Who was Mary Baker Eddy?
Mary Baker Eddy, (1821-1910), US discoverer and founder of Christian Science. Born to Congregational parents at Bow, New Hampshire, USA, she devoted much of her early life to study and writing, as well as to a search for health in the various medical systems of that time. A profound student of the Bible all her life, she gave particular attention to the healing miracles of the New Testament.
In 1866, after an injury which was expected to prove fatal, she was restored to health whilst pondering the account of the healing of the palsied man in Matthew ix. 2-8. The next years of intensive study and practice led her to develop the religious system she later named Christian Science. In 1875 she published the Christian Science text-book, Science and Health. Four years later she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, as 'a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing' (Church Manual, p. 17). The rest of her life she devoted to founding and directing the various activities of this church. Her last notable achievement was the starting of The Christian Science Monitor when she was 87 years old.
Mrs Eddy died in 1910. Since that time the church has been administered by The Christian Science Board of Directors, in accordance with the Church Manual, which she wrote. This board appoints other officers of The Mother Church, as well as the editors and executives of The Christian Science Publishing Society. The numerous publications of the society include The Christian Science Journal, The Herald of Christian Science, in various foreign language editions, the Christian Science Sentinel, the Christian Science Quarterly, and The Christian Science Monitor. The last of these is an international daily newspaper that is widely respected for its consistently high standards of journalism. Christian Science publications are available in the many Christian Science Reading Rooms maintained by The Mother Church and its branches.