The Religio-Medical Masquerade: A Complete Exposure of Eddyism
Peabody, Frederick W. The Religio-Medical Masquerade: A Complete Exposure of Eddyism. Boston: The Hancock Press, 1910.
Peabody had been the legal counsel for Josephine Woodbury in a 1901 lawsuit against Mary Baker Eddy. Woodbury lost the case, but Peabody continued to attack Eddy, accusing her of immoral and abusive motives and acts. Eddy responded but was counseled not to publish her response (subscribers to the Christian Science Journal can read about this decision). Since Peabody believed she had not responded to his 1901 book, he wrote in this 1910 work: “I challenge Mrs. Eddy and the whole Christian Science combination to dare to prosecute me for libel, and I affirm and shall continue to affirm that their omission so to do is an acknowledgement of the truth… “ (17). Peabody explains that he was also instrumental in supplying testimony against Eddy for the highly publicized McClure’s magazine yellow journalism, which led to another trial known as the ‘Next Friends’ suit (that Eddy ultimately won in court). Explaining his own motives, Peabody writes, “for Mrs. Eddy, the charlatan and adventuress, … the fraudulent claimant of exclusive and immediate revelation from God, for Mrs. Eddy, upon whose altar of greed have been sacrificed the harmony and happiness of marriage, … for Mrs. Eddy, the heartless and avaricious despot of multitudes … there shall be no charity in my speech” (22-3).
ISBN-13 (Softcover): 978-1331597605
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- Availability: Library or Purchase
- Controversy: Lawsuits
- Controversy: McClure’s Magazine (Milmine, Cather)
- Controversy: Next Friends Suit
- Controversy: Quimby-Eddy Debate
- Controversy: Sex and Marriage
- Official Christian Science Publication: No
- People: Eddy, Mary Baker
- People: Frye, Calvin
- People: Peabody, Frederick W.
- People: Quimby, Phineas
- People: Stetson, Augusta
- People: Woodbury, Josephine
- Publication Date: 1910 and Earlier
- Resource Types: Book
- Subjects: Church Manual, Governance, Leadership
- Subjects: Legal and Constitutional Issues
- Subjects: Medicine
- Subjects: Polemic Literature and Responses