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12imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. — 2 COR. x. 4, 5.

15In April, 1883, I started the Journal of Christian Science, with a portion of the above Scripture for its motto.

18On December 10, 1889, I gave a lot of land — in

Boston, situated near the beautiful Back Bay Park, now valued at $20,000 and rising in value — for the purpose

21of having erected thereon a church edifice to be called The Church of Christ, Scientist.

I had this desirable site transferred in a circuitous,

24novel way, at the wisdom whereof a few persons have since scrupled; but to my spiritual perception, like all true wisdom, this transaction will in future be regarded

27as greatly wise, and it will be found that this act was in advance of the erring mind's apprehension.

As with all former efforts in the interest of Christian

30Science, I took care that the provisions for the land and

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1building were such as error could not control. I knew that to God's gift, foundation and superstructure, no one

3could hold a wholly material title. The land, and the church standing on it, must be conveyed through a type representing the true nature of the gift; a type morally

6and spiritually inalienable, but materially questionable — even after the manner that all spiritual good comes to Christian Scientists, to the end of taxing their faith

9in God, and their adherence to the superiority of the claims of Spirit over matter or merely legal titles.

No one could buy, sell, or mortgage my gift as I had

12it conveyed. Thus the case rested, and I supposed the trustee-deed was legal; but this was God's business, not mine. Our church was prospered by the right hand of

15His righteousness, and contributions to the Building Fund generously poured into the treasury. Unity prevailed, — till mortal man sought to know who owned God's temple,

18and adopted and urged only the material side of this question.

The lot of land which I donated I redeemed from under

21mortgage. The foundation on which our church was to be built had to be rescued from the grasp of legal power, and now it must be put back into the arms of Love, if we

24would not be found fighting against God.

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