Fox’s analysis of the relationship between Christian Science healing practices and medicine covers the one-hundred-year-plus history between the publication of Science and Health and the publication of this 1984 article. Christian Science had enjoyed relatively harmonious relations with the law because it had modified its practices over the years in deference to medicine, law, and the influence of science in general.View Annotation
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Fox, a social anthropologist, claims that Mary Baker Eddy and the early Christian Science movement functioned socially as a protest movement against 19th-century social assumptions and roles assigned to women. Eddy and the women who followed her found leadership and healing roles independent of the social, religious and medical authority of men. But Christian Scientists did not recognize their historical role.View Annotation
Fox studies the process of becoming a Christian Science practitioner and establishing healer validation within the church community. She includes sections explaining Christian Science theology and healing metaphysics, and the relationship between practitioner and patient, from her perspective as a social anthropologist. Her 1995 conclusions suffer from inaccessibility of archival material prior to the opening of the Mary Baker Eddy Library.View Annotation