Mary Baker Eddy – healthcare reformer extraordinaire…of course!

There is something pleasantly reassuring, if somewhat surprising, about a law professor casually commenting in her blog on “The Top 100 Influential Figures in American History” that she had to “click to 86 to get to the first woman.  It’s Mary Baker Eddy, who, of course, influenced health care reform.”

Of course?  Of course!  Mary Baker Eddy has certainly influenced health care reform, especially for those like me who have directly experienced the healing potential of her ideas.  It is reassuring to read this noted as an obvious fact.

It is also surprising – to me, at least – because it hasn’t always been my experience that this is recognised by the public as a self-evident truism about Mary Baker Eddy.  But she did successfully road-test and articulate a God-centred system of healing that has many striking facets – from empowering major physical healings when needed to affording the day-to-day “miracle” of lives of seriously reduced stress.

In this and other ways Mary Baker Eddy, and the Christian Science she founded, have reformed the broad span of health care choices available from being predominantly material arts to including a purely spiritual science based squarely on the words and life-example of Jesus.  I am convinced that this idea, which she explored and established “for all mankind” (not just for her own church members, as grateful as “we” might be to have it!) will continue to gain traction as the limitations of materialism, particularly in the use of drugs for healthcare and cure, are increasingly recognised.

The list – from the Atlantic Monthly – summarises Mary Baker Eddy’s qualification for the top 100 influential Americans in the following way:  “She got off her sickbed and founded Christian Science, which promised spiritual healing to all.”

And some of us would say, from grateful experience, delivered a spiritual healing approach that is always freely available to all and – best of all – makes God become in practice what He/She truly is, a very palpable presence in our lives.

Of course…


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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5 Comments on “Mary Baker Eddy – healthcare reformer extraordinaire…of course!”

  1. Kylie
    November 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Not only did she have to click to 86 to get to the first woman, number 86, Mary Baker Eddy, is actually the only woman in the list. Her discovery has influenced and changed so many lives for the better, including my own. Mary Baker Eddy’s place is very much deserved.

  2. November 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    A wonderful blog post, Tony Lobl. Thanks so much for doing, and may it be read far and wide.

  3. December 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    Hi Kylie –

    Actually, it turns out that there are other women on the list…she was clicking down from 100 and there are quite a lot of women below (i.e. before) Mary Baker Eddy on the list — which is good really. The list of “influential” Americans isn’t 50/50 men and women, but at least it’s not 99/1…! 🙂

  4. Blake
    January 10, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    Great post. Indeed Mary Baker Eddy’s influence continues to spread today.


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