When needed tell the truth concerning the lie.
Correct the false with the true-then leave the latter to propagate.
Expose and denounce the claims of evil.
Withhold not the rebuke or explanation which
Mary Baker Eddy.
Justice also will I lay to the line, and
righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters shall overflow the hiding place--Isaiah 28:17
THE last document under discussion is the Copyright
"Act" on Science and Health passed by Congress in 1971. This copyright action
was a private bill introduced into the Senate. It was called "An Act for the
relief of Clayton Bion Craig, Arthur P. Wirth, Mrs. Lenore D. Hanks, David E.
Sleeper, and DeWitt John:" These five named persons were the five-member
ecclesiastical Board of Directors. This private copyright bill was numbered S.
1866. It has no connection with the revised copyright law which took effect
January 1, 1978.
Testimony of various witnesses before Subcommittee No.
3, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, on S. 1866, can be
read in the Appendix (see p. 255).
It is illuminating to read Mrs. Eddy's comments
Christian Science is not copyrighted; nor would
protection by copyright be requisite, if mortals obeyed God's law of
manright. A student can write voluminous works on Science without
trespassing, if he writes honestly, and he cannot dishonestly compose
Christian Science. The Bible is not stolen though it is cited, and
To understand the situation it is necessary to go back
to the time of Mrs. Eddy's passing. Mrs. Eddy in her Will had left a large
portion of her estate to "the church, to be used for "the promotion and
extension of the Science taught by [her]. " The five-member Board of Directors
(whose office as Directors had actually been terminated by the estoppel clauses
in the Church Manual, as we have seen) sued to gain control of this
money. Around 1913 the Court awarded them custody of these funds, and thus the
Board of Directors also became known as the Trustees under the Will of Mary
Baker G. Eddy. This is how the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker G. Eddy
came into being. The Court, of course, did not realize that through her
estoppel clauses in the Church Manual Mrs. Eddy had terminated this
Board of Directors.
In 1916 the Board of Directors began the policy of
"authorizing literature. " This was a powerful tool in molding church-member
opinion in conformity with the convictions of those in authority in Boston. It
was a move that stifled growth, understanding, and inspiration.
The next important move of the Board of Directors came
in 1919 when they launched a concerted campaign to take over the communications
arm of the Movement, the Christian Science Publishing Society. This they
accomplished by means of a protracted legal battle, which was covered in
1934 COPYRIGHT, ILLEGAL
In 1934 the five-member ecclesiastical Board of
Directors moved to get the copyright on Science and Health out of Mrs. Eddy's
name and into their own through the renewal of the 1906 edition of Science and
Health. This caused a great stir in the Christian Science Field since most
Christian Scientists felt Mrs. Eddy wanted Science and Health to be in the
public domain at the earliest possible time and she had made no provision for
the 1906 copyright renewal, nor had she copyrighted the vital changes made in
her last fourteen editions. To give the copyright on Mrs. Eddy's great work,
Science and Health, to five individuals in Boston seemed a grave injustice to
Attorneys familiar with the case felt that as Mrs.
Eddy had made no provision to pass on these copyrights, or for the renewal of
the still-existing 1906 copyright, it was clearly her intention to let that
Attorneys also contended that the renewal of the 1906
copyright in 1934 was illegally obtained because under copyright law at that
time the only one who could renew a copyright was the originator of the
work, meaning in this case, Mary Baker Eddy herself, or the executor of her
estate, Mr. Fernald. Mr. Fernald had passed on prior to 1934. In his place
Boston appointed an "administrator ." They could not appoint an
executor since only the person who initially takes the responsibility of
resolving an individual's estate can be termed an "executor." Because the man
who replaced Mr. Fernald was merely an administrator, he did not have the legal
authority under copyright law, at that time, to renew the copyright on the 1906
Furthermore, it must be remembered that the
five-member ecclesiastical Board of Directors had usurped power and authority
illegally in 1910 at Mrs. Eddy's passing, since the estoppel clauses terminated
The Mother Church and its Board of Directors.
(During the years from 1907 to 1910 momentous
scientific changes consummated tgghe teachings of the Chrisatian Science
textbook Science textbook, Science and Health. While Mrs. Eddy issued 432
editions of Science and Health, her statement on page 361:21 must be born in
mind: "I have revised Science and Health only to give clearer and fuller
expression of its orginal meaning. Spiritual ideas unfold as we advance."
They unfolded in greatest profusion during the years 1907 to 1910,
but always as an unfoldment of that "final revelation of the
absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing" she received initially
in the year 1866. [See S&H. 107:1-6.]
The 1906 edition of Science and Health was therefore
the only edition on which the Board could obtain renewal of copyright, but this
edition had not been used by Christian Scientists since 1906 because
much-changed and updated later more scientific editions superseded it. Since
1910 the only edition of Science and Health in general use, and for sale in
Reading Rooms, is the 1910 edition, which differs radically from the 1906
edition. The 1906 cannot be substituted for the 1910 edition.
Because of the complete control, and the great
financial resources of the Board of Directors, this 1934 copyright action was
not challenged in the Courts of the land.
NOTE TO READER:
Since publication the following facts concerning the
illegal 1934 renewal of copyright on Science and Health have come to light, and
take precedence over any conflicting statement in this Chapter.
The second codicil to Mrs. Eddy's will states: the
residue of my estate...I have left to said The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts" (see Appendix, p. 180, line
24). This codicil, dated May 14, 1904, had priority at any point where there
was a variance between it and her basic will dated September 13, 1901. In this
codicil she does not mention The Mother Church since the estoppel clauses would
terminate The Mother Church at her passing.
In 1901 the four-member Board of Directors was not
only the legal entity which Mrs. Eddy created by her September, 1892, Deed of
Trust but was also the governing Board of the second organization which was at
first called "Mother's Church" and later designated "The Mother Church." Thus
the Board of Directors wore two hats and continued to do so until the estoppel
clauses in the Manual terminated The Mother Church and the five-member
ecclesiastical Board of Directors at Mrs. Eddy's passing, following which only
the four-member legal Board existed.
In order to trace the ownership of the copyrights on
Science and Health and to show the illegality of the 1934 renewal of this
copyright, we submit the following vital information taken from Alice Orgain's
Angelic Overtures to Christ and Christmas, pp. 819-821:
On March 6th, 1907, Mrs. Eddy made a personal
Deed of Trust placing her entire earthly fortune in the hands of three
Trustees, Henry M. Baker, Josiah E. Fernald, and Archibald McClellan. This Deed
of Trust transferred and assigned to these three Trustees ownership of the
copyrights to her writings, as can be seen from the following quote from this
Deed of Trust:
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: that I, Mary Baker G.
Eddy...do hereby grant, convey, assign, and transfer unto the said [three
Trustees]. . .all my interest of every kind and description . . . including
stocks, bonds, interests in copyrights, contracts, . . . First: To
manage, care for, and control all the above granted real estate and interest
therein during my earthly life . . . . Fourth: At the termination of my
earthly life, this trust shall terminate, and all the personal estate then held
by my said trustees shall pass to the executor of my last will and codicils
thereto, to be disposed of in accordance with the provisions thereof.
At Mrs. Eddy's passing, the five-member ecclesiastical
Board of Directors, which included the four-member legal Board within itself,
refused to obey the By-Laws containing estoppel clauses. This, in effect,
amended and annulled these By-Laws, and the four-member Board never discharged
its responsibilities, never lawfully took office. This constituted a breach of
trust. On p. 133:13, the Manual states:
11. The ommission or neglect on the part of said
Directors to strictly comply with any of the conditions herein contained shall
constitute a breach thereof, and the title hereby conveyed shall revert to the
grantor Mary Baker G. Eddy, her heirs and assigns
Remember, Principle, God, dictated the Manual. Did
this breach of trust deprive the Board of Directors of any rights to Mrs.
Eddy's copyrights on Science and Health? Certainly the five-member
ecclesiastical Board of Directors never had any legal authority to renew the
copyright on Science and Health in 1934 or in 1971.
Also, Mrs. Orgain states that in 1934 the courts very
definitely said that there is no provision for an administrator to renew.
Additionally, it is a definite fact that neither an Executor nor an
Administrator so appointed could renew copyrights after he had completed the
administration of the estate. Josiah E. Fernald was appointed Administrator by
the Court to succeed the deceased Executor Henry M. Baker. Mr. Fernald "closed
his final account [as Administrator] March 26, 1914," according to the
Register of the Court of Probate for the County of Merrimack in New Hampshire.
It was therefore illegal for past Administrator Josiah E. Fernald to renew the
1906 copyright on Science and Health twenty years later. That the Board of
Directors knew this is evidenced by the fact that the copyrights of 1890, 1894,
and 1901 were properly renewed by Ebenezer J. Foster-Eddy, who, however, had
passed on shortly before the time to renew the 1906 copyrights.
A pregnant question, rich in significance and
implication, remains unanswered:
Mrs. Eddy previously had always copyrighted her
editions at the time any extensive changes were made, regardless of the date of
her last copyright. For instance, she took out copyrights on Science and Health
in 1375, 1878, 1883, 1885, 1890, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1906. Why then did she not
copyright the extensive changes made after the second edition in 19077 She
tells us "spiritual ideas unfold as we advance," and after her second edition
in 1907 spiritual ideas began unfolding exponentially in her consciousness
bringing forth evolutionary statements and changes of the greatest spiritual
magnitude, ushering in the "culmination of scientific statement and proof."
Do these extensive spiritual additions, covering the
whole range of Science and Health universalize our textbook? Do they evince
that her final great illuminations lifted Science and Health beyond the power
of law or church to bind?--Do they establish that the Church of Christ,
Scientist, is a wholly spiritual state of consciousness, the Church Universal
and Triumphant? This must be so because her last 24 or 25 highest statements
(other than those in Science and Health) were not given to The Mother Church
periodicals but to the WORLD through its own channels: New York World,
The Ladies Home Journal, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Concord Monitor, New York
American, The Independent, The Evening Press, Cosmopolitan, Minneapolis News,
Boston Post, New York Commercial Advertiser, etc.
"Sweeping down the centuries" Science gathers beneath
its wings all humanity, inexorably bringing to light Mary Baker Eddy's
successor, man in God's image and likeness, generic man.
END OF ERRATA
"There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed;
or hid, that shall not be made known."
Slowly all the facts in connection with the Copyright
Act of 1971 on Science and Health are coming to light.
None of these facts are more pertinent than Mrs.
Eddy's letter to William G. Nixon (p. 163 of this book) evincing her fear of
legalized suppression of Science and Health through copyright legislation. She
wanted Science and Health to be given at once to the people, and expressed
utter dismay at the prospect of any copyright legislation that would impede the
greatest world-wide distribution of Science and Health, knowing that such
legislation would do incalculable harm to the prosperity of her book. The
thought of giving certain individuals a monopoly on Science and Health and thus
limiting its accessibility to the public through copyright legislation, was
intolerable to Mrs. Eddy.
In order to avoid this "great sin," she said, "God's
law to 'Feed my sheep,' to give Science and Health at once to those hungering
for it, must be obeyed and held paramount to an international law on copyright"
(pp. 163 and 164.)
The 1971 Congressional Copyright Act on Science and
Health threatens to ruin, totally, the "prosperity" of this book. This 1971
Congressional Copyright Act was "for the relief of' five named individuals in
Boston who were the "Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker Eddy," and at the
same time were also the five-member ecclesiastical Board of Directors of The
In order to get at the heart of this copyright matter
it is important to understand how the "Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker
Eddy" came into being.
In the second codicil to her will (see p. 180) Mrs.
Eddy bequeathed the residue of her estate "to the said The First Church of
Christ, Scientist," the local Boston church.
As has been well-chronicled in this book, the estoppel
clauses in the Church Manual terminated both The Mother Church and the
five-member ecclesiastical Board of Directors leaving only the four-member
legal or fiduciary Board established by Mrs. Eddy's 1892 Deed of Trust. This
was a self-perpetuating Board, controlling only the local Boston church.
However, the five-member ecclesiastical Board, which
was governed by the Church Manuals estoppel clauses, refused to step down when,
at Mrs. Eddy's passing, these estoppels (terminating The Mother Church and its
five-member ecclesiatical Board) went into effect. This five-member
ecclesiastical Board was made up of the four-member legal or fiduciary Board,
which simply wore another hat when it acted as Mother Church ecclesiastical
Directors. (A fifth Director was added from the Field in February, 1903.) As
fiduciary Board members under the 1892 and 1903 Deeds of Trust this
4-member Board was only a housekeeper for The First Church of Christ,
Scientist, the local Boston church. But when they put on their ecclesiastical
hat and acted as the Board of Directors of The Mother Church (which they were
allowed to do during Mrs. Eddy's lifetime) they enjoyed almost unlimited power,
prestige, authority, and "glory".
When Mrs. Eddy passed on in 1910 her estoppel clauses
in the Manual ended all that power and authority. This was a pill too bitter
for the five-member ecclesiastical Board to swallow. They refused to obey the
estoppel clauses, which terminated their Board, and they quickly instituted
suit to gain control of the money and property Mrs. Eddy had left in her second
codicil NOT to The Mother Church, but to The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
the local Boston church which was legally set up to receive it.
In an original will, dated Sept. 13, 1901, Mrs. Eddy
had left everything to The Mother Church. But in the second codicil to
her will she changed the beneficiary, and left everything to The First Church
of Christ, Scientist, a completely different entity from The Mother Church. (By
1911 standards the estate was very large.)
A committee of dedicated Christian Scientists which is
making a thorough investigation of the 1971 Congressional Copyright Act on
Science and Health, requested the complete New Hampshire Probate Court records
in connection with the granting of Mrs. Eddy's estate to the five-member
ecclesiastical Board of Directors of The Mother Church. The Court records
arrived without the codicils which in 1904 changed the beneficiary from The
Mother Church, as named in the original will of 1901, making the new
beneficiary The First Church of Christ, Scientist, the local Boston church.
When inquiry was made regarding the missing codicils,
the New Hampshire Probate Court official stated the codicils were not sent
because in the Court's opinion they in no way influenced the will. In a
telephone conversation which followed, the New Hampshire Probate Court official
stated that the lawyers acting for the Mother Church Board of Directors never
explained to the Court that The First Church of Christ, Scientist, was a
different entity from The Mother Church; instead the Mother Church attorneys
allowed the Probate Court officials to believe that The Mother Church and The
First Church of Christ, Scientist, were one and the same thing. Thus the New
Hampshire Probate Court was kept unaware that the second codicil to Mrs. Eddy's
will changed the beneficiary to her estate.
The Court therefore awarded, in error, Mrs. Eddy's
estate to the five-member ecclesiastical Board of Directors of The Mother
Church instead of to the four-member legal or fiduciary Board of The First
Church of Christ, Scientist, the local Boston Church. But it must be remembered
that the two boards were constituted of the same individuals, except for a
fifth member. They merely Performed different functions. After Mrs. Eddy's
passing the four-member fiduciary Board never lawfully took office, never
discharged its duties; thus they broke their trust. These four members of the
legal Board, who were governed by the two deeds of trust shown in the back of
the Manual breached their trust agreement when they waived the Manual's
estoppel clauses and refused to give up the great power and authority they
wielded during Mrs. Eddy's lifetime. Because of this breach the entire estate
legally reverted to Mrs. Eddy's heirs and assigns as provided by condition No.
11 of the trust agreement, (Man. 133:13)
The probate court, unaware of all the foregoing facts,
awarded Mrs. Eddy's estate (which included copyrights) to the five-member
ecclesiastical Board of Directors. And this is how the "Trustees under the Will
of Mary Baker Eddy' came into being. Thus, the five-member ecclesiastical Board
of Directors now held yet another office.
The estate (including copyrights) should, of course,
have gone to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, as Mrs. Eddy intended and
specified in the last codicil to her will. But it did not. Instead, the
"Trustees under the Will" kept the copyrights for sixty years and derived all
revenues, royalties, and other benefits therefrom.
Through the copyright legislation of 1971 these
Trustees under the will secured the copyrights not only to the 1906 edition but
to all 432 editions of Science and Health, in their own names-in the names of
Craig, Wuth, Hanks, Sleeper, and John. This copyright legislation was
consummated in December of 1971. A month later, in January of 1972, Craig,
Wuth, Hanks, Sleeper, and John sold the copyrights to The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, for the reported sum of two million dollars. (This in spite
of the fact that Mrs. Eddy had bequeathed her estate, including copyrights, to
this church sixty years prior to this time.) Also it must be remembered that
Craig, Wuth, Hanks, Sleeper, and John were simultaneously the Board of
Directors and the Trustees under the Will.
In view of the above and the fact that many leading
authorities found the 1971 Congressional Copyright Act to be unconstitutional,
violating the First Amendment prohibition of Congress making a "law respecting
an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," we
feel this 1971 copyright legislation should be rescinded. A petition to return
all 432 editions of Science and Health to the public domain would extend to our
Congress an opportunity to set the highest example of justice and equity ever
to be performed by any government, since it would be asking that legislative
body to free the Word of God from legalized suppression by international
copyright law, and to let God's Word have free course and be glorified.
Gods message to humanity during the past 70 years has
been obvious, namely, that a society of sheep invariably begets a government of
wolves and that the great need of the hour is for each one to claim and accept
his true heritage: government by divine Principle alone.
MARY BAKER EDDY'S CHURCH MANUAL AND CHURCH
UNIVERSAL AND TRIUMPHANT was written and published in the hope that human
rights can only be violated if the truth is allowed to go unpublished.
THE 1971 COPYRIGHT ACTION
The next renewal could have come up in 1962, but due
to the new Copyright Act, which was under consideration in Congress, all
copyright renewals were extended until the new Copyright law took effect (which
would be in 1978).
The many voices of protest raised in 1934 against the
copyright renewal on Science and Health caused the Board of Directors to pursue
their next copyright plans in utmost secrecy. Accordingly, in 1971 a private
bill titled "An Act for the Relief of Clayton Bion Craig, Arthur P. Wuth, Mrs.
Lenore D. Hanks, David E. Sleeper, and DeWitt John "was introduced into the
The Board of Directors' homework was well done and
well timed. With the No. 1 and No. 2 principals on the White House Staff and a
number of influencial Senators and Congressmen all members of the Christian
Science Church and all loyal to the Board of Directors' point of view, the bill
was planted in a fertile field.
So, in 1971 while the Board of Directors portrayed
the copyright action they were taking as being just a 'renewal" the fact
was that it was NOT a renewal. They were actually securing a brand new
copyright in their own name, not only on the 1906 edition but on all
the other 431 editions of Science and Health most of which had long been in the
public domain. They obtained this through a most unusual procedure, which the
Congress enacted and President Nixon signed into law. This copyright is to be
effective for 75 years.
While the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker G.
Eddy are also the Christian Science Board of Directors, it is reported that
within t copyright the name changed from Trustees Eddy to "The Christi;
transaction is partially Journal of November, section).
Among other things, this same Journal article
In her will, Mrs. Eddy made several specific bequests.
The balance of her estate, including the copyrights on her books, was
left to the Church.
This is not correct. If the reader will turn to
Mrs. Eddy's will, reproduced in the Appendix, he will not find anywhere in her
Will a bequeathing of her copyrights to the church, and hence not to the
Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker G. Eddy, who are the five-member
ecclesiastical Board of Directors.
Competent legal and constitutional authorities have
severely criticized and condemned the 1971 Copyright "Act" on Science and
Health as totally unconstitutional. Senator Jacob Javits took a strong position
against the bill, S. 1866. He pointed out that it would vest in the Board of
Directors (or the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker G. Eddy) exclusive
copyright "over Mrs. Eddy's great work, --Science and Health,-- upon which a
copyright law for the one edition which was published in 1906. Numerous
editions [actually 431 editions] are now in the public domain, and of course
other revisions may take place hereafter."
Senator Javits then again requested, that because of
the alleged unconstitutionality of this copyright Act, Congress delay
consideration of it. Javits wanted to give the New York Bar Association an
opportunity to file a statement of its objections to this copyright Act.
Following are some excerpts from report of the
Committee of Civil Rights of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
on the subject of S. 1866. The report was forwarded with the approval of the
President of the Association, the Honorable Bernard Biotin:
On behalf of the Association, we again strongly urge
that this bill not be enacted. As you will note, the report recommends the
rejection of the bill--or its recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary for
hearings on the constitutionality of the issues involved, so as to give its
proponents an opportunity to respond to our views as to the bill's
In closing they again stress the Copyright Act's
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York,
Committee on Civil Rights, after strongly recommending rejection of this
copyright Act on Science and Health, stated:
The Association's Committee on Copyright Law, basing
its stand on the constitutional provisions for copyright and the policy of
copyright law, has announced its opposition...because it would violate the
First Amendment prohibition of Congress making a "law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
While the Bar Association's letter urged rejection of
this Copyright "Act," on the grounds of its unconstitutionality and its
impingement on the First Amendment guaranteeing religious liberty, they may
also have seen the grave injustice being done the author, Mary Baker Eddy, in
granting to five persons in Boston no but only a copyright on the 1906 edition,
but on all 432 editions, 418 of which had long been in the public domain; and
the cruelest blow of all to the author, Mary Baker Eddy, came with granting
these five persons in Boston the right to bring out their own versions and
revisions of Science and Health.
The Bar Association points out that this copyright Act
on Science and Health would have the following unfortunate effects:
In sum, the effect of 1866 would be ...to single out
Mrs. Eddy's works in the following respects: (a) remove all versions published
prior to the 1906 edition from the public domain and impose thereon until 2046
or 2047, either a new copyright or a copyright for the first time; (b) extend
to the same date the copyright on the 1906 edition; and (c) allow future
versions' [of Science and Health] to be registered for a period of 75 years
from date of publication.
(The question many dedicated Christian Scientists are
asking is: "If the Directors of The Mother Church are not planning to bring out
their own revised editions, why was it so important to have the copyright Act
on Science and Health cover "future versions"?)
The Bar Association in its letter urging rejection of
the copyright Act on Science and Health listed the reasons given by the
proponents of S. 1866, and then stated:
We believe that those very arguments [given by the
proponents of the copyright Act] point to the unconstitutionality of the
bill--we confess ourselves unable to perceive how S. 1866 can be other than
unconstitutional. Its purpose and its ultimate effect are to single out a
particular doctrine within a particular church to grant to writings embodying
that doctrine protection [?] that has never been made available to any other
religious or non religious writings, aid to supply civil and criminal sanctions
against those I who, religiously or non-religiously, whether calling themselves
Christian Scientists or not, may choose to deviate from that doctrine. Indeed
our research... has failed to disclose any constitutional decisions involving
similar statutes--an indication, if constitutionality can be regarded as
quantitative, how "extremely unconstitutional" S. 1866 is.
Think of Christian Scientists advocating an "extremely
unconstitutional" course! No more law-abiding citizen than Mary Baker Eddy ever
walked on American soil. She said genuine Christian Scientists are or should
be the most law-abiding people on earth. Mrs. Eddy was a strict believer in
the Constitution of the United States. She would have deplored Christian
Scientists endeavoring to circumvent the Constitution in trying to pass an
"extremely unconstitutional" law that deprives dedicated Christian Scientists
of religious freedom and deprives the public generally of the benefit of
Science and Health, and that will permit the trustees of Mrs. Eddy's estate
(the Board of Directors) to publish 'revised versions' of Science and
Health. S. 1866 gives the Board of Directors the legal right to bring
out revised versions of Science and Health.
Senator Javits summed up his position by stressing
that the copyright Act on Science and Health raised fundamental questions
concerning conflict between S. 1866 and the First Amendment provisions
guaranteeing religious liberty. He agreed with the Bar Association that
S. 1866 violated the basic principle which governs the granting of copyrights.
Javits reminded the Committee that the Senator from Michigan, Philip Hart, had
raised the same objections to S. 1866.3a
It is also clear the the proponents of the bill,
representing the Board of Directors' position, had led Senator Javits to
believe that the 1906 edition of Science and Health was the edition in general
use and sold in Christian Science Reading Rooms. This, of course, was totally
false. The 1906 edition has not been sold in Christian Science reading rooms
since 1907 nor could the 1906 edition be used by Christian Scientists in
"getting their lesson" or in Sunday Church services, since the pagination and
lineation of the 1906 edition is entirely different from any of the more
scientific 14 editions Mrs. Eddy subsequently published. Her 1910 edition is
the one that has been in use since 1910. The 1906 edition has not been in use
for nearly three-quarters of a century.
Senator Javits then once again pointed out the Bar
Association's severe condemnation of this bill as unconstitutional, as
impinging on the First Amendment and supplying civil and criminal
sanctions against those who, religiously or non-religiously--whether
calling themselves Christian Scientists or not-- may choose to deviate from
Javits observed that no doubt Catholics would like to
have a copyright on the New Testament, and he himself knew the Jewish faith
would like to have a copyright on the Old Testament. He indicated the entire
world had as much right to Science and Health as the world has to the Holy
Scriptures--both the Old and New Testaments. He indicated it did not seem quite
right to him that a great work like Science and Health should become the
personal property of five persons in Boston. "There is a question, " he said,
"which a copyright raises, of a monopoly and accessibility of this great book
Javits then asked to have printed, among other
communications he had received, the following:
To Senator Jacob K. Javits: On behalf of the Committee
on Civil Rights of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, I
strongly urge that no action be taken by the Senate on S. 1866 'for the relief
of Clayton Bion Craig, et al.' which raises serious constitutional problems
relating to the constitutional provisions prohibiting the establishment of
religion, as well as other constitutional provisions....
From Robert M. Kaufmanns, Chairman, Committee on Civil
Rights, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
The Committee on Copyright and Literary Property of
the Association of the Bar of the City of New York sent the following telegram
to all members of the House Judiciary Committee:
At its meeting last night the Committee on Copyright
and Literary Property, of the Association of the Bar of New York City,
unanimously disapproved that portion of S. 1866 which purports to
restore to copyright protection editions of Science and Health which have long
been in the public domain. The bill would create for the first edition of that
work a copyright term in excess of 170 years. We believe that such action
exceeds the congressional power under article 1, section 8, of the Constitution
and would represent unsound copyright policy. We urge you to object to the
passage of private bill S. 1866.
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
On page 2 of the "Hearing before the Committee on the
Judiciary Representative McClory, a member of The Mother Church, testifying for
the Christian Science Board of Directors, stated:
The final edition of the Christian Science textbook
was published and copyrighted in 1906..."
This statement is not correct. The 1906 edition was
not the final edition because Mrs. Eddy issued fourteen editions subsequent to
the copyrighted 1906 edition. Each of these fourteen editions contained changes
of the greatest magnitude.
Then Representative McClory continued:
The complete and final revelation of Christian
Science, as set forth by Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian
Science, is embodied in the copyrighted edition of the textbook..."
Again, of course, this is not correct. A committee set
up to compare the 1906 last--copyrighted edition with the 1910 more complete
edition found that Mrs. Eddy had made 3,906 additions, changes, and deletions
in the 1910 edition. This means Mrs. Eddy made nearly 4,000 changes in her 1910
edition. Many of these changes had supreme significance in the unfoldment of
her Science. For instance, a radical change was made in her fourth edition in
1907 when she changed her definition of God which brought the entire textbook
into line with the Science she was teaching.
The complete and final revelation of Christian Science
is not set forth in the 1906 edition. Fourteen more editions were required to
bring out the final revelation. Mrs. Eddy speaks of her first edition in 1875
as having been revised only to give a clearer and fuller expression to its
original meaning. But it took the unfoldment that came with all 432 editions to
make the pure Science of Christian Science clear to humanity in such a form and
manner as would enable it to be taught in the same way that music and
mathematics are taught. A vital part of this unfoldment came between 1907 and
1910. A science does not need to be copyrighted, and Mrs. Eddy stated,
"Christian Science is not copyrighted." When Mrs. Eddy made no arrangements to
copyright the major developments and profound unfoldments that came with the
last fourteen editions, it seems evident that she wished Science and Health to
be in the public domain at the earliest possible time.
Continuing on page 3 of the Congressional Record, the
Hon. Robert McClory states:
While I speak only as one member of the Christian
Science Church, I can assure you that I do, indeed, voice the interest and
support of all Christian Scientists...
This seems a rather sweeping statement from
Representative McClory when there are perhaps more Christian Scientists outside
than inside the official Boston church, and those outside the official church
circle (as well as a great many still within the material organization) would
tend to feel Mrs. Eddy's writings should be in the public domain just as the
Bible is. If "all Christian Scientists" supported taking the copyright out of
the name of Mary Baker Eddy and vesting it in the Board of Directors why was it
deemed necessary to maintain absolute secrecy in planning this seventy-five
year copyright "extension"?
Dr. J. Buroughs Stokes, Manager of the Christian
Science Committee on Publication, representing the Trustees under the Will of
Mary Baker G. Eddy, and "spokesman for all Christian Science church members,"
Not a single member of our church has indicated any
opposition to the passage of this bill, or is opposed to extending the
copyright on "Science and Health." Our members realize that the last edition of
"Science and Health" is the pastor of this church. To protect this pastor, it
is necessary to extend the copyright on "Science and Health," which is
owned by the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker Eddy. The Christian
Scientists know that these Trustees must maintain the book as their pastor in
its final form as written by the author, and will not change it, revise it,
annotate it, or issue abridged versions. (p. 10 of Committee on Judiciary
Dr. Stokes avers: "Not a single member of our church
has indicated opposition..." But he fails to mention that no one knew about the
bill. It had been prepared in absolute secrecy. It had not been
advertised in any of the Christian Science periodicals or in the Monitor.
Shortly before the bill was passed, a student in Washington, D.C. heard of
it, by chance, and did what she could to alert Christian Scientists. The
worldwide stir aroused by the 1934 copyright renewal obviously warned the
Directors of the inadvisability of letting the Field know of their plans. When
asked by the Committee if the bill had any publicity, G. Ross Cunningham,
Christian Science Committee on Publication for Washington, D.C., replied:
There has been national publicity about S. 1866
in various publications, such as Publishers' Weekly, Variety, and the
American Patent Law Association Bulletin. To the extent that this bill can be
considered newsworthy to them, the public and publishing interests are
informed concerning S. 1866. (p. 6 of Judiciary Report)
No notice of any kind had been sent to the more than
three thousand churches or any of the church members. When asked later by an
interested member of the Committee why nothing had appeared in the Monitor
or any of the Christian Science periodicals concerning S. 1866, the answer
given was, "We thought it best to keep it quiet and not to stir up
A second item in Dr. Stokes' testimony asserted that
the members realize the last edition of Science and Health "is the pastor of
this church. To protect this pastor it is necessary to 'extend' the
copyright...." The last edition changes in Science and Health were never
copyrighted. The following letter from Library of Congress Office, confirms
that no copyright exists on the vital changes Mrs. Eddy made in her last 14
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Washington, D.C. 20559
United Christian Scientists, Inc.
P.O. Box 8048
San Jose, California, 95155
Attention: David James Nolan
Dear Mr. Nolan:
This refers to your letter of August 11, 1980. The
following search report is made:
Search in the indexes and catalogs of the Copyright
Office covering the period 1898 through 1945 under the name Mary Baker Eddy and
title SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES failed to disclose any
separate registration for a work identified under this name and specific title
and bearing the year dates 1907 through 1910.
Your remittance of $20.00 has been applied in payment
for this search and report.
Robert G. Myers
Bibliographer, Reference and Bibliography Section
Furthermore, the Copyright Act of 1971 was not an
"extension' " This "Act" gave the Board of Directors of The Mother Church a
brand new copyright, vesting all rights to Science and Health-on all 432
editions-in the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker G. Eddy, namely, the
Board of Directors.
Dr. Stokes further declared that the textbook will not
be "changed, revised, annotated, or abridged."
For a number of years, however, rumors have circulated
among highly placed Boston officials that the Board is working on extensive
revisions to Science and Health. In the past the Directors have made changes to
Science and Health. They have removed Mrs. Eddy's picture from the front of the
book; they have moved and deleted testimonies Mrs. Eddy carefully selected;
they have changed marginal headings; they have added "Authorized Literature of
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts"; they have
listed books and booklets on the flyleaf of Science and Health; they have
reduced the size of the cross and crown insignia on Science and Health, etc.
This is not reassuring for a future policy that "will not change it, revise it,
annotate it, or issue abridged editions" now that they are legally
empowered to make any changes they may wish to make.
Dr. Stokes offered to show the Judiciary Committee how
the "lesson sermon" is carried out with the Quarterly. But this couldn't have
been the 1906 edition of Science and Health for which they sought the copyright
since its pages and lines are not the same as the 1910 edition currently in
use. Church members use the 1910 edition "to get their lesson." It is
this edition which corresponds to the page and line listed in the Christian
Science Quarterly The 1906 edition was last used for this purpose in 1906, and
Mr. C. Ross Cunningham, Manager of the Washing-ton,
D.C. office of the Christian Science Committee on Publication, told the
Judiciary Congressional Committee why the Board of Directors was seeking to
"extend the copyright on the book Science and Health." After affirming that the
most recent copyright was in 1906, and S. 1866 would "extend" the copyright 75
years, he stated that "this book [the 1906 edition] is used together with the
Bible, as the basic textbook for all instruction in the Christian Science
religion, and for the teaching and practice of the spiritual healing which is a
central part of this religion." He stated a copyright "extension" was needed on
this book since the present copyright was due to expire December 31, 1971. He
said Christian Scientists look to this book as the pastor of their church, and
all sermons throughout the world are comprised of scriptural readings together
with readings from this book. He explained in detail how necessary this
"extension" on the 1906 copyright was. But these statements are not correct.
14 editions followed the 1906, in which Science and Health "gathered
momentum and clearness and reached its culmination." The latest is used in
Sunday services throughout the world, and by students for instruction in
Christian Science. Few, indeed, are the Christian Scientists who have ever seen
a 1906 edition of Science and Health.
He further stated that without the copyright extension
on this [1906 edition] of Science and Health "there would be serious danger
that the course of Christian Science church services and the basis of
individual religious study by Christian Scientists would be seriously impaired.
The result, " he said, "would be a definite limitation on the freedom of
adherents of this denomination to practice their religion! These statements,
again, are not correct.
As has been previously brought out, the 1906 edition
of Science and Health has not been used by Christian Scientists either
individually or in church services since 1906. Mary Baker Eddy never
copyrighted any of the more than 4000 changes she made in the 14 editions of
Science and Health published after 1906. As has been previously brought out,
she made no provision in her Will or elsewhere for an extension of copyright on
Science and Health after it had run its normal course of 28 years.
Ignoring the fact that the edition of Science and
Health currently in use in all Christian Science churches should have been
in the public domain since 1934, Mr. Cunningham told the Congressional
Judiciary Committee: "Our concern is that if this book goes into the
public domain, as a practical matter, the public will not know whether it is
buying or reading what Mrs. Eddy wrote ....."
Mr. Abe Goldman, General Counsel, U. S. Copyright
Office, like Senator Javits and others, based his testimony before Congress on
his understanding that the 1906 edition was the one now used in church services
and by individual Christian Scientists, which the proponents of the bill had
obviously led him to believe. Mr. Goldman stated:
We understand that the 1906 edition, the one still
under copyright, is the one now used by the Christian Science Church as
the basic text... for instruction in the Christian Science religion, and for
the practice of its teaching and its church services.
Since all the witnesses representing the Board of
Directors knew that the 1906 edition had not been used by Christian Scientists
or for church services for nearly three-quarters of a century, how could this
copyright have been legitimately obtained?
Mr. Goldman testified that there had been little
opposition to the bill, S. 1866. But it must be remembered no one knew about
the bill. It was kept a closely guarded secret until the very last minute.
It was only when Senator Javits requested a postponement of the bill that the
supporters of the Christian Science Board of Directors launched a concerted
drive for support.
At this point an interesting episode developed. The
Directors of The Mother Church had hoped to steer the bill smoothly through the
Congressional hearing without the Christian Science Field hearing about it. And
from May, when the bill was first entered, until late November they had
succeeded in keeping it wholly hidden from the Christian Science Field. But
when Senator Javits of the State of New York requested the bill be held up
indefinitely, those supporting the bill decided the time for secrecy was past.
All Christian Science church members (in New York State) and their friends, and
all Sunday School students and their friends were then urged to send letters
and telegrams to their Senator, Mr. Javits, saying, "Please release bill S.
1866, protecting copyright on Science and Health, our Pastor."
Thousands of identical telegrams began pouring
into Senator Javits' office. The great multitude of senders did not realize
they were crying: "Crucify Mrs. Eddy's textbook, crucify Science and Health!"
The flood of telegrams received was in sharp contrast to the intelligent,
meaningful letters received by Senator Javits from dedicated Christian
Scientists unalterably opposed to the Directors' latest attempt to get the
copyright out of Mrs. Eddy's name and into their own. Membership in branch
churches today consists for the most part of those who believe in material
organization and, thus, would naturally support the Board of Directors'
position, since they tend to read only what is 'authorized" by the Board of
Directors. This probably accounts for Senator Javits hearing mostly from
those favoring the Board of Directors' position, since Christian Scientists who
do not attend church services -and who surely far outnumber those who do-would
have had no way of knowing about the Board of Directors' copyright action.
Senator Javits, to his everlasting credit, saw the
unconstitutionality of the bill, and voted "No!" However, he did not continue
to take a determined stand on the bill mainly, perhaps, because true and
pertinent facts concerning this copyright action had been withheld from him,
and he also had been led to believe, as had others, that the 1906 edition on
which copyright still existed was the final edition, the one for sale in
Reading Rooms, and used by Christian Scientists individually and in church
services. No doubt the telegrams received from Sunday School children and their
friends and from church members, had also had their effect. All these factors,
plus the normal Senatorial pressures, weighed against his taking an
uncompromising stand against what he "obviously" felt in his heart was an
unlawful and unconstitutional act.
Mr. Cunningham, Manager of the Washington, D.C. office
of the Christian Science Committee on Publication, stated:
The copyright on Science and Health is owned by...the
five individuals named in the caption of the bill (S.1866)....The trustees
under the will [of Mary Baker G. Eddy]...own many other copyrights, some of
them on the works written by the author of "Science and Health"....
As previously noted, if the reader will turn to the
last Will and Testament of Mary Baker Eddy in the Appendix he will not
find that Mrs. Eddy bequeathed the copyrights to any of her writings to
either the temporary five-member Board of Directors which the estoppel clauses
in the Church Manual terminated at Mrs. Eddy's demise, nor to the
four-member self-perpetuating Board left legally in control of the local Boston
First Church of Christ, Scientist. That she did not copyright changes in her
last fourteen editions and made no provision for extending the 1906 copyright
is a clear indication that Mrs. Eddy wanted that copyright to lapse, and go
into the public domain also.
Regarding the $200,000.00 yearly profit from the sale
of Science and Health, the Honorable Robert F Drinan of Massachusetts, member
of the Judiciary Committee, asked:
If the copyright were not renewed, I would assume
Bantam Books or MacMillan...would put out a paperback....And I would assume
that this would mean some dimunition of revenue from the person who now owns
Congressman Drinan said he was making the point
because a publisher had said he was opposed to the bill. This publisher was no
doubt typical of many who feel that after a copyright has run its course the
book should pass into public domain so that everybody, wishing to, could
publish it and derive profits from it.
To this argument Dr. Stokes, representing the
Christian Science Board of Directors, responded that it was the aim of the
proponents of the bill to "protect religion." "We have got to protect religion,
" he said. "We have got to protect what God wants his children to hear." This,
regardless of what the author of Science and Health obviously wanted when she
made no provision in her Will or elsewhere for extending the copyright on the
textbook after its normal run.
Congressman Drinan replied, in substance, that the U.
S. Supreme Court said in the case of Kedoff that state protection of any
particular denomination is forbidden by the "establishment clause." Congressman
Drinan stated that in the U. S. Supreme Court opinion there is a long line of
cases now saying that the establishment clause means no aid to one particular
religion and no aid to all religions across the board.
When Attorney Peterson, C.S., was asked, "Can you give
us an idea how accessible the copies are?" he responded:
Yes, there is a bookstore edition that is published
for sale in commercial bookstores. We would like it to be much more generally
carried in the bookstores than it is. We make every possible effort to make it
available to them.
The sad fact, here, is that after the new
seventy-five-year copyright was granted, Science and Health and other writings
by Mary Baker Eddy were withdrawn from bookstores and are now for sale
only in the rapidly closing Reading Rooms.
All through the hearing the proponents of the bill
insisted the copyright protection was necessary because of the possibility of
someone publishing a distorted version, but when a member of the Judiciary
Committee asked Attorney Peterson, "Can you give us examples of where people
have tried to distort or change or misrepresent them? [meaning any of the 418
editions of Science and Health that have long been in the public domain]."
Attorney Peterson answered, "No, no one has tried it as far as we know"
Returning for a moment to Mr. Goldman, General
Counsel, U. S. Copyright Office, we can see from his testimony that he had been
entirely misled as to the reason for seeking an "extension" of the
His statement on page 33 of the Hearings before
Subcommittee No. 3 of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives,
is here quoted, in part:
They say they need this bill to protect the integrity
of the work. With respect to the 1906 edition, which is the one still under
copyright, and which is the one I understand is the present text used in
the practice of the Christian Science Church, it could be that its
integrity is extremely important to them for the reason they state that even
the pagination, the numbering of the lines, and the precise wording must be
maintained because it is used all over the world, and references are made to it
by page and line number for the purpose of indicating what text is for the
These statements by Mr. Goldman indicate he had been
led to believe that the pagination, numbering of lines, and wording in the 1906
edition of Science and Health matched the Quarterly in use by Christian
Scientists in "getting their lesson, " and in church services. Mr. Goldman's
testimony shows he had been allowed to believe something totally false. The
fact is it is the 1910 edition not the 1906-which in 1971 should have been in
the public domain for 37 years--that has been used all over the world since
1910 in church services, and is the only edition for sale in Christian Science
The fundamental changes made in the 14 editions
following the 1906 copyrighted edition were not submitted for registration, as
we saw from the Copyright Office's letter to Mr. Nolan, (see p. 142a).
That the Librarian of Congress had also been misled
and was unaware of the facts, can be seen from The Report of the Librarian
of Congress, dated September 30, 1971, which stated:
We understand that the 1906 edition, which is still
under copyright, is the one now regularly used for the teaching and practice
of the Christian Science religion. (House of Representatives Report No.
92-604, 92nd Congress, 1st Session, accompanying Senate Bill S. 1866.)
This misleading of Mr. Goldman, the Congressional
Librarian, Senators, Representatives, and others, by the church authorities,
shows the length to which they were willing to go to betray Mrs. Eddy, their
professed Leader, in their reach for place, power, and authority.
Earlier we quoted testimony by the Honorable Robert
McClory of Illinois, found on page 2 of the Congressional Judiciary Report" in
which, testifying on behalf of the Christian Science Board of Directors, he
The final edition of the Christian Science textbook
was published and copyrighted in 1906.
Evidence has already been produced to show that the
1906 was not the final edition, that the 14 editions which followed it
contained the greatest fundamental and comprehensive changes Mrs. Eddy ever
made in all her 432 editions. We have also seen that chief among the nearly
4,000 alterations distinguishing the 1910 edition from the 1906 was the change
Mrs. Eddy made in her definition of God in 1907, which constituted perhaps the
most important and basic change Mrs. Eddy ever made in her many editions.
No doubt Mrs. Eddy purposely did riot copyright vital
changes in her last 14 editions in which the culmination of her discovery of
Christian Science, as a Science, was reached. A Science, she said, does not
need to be copyrighted. In 1906 she had not yet reached this culmination of her
discovery as a pure Science. But once this Science had reached its culmination,
in 1910, she knew it no longer needed to be copyrighted.
During her last years Mrs. Eddy gave all her messages
to the world-press rather than to the Christian Science periodicals which
reached only a limited number of people. Mrs. Eddy was always eager for her
discovery to reach the entire world, and she yearned for her students'
spiritual progress. The majority of her students, on the other hand, were
always more interested in building up a material organization.
In December, 1887, Mrs. Eddy asked a student to insert
part of one of her (Mrs. Eddy's) letters in the Journal. It read:
True Christianity began to wane as Truth became hid in
churches and ritualistic forms; and just as you lay more stress on the
formation of church-organizations than you do on the work of healing, will your
cause decline and eventually be lost.
...Not all your churches and preachers will do as much
to win people to the Truth as the few good healers....Science and Health ...is
greater than any Church....This book, or rather the truth therein, needs no
church to proclaim it or bolster it...I condemn the mistaken policy of
embalming any truths. [The last statement no doubt refers to the fact that
church organizations tend to embalm Truth, to fix it in a static condition,
leaving no opportunity for growth or development.]
In the June Journal of 1887 in an article,
Mind-Healing History, Mrs. Eddy wrote:
My discovery promises nothing but blessings to
every inhabitant of the globe. This glorious prospect seems to incense
some degraded minds, and stimulate their unscrupulous efforts to thwart its
benign influence and defeat its beneficence.
Many earnest dedicated students of Christian
Science are today asking: "Since Mrs. Eddy did not make provision for extending
the copyright on Science and Health, and did not copyright the revisions,
doesn't this prove beyond cavil that she wanted Science and Health to have the
widest possible exposure and acceptance, rather than be confined and limited by
copyright regulations? As was pointed out, the Old Testament has not suffered
because those of the Jewish faith did not protect it by copyright
regulations, and the New Testament has not suffered because neither Catholic.
Mrs. Eddy counseled: Let the Word [the scientific Word embodied in Science and
Health] have free course and be glorified12
Almost from the beginning Mrs. Eddy's students tended
to confuse her idea of Church as "the structure of Truth and Love" with
material organization. This cast a heavy burden on Mrs. Eddy As we learned
earlier she stated, "All the trouble I have had has been with my students' " In
Science and Health she comments sadly, "If the Master had not taken a student
he would not have been crucified. The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp
of matter [to hold the spirit and the absolute letter in a church
organization] is the persecutor of Truth and Love. " While Mrs. Eddy turned
unreservedly to God for comfort and direction, her students occupying the
highest offices were turning to human law and legal power. We saw
this was true even before Mrs. Eddy left us-when they turned to legal opinion
in the matter of theestoppel clauses in the Church Manual.
As we have been seeing, there was considerable
determined opposition to S. 1866, but it was successfully throttled. It is a
matter of record, and of deep regret, that unbelievable manipulative pressure
was brought to bear upon those members of the Judiciary Committee--Congressmen
and Senators--to rescind their objections to the bill.
Senator Philip Hart, who voted against the bill,
stated that this copyright would grant a monopoly over expression, and limit
what may be freely said and heard in public, thus conflicting with the
guarantees of free speech under the First Amendment. (See page 12 of Committee
on Judiciary Hearing, Appendix p. 303.) Senator Hart also insisted that
Congress does not have the power to grant copyrights to trustees of an estate.
He was concerned the bill might put the support of the government on the side
of the established Christian Science Movement in any dispute it might have with
groups differing from the view of the official Boston hierarchy.
Some opposition surfaced on the present difficulty of
obtaining the earlier editions of Science and Health. A letter read into the
Congressional record stated:
Dear Sirs: I am a member of The Mother Church and have
been for over 25 years. I urge the Committee to vote against S. 1866 on the
ground that it would shut off completely availability of all earlier editions
of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, none of which The Mother Church
publishes or makes available to its members or the general public...
The Board of Directors' refusal to make available the
early editions of Science and Health has effectively eliminated a most useful
aid in understanding Christian Science, namely, the help of following the
evolution of the Science as Mrs. Eddy developed it in her many revisions.
Former high officials in the church report that early editions were bought up
by the church so they would not be available to students seeking them.
They also report that the fear of the Board of Directors' legal arm prevented
any but the most intrepid from reproducing a few of the earliest editions.
In the Christian Science Journal, April, 1891,
p. 7, Mrs. Eddy, through an article dictated to her student, Rev. Norcross,
urged all Christian Scientists to keep their editions. In this article Mrs.
A practical suggestion or two regarding study of the
new edition: In the first place, do not attempt to dispose of the earlier
editions. Some are asking, "Can we be permitted to exchange?" Probably not;
but you do not want to do so, even if you can. Fortunate is he who has all
former revisions with the original edition of 1875! They are indicators of
successive stages of growth in Christian Science; and as such, a some future
day will not only possess historic value, but will be extremely difficult to
procure. Keep them all; they will prove a "treasure trove ." Again, Let
the new volume be studied in connection with earlier editions. The very
contrasts help to see how the thoughts have risen only as we have been able to
receive them. This, again, will reveal why the new edition could now be written
for us. It is simply because the advancing thought, or demonstration, of
Christian students has ascended to that plane which makes it both possible and
practicable for us to have the new work. [Italics are in the original.]
Many Christian Scientists have been led to believe
that Mrs. Eddy warned against studying the earlier editions. This is not true
as can be seen from her article in the Journal, just quoted. She, of
course, recommended that her last edition, published in 1910, be the basic
edition used, since it alone contained the full and final revelation of her
great discovery. As we saw in comparing it with the 1906 edition, the 1910
editions contained nearly 4,000 changes, additions, and deletions.
Genuine Christian Scientists dread the consequences of
robbing the world of the privilege of having all 432 editions of Science and
Health in the public domain.
The Christian Science Field owes a great debt of
gratitude to Mr. Ralph Geradi of Rare Book Company for reprinting a number of
the early editions, principally the much sought after and highly prized first
Mrs. Eddy left a good share of her estate to the
church to be used for the promotion and extension of the Science taught by her.
This would surely mean, for one thing, the reproduction of the books written by
her. Also in her Deed of Trust given to the Publishing Society she stipulated
the profits were to be used for the promotion and extension of the Science
taught by her. Again, what is more important than making available the
"treasure trove" of her 432 editions of Science and Health to students of
Christian Science? Most of the funds, however, were spent to support the
organization, and as we saw, for such things as quadrupling the Directors'
salaries shortly after Mrs. Eddy's departure, and for legal fees, funding of
lawsuits, etc. This apparent lack of a genuine interest in the promotion and
extension of the Science taught by Mary Baker Eddy was a substantial factor
contributing to the precipitous decline in the spread of Christian Science that
became noticeable as early as 1935.
When the Congressmen asked if any publishers were
known to be interested in publishing Science and Health, representatives for
the Board of Directors said, "No. " This was not entirely true, of course,
because over the years there have been those who wished to do so but feared the
legal arm of Boston. Recently, however, Eric W. W. Taylor of Seven Lakes, West
End, North Carolina, 27376, published a magnificent reproduction of the 1910
edition of Science and Health with all details exactly as Mrs. Eddy left them,
including the frontispiece picture of Mary Baker Eddy.
Mr. Ralph Geradi of Rare Book Company reports he has
had many requests for copies of the 1910 edition, meaning, of course, the 1910
edition just as Mrs. Eddy left it, containing her picture, 700 full pages, and
without the various changes that were made in Science and Health after Mrs.
TESTIMONY OF ATTORNEY
The last witness to be questioned by the Committee on
the Judiciary concerning the copyright on Science and Health, was Attorney Mary
Cook Hackman of Arlington, Virginia. She apparently believed strongly that the
418 editions of Science and Health should remain in the public domain, and that
the 1906 should also be allowed to go into the public domain along with the 14
subsequent editions, having had 65 years of copyright protection. She said:
The proponents have basically advanced two arguments:
One, that what they have asked you to do is a legal thing for you to do;
that is, it is constitutional. I would question that, on the First
Amendment basis. And as for the citations they have given you, they all go back
to 1898 and before, and we all know that the Constitution is interpreted very
differently in the last 30 years than it ever was prior to then. I also feel
that there is some question as to whether the Trustees [C.S. Board Of
Directors] under the Will of Mrs. Eddy, as a matter of fact, violate the
rules against perpetuities....
The second argument that the proponents use is that
they need this legislation for protection....We feel that the better
understanding of Christian Science itself requires the greatest possible
distribution of the textbook, Science and Health.
Attorney Hackman advanced the feeling that the motives
of those seeking this copyright legislation "are the perpetuation and
protection of the church as an organization and this, of course, is
specifically in violation of the Constitution. The church organization
is what they [the proponents of the bill] feel is at stake here. " The
church organization is what the proponents want to maintain at any cost.
Christian Scientists, she said, are by nature
non-contentious people, and that is why there is not more opposition. This
aside from the fact, of course, that only a dozen or so non-church
Scientists knew about the copyright action. And they only heard about it at
the very last minute, when it was too late to organize any type of
Miss Hackman felt there would be no problem at all
about maintaining the purity of the contents of Science and Health, just as
there has been no problem maintaining the purity of the Bible. This argument
about "purity," she maintained, was only the decoy; what the proponents of the
bill were really seeking, was absolute control of the church organization: "And
that, " she said, "is the real purpose of this bill, it is to protect the
organization of the church rather than the spiritual teachings of Mrs.
One senses from Miss Packman's testimony that this
copyright action is sought more to protect the public from access to Mary Baker
Eddy's writings than to protect the writings from possible distortion by the
public. Mrs. Eddy wanted everyone to be blessed by the teachings of Science and
Health: "My discovery," she said, "promises nothing but blessings to every
inhabitant of the globe." With Francis Thomson she knew that
All things by immortal power
Near or far
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir
Without troubling of a star.
Mary Baker Eddy's great work on earth was not done for
her own self, nor for God; she dipped her pen in the well of Love and wrote for
all people wherever they might be, to bless them and show them their divinity
Innately all humanity has the capacity to understand what is in Science and
Health; it should have the widest possible distribution rather than have its
accessibility restrained and shackled by copyright regulations.
Attorney Hackman had been given only five minutes in
which to present the side of perhaps the vast majority of Christian Scientists
in the world today. Her excellent arguments for obedience to the laws of the
land and for the religious liberty our great Constitution provides, fell
largely on deaf ears, however. The 75-year copyright on Science and Health "For
the relief of Clayton Bion Craig, Arthur P. Wuth, Mrs. Lenore D. Hanks, David
E. Sleeper, and DeWitt John," was passed by both Houses of Congress and was
signed into law by President Nixon.
Having secured a new copyright in their own name, on
all 432 editions of Science and Health, the Christian Science Board of
Directors in Boston is now free to remove Mrs. Eddy's name entirely from
Science and Health, as in 1911 they removed her name and office as Pastor
Emeritus from the Church Manual when, at that time, they put out a
Manual of their own. Her name remained removed for fifteen years until
pressure from the Field caused its restoration.
Writing in the April edition of the National
Educator, Ron Bartlett (not a Christian Scientist) stated in part:
Haldeman and Ehrlichman, those two so-called Christian
Scientists, were able to get the government under President Nixon to carry out
a copyright on the writings of the Founder of the Christian Science religion,
when she expressly wanted her works to go completely public as the Bible [is],
as her book must be studied with the Bible. She prayed for her country; asked
others to pray for our country; but apparently the Directors of The Mother
Church took over after her death and did her in. The religion declined, members
vanished from the churches....
Writing from the Republic of South Africa, a Christian
Scientist of world renown gives his opinion:
It can now be said that in those copies of Science and
Health --printed after 1971--the seemingly innocent and harmless words, "1971
The Christian Science Board of Directors copyright under special act of
Congress. All rights reserved in all editions, " constitutes--by all that is
sealed beneath them--a ghastly vilification of Mrs. Eddy.
It can be clearly shown that this so-called copyright
is the very antithesis of Mrs. Eddy's committal of Science and Health to
"honest seekers for Truth"....Science and Health has a rebuke for every action
taken by the Christian Science Board of Directors to achieve that Act of
Congress, and divine Principle will not allow that evil work to stand.
Then, writing about the Board of Directors' current
legal action in which they are claiming they own the term "Christian Science,"
this same gentleman writes: "Now, what must surely be the final act of
their [the Christian Science Board of Directors'] own self destruction, the
Board places "Christian Science" on trial by its own god, legal power."
Another student writes, "the more one studies the
history of Christian Science, the more one becomes aware of the intent of evil
to separate the Discoverer of Christian Science from her discovery. This is as
true today as it was a century ago. Evil's design and aim is, secondly, to
separate the students from Mrs. Eddy through denying her place in prophecy-
denying that Mrs. Eddy fulfilled step by step Jesus' prediction to St. John
regarding the woman of the Apocalypse in chapter twelve of the Book of
Revelation. This Woman brought Science and Health, the Comforter, promised by
Jesus in chapters 14 and 16 of the Gospel of St. John which, in turn, fulfilled
his parable of the 'leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of
meal, till the whole was leavened.'"
Robbing Mrs. Eddy of her rightful place in scriptural
prophecy, world esteem, and human history is an error that must be exposed. 'It
requires courage to utter truth Mrs. Eddy states, and also, it requires the
spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults and risk displeasure
...... Writing in Historical Sketch of Metaphysical Healing, Mrs. Eddy
says, "There is but one way to deal with sin; namely, if you can't stop it,
expose it, for the safety of others."
Writing in the 1885 May Journal, on Love
and "over what worlds of worlds it has range and is sovereign", she says
she stands in awe before it, but states that
Sometimes this gentle evangel comes to burst the
pent-up storm of error with one mighty thunder-bolt, and clears the moral
atmosphere, foul with human exhalations. It is a born blessing at all times,
either as a rebuke or a benediction.
Many alert Christian Scientists have been asking: "Was
the 1971 copyright on Science and Health--which took the copyright away from
Mrs. Eddy and gave it to the five individuals--legal? Or was the 75-year
copyright obtained by misrepresentation and fraud?"
On page 253 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy
If you believe in and practice wrong knowingly, you
can at once change your course and do right.
Nothing prevents those who advocated a wrong course of
action from admitting a mistake was made, and from doing all in their power to
rectify the error. This would require moral and spiritual courage, but it would
Elsewhere she tells us, "All bonds that hinder
progress will be broken." Evil will be seen powerless, and God, good, will be
seen as infinite and omnipotent. In Science and Health we read, "It is
Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of right-doing has any claim
to the name."
CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL
Chart prepared by Dr Harry R. Shawk
of Lacey, Washington
In an article (13) a few years ago the Board of
Directors declared the organization to be "the watchful and tender guardian of
human consciousness in its ascent Godward"! and in a letter to a Christian
Science teacher in England, John Lawrence Sinton, the Board asserted that "any
attempt to teach or lecture on Christian Science in any manner other than as
provided for in [the Board's interpretation of] the Manual, constitutes an
attack upon the sufficiency and finality of the revelation embodied in the
textbook, its author's establishment of the church organization, and her
divinely inspired provisions for its growth and progress. "14 At this time the
Field had already been warned, says Braden, that any preference for the
"irregular and unauthorized (literature] is distinctly a manifestation of
mortal mind," and the Field had been reminded that if there were need of
additional literature on the subject of Christian Science "it would naturally
be recognized and satisfied by the Board of Directors."
A vast gulf yawns between such "paternalism" and Mrs.
Eddy's basic teaching that every individual is entitled to freedom of thought
and action in religion and Science, since the only "enemy" is the belief in a
power apart from God. So, she counseled,
Let us serve and not rule...and allow to each and
everyone the same rights and privileges we claim for ourselves" (Mis. 303).
Christian Science is not copyrighted....A student can
write voluminous works on Christian Science if he writes honestly... (Ret. 76).
Spiritual rationality and free thought accompany
approaching Science, and cannot be put down... (S&H 223)
Let the Word have free course and be glorified. The
people clamor to leave cradle and swaddling clothes...Truth cannot be
stereotyped; it unfoldeth forever. (No. 45)
RESULT OF THE 70-YEAR RULE
DISOBEDIENCE TO THE CHURCH
What has been the result of the seventy-year rule in
disobedience to the Church Manual's estoppel clauses?
Mrs. Eddy's estoppel clauses were intended to
terminate the five-member ecclesiastical Board of Directors. This was her way
of assuring that there would be no one to stand between her writings and
the world. She wanted all mankind to be the owner of her writings and to be
blessed by them.
Mrs. Eddy was betrayed; her plan was scuttled.
The chart prepared by Dr. Shawk, p. 160 shows how the
number of registered Christian Science practitioners has dwindled from a
magnificent 12,000 to perhaps less than 5,000 today Of the approximately 800
churches that have closed, more than 500 have closed in just the last four
years. As the churches close, the Reading Rooms they maintained also close. The
closing of the Reading Rooms at this alarming rate makes it increasingly
difficult and inconvenient for the public to obtain the writings of Mary Baker
Eddy since the Christian Science Board of Directors in Boston allows Mrs.
Eddy's writings to be sold only in Reading Rooms, as the profits are doubtless
needed to support the church organization.
Fortunately, today thousands of Christian Scientists
are awakening, and as they do, they find it almost impossible to conceive how
free people can be deluded into supposed obedience to such dictatorial rules
controlling their lives and their thinking.
How many spiritually-minded, gifted writers have been
prevented by the Boston hierarchy from sharing their divine inspiration with
the field through the media Mrs. Eddy provided--the Christian Science
Publishing Society--the only 'official" teaching institution Mrs. Eddy
established legally, under a perpetual and irrevocable Deed of Trust to
continue the spiritual education of the world when she was no longer here.
How many divinely gifted teachers have been prevented
by Board-of-Director edicts from teaching and sharing their Christly input?
Mrs. Eddy freed everyone to teach, requiring only that our great desire be to
live the life of Love. Mrs. Eddy closed her College at the height of its
prosperity. When it was re-opened, under her control, she used an estoppel
clause to make sure that "organized" teaching would cease when she was no
longer here to supervise it. Teaching Christian Science was, to Mrs. Eddy, a
proper preparation of the heart from which teaching, practicing, and living
would follow naturally. A prepared heart can give to the world the benefit of
its preparation, and teach and heal with increased confidence, speaking,
teaching, and writing freely the truth of Christian Science-the absolute letter
combined with the spirit. The kingdom of heaven is within you, Mrs. Eddy
emphasized-not afar off-but right within that which you accept as mind, as
consciousness, and this includes all that you call person, place, or thing, all
that appears as a book, a church, or a remedy.
Speaking to the "remnant" Mrs. Eddy counseled:
The letter of your work dies, as do all things
material, but the spirit is immortal. Remember that a temple but foreshadows
the idea of God, the "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, "
while a silent, grand man or woman, healing sickness and destroying sin builds
that which reaches heaven. Only those men and women gain greatness who gain
themselves in a complete subordination of self.15
It is only "the adamant of error" that keeps us from
this complete subordination of self, which is gained through obeying the
sixteen chapters of Science and Health. These sixteen chapters of our textbook
constitute our true body and our true Mind. Mary Baker Eddy's writings give us
a whole new frame of reference, a totally new standpoint. As we learn to reason
and deduce from our one divine Principle, we achieve that paradigm shift out of
the world's way of thinking, into oneness with our true divine being. Our only
need is to discover our divinity, and in that divinity every need is met.
This divinity is gained as we assimilate the divine
character through exchanging mortal beliefs for the divinely scientific facts
taught in Science and Health. This is why Mrs. Eddy felt that suppression of
the textbook, such as has been accomplished by the 1971 Congressional Copyright
Act, was far more dangerous than copyright violation. In Mary Baker Eddy's
Six Days of Revelation Richard Oakes writes: "Mrs. Eddy's concern was not
that someone else might print and sell her book....so much as the possibility
of legalized suppression.... Mrs. Eddy wrote William G. Nixon: 'Some
worldly-poor Christian in England and elsewhere, can publish it for the
good of our race; or translate it with more facilities than we can, in the old
countries (Europe). Let them do it. It is God's Book and He says give it at
once to the people. . . . There is a great sin being committed by
delaying or suffering my Book, Science and Health, to be delayed for money
consideration. If this course is pursued the unprecedented prosperity of this
Book that I have always conducted on the opposite basis will go down in the
hands of those who do this. This I know.
"God's law to 'feed my sheep,' to give Science and
Health at once to those hungering for it, must be obeyed and held
paramount to an international law on copyright."
EMBOLDENED by their success in wresting the copyrights
on all editions of Science and Health from Mrs. Eddy, the Board of Directors
are now claiming they own the term "Christian Science"-that the term Christian
Science is a trademark, and as such it is the property of the Boston Board of
Directors. The Board, as we saw in the Preface, is now in the process of suing
the Independent Christian Science Church of Plainfield. The question before the
Court today is: Do five individuals in Boston own the term "Christian Science"?
Can the members of Independent Christian Science Church of Plainfield be
deprived of their constitutional right to religious liberty and freedom to
practice their religion in accordance with their interpretation of the
teachings of Christian Science? Can any Christian Scientist anywhere in the
world be summarily stripped of his right to call himself a Christian Scientist?
Can only those who have permission from the Boston Board of Directors call
themselves Christian Scientists?
The last By-Law in
No new tenet or By-Law shall be adopted, nor any Tenet
or By-Law amended or annulled, without the written consent of Mary Baker Eddy,
the author of our textbook, Science and Health.
When Mrs. Eddy lifted this By-Law out of the
ecclesiastical document (the Church Manual) and placed it in the heart
of her legal Deed of Trust (see Manual, p. 136) it made all 26 or more
estoppels in the Church Manual a part of that Deed. By annulling the
estoppel clauses every Director since 1910 has been in breach of the trusts
contained in the 1903 Deed. This 1903 Deed, conveying land for church purposes
is a legal instrument over which the Courts of the land do have jurisdiction.
The Board of Directors in their suit against the Plainfield church may find
their legal action has no basis whatever.
Furthermore it may well develop, at long last, that
the Courts will recognize that the five-member ecclesiastical Board of
Directors was made non-existent through the operation of Mrs. Eddy's estoppel
Mary Baker Eddy faced a world sunk in materialism. But
she brought the message from God which was to bring change. On the capstone
marking the place of her birth were four inscriptions--facing North, South,
East, and West. The inscription facing west reads:
NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM
(NEW ORDER OF THE AGES)
This new order of the ages which Mary Baker Eddy's
writings initiated points "westward,(16 ) to the grand realization of the
Golden Shore of Love and the peaceful sea of harmony. Mrs. Eddy's
"MANUAL" embodying the spirit of her Magna Charta and her Declaration of
Independence, breathes the omnipotence of divine justice which is the matrix of
that peace which passeth all understanding . It lifts thought to the point of
ascension where organized animate matter is no longer a legitimate state of
man's conscious evolvement , and mortality is no longer seen "to be the matrix
'This is the higher spiritual message of the Manual
and the reason Mrs. Eddy said, "Notwithstanding the sacrilegious moth of
time, eternity awaits our Church Manual, which will maintain its rank as
in the past , amid ministries aggressive and active, and will stand when those
have passed to rest. 18
In studying the Church Manual, ones admiration
and profound respect and gratitude for Mrs. Eddy is immeasurably heightened :
one's heart overflows with love for this lone brave woman who single-handedly
laid the foundation for the new order of the ages--a world government based on
divine Love manifesting itself in brotherly love. Her Manual estoppel
clauses lead the way: "It remains for the church to obey(them)." Mrs. Eddy
finished the work God gave her to do. Of the kingdom her Science brought there
can be no end. It will unfold forever.
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