She was born in Bow, New Hampshire and raised a Congregationalist, though
she rebelled against teachings like predestination. She suffered chronic
illness and developed a strong interest in the biblical accounts of
early Christian healing. In 1843 she married George Washington Glover.
He died about a year later, shortly before the birth of their only child,
George Washington Glover, Jr. In 1853 she married Dr. Daniel Patterson.
In the 1860s she began to explore faith-healing and associated with
Phineas Quimby. His influence on her is disputed; she thought highly
of him personally but ultimately disavowed his technique as more mesmerism-based
than Christian. She divorced Patterson, her second husband in 1873 for
adultery that he readily admitted. In 1877 she married Asa Gilbert Eddy.
Her third husband died in 1882.
After a severe injury in 1866, Eddy turned to the Bible and recovered
unexpectedly. Despite this unexpected recovery, however, she still tried
to claim money from the city for her injury on the grounds that she
was ‘still suffering from the effects of that fall’.
She then devoted the next three years to biblical study and the development
of Christian Science. Convinced that illness was at base a mental illusion
that could be healed through a clearer perception of God, she began
teaching her theory of healing to others privately. She felt that she
had discovered a positive rule to healing in a new understanding of
God as divine Principle and infinite Spirit above the limitations of
a material sense of reality she termed error.
Eddy set forth her understanding of this discovery in a book Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which she called the textbook
of Christian Science, and which she published in its first edition of
one thousand copies in 1875, writing therein, "In the year 1866,
I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love,
and named my discovery Christian Science" (page 107).
devote the remaining years of her life to the establishment of her church,
authoring its governing bylaws, "The Manual of the Mother Church,"
and revising "Science and Health." While Eddy was a highly
controversial religious leader, author, and lecturer, thousands of people
flocked to her teachings and claimed to find healing.
Eddy would build her Church on the strength of this healing work by
both herself as well as over four thousands students that she taught
at her Massachusetts Metaphysical College in Boston, Massachusetts between
the years 1883 and 1889. They spread across the country practicing healing
by her teachings. Through the auspices of her church, she would authorize
these students to list themselves as Christian Science Practitioners
in her church's official monthly organ, the Christian Science Journal.
In 1908, at
the age of 87, she founded The Christian Science Monitor, a daily newspaper
devoted to balance. She also founded the Christian Science Journal,
a monthly magazine focused chiefly on the church audience; the Christian
Science Sentinel, a weekly religious periodical written for a more general
public audience, and the Herald of Christian Science, a religious magazine
with editions in non-English languages, for children, and in English-Braille.
She died December 10, 1910.
church-authorized, biography of Eddy is Robert Peel's trilogy Mary Baker
Eddy: The Years of Discovery, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Trial, and
Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authority. (1966-1971)
A more recent
single volume is a 1999 work by Gillian Gill (ISBN 0738202274), which
includes review of the numerous other biographies over the years.
See also Stephen
Gottschalk, Rolling Away the Stone, Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism,
(ISBN: 0253346738) for a new account of her founding the church and
relations to critics such as Mark Twain. (Indiana University Press:
Eddy, Speaking for Herself (ISBN 0879522755)
Willa Cather and Georgine Milmine The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and
the History of Christian Science (1993) began as a famous Muckraking
magazine series 1907-08 and highly critical book in 1909. Scholars who
are not Christian Scientists rely on it, but church members disfavor
The famous novelist Stefan Zweig wrote a biography Mary Baker Eddy
1821 - December 3, 1910)
Eddy (1821-1910)--author of "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures" and founder of the six time Pulitzer Prize winning
newspaper "The Christian Science Monitor"--was born and raised
near Concord, New Hampshire, in the United States. Because of restrictions
on women's education in nineteenth century America, and because of many
bouts of illness, she received much of her education at home, sometimes
with the help her brother Albert, a student at Dartmouth College.
some difficult years as a young woman. She was widowed (and pregnant)
six months into her first marriage. Hoping to regain a stable home life
for herself and her son, she married again, but her second marriage
eventually ended in divorce. In poor health during much of this time,
she experimented with allopathic medicine and alternative therapies,
particularly with homeopathy. She was seeking an understanding of the
relationship between mind and body. Simultaneously, she continued a
life-long study of the Bible searching to uncover its promise of spiritual
In 1866, she
was healed of a life-threatening accident through spiritual insights
gained from the Bible. Over the next few years she studied the Scriptures
deeply, looking for a spiritual system behind the healing works of Christ
Jesus. She tested what she was learning by healing other people, including
some considered medically incurable. She also taught others to heal,
using this system she later called: "Christian Science."
In 1875, Mary
Baker Eddy published the first edition of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures," her major work on the theology and healing
system of Christian Science. In 1879, she founded a church in Boston,
Massachusetts, and served as its pastor for about ten years. In 1881,
she established The Massachusetts Metaphysical College to teach others
her system of healing --including doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and
homemakers. She started a monthly magazine called "The Christian
Science Journal," in 1883, and was its first editor. In 1892 she
reorganized the church. Several years later she ordained the Bible and
"Science and Health" as its pastor. This opened the way for
both women and men to conduct church services, where they read from
these books. Today local branch churches, known as Churches of Christ,
Scientist, have been opened in over seventy countries around the world.
In 1898, she
established a publishing company, and added a weekly magazine to its
publications. In 1908, at age 86, she founded "The Christian Science
and Health" has been a best seller for over 90 years. It has been
translated into 17 languages (including English Braille), and was selected
by the Women's National Book Association as one of "75 books by
women whose words have changed the world." In just the last five
years of the twentieth century, it sold over one million copies.
In 1995, Eddy
was recognized for her many achievements and inducted in the National
Women's Hall of Fame. In 2002, The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment
of Humanity will open to researchers, scholars, and the public, allowing
access to hundreds of thousands of documents and artifacts. It will
house one of the largest multi-disciplinary collections by and about
an American woman.
spiritual reality have lightened the darkness of material history for
centuries. But it was left for one woman to receive this full revelation
of Truth in this age, — Mary Baker Eddy. The parentage, education,
experience, and remarkable spirituality of Mrs. Eddy had made her well
fitted for the mission to which God had called her. She possessed a
remarkable degree of spirituality even in childhood, and rapidly developed
into that individuality which was needed to voice to this age the Science
In her autobiography,
Retrospection and Introspection, she recorded the "experiences
which led her, in the year 1866, to the discovery of the system that
she denominated Christian Science" (Science and Health, p. viii).
Mary Baker Eddy was born on July 16, 1821, in Bow, New Hampshire, five
miles from Concord, the state capital. The Baker family had been in
New England for six generations. Mary Baker’s father was Mark
Baker, who married Abigail Ambrose of Pembroke, New Hampshire.
One of Mary
Baker’s brothers was Albert Baker, who graduated from Dartmouth
College, studied law with Franklin Pierce (who later became President
of the United States), and was admitted to the bar in both Massachusetts
and New Hampshire. With Albert, she studied moral science, natural philosophy,
Latin, Greek, and Hebrew grammar.
At an early
age the question of her joining the church presented itself, but she
showed opposition to the decree of predestination as taught in the Congregational
church. In spite of her stout declaration of disbelief in this, she
was nevertheless admitted. She states in her autobiography Retrospection
and Introspection, on page 15, “My connection with this religious
body was retained till I founded a church of my own, built on the basis
of Christian Science, ‘Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone.’”
family moved to Tilton when Mary was fifteen, and she then attended
the private school of Professor H. Dyer Sanborn. Under this instruction
and the intellectual and spiritual guidance of the Rev. Enoch Corser,
pastor of the Tilton church, Mary made great progress in her studies.
She had shown from early on a love for poetry, which later manifested
itself in the writing of those hymns found in the Christian Science
Hymnal which are treasured by Christian Scientists today for their comforting
and healing effects.
In 1843 Mary Baker married George Washington Glover, a young man who
had been associated with Samuel Baker, her elder brother, as a contractor
and builder. Originally from Concord, New Hampshire, Mr. Glover had
established himself in business in Charleston, South Carolina. Mary
Baker Glover first came into touch with slavery in the South. Her husband
owned some slaves and her sense of right revolted against the practice.
year had passed since her marriage when her husband had occasion to
go to Wilmington, North Carolina, on business and took her with him.
Yellow fever was found to be raging in that city, and Mr. Glover was
incapacitated by the disease and died, leaving his young widow. Mrs.
Glover set free her husband’s slaves, and was then escorted as
far north as New York, where her brother George met her and took her
back to her father’s home, which she had so lately left. A boy
was born to her not long after her return, and she named him after her
husband, George Washington Glover.
In 1849 Mrs. Glover’s mother died, and about a year later her
father remarried. There was a rearrangement of domestic affairs. Mrs.
Glover’s nurse during her prolonged illness following childbirth
was to be married, and it was planned by the family that Mrs. Glover’s
son George should go to live with the nurse in her new home, as Mrs.
Glover’s health was precarious, and she was about to move into
her sister Abigail’s house, where her little son might prove too
great a charge. Against this plan Mrs. Glover protested vigorously,
and only gave up her child when no escape from this necessity presented
continued to write on the subject of slavery, which was daily becoming
a more and more burning question and was soon to culminate in the Civil
War. She had made a brief experiment of opening a children’s school
somewhat on the lines of the kindergarten system, but the times were
not ready for this venture and she soon abandoned it. Her position of
dependence upon her family was at times exceedingly difficult to bear,
especially as she found herself moving farther and farther away from
their views on the vital questions of the day. Her invalidism made her
helpless to resist the drift of her life into almost constant confinement.
At this time,
spiritualism and allied beliefs were stirring public thought. Mrs. Glover
interested herself in these matters as she did in the question of slavery,
and gradually won her way to definite convictions concerning spiritualism,
mesmerism, and animal magnetism (later called hypnotism), convictions
which she has recorded in her writings.
In 1853 Mrs. Glover, after nine years of widowhood, married Dr. Daniel
Patterson, a dentist, a relative of her father’s second wife.
She expected from this marriage that it would enable her to take her
child back into a home of her own and give her the necessary freedom
to work out her individual life problem.
In Retrospection and Introspection, page 20,
we read: “My dominant thought in marrying again was to get
back my child, but after our marriage his stepfather was not willing
he should have a home with me.”
disappointment clouded the whole relationship and drove Mrs. Patterson
more and more into that life of introspection which was preparing her
through much tribulation for the eventual illumination of her great
In the endeavor to regain her health, Mrs. Patterson tried many experiments
and followed many systems. She strictly observed the laws of hygiene,
as then understood, subjecting herself to a strict diet and to a regular
system of bathing. She likewise began the study of homeopathy, but the
acts of spiritual healing recorded in the Scriptures were never altogether
absent from her thought.
life certain inexplicable occurrences had startled her thought into
taking new paths. An experience while she was a child has been recorded
in the following language (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 8):
peculiar circumstances and events connected with my childhood throng
the chambers of memory. For some twelve months, when I was about eight
years old, I repeatedly heard a voice, calling me distinctly by name,
three times, in an ascending scale. I thought this was my mother’s
voice, and sometimes went to her, beseeching her to tell me what she
wanted. Her answer was always, ‘Nothing, child! What do you mean?’
Then I would say, ‘Mother, who did call me? I heard somebody call
Mary, three times!’ This continued until I grew discouraged, and
my mother was perplexed and anxious.”
this call repeated itself, the child, on the advice of her mother, answered
in the words of Samuel, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth,”
and thereafter the call was not repeated.
a mother came to her with a child in her arms who was suffering from
inflamed eyes. Mrs. Patterson took the child in her arms, lifted her
thought to God, and the child was healed. These and other instances
had caused Mrs. Patterson to ponder. She kept them stored in her heart,
waiting until the time when an explanation should be vouchsafed her.
with Phineas Quimby
About this time Doctor Patterson had heard of the healing powers of
a certain Phineas P. Quimby of Portland, Maine, and desired him to try
to cure her. There was some correspondence. Mrs. Patterson wrote to
Doctor Quimby about her proposed visit to him, but before this could
be carried out her sister Abigail, now Mrs. Tilton, had taken her to
a water-cure sanitarium at a place called Hill. In October of 1862 Mrs.
Patterson finally arrived in Portland, and was assisted into the office
of Doctor Quimby, who, she imagined, had discovered the method by which
cures were effected in Bible times, and on whom she looked as a living
example of a modern practitioner of spiritual healing.
marks Mrs. Patterson’s contact with that which she was later to
uncover as being not the Principle of spiritual healing itself, but
the subtle counterfeit of the same, as the application of human willpower,
instead of the realization or recognition of the truth of being about
God, man, and the universe. The future Discoverer of Christian Science
was here making her acquaintance at first hand with the phenomena of
self-will as distinct from spiritual understanding, and it is not to
be wondered at that at first she was baffled by the apparent resemblance
between the effects of both methods and should have been induced to
believe the magnetic practice of Phineas P. Quimby to be the demonstration
of the power of Spirit over untoward physical conditions.
The one feature
of his practice which forever excludes it from any resemblance to Christian
Science was the belief that he, as a personality, was the healer of
disease, that some curative, magnetic fluid was conveyed from himself
to his patients.
of Quimby was therefore merely a personal belief with himself, a familiar
phase of mental suggestion, similar in character to various methods
based on mesmerism and animal magnetism (more recently called hypnotism).
It was not based upon Principle, was not scientific, and did not attempt
to explain the acts recorded in the Scriptures and commonly denoted
credit must be given to Quimby as a sincere and courageous experimenter
in the phenomena of magnetism, no doubt should be permitted as to the
essential nature of his practice. It was not what Mrs. Patterson later
discovered as Christian Science, nor did it even contain the germ from
which Christian Science could originate; neither does the fact that
Mrs. Patterson was temporarily cured of physical ills of long standing
by Quimby’s method militate against this conclusion, nor indeed
the further fact that Mrs. Patterson herself imagined Quimby to possess
an understanding of God’s law and was ready to proclaim him as
the discoverer of the true nature of the healing done in Bible times.
The trend of her thought inevitably gave his practice a religious significance.
was deeply grateful for her relief, but Mr. Quimby did not understand
her religious explanation of his practice, and there seems to have remained
in his mind only a confused belief that it was God as Principle who
mesmerized. It was not until later years that Mrs. Patterson herself
reached the conviction that mesmerism was not of God.
of time, Mrs. Patterson learned that the mesmeric magnetic method of
treating disease was in fact a subtle counterfeit of the true, a method
at once destructive to health and dangerous to character. For some years,
from the time of her relief from invalidism until her discovery of Christian
Science in 1866, she was apparently under the impression that the solution
of true mental healing long sought by her was represented by Quimby’s
In 1862 and
in 1864 Mrs. Patterson wrote down her impressions of his system and
turned over the manuscripts to him. In view of their collaboration Mrs.
Patterson signed Quimby’s name to these manuscripts, and this
gave rise in later times to the report of Quimby manuscripts being in
existence from which Mrs. Patterson was assumed to have derived Christian
Science. For information on the Quimby manuscripts hoax, click here.
In 1864 Mrs.
Patterson moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, with her husband, who there
opened an office and engaged in dental practice. Her health was now
good and she took an active part in life once more, not only writing
for the Lynn newspapers but also attending church and going out into
was returning home one evening from a meeting in the company of friends,
when she sustained an accident which was to become memorable by reason
of its immediate result. The Lynn Reporter of February 3, 1866, made
mention of the following:
Mary Patterson of Swampscott fell upon the ice near the corner of Market
and Oxford Streets on Thursday evening and was severely injured. She
was taken up in an insensible condition and carried into the residence
of S.M. Bubier, Esq., near by, where she was kindly cared for during
the night. Doctor Cushing, who was called, found her injuries to be
internal and of a serious nature, inducing spasms and internal suffering.
She was removed to her home in Swampscott yesterday afternoon, though
in a critical condition.”
Of this accident
and her recovery, Mrs. Eddy herself afterward published the following
"St. Paul writes: ‘For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.’
This knowledge came to me in an hour of great need; and I give it
to you as death-bed testimony to the daystar that dawned on the
night of material sense. This knowledge is practical, for it wrought
my immediate recovery from an injury caused by an accident, and
pronounced fatal by the physicians. On the third day thereafter,
I called for my Bible, and opened it at Matthew ix. 2. As I read,
the healing Truth dawned upon my sense; and the result was that
I rose, dressed myself, and ever after was in better health than
I had before enjoyed. That short experience included a glimpse of
the great fact that I have since tried to make plain to others,
namely, Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality
of existence.” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 24:1-18)
We have already
quoted Mrs. Eddy’s words concerning this discovery, as contained
in Retrospection and Introspection. Taken in connection with the above
description, her words show clearly the impassable gulf between Christian
Science and any method of personal magnetic healing. Her recovery was
due to the Word of God, a spiritual illumination from the divine Mind,
and in this sense was wholly impersonal in its nature.
was the healing for which she had always striven, which she felt must
be at hand did one only know how to realize its presence. Here at last
was the ideal toward which her whole life had tended from her childhood
experiences, her stout refusal to believe in a cruel God, her insistent
conviction that divine Love is the liberator of mankind from all woe.
This conviction had only been fortified by the measure of sorrow and
suffering through which she had passed. Even her experience with the
subtle counterfeit of spiritual healing had not disabled her from recognizing
the real healing when it dawned upon her consciousness. Thereafter she
could never be deceived again, never be in doubt as to what constituted
the healing of Bible times. Nor from the moment of her discovery does
she ever seem to have hesitated about her manifest mission to give this
truth to the world.
for the next ten years proved inexpressibly hard, and one would gladly
omit all chronicle of them, did they not prove, as perhaps nothing else
can do, the unquestioning attitude of her mind toward her mission. It
must be understood that as the discovery of Christian Science is inseparable
from Mrs. Eddy’s human experience, so also is its development.
Doctor Patterson’s desertion of his wife, and Mrs. Patterson was
obliged to secure a decree of divorce from him. Her father and mother
having passed away, she might naturally have gone to the home of her
sister, Mrs. Tilton, but the sister made it a condition that she should
forsake her unconventional religious convictions, and this Mary Baker
was determined not to do. She turned now more and more to the elucidation
of the meaning of her discovery and its practical application to human
affairs. She chose poverty rather than ease, and now began a life of
involuntary wandering from one home to another, from one boarding place
to another, the life of a student searching the Scriptures, nourishing
her glorious discovery, applying it where she was welcomed; sometimes
loved and appreciated, more often misunderstood and even traduced; healing
the sick, transforming character, and always writing, writing that mankind
at large might gain the spiritual revelation which had come to her.
At first she
may have thought that the world would instantly grasp this good news,
as eagerly as she herself had done, but she was soon to be undeceived
as to any immediate readiness on the part of mankind to assimilate Christian
Science. Here and there she found some one ready to listen.
While she was boarding with a family of the name of Clark, she met a
Mr. Hiram S. Crafts and his wife. He was an expert workman in the shoe
trade. Finding him ready to accept her teachings, Mary Baker made him
her first student, and he was soon able to set up as a mental healer
and prove the truth of what he had been taught for himself.
As time went
on she began to teach little classes of students. Some of these students
fell away in the hour of test, and Mary Baker had to experience many
of those sudden antagonisms, misunderstandings, and controversies which
at first were inexplicable to her, but which later became apparent as
the subtle working of an innate resistance in human consciousness to
the absolute facts of being.
In 1870 Mary
Baker finished a manuscript entitled “The Science of Man.”
She copyrighted this manuscript, but did not publish it immediately,
and eventually issued it as the chapter entitled Recapitulation in Science
and Health. This may be accepted as the first scientific exposition
of her discovery made four years before.
In 1875, while residing in Lynn, Massachusetts, Mary Baker finished
her book Science and Health, placed it in the hands of a publisher,
and an edition of one thousand copies was issued. In that year also
was made the first beginning of a Christian Science church, when a number
of her students united in inviting her to hold meetings and preach to
them every Sunday, and subscribed a weekly salary for her.
In 1877 Mary
Baker Glover was married to Mr. Asa G. Eddy, who, being in bad health,
had been sent to her for treatment. She had healed him, had taken him
through one of her classes, and had learned to trust him so thoroughly
that she had placed many of her affairs in his charge.
in Christian Science
Mrs. Eddy began to lecture in Boston before audiences growing ever larger
and more appreciative. Her home with Mr. Eddy provided her an atmosphere
of peace and security for her teaching and healing work.
of a Christian Science church made in 1875 had not survived the disaffection
of some of her students, but in 1876 the Christian Scientist Association
was formed, which fulfilled the needs of the times.
In 1879, Mrs.
Eddy's followers and students formed the "Church of Christ, Scientist,"
with Mrs. Eddy appointed pastor. In 1892 a reorganization of this church
took place and the name adopted of "The First Church of Christ,
Scientist,” which it holds today.
held in Hawthorne Hall in Boston, and in 1882 Mr. and Mrs. Eddy moved
to that city, but Mr. Eddy passed away in that same year, and Mrs. Eddy
once more faced the world alone in her efforts to establish Christian
Science upon a sure footing.
Metaphysical College In 1881 Mrs. Eddy opened the Massachusetts Metaphysical
College in Boston. Of this foundation she writes in the Preface of Science
and Health (p. xi), that it was accomplished “under the seal of
the Commonwealth,” a law relative to colleges having been passed
which enabled her to get this institution chartered for medical purposes.
Mrs. Eddy closed this college in 1889 in order to devote herself to
the revision of Science and Health, but retained her charter and reopened
the college in 1899.
In 1883 the Journal of Christian Science was first published. This magazine,
of which Mrs. Eddy was the editor and publisher, became the official
organ of the Christian Science church, under the title The Christian
Many of Mrs.
Eddy’s articles in the Journal were later collected by her and
issued as her book “Miscellaneous Writings.” During this
year also, Mrs. Eddy found herself constrained to sue a former student
for the infringement of her copyright, and the United States circuit
in Boston sustained her plea and issued an injunction against the pirated
works, ordering them to be destroyed.
Christian Science now began to spread to other parts of the United States.
In 1884 Mrs. Eddy spent a month in Chicago, initiating thereby a far-reaching
movement which soon permeated the whole of the western field. On her
return to Boston Mrs. Eddy continued to write and direct the various
departments which she had founded.
In 1887 she
moved into a house of her own at 385 Commonwealth Avenue. In 1888 she
once more visited Chicago, this time to attend the National Christian
Scientist Association, and made an address at the Central Music Hall
before an audience of about four thousand. A year later Mrs. Eddy addressed
an audience in Steinway Hall, New York, but thereafter withdrew more
and more from public appearances.
In 1879 Mrs.
Eddy’s son, George Glover, had been located by her in Minnesota,
and upon her request had come to Boston to visit her, but he did not
seem open to the reception of Christian Science teaching. In 1887 he
repeated the visit to his mother, this time bringing his children with
him, and was affectionately received by Mrs. Eddy, who presented the
children to the congregation of The Mother Church. Her son soon returned
to the West, and Mrs. Eddy, looking for some one to help her in her
immediate surroundings, conceived the idea of adopting as her son Dr.
Ebenezer Johnson Foster, a former physician who had become interested
in Christian Science, had received instruction in the college, and who
resided with other students in Mrs. Eddy’s household.
From 1892 to 1908 Mrs. Eddy resided at Pleasant View, a house situated
on the outskirts of Concord, New Hampshire, on rising ground overlooking
a large expanse of hill and valley. Here she spent fifteen fruitful
It was during
these years that Mrs. Eddy was fine-tuning the organization of the Christian
Science church, supervising the various means she had founded for placing
her discovery before the public, writing occasional messages to the
church, revising her writings to make her meaning clearer, receiving
visitors from all parts of the world whither her teachings had penetrated,
keeping in close touch with her pupils who were occupying positions
of trust, but ever withdrawing more and more from a merely personal
sense of herself on the part of others, and discouraging any personal
adulation which the beneficiaries of Christian Science might be inclined
to place upon her.
throughout the World
The Christian Science church which had originally met in Hawthorne Hall,
then in Chickering Hall, was now about to acquire a church building
of its own. After some vicissitudes, a church occupying the triangle
at the junction of Norway and Falmouth Streets, in the Back Bay district
of Boston, was finished at the end of December, 1894, and dedicated
in January 1895. And in 1902 an extension was added.
followers were now found among all classes of society and among the
principal nations of the earth. Christian Science not only covered the
United States and Canada, but also many parts of the world.
established one by one the different means by which Christian Science
is placed before the public. She founded the periodicals of the denomination,
beginning with The Christian Science Journal, a monthly to which reference
has already been made; Der Herold der Christian Science, printed in
German; the Christian Science Sentinel ; The Christian Science Quarterly
contained the weekly Christian Science Lesson-Sermons; and The Christian
Science Monitor, a daily newspaper.
In 1908 Mrs. Eddy decided to leave Pleasant View and took a house in
Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston, where she quietly passed away in
the winter of 1910, full of years and good works, greatly beloved by
a multitude of men, women, and children in all parts of the world, who
have been redeemed and healed by her teachings.
has been adapted from "Christian Science: Its Discovery and Development"
by William D. McCrackan. "One's enemies never could do one justice
in writing one's record, and it follows that only the friends of Mrs.
Eddy — those who have known and loved her most — can really
give a correct estimate of her."
"For the world to understand me in my true light, and life, would
do more for our Cause than all else could. This I learn from the fact
that the enemy tries harder to hide these two things from the world
than to win any other points. Also, Jesus' life and character in their
first appearing were treated in like manner."