Religion: Publishing Church

Unconcerned with ritual, the Church of Christ, Scientist has always put its emphasis upon reading matter. Christian Scientists listen to "readers." not preachers. All churches have "reading rooms." Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy was an ambitious stylist, curiously preoccupied with publishing and publicizing. She continually revised her extraordinary masterpiece, Science & Health, and her followers loyally purchased 57 varieties of editions between 1875 and 1907. Many of the "bylaws" which Mrs. Eddy imperiously wrote into the Manual (laws of the Mother Church) dealt with publications, such as one forbidding Christian...

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