Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism

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Indiana University Press, Feb 23, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 502 pages
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“Gottschalk distinguishes himself by placing Christian Science in the larger context of American religion . . . sheds new light on Eddy’s life and work.” —Publishers Weekly

This richly detailed study highlights the last two decades of the life of Mary Baker Eddy, a prominent religious thinker whose character and achievement are just beginning to be understood. It is the first book-length discussion of Eddy to make full use of the resources of the Mary Baker Eddy Collection in Boston. Rolling Away the Stone focuses on her long-reaching legacy as a Christian thinker, specifically her challenge to the materialism that threatens religious belief and practice.

“Gottschalk has provided readers with a masterful account of Christian Science in its heyday. This book is a first-rate read for students of American religion and provides a look into how one of the country’s more complex religious figures dealt with materialism in the late-nineteenth-century America.” —Religious Studies Review

“Gottschalk does a superb job of providing historical context for the chaotic events of Eddy’s final decades.” —Choice

“Gottschalk’s account is well told and enriched by fresh material now available from the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity.” —Christian Science Monitor

“The book includes a great deal of fresh research and honest scholarship . . . for the individual wanting to sink his or her teeth into a serious study of Eddy . . . you have a lot to look forward to in reading this book.” —The Christian Science Journal

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Gottschalk, an independent historian and author of The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life, completed this significant intellectual biography of Mary Baker Eddy before his death ... Read full review

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This biography of 19th century reformer and religious leader is a must-read for Christian Scientists and would be of interest to any spiritual seeker or historian. It gives a well-rounded portrait of this woman who broke ground as the founder of an American religion, leader of the church she founded, and publisher of a seminal work on spiritual healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. I have read this book through several times and continue to find it informative and inspiring. 


The Worlds Leaden Weight
1 O God is it all
2 Becoming Mrs Eddy
3 By What Authority? On Christian Ground
4 By What Authority? Listening and Leading
5 Woman Goes Forth
6 The Visible Unity of Spirit
9 A Power Not a Place
10 The Outflowing Life of Christianity
11 The Kingdoms of this World
12 Elijahs Mantle
The Prophetic Voice

7 The Preparation of the Heart
8 Ayont Hates Thrall

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Stephen Gottschalk (1940–2005) was an independent scholar, an authority on Christian Science thought, and a former member of the Church's Committee on Publication. His works include The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life.

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