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The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston was founded by Mary Baker Eddy

Posted in America, Bible, Historical articles, History, Miracle, Religion on Monday, 1 July 2013

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This edited article about Mary Baker Eddy originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 308 published on 9 December 1967.

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First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston. Inset, Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy

On the evening of 1st February, 1866, Mary Baker Eddy slipped on an ice-covered pavement near her home and was carried unconscious into a neighbour’s house. As a result of this accident, there was formed in the U.S.A. a new Christian denomination which today has 3,200 branches in 46 countries.

When a doctor examined Mary Baker Eddy, he found that she had suffered serious internal injuries. It was unlikely, he said, that she would recover. On the third day after her accident, the patient asked weakly for her Bible. Opening it at the ninth chapter of Matthew, she read of a sick man being cured of palsy. It inspired her so much that she rose from her sick bed and walked into the next room, where her astonished friends had been waiting to hear of her death.

Following her accident and remarkable recovery, Mary Baker Eddy spent three years studying the Bible. She then wrote a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In it she presented the beliefs which have become the faith known today as ‘Christian Science’. Much of this faith is concerned with spiritual healing.

In 1879, Mary Baker Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, later reorganised as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. Soon converts were flocking to hear her speak, and new Christian Science churches were opened in other parts of America.

In her 88th year (she had been born in 1821 in New Hampshire, U.S.A.), Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science Monitor, which has grown into one of the world’s major newspapers. She died on 3rd December, 1910.

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