Original Metaphysics Integral to Current Mind-Body Work

Original Metaphysics Integral to Current Mind-Body Work

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by Don Ingwerson

Spirituality and a connection to the Divine are being explored by more and more of the public in the pursuit of health. What I find interesting is that Mary Baker Eddy’s work that shares these healing ideas with the public is being recognized as one of the most important components of current findings in mind-body-spirit work. Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea, How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, gives an in-depth list of ten positive-thinking books and includes Science and Health. Here is what he says:

9. Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (1875, multiple updates and editions) – This is not a positive-thinking book in any conventional sense, but none of the literature mentioned here would have been possible, or at least would read the same way, without the Christian Science founder’s influence. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Eddy became widely read and internationally known. Her highly original metaphysics (which critics too simplistically accuse her of lifting from the influential mental healer Phineas Quimby) touched nearly every thinker in the mind-power world for fifty years. Eddy’s work foresaw current uses of prayer and meditation for health.

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Barbara Worrall says

    Yes we mustn’t forget MBE’s place in history as such an original thinker way ahead of her time.

  2. Belle says

    A Harvard PhD attended a CS lecture years ago, an elder in the Presbyterian church, who afterward told me that Christian Science was simply way ahead of its time. It still is, but it’s nice to see the times beginning to catch up.

  3. Pamela says

    Well thank you Mitch Horowitz for recognizing and mentioning Mary Baker Eddy in your book. I agree with you that her influence on public thought has made it possible for our society and the medical world to look at things from a different perspective. Her book Science and Health has changed the world and I believe it will continue to do so.

  4. says

    We should not forget that Mary Baker Eddy was listed in the December 2006 edition of The Atlantic magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential Americans of All Time.

  5. Anne Hughes says

    Great idea, Evelyn. I just posted it on my Facebook page too.
    Thanks for the post!