Boston, March 16, 1885.
She was not only defending herself. She was defending the public's right to know the truth about something that could save lives and better the human condition.
Yet that day may have felt like anything but a turning point for Mary Baker Eddy. Under attack from mainline Christian theologians, this author, teacher, and increasingly popular preacher went to Boston's Tremont Temple to face a disbelieving, at best, full house, and reply in person to Rev. Joseph Cook and the latest volley of condemnation. Three weeks earlier, Cook had read a hostile letter from the conservative religionist Rev. A. J. Gordon during one of Tremont Temple's popular Monday Morning Lectures.