The following are addresses given to the Bliss Knapp Association by his students:
“The Wisdom Needed to Survive”
by Mae Bess Everitt
Given in 1968
The following is an excerpt from the address:
One of the mistakes mortals sometimes make is to think of themselves as destined to save the church or the nation. In five hundred years from now, that church will be flourishing just the same, and where will you be? This may bring to the attention where the greatest need is right now; it is to give heed to the evangelization of this human self so that you will be flourishing just the same five hundred years from now.
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“Problems and Opportunities for Christian Scientists Today”
by Roscoe Drummond
Given in the early 1980′s
The solution to the problems which confront our world must rest upon and will proceed from demonstration which first must be made within the Christian Science Movement.
Why? The state of the Christian Science movement primarily determines the state of the world: the state of the world does not primarily determine the state of the Christian Science Movement.
The state of the world reflects the vigor and vitality and strength of the Christian Science Movement–or their absence.
The need is not to look first at the world to see what is troubling our movement; the need is to look first at the Christian Science Movement to see why things have gone wrong in the world.
The unresolved and unhealed problems within our Movement are the procuring causes of the unresolved and unhealed conditions in the world. If we keep our eyes glued on what animal magnetism is doing in Washington or Rome or Moscow or Peking, we will be looking at the decoy, not at the place where the important demonstrations must first be made.
When things are not going well in the world around us–as they are not going well today–it is essential that we look within ourselves and within our Movement to discern these demonstrations which our Movement has been failing to make.
“Comments on Some of the Windows In the Original Edifice of The Mother Church“
by Eloise Mabury Knapp
Given October 10, 1959 to Bliss Knapp Student’s Association (pdf)
I used to tell my Sunday School classes that this Church is the greatest building on earth; not the largest, but the greatest. I believe that it is the greatest edifice ever built. And why? Because every material law and obstacle which mortal mind could devise was broken during the building of it by our Leader’s understanding of God’s law, and in record time. You may cite Solomon’s temple as an example of a marvelous building but Solomon had unlimited riches with which to build, and the artisans were Jews, who were erecting their own temple. This edifice, on the other hand, had to be paid as the bills became due, and the builders were of every faith and nationality.
We were simply stunned with what we saw! That great auditorium was filled with people from floor to ceiling. Not an empty seat was to be seen anywhere! And such silence prevailed, such sacred silence. The presence of Spirit seemed to be brooding over that vast audience. No mortal mind seemed to be present — just the silence of God’s presence.
“Historical Facts Regarding Mary Baker Eddy’s Student, Bliss Knapp“
by a Knapp Association Student
Given October 1994 (pdf)
In April 1991, The Christian Science Board of Directors and the Trustees of The Christian Science Publishing Society made the decision to publish The Destiny of The Mother Church by Bliss Knapp. When The Destiny reached the Reading Rooms, it brought out into the open a division of teaching which erupted early this century. The division concerns the identity of Mary Baker Eddy, –as either Mark Baker’s daughter, the one who eventually became the Discoverer, Founder and Leader of Christian Science; or, the Woman who fulfilled Bible prophecy as found in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Micah and Revelation, –the Messenger who brought the divine Comforter and established God’s church.
Mrs. Eddy’s devoted students accepted her as the God-crowned woman of Scriptural prophecy. This is clearly shown in their writings in the early Christian Science periodicals. The members of the Knapp family were among this group.
There is a golden chain of events showing, in our Leader’s words, “…God’s disposal of events” in regard to Mrs. Eddy’s unique friendship with the Knapp Family, and Bliss Knapp in particular. In the following pages, a number of interesting vignettes are related concerning Mrs. Eddy’s association with her student, Bliss Knapp. Like the vignettes in the We Knew Mary Baker Eddy series, these accounts are helpful in understanding Bliss Knapp, –the man, his book, and our Leader. The compiler of this information is a student of Mr. Knapp.