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Mary Baker Eddy and healing

From the September 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In the Preface of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which sets forth the divine Science of Mind-healing that Jesus practiced, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished” (p. vii). This occasional series looks at how the life and ideas of this extraordinary woman have pointed the way, and continue to point the way, to individual and collective progress Spiritward.

Healing the sick and the sinner had been at the heart of Jesus’ ministry as recorded in the four Gospels. And throughout the New Testament we see this practice of healing pursued and performed by his disciples and early followers. But despite Jesus’ statement that over the ages all who believed in him would also be empowered to do the works he had done, this hope diminished. It resulted in humanity, including Christendom, virtually burying spiritual healing in the ashes of time.