The New International Encyclopædia/Eddy, Mary Baker Glover
EDDY, Mary Baker Glover (c.1822—). The founder of the Christian Scientist denomination. She was born at Bow, near Concord, N. H. When a comparatively young woman, she removed to the South and married Col. George W. Glover, of Charleston, S. C, with whom she lived in that city. In 1877 she married Dr. Asa G. Eddy. Mrs. Eddy gives 1866 as the date of her discovery of Christian Science. She founded the first Christian Science Church at Boston in 1879, and opened the Massachusetts Metaphysical College there in 1881. She frequently appeared upon the lecture platform, and wrote much for the Christian Science publications, but is most widely known as the author of Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures. The first edition of this work was published in 1875. and since then it has been reprinted, with various modifications in its wording, to the number of more than a quarter of a million copies. It sets forth the Christian Scientists' interpretation of the Holy Scriptures and their understanding of the religion of Christ. Christian Scientists believe that living in strict accord with its teaching will improve the moral and spiritual condition of its adlierents, and consequently their physical condition. Some of Mrs. Eddy's other publications are: People's Idea of God (1886); Christian Healing (1886); Retrospection and Introspection (1891); Unity of Good (1891); Rudimental Divine Science (1891); No and Yes (1891); Manual (1895); Miscellaneous Writings (1896); Christ and Christmas (1897); Christian Science versus Pantheism (1898); Pulpit and Press (1898); and Message to the Mother Church (1900, 1901, 1902). See Christian Science.