Mary Baker Eddy would transform her prophetic charisma into a set of bylaws (Manual of The Mother Church) which was meant to ensure institutional perpetuity, and act as a legal covenant for its members. Simmons highlights one British Church member, Annie Bill, who saw her own role as restoring charismatic leadership to the movement and creating an independent ‘Parent Church.’View Annotation
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Houpt’s book contains valuable primary sources for the history of Christian Science in the decades before and after Mary Baker Eddy’s death in 1910. It covers the life and career of Bliss Knapp, who devoted his life to serving Eddy and her cause. He is best known as the leading proponent of Eddy’s prophetic role as the woman in the Apocalypse.View Annotation
In 1918, eight years after Mary Baker Eddy’s death, Bill and a few others started a new (‘correct’) Christian Science church. This book is Bill’s explanation and defense of her argument that she was, indeed, the new Leader of Christian Science. She argues that the necessary ever-recurring cycle of new Leaders was to be identified by self-discovery.View Annotation