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MARKING HISTORY: Founder of Christian Science

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Mary Baker Eddy began a movement by founding Christian Science in the late 1800's. As it turns out, she spent a part of her life in Wilmington. 
 
Mary was born in 1821 on a New Hampshire farm. She was the youngest of six children, and found herself frequently ill. Years later, she got married to a George Glover, a southern boy, from South Carolina. 
 
They picked up and moved to Charleston, but soon relocated right here in Wilmington in 1844. Unfortunately, things did not go well. 
 
George became ill with yellow fever, a major disease in those days, and quickly passed away. Mary left Wilmington soon after and moved back to New Hampshire. 
 
One wintry night, she slipped on some ice, fell, and severely injured her spine. In her recovery, she turned to homeopathic remedies and prayer for help. 
 
She claimed she dicovered that illnesses could be cured only through high understanding of God, and not medicine based purely on scientific reason. This a corner stone of the Christian Science Church that she founded. 
 
Eddy also founded the well known Christian Science Monitor, an international news publication. While the paper does maintain a section for religion, its news reports do not promote the doctrine of the parent church.

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Mary Baker Eddy

Hi Tim,
I am a Christian Scientist.
When Mary Baker Eddy slipped on the ice her healing came about when she asked for her Bible and turned to Jesus healing of the paralysed man in the Bible, Matthew 9. She was healed instantly.

She then searched the Bible for 3 years to find out how her healing came about, how it was that Jesus healed. Her healing in fact turned her away from homeopathy to seeing prayer, based on Jesus's teachings, as the Comforter, the spiritual method of healing for humanity.

There are a number of biographies on Mary Baker Eddy, but one that your readers may be interested in is by Gillian Gill, an historian and NOT a Christian Scientist, 'Mary Baker Eddy'.

kind regards,
Anne

No thank you.

I don't need the biography of a person who has their own interpretation of what the Bible means and what Jesus is all about. I will stick to the biography of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of the New Testament.

We learned in Religion class

We learned in Religion class at TCU that everyone has their own interpretation of the Bible and their own individual religion, no matter what their affiliation is. I really like that. I really don't like the idea of being prohibited from considering different interpretations of the Bible and thinking for myself. (That's why I'm a Christian Scientist.)

A kind reply

This was not Eddy's interpretation of what the Bible means or what Jesus is about, it is a revelation and was come into through scientific discovery just as Tesla, the Wright Brothers, and Dr. Jonas Salk came into their discoveries. She tried many different methods, none of which offered permanent healing.

All Eddy did was write out the scientific explanation of how Jesus was able to heal. Many people still don't believe that they can heal as Jesus did. If you love the work that Jesus did and believe in him, you will find her work to be free from personal opinion and very appreciative of Jesus and his works.