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July 16, 2017

July 16, 1821

Mary Baker Eddy (July 16, 1821 to December 3, 1910), born in the land of new religions, founded her own, over a hundred years ago--- Christian Science. Binary thought, the view of logic as a system wherein everything verbalized (and everything can be) falls in  one of two buckets, had been in the saddle of western civilization several centuries by then. It felt persuasive therefore, when Mary Baker Eddy had evidence that the mind could affect the body, she concluded that reality was mental-- not physical, but-- mental.

Her ideas have been effective in relieving pain, and she still has followers.

Here's a brief biography.

Elsewhere we read:

From early childhood, Eddy loved animals and always showed that love to the animals around her, eliciting noticeable affectionate responses from them in return.

As a for instance:

Eddy once informed a member of her household, Irving Tomlinson, that as a girl, she nursed baby lambs and chicks, and sang hymns to them at night. Her father, upon finding a weak farm animal, would say, “Here is another invalid for Mary.” Tomlinson noted, “Then Mary would tenderly take her mild-eyed charge and nurse the fleecy little patient to health and strength.” Recalling the time, Eddy said, “I would take the little chicks, that seemed sickly or perhaps dying, into the bosom of my dress and hold them until I heard a fluttering sound and found the chicken active and strong and eager to run away, when I would put it down and away it would run.

Eddy was especially fond of birds,....In later life, she was very affectionate toward her horses and was often able to calm them when they were frightened. There were always horses at Eddy’s homes in Concord, New Hampshire, and at 400 Beacon Street, Newton, Massachusetts (Chestnut Hill). The horses pulled the carriages in which she regularly took rides, or the sleighs that she occasionally enjoyed in the wintertime. She selected these horses carefully and was very fond of them.

There was a fountain on the lawn at Pleasant View that was stocked with goldfish, and Eddy enjoyed feeding the fish. There were also, at times, other animals such as cats and dogs that were in residence at Pleasant View, and she was aware of them.

Eddy did not feel that Christian healing should be limited to sick men, women, or children. In May 1906, a Christian Scientist in the Philippines wrote to her about treating animals and received the following reply: “Your favor is at hand. You have my permission to heal the animals as well as mankind. When I was in practice I healed them and found them responsive to Truth in every instance. God gave man ‘dominion over the beasts’ and we have no authority for supposing that He ever recalled that gift or took away from man his rightful spiritual heritage. Please inform me as to your success”

Not much remarkable above, and that is a point.

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