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Type: Journal article
Title: Healing and happiness in the Christian Science tradition
Author: Michell, D.
Citation: Feminist Theology, 2014; 22(2):203-212
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0966-7350
1745-5189
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Deidre Michell
Abstract: Well known as a church which promises physical healing through prayer and change of consciousness, Christian Science is less well known as one that promotes mental wellbeing through the same means. However, the founder, Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) could be held up as a model of psychological resilience through her own methods as she went from being an invalid suffering from the scourge of the nineteenth century, hysteria, to a dynamic business woman and religious leader who established an international church from her headquarters in Boston. In this paper I show that many of Eddy’s twentieth century followers have, like her, been able to become resilient and happy women treating psychological distress as they would physical concerns.
Keywords: Christian Science; depression; healing; Mary Baker Eddy; mental wellbeing; resilience
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013
RMID: 0030025578
DOI: 10.1177/0966735013507857
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies and Social Analysis publications

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