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Rolling Away the Stone


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ForewordAcknowledgmentsNote on Textual UsageIntroductionPrelude: The World's "leaden weight"
1. "O God, is it all!"
2. Becoming "Mrs. Eddy"
3. By What Authority? On Christian Ground
4. By What Authority? Listening and Leading
5. Woman Goes Forth
6. "The visible unity of spirit"
7. "The preparation of the heart"
8. "Ayont hate's thrall"
9. A Power, Not a Place
10. "The outflowing life of Christianity"
11. "The kingdoms of this world"
12. Elijah's Mantle
Coda: The Prophetic VoiceChronologyNotesBibliography

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The life and thought of the founder of Christian Science

About the Author

Stephen Gottschalk (1940-2005) was an independent scholar, an authority on Christian Science thought, and a former member of the Church's Committee on Publication. His works include The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life.


"Gottschalk has provided readers with a masterful account of Christian Science in its heyday. The book is a first-rate read for students of American religion and provides a look into how one of the country's more complex religious figures dealt with materialism in the late nineteenth-century America." Religious Studies Review "Gottschalk's account is well told and enriched by fresh material now available from the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity." Christian Science Monitor "Gottschalk does a superb job of providing historical context for the chaotic events of Eddy's final decades. He analyzes frequently oversimplified disagreements between Eddy and Mark Twain, deftly highlighting the many points of agreement and parallel thinking that led Eddy and Twain to very different conclusions. Finally, Gottschalk makes accessible Eddy's mature theology, the product of controversy as well as deep reflection: a thoroughgoing rejection of all materialisms affirmed by her contemporaries (scientific, medical, ecclesiastical, spiritual) in order to seek 'something higher and better than matter, and apart from it.'" Choice

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