This interview originally aired on Sentinel Watch, a podcast of the Christian Science Sentinel. It focuses on a little book that has played a large role in the history of the Christian Science movement and has sometimes been held up as a model of how to craft succinct but sufficient laws. It’s called the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy. Christian Harder spoke with Irmela Wigger, a former President of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, who lives in Germany.
Irmela, can you explain briefly why a church would need a manual, and how its contents might be interesting even to those who are not members of the Church of Christ, Scientist?