Inspired by the book, Mary Baker Eddy Mentioned Them, from The Christian Science Publishing Society
Mary Baker Eddy mentioned over 180 individuals in her published writings, many of whom are well known today, and others less so––Ptolemy, Jahr, Polycarp, Louis Agassiz, Florence Nightingale ... and many more! From mathematicians and astronomers to historians and philanthropists, Christian Scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and experience share some historical facts, some thoughts of their own, and of course what Mary Baker Eddy said about these people.
Mary Baker Eddy mentions Sir Charles Napier in the chapter “Christian Science Practice” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In this Journal podcast Eric Pagett shares a brief history of Napier's life and the encounter he had with the tiger and what Mrs. Eddy says it illustrates.
Mary Baker Eddy mentions Abraham Lincoln in her poem "To The Old Year—1865." In this Journal podcast Patrick McCreary, a professional actor who portrays Lincoln in his one-man show and who has written a book about Lincoln, talks about Mrs. Eddy's mention of the 16th President of the United States. 1865 was a significant year for the United States with the conclusion of the Civil War. The following year would mark Mrs. Eddy's discovery of Christian Science, which continues to bring the Comforter to all mankind.
Mary Baker Eddy mentions Noah Webster six times in her published writings. In this Journal podcast Kim Shippey, an international journalist and former writer and editor for The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel, talks about America’s great lexicographer, Noah Webster. Webster wrote America’s first dictionary, which contributed to standardizing the American language. Mary Baker Eddy used Webster’s dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language, among others, while writing her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, as well as her other published writings.
Mary Baker Eddy mentions Charles C. Bonney in her Prose Works. In this Journal podcast Christian Science practitioner and teacher Christine Driessen talks about the educator, lawyer, judge, author, and orator whose introduction to the Christian Science Congress at the World's Parliament of Religions at the 1893 World's Fair brought him to the attention of Mary Baker Eddy, who referred to him as "a great man" when she wrote about him in her book Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 (see p. 312).
Mary Baker Eddy mentions Franklin Pierce in her Prose Works. In this Journal podcast Gail Russell Chaddock shares a brief summary of Pierce’s life, whose candidacy for President Mrs. Eddy once wrote of as “the hope of patriot souls.”