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Eddy, Mary Baker

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Author(s): Gottschalk, Stephen
[German Version] (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 i…

Christian Science

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Author(s): Gottschalk, Stephen | Fuller, Robert
[German Version] I. General – II. Practical Theology I. General Christian Science (The Church of Christ, Scientist) is a religious movement based on the teachings of the New England woman M.B. Eddy, found in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The headquarters of the denomination is in Boston (MA). “Branch” churches of the Boston-based mother church are found in all American states. Outside the United States, Christian Science has flourished most in Great Britain and in Germany, especially during the early years of the 20th century. The controversies Christian …