Signs of the times

Kenneth A. Briggsin The New York TimesA review of the bookMary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authorityby Robert PeelHolt, Rinehart and Winston, New York

"... the general direction of her [Mrs. Eddy's] teaching as expounded in her basic text, 'Science and Health,' was not so far out of line with common assumptions. She was, above all, not a theologian or philosopher, but a pragmatist who argued that 'the error of the ages is preaching without practice' and demanded that faith be demonstrated by healing. Though dominant American Protestantism formally rested on a 'salvation by faith not works' cornerstone the opposite standard obtain [sic] in daily life. If faith didn't somehow make a visible difference, its claimants made a scant impression. ...

We are not "only human"
June 12, 1978

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