Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) was an influential American author, teacher and religious leader noted for her groundbreaking ideas about spirituality and health, which she named Christian Science. She included these ideas in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, first published in 1875.
Mrs. Eddy founded the Christian Science Church in 1879. It includes The Mother Church in Boston, MA, and locally organized branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, worldwide, of which this church in Easton, MD is one.
She also founded The Christian Science Monitor, a leading international daily newspaper today and winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes.
In 1866, a life-threatening injury compelled Mrs. Eddy to turn wholeheartedly to God. She opened her Bible to an account of Jesus healing a man quickly and completely. A new sense of God, Spirit, as the only reality flooded her thought, and she was healed spontaneously. But she yearned to know how and why. For the next several years she continued to search and find in the Bible the underlying laws of God that would form the basis of the teaching and practice of Christian Science.
Since then, many have found that when they better understand their relationship to God through this Science of Christianity, their health is restored and character transformed. And each healing inspires a heartfelt desire to help others know and experience how loved we all are by God.
Mrs. Eddy’s lifelong spiritual search led to what she later characterized as a discovery. She saw that God’s laws are powerful spiritual mandates, always present and operating today to heal, to redeem, and to bless humanity. To her, it was the practical Christianity that Jesus demonstrated and taught to his disciples and is relevant in every age.
To learn more about this pioneer woman visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library.