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Ben Alpers

Walking on Water

Born in Boston as the Depression waned, the unique, hollowed-out globe room of the Mapparium mirrored the innovative spirit of Christian Scientists’ theological worldview. Spiritually and physically, Christian Scientists had broken new ground in American religion. Led by the charismatic, business-minded Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), they believed that homeopathic healing and prayer relieved physical suffering. Eddy’s central text, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (1875), galvanized Victorian Americans in search of cures beyond modern medicine. Eddy’s shrewd development of the denomination, which featured a church-run publishing empire, prescribed use of her works in tandem with the Bible.[i] Appealing Read more