Born today was Mary Baker Eddy
Who taught faith heals if strong and steady.
But faith can be harmful if you jettison
The life-saving benefits of modern medicine.
"With its membership dwindling and reputation in tatters, the church of Christian Science has finally decided that doctors aren’t so bad after all. Church leaders tell the New York Times that they’ve been encouraging members to consult physicians when necessary for over a year now. They’re trying to reposition their prayer-based healing as a supplemental treatment, which they argue should be covered by health insurance companies and heath care legislation. The church teaches that disease is a “mistaken belief” in the “power of ill health.” The Times spoke to one practitioner who explained that when a patient came to him with a lump under his arm it was “a manifestation of fear, not a lump.” But that philosophy has made the church famous for denying care to people, especially children, who then die. 'The church of today would not let that happen,' says a spokesman." [Kevin Spak, Newser.com, Poseted March 23, 2010]
Curiouser and curiouser:
1. The great novelist and short story writer, Willa Cather, once wrote a biography of Mary Baker Eddy.
2. The actor Val Kilmer has recently written a play about her and Mark Twain. Twain wrote a mordant piece about her in the early 1900s.
3. At the age of 8, Eddy claimed she heard voices.
4. As a child, she suffered from chronically ill health.
5. A young woman, she tried every kind of contemporaneous remedy: electrotherapy, morphine, homeopathy, hydropathy, mesmerism, and Grahamism(vegetarianism/temperance/anti-masturbation).
6. Hindu writers have claimed that Eddy incorporated ideas of their religion into Christian Science.
7. She named her first child George Washington Glover.
8. She was once a substitute teacher.
9. If she hadn't fallen and injured her spine in Lynn, Massachusetts---for which she sued the city---she may not have founded Christian Science.
10. Her second husband refused to adopt her son.
11. She eventually divorced her adulterous second husband on the grounds of desertion.
12. She was greatly influenced by a hypnotist healer with the Dickensian name of Phineas Quimby.
13. Two pyschologists, Leon Joseph Saul and Silas L. Warner, concluded in 1982 that Eddy had a Psychotic Personality Disorder (PPD).