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Eddy, Mary Baker
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(Jul 16, 1821, Bow, NH – Dec 3, 1910, Chestnut Hill, MA) was preoccupied during the first half of her life with the problem of theodicy: how a good and all-powerful God could be responsible for a world of sin and pain. As the result of a healing she experienced in 1866, Eddy came to the conclusion that the problem of evil could only be answered through a radical shift in Christian thought about the nature of being. Her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (1875) maintains that matter is not an objective limiting substance that is ordained by God. Rathe…

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Gottschalk, Stephen, “Eddy, Mary Baker”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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