Herbert W. Eustace
Metaphysics is never a person.
We cannot help but love God’s messenger to humanity.
Mary Baker Eddy states in "Miscellaneous Writings" (page 308): "Whoever looks to me personally for his health or holiness, mistakes. He that by reason of human love or hatred or any other cause clings to my material personality, greatly errs, stops his own progress and loses the path to health, happiness, and heaven. The Scriptures and Christian Science reveal “the way,” and personal revelators will take their proper place in history, but will not be deified."
Mrs. Eddy also says: "Personal Contagion: Declaring the truth regarding an individual or leader, rendering praise to whom praise is due, is not a symptom of this contagious malady." (Miscellany, page 116)
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The best place to read about Herbert Eustace would be in the chapter entitled “To The Reader” in His book
“Christian Science ‘Its Clear Correct Teaching’”
Herbert W. Eustace came from England and traveled to the “Far West” United States (California). His family line was of the Anglican Church, the Church of England, where many of his descendents were priests and hierarchies of that church. His Grandfather was the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“. . . when a friend asked me to read Science and Health I discovered that one does not always know what is taking place in thought and that what I had accepted as satisfaction was really complacency rather than true satisfaction.
At that time, 1893, I was living on my ranch in California and had the long evenings for reading and studying. These I spent with Science and Health. During the day, while at work, I continually pondered the wonders and profound import of this new view of life, and, by the time I had finished reading the book, its teachings had become my own deep conviction.
From that time Christian Science has filled my life with a greater and more eventful happiness than I could have deemed possible. It has truly proved to be the ‘one pearl of great price’, which, when the seeker had found, he ‘went and sold all that he had, and bought it." (CCT, p. xvii)
Mr. Eustace became a member in the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts in 1894 and for 15 years served in the branch church in San Jose, California, filling every office in that church. In 1902, Mr. Eustace attended the Normal class in Christian Science conducted by Edward A. Kimball, earning the degree of CSB (Bachelor of Christian Science) and becoming a teacher in Christian Science.
Herbert Eustace became a Trustee of the Christian Science Publishing Society in 1912 and was a Trustee throughout the Litigation Years (1918 – January, 1922). In 1922, Mr. Eustace was excommunicated from the Christian Science material organization.
From there, Mr. Eustace taught and lectured without limits. His first book entitled “The Line of Light” was published in 1929. Then he wrote “Your Power and Dominion”, with “The Clear Correct Teaching” (CCT) following. In 1953, Mr. Eustace published the One Volume of all his writings entitled “Christian Science ‘Its Clear Correct Teaching’ and Complete Writings”. “Chronological Data” (p. 997 of the One Volume of the CCT) shows a time-line of every book Mr. Eustace wrote, showing how the One Volume of the CCT completed Mrs. Eddy’s prophecies.
Herbert Eustace lectured around the world, his last tour at the age of 90 when he went to Australia. Just prior to this tour, he lectured in New York, which had a large gathering of Scientists. “His form was erect and commanding.”
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BITS AND PIECES:
The "W" in Herbert W. Eustace stands for Willoughby. Mr. Eustace met his wife, his “beloved Bess”, at a Christian Science meeting.
When Mrs. Eddy sent Edward Kimball to teach Christian Science classes, she would ask Mr. Kimball “Who understands this?” Many times, the answer was in the negative. Finally in a later class, Mr. Kimball responded “Herbert Eustace.” Mrs. Eddy was thrilled with the answer and was also thrilled when she heard that Herbert Eustace’s lineage was of the Anglican Church and that Herbert Eustace’s grandfather was the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He became “the heavy hitter” of the Great Litigation.
During the Litigation, there were heads bobbing up and down of all the Christian Scientists who were trying to malpractice. Joseph Johnston said: “Mr. Eustace, don’t you see those heads bobbing up and down?” Mr. Eustace answered “Their thinking does not get beyond their teeth.”
When the Litigation was over and hearing the verdict, Mr. Eustace was in a room with several other men. The other men “appeared” to be distressed while Mr. Eustace had great poise and serenity. He said simply “It is God’s will.”
A famous line during the Great Litigation: When the directors, lawyers were pressuring Mr. Eustace to acknowledge the Directors as the head of the church, the question was asked “Who is the head of the Christian Science movement?” Herbert Eustace answered simply, “God.”
He loved to dance and especially square dancing.
When solving a problem, he would pace around his dining room table. Evidently, you could see a path going in a circle around this table where the carpeting was worn from use. He would frequently get up in the wee early hours of the morning to work when the senses were quiet enabling him to see more clearly.
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