Get to know Mary Baker Eddy

Who she is

Discoverer of Christian Science

Mary Baker Eddy is the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. A great love of Jesus and his teachings, plus years of Bible study, eventually led to her writing the definitive textbook on Christianly scientific healing, called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. more

Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist

The Mother Church, Boston

Eddy founded her church in 1879, and later ordained the Bible and Science and Health as pastor of the church. She reminded adherents to "... follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ" (Message for 1901, p.34). Today, the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist, are in Boston, MA, USA, and local branch churches can be found throughout the world. more about the church


Eddy published 17 titles over the course of her lifetime—some, stand-alone books, while others were printed versions of sermons she gave in Boston. When asked by a British magazine for a list of 6 of her works which she specially recommended for those interested in the question of Christian Science, she provided the following titles: Science and Health (to date, available in 16 languages), Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, Unity of Good, Church Manual, Christ and Christmas, and Rudimental Divine Science.

The Christian Science Journal

Articles about Mary Baker Eddy

The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, and The Herald of Christian Science regularly publish articles that explain how Mary Baker Eddy's perspective on Jesus' life and teachings has improved people's lives and Christian practice. These articles are now available at JSH-Online:

Her life and times

The Mary Baker Eddy Library

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Retrospection and Introspection includes Eddy's thoughts on the system of healing she discovered plus instructions and counsel to her students on many topics that are still relevant today. read the book


The Life of Mary Baker Eddy: Sibyl Wilbur. Written with Eddy's permission, Wilbur's book stands as one of the foundation stones for all the biographies that followed it. It offers a good overview, and is an easy-to-read introduction.
Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer Amplified Edition: Yvonne Caché von Fettweis and Robert Twonsend Warneck. This book is focused on the work Eddy did as a Christian healer and includes all documented accounts of healing accomplished throughout her life.
Mary Baker Eddy: Gillian Gill. This scholarly biography was first published in 1998. It offers a well-rounded view of Mrs. Eddy's childhood and is a good reference source written from the perspective of someone who is not a Christian Scientist.

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