Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By: Mary Baker Eddy

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Printed Book




United States




Printed on Paper


7.6 × 5.3 × 1.3 in. (19.2 × 13.5 × 3.3 cm)

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Not on View

Mary Baker Eddy was the founder of Christian Science and the associated Church of Christ, Scientist. Eddy doubted the existence of physical matter, insisting instead that all was ultimately spirit, just as God was spirit. It followed that diseases were primarily spiritual rather than physical ailments, which should be treated with prayer rather than medicine. Eddy’s most prominent work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, first appeared in 1875 and went through over 400 editions within the next 40 years. The text ends with an anthology of personal testimonies that describe miraculous recoveries and healings via the tenets of Christian Science.

Printed in 1932 by the Plimpton Press, Norwood, Massachusetts. Acquired by 2020 by Ted Steinbock, private collector, Louisville, Kentucky; Privately purchased in 2020 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

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