Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Mary Baker Eddy was the founder of Christian Science as well as a prolific author. Due to illness, she spent much of her youth at home. She married, but was widowed while pregnant with her son, a mere six months into her marriage. She remarried in 1853, but separated in 1866. It was in this year that she began refining Christian Science. She formally introduced Christian Science with the first publication of Science and Health in 1875. Two years later she married Asa Gilbert Eddy, a student. In 1908, she founded the international daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor. Prior to her death in 1910, she authored The Manual to serve as authority of the direction of the Church of Christ, Scientist. The Manual is still in use by the Church’s directors.
- This article is excerpted from the NWHM Summer 2003 Newsletter
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