Birthday of Eddy

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Eddy (Mary Baker), Birthday of

July 16
This is the day on which Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, was born. After spending much of her early life as a semi-invalid due to a spinal malady, Eddy suffered a serious fall in 1866 and underwent a healing experience that led her to the discovery of Christian Science. Based on the largely forgotten healing aspects of Christianity, the First Church of Christ, Scientist was established in Boston in 1879, and two years later, Eddy founded the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, where she taught until 1889. She dedicated her entire life to spreading the word about Christianity's power to heal. Her most important written work was Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, published in 1875.
The basic premise of Christian Science is that only mind and spirit are real; matter is an illusion, and therefore subject to decay and dissolution. Sickness and death are only real in that they seem real to humans; through prayer and spiritual development, this error can be overcome. Mary Baker Eddy's birthday is observed by Christian Science churches around the world.
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