Christian Science
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Christian Science

By Mark Twain
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Book Description

Though Mark Twain is best remembered as perhaps the quintessential American humor writer, he was also a keen observer and critic of cultural and social trends. In this vein, he undertook a book-length discussion and analysis of Christian Science and New Thought, both of which enjoyed immense popularity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States. The controversial text was originally rejected by Twain's publisher, a gesture that the author saw as confirming the influence and power of the religious movement.

Table of Contents
  • CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
    • PREFACE
  • BOOK I CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
    • CHAPTER I
      • VIENNA 1899.
    • CHAPTER II
    • CHAPTER III
    • CHAPTER IV
    • CHAPTER V
    • CHAPTER VI
    • CHAPTER VII
    • CHAPTER VIII
    • CHAPTER IX
    • BOOK II
    • CHAPTER I
    • CHAPTER II
    • CHAPTER III
    • CHAPTER IV
    • POSTSCRIPT
    • CHAPTER V
    • SUMMARY
    • CHAPTER VI
    • THE PASTOR EMERITUS
    • THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    • THE PRESIDENT
      • The Board of Directors, or Serfs, or Ciphers, elects the President.
    • TREASURER AND CLERK
    • BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    • READERS
    • ELECTION OF READERS
    • THE ARISTOCRACY
    • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
    • AND SOME ENGLISH REQUIRED
    • "READERS" AGAIN
    • MONOPOLY OF SPIRITUAL BREAD
    • CHAPTER VII.
    • THE NEW INFALLIBILITY
    • THE SACRED POEMS
    • THE CHURCH EDIFICE
    • PRAYER
    • THE LORD'S PRAYER-AMENDED
    • THE NEW UNPARDONABLE SIN
    • AXE AND BLOCK
    • READING LETTERS AT MEETINGS
    • HONESTY REQUISITE
    • FURTHER APPLICATIONS OF THE AXE
    • MORE SELF-PROTECTIONS
    • BOARD OF EDUCATION
    • PUBLIC TEACHERS
    • BOARD OF LECTURESHIP
    • MISSIONARIES
    • THE BY-LAWS
      • The branch Churches are strictly forbidden to use them.
    • THE CREED
    • CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION
    • THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING SOCIETY
    • CHAPTER VIII
    • "MOTHER-CHURCH UNIQUE"
    • "NO FIRST MEMBERS"
    • "THE"
    • A LIFE-TERM MONOPOLY
    • A PERPETUAL ONE
    • THE SANCTUM SANCTORUM AND SACRED CHAIR
    • THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PASTOR-UNIVERSAL
    • PRICE OF THE PASTOR-UNIVERSAL
    • SEVEN HUNDRED PER CENT.
    • CHAPTER IX
    • CHAPTER X
    • CHAPTER XI
    • CHAPTER XII
    • CHAPTER XIII
    • CHAPTER XIV
    • CHAPTER XV
      • We may take that up now.
    • APPENDIX A
      • ORIGINAL FIRST PREFACE TO SCIENCE AND HEALTH
    • APPENDIX B
    • APPENDIX C
      • The following is the spiritual signification of the Lord's Prayer:
    • APPENDIX D
    • APPENDIX E
      • Reverend Heber Newton on Christian Science:
    • APPENDIX F
    • MRS. EDDY IN ERROR
    • MAIN PARTS OF THE MACHINE
    • DISTRIBUTION OF THE MACHINE'S POWERS AND DIGNITIES
    • CONCLUSION
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