intense that it threatens to collapse the entire world-financial and
economic system. We are told that Christ Jesus overthrew the tables of the
money changers. Even the Decalogue states: "Thou shalt not covet
The Decalogue doesn't actually use the term property, because the term probably
didn't exist at the time. Since the commandment, not to covet property, is the
last of the ten, the scriptural writer went into a long explanation as to what
property is by explaining what one would claim for oneself (or steal from
society) if one falls into the mythological property-trap, a trap that inspires
a sense of lack and incompleteness in life, a sense of such emptiness that one
would use force in order to get fulfilment for one's perceived emptiness. The scriptural writer lists
a few examples for property, in terms of what is valued as property, like a house,
a wife, a servant, an ox, an ass, or anything that is ones neighbor's. In today's world
the convention of 'stealing' from one another has become an unwritten covenant.
We say to one another, "I like your house..." "Oh, it's not for
sale." "I'll give you a million." "It's still, not for sale, there
is a housing shortage." "I'll give you two two million!"
"OK!" Thus a benchmark has been established for the value of houses.
All other buyers have to meet the benchmark price, whether they can afford to do
so or not. And so the world gets poorer.
After the sale of the house the two parties go to a bank. A mortgage is written to
cover the two million. The seller is happy. The Buyer is happy, The bank is
happy, because it now owns a debt, which it calls an asset. It counts the asset
as collateral, which enables it to create more credit, in most cases three times
as much. "Is anybody wanting to buy a house?" the bank cries.
"Money is plentiful." And so more houses are sold, and their prices go
up, and bigger mortgages are written, and society gets purer still.
Ironically we call
this an economic system, while in real terms it is a mental sewer in which
society becomes degraded, a sewer of empire, a sewer that feeds a small
group of a wealthy elite that lives on that stuff, whom the American Economist
and international statesman Lyndon LaRouche termed a slime mold, a mold
that spreads across the world and eats up the healthy fabric of society. Right
now the whole swindle is collapsing, since a debt is never an asset, which
becomes rather plain when the mortgages written become unrepayable as society
becomes poorer, and poorer. Thus people get thrown out of their houses, while
the toxic stuff of unrepayable collateral gets concentrated in the sewer and wipes
out the banking system.
By seeking property as a value society places value outside itself.
The self-defeating process works so well for the sewer rats that public now
happily pays $100 for a barrel of oil that costs less than $10 to produce. That whole
sewer stinks to high heaven. The rotten stench reflects the actual value, which a
false sense of value invariably creates. It's a parody on God, a medley of
insanity, that Mary Baker Eddy defines under the term Adam respective of God,
saying: "The name Adam represents the false supposition... that
immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind."
Let's take a look at how a real, a Sublime, economy works that reflects
divine Principle. We have seen a bit of divine Principle reflected in the
principle of the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. The principle was simply termed, "the
advantage of the other." This principle understood and acknowledged
ended an eighty-year-string of war. It is basically an economic principle. Let's
look at it as such:
Human activity is precious. It is all that we have with which to
enrich our world. How is it best used? By what processes do human actions
produce the greatest benefit to society? Let's compare.
In a service economy a worker serves up a cup of coffee in a
coffee chop. While the receiving person derives a certain benefit from it, the
benefit rapidly dissipates and in a few hours is gone altogether. The worker's
labor is thereby spent for little effect. In comparison, an industrial worker
who assembles a machine tool or an automobile, creates a product that remains
beneficial to society for a long period, maybe ten or twenty years, instead of
just a few hours. Even if the production time is pro-rated to the scale of the
product, the industrial process for applying human action is vastly more
efficient than the service process.
Of course society can't totally eliminate the service process,
but there are certain types of products that are produced in a service type
fashion that would be fare more efficiently produced by industrial processes.
Take housing for an example.
Can housing be more efficiently produced? Let's look at the
Laborers go into the forests cutting down trees. The trees are
taken to mills, are stripped, cut, shaped, dried, and are by a laborious
processes turned into construction lumber or plywood, and so on. The products,
together with many other products are then shipped to the construction site
where teems of craftsmen measure and cut and nail the stuff together and in the
space of weeks and months produce a house. The price of the house combines the
cost of all the collective labor that went into the finished product, which adds
up to a substantial amount. Under ideal conditions the amount is typically
borrowed and becomes repaid over a space of twenty or thirty years during which
a family devotes a large portion of its income to the repayment. The end product
thereby becomes a large burden to society because of the inefficiency in the
process. The resulting price is great, but it is endured because housing is
However, there efficient industrial solutions possible that
can change that scene. We can get away from "the way it's always been done." Let's look at just one potential
The material for this option is basalt, a finely grained stone
that melts at 1400 degrees Celsius. One molten it can be cast into any form or shape one
can imagine to produce building modules in a single step in automated production with virtually no labor
involved. Basalt can also be extruded into micro-fibers
for purposes of insulation which makes it three times more efficient than
asbestos. In addition, basalt is stronger than steel by weight, lighter and non-corrosive - it doesn't rot or rust - and is non-abrasive being nearly as
hard as diamonds. And best of all, it is readily available in huge abundance,
all ready for use without pre-processing. It sits process-ready on the ground,
right on the surface. We only need nuclear power to process it, most likely via
the hydrogen fuel-cycle. Hydrogen burns sufficiently hot, about 2000 degrees C.,
enough to melt basalt. The process isn't anything new. It is already used on a
tiny scale for some
specialty products. The process is limited only by the currently high energy
How much do we have of this top-quality building material
available for ready use? Well, the Columbia
River Basin contains 175,000 cubic-kilometers of it. That's enough to cover
the entire USA twelve meters deep, though it represents only 1/20th of the
global deposit. India has almost three times the amount of the Columbia
River Basin in the Deccan
Traps, some 512,000 cubic km of it. And the Siberian
Traps, the largest on the planet, are estimated to be in the range of
1,700,000 cubic km to upwards of 2,300,000 cubic km. That's an infinite
amount for all practical purposes. No shortage will ever be possible.
Yes, the $2000 house is within reach, even universally free housing. It's a
matter of getting away from the property mythology to the divine Principle, the
principle of love for God and man reflected in the principle of "the
advantage of the other."
Of course the question remains, will we see houses manufactured out of basalt in fully
automated industrial processes? Of course it will happen. It will happen simply
because that's the most efficient way for producing high quality housing. Such
housing will likely come in with a price tag of less then $2000 in total cost
per house, or apartment unit. Will we see it? Perhaps not. Today's global
society is still too deeply polluted with the slime-mold sophistry that defines
human living as too expensive. If we get out of this mode we will see houses
being given away for free, just as highways are free of charge for all to use
that need them (except for the privatized slime-mod facilities that presently
clog up the economic system such as privatized roads 'earning' profits and so forth).
The fact is, free housing is possible right now. It would be the
wises step for any society to take. Money really isn't the real factor, even in
the present world. A
single B-2 bomber of America's Air Force costs society over two billion dollars to
built. A million houses could have been built for the equivalent amount of one
single aircraft. At the present time the USAF has 21 of these bombers in its inventory. Do
you think that 21 million new houses, given away for free (as the aircraft have
been), would eradicate the
national housing shortage, slum living, and homelessness? You bet it would, and
The maintenance cost and operation costs of the B-2 program all by itself
could easily cover the infrastructure costs for the 21 million new houses. And
it would create life in society instead of killing people. It would create a
new world and would revolutionize manufacturing and upgrade the entire
construction industry, and have a cultural uplift beyond anything ever seen. It
would start a
renaissance beyond compare. And that's just the beginning.
The USAF's B-1b bomber program was cheaper than the B-2 program.
It has only cost society $28 billion. The F-15 fighter program, for which close to 900
units were built at $30 million each, has cost another $26 billion. On that
scale (equal to the financial outlay for killing people) a new house could have been built
for every needy family in North and South America, for free. And those three
aircraft projects still add up to only minuscule amounts. The war costs incurred by the Bush
administration so far tallies
up to $487 billion, running at $500 million a day. And all that society gets
for it, is a trail of corpses adding up into the millions, mostly of civilians and children. In comparison with this utter waste that produces
nothing but pain and a liability in human damage that won't be repaired for
decades, free housing, free public transportation, and free quality education
would still add up to peanuts in comparable cost while it would secure the
future of mankind as nothing else ever has or could. (see: Financial
Value is in the Sublime)
Free high quality housing will likely happen, and it will be
free right from the beginning when society chooses to implement the readily
available technology for it. It will be done, because quality housing is one of
the most potent factors in enabling the creative and productive potential of
society. Slum living and homelessness are among the most expensive waste of
society's most precious resource -- its human potential -- with unemployment
trailing as a close second. This kind of waste throws away the divine potential.
economic recovery from the current 'slime-mold' disaster misnamed an economy,
would likely be built on the most efficient processes available, such as nuclear
power, sea-water desalination, magnetic levitation transports, and basalt
technologies for the manufacturing of everything from free housing to low cost
cars, furniture, clothing, appliances, civil construction, road building, water
diversion, indoor farming. The sky is no longer the limit.
When money is deemed too expensive we are on the wrong track.
The second most expensive waste that a society can inflict on
itself is not actually war, though war is an expensive waste. The most expensive
financial waste its found in society's reluctance to invest in itself. Money
isn't expensive at all when it is spent for productive purposes to improve the
efficiency in human living and the power of culture. Then money becomes a wealth-creating-resource. Money is only expensive when it is not spent for such purposes.
In that case it inhibits the development of human wealth, the divine potential,
the only real wealth that is possible, that thereby remains unrealized.
The third most expensive waste that a society can inflict on
itself is to devote a too large portion of itself to acts of labor. All the
mundane things need to be automated so that ever greater amounts of time and
energy can be devoted to cultural processes which are the prime multipliers of
the power of human labor. The Sublime in human nature is exclusively mental,
intellectual, and spiritual. The discoveries of principles, the learning and
developing of ideas, all come from there. That is where the chief resource of
society lies that drives all future development. Nuclear power is necessary.
Physical inputs are all necessary, including food, water, clothing,
transportation, and housing. But the biggest factor in the entire equation is
the cultural factor, the one factor that is most directly the efficient
expression of the Sublime nature of mankind. Nothing is more important than
that. The entire third column is related to our individual cultural and spiritual awakening and
the healing that comes with it. And that includes emphasis on real education
including self-education; to learn the art of making discoveries; and
science-education to learn the art of creating technologies, including medical
technologies; and spiritual education to develop the power of the human genius;
and education in literature, art, music, poetry, all adding invaluably to the
communicating of culture; even recreational pursuits, recreational culture,
and social cultural pursuits are necessary factors, such as dancing. All of
these are essential components of culture. Devoting financial resources to all
of these areas is not a dead-end drain, but is the chief multiplier of the value
of financial currencies. It is the principle of "the advantage of the other"
as an example of divine Principle that gives value to human living. It is that
which brings us together and puts us onto a lateral platform with God. Herein we
find the river of the third column reflected as Mary Baker Eddy defined it: Divine
Science, understood and acknowledged, unfolding "southward,
to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, - the Cross of
Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union." Here the cross
is not a cross of tragedy, put a cross that was demonstrated to have no power
The defense of mankind in the 1st
In this column we face the ancient claim of empire, the claim of an imperial mission -- the
supposed divine right of kings, the right to rule, the right to suppress.
first column gives us the Temple-correlative of the third column that pertains to
Church. In the third column the focus was on understanding and acknowledging the
worth of God and man in the flow of divine Science. In the correlative column in
the Temple the focus is on the expression of what is unfolding in Church.
Expressing the divine identity of man becomes therefore the Temple-mission here. It becomes our
mission universally, the mission of the Sublime in our humanity; the mission of
Soul manifesting God; the mission of our life; the evidence that we are alive
and have lived to the fullest. Everything in the first column is focused on making our mission
as efficient and successful as we can possibly make it. It requires a discipline
that is aligned with reality.
The mission of the Church officers at the bottom this column is well described
and simple to fulfill, whenever the officers desire to do so, or society
requires them. But as we move higher in the
column the mission becomes less specific. Often the mission is self-defined by
the logic of its unfolding as we follow the Christ. Neverthelessl, there is a
precise definition of the mission possible. It is defined by what we put into
the flow of human culture, to enrich it, which is something that only we can do
as human beings. With our unique human culture we have developed the capability
to extended the substance of our achievements beyond the bounds of out corporal
existence. When an animal dies, this cultural continuity does not happen. The
only progression that is possible there happens over
extremely long periods through genetic progression. Apart from the genetic
progression, the evidence
that an animals has lived ceases at the point of its death, while ours continues.
Our life continues in the most immediate sense in the usefulness of the products we have created,
or ideas we have developed, or discoveries that we have made -- the sum-total of
whatever we have contributed to the riches of
human culture from which present and future generations will benefit.
This capability to enrich culture for the benefit of present and future generations makes
the human being profoundly immortal in nature, and places in this dimension a
development potential that far supersedes the development potential of any other
form of life. It also brings God, the immortal and infinite, more fully to light
in actual living. In this sense or mission comes closer to the expression of
God. And so, in this first column of her
pedagogical structure Mary Baker Eddy
warns us that in respect to God "the name Adam represents the false
supposition that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end." The
false sense of God that is expressed here would lower the status of man to that
of an animal. Of course this error doesn't touch the truth.
The Sublime status
of man can never be lost, just as God can never become lost. The Adam
definition only suggests that we can loose sight of the Truth, and thereby loose
site of our immortality and with it of our mission. Scientific discipline is
required here to assure that this won't happen. And why should we let this
happen? The first column is oriented "northward: its gates open to the
North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation." What happens in this
column unfolds more like an adventure with infinite possibilities to apply the
substance of our life, the divine Life.
Thus, our mission is to make our life meaningful, to give it an 'industrial'
type dimension. This isn't found in idleness, comforts, and entertainment, but
in reaching for the stars, in searching and finding aspects of the divine characters
that have never been seen before and to give them expression. Herein lies the
heart of freedom, beauty, all that is good and immortal as we develop ourselves
and our potential to be as we truly are as spiritual human beings.
While in divine Science Life is seen in the
dimension of its immortality, that dimension doesn't extend to the physical
form, which like any animal form lacks that dimension. The Psalmist of old sang of
man as an animal, "his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so
he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place
thereof shall know it no more." But the Psalmist also recognized that
this animal image is not the true image for man. He sang about himself as a
spiritual human being, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I
shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." (Psalm 103, 17)
And so, the very dimension of our mission as human beings that enriches the
sum-total of human culture and with it future generation, also gives an equally
rich dimension to the present and the fullness and completeness of our living in
it. If that evidence is lacking, everything else is lacking too, and our life
has no meaning.
The sad part is that this
description of lack applies to an ever-widening scene in the world today in which many
people living in body are essentially dead as human beings by their neglecting to
recognize themselves as spiritual beings. The further sad part is that the
walking dead have a rather large following in their march to the grave that they
pursue intensely without
ever having really lived. Some of them have even amassed the political power to
take entire nations to the grave with them. Thus the first column is an
important one for developing the leadership in practice, beginning with the
scientific leadership of oneself; a leadership
in scientific discipline; a celebration of spiritual recognition and acceptance;
a leadership for the world by example, to inspire others to reclaim their
humanity and their life.
Mary Baker Eddy says "the apostle assures us
that man has power to become the son of God." And she asks, "Is
man's spiritual sonship a personal gift to man, or is it the reality of his
being, in divine Science? Man's knowledge of this grand verity gives him
power to demonstrate his divine Principle, which in turn is requisite in order
to understand his sonship, or unity with God, good." (Miscellaneous
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