Prose Works Other Than Science and Health

The Prose Works, or Prose Works Other than Science and Health, is a single-volume compendium of the key works of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, outside of its denominational textbook. While the fact is not generally known among Christian Scientists, the books were never published together as a single volume during her lifetime but were assembled as a convenience subsequent to her death in 1910 (its copyright notice suggests in 1925). The constituent books have historically been published individually in parallel also. It has been issued in both hardcover and paperback.

The volume consists of the following works:

  • Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 (Miscellaneous Writings for short, abbreviated in concordances as Mis.)
  • Retrospection and Introspection (abbreviated as Ret.)
  • Unity of Good (abbreviated as Un.)
  • Pulpit and Press (abbreviated as Pul.)
  • Rudimental Divine Science (abbreviated as Rud.)
  • No and Yes (abbreviated as No.)
  • Christian Science versus Pantheism (abbreviated as Pan.)
  • Message to The Mother Church, 1900 (Message for 1900 for short, abbreviated as '00)
  • Message to The Mother Church, 1901 (Message for 1901 for short, abbreviated as '01)
  • Message to The Mother Church, 1902 (Message for 1902 for short, abbreviated as '02)
  • Christian Healing: A Sermon Delivered at Boston (abbreviated as Hea.)
  • The People's Idea of God: Its Effect on Health and Christianity (secondary title usually omitted; abbreviated as Peo.)
  • The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany (abbreviated as My.)

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