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Research question — Did Eddy free her first husband's slaves?

This is a difficult question to answer...

What is the history of Christian Science in Nigeria?

This was research question we received. Here's what we found: The first informal group of Christian Scientists was not formed in Nigeria until 1946...

Audiocast: What Has Made "The Christian Science Monitor" Special?

September 6, 2014

From its origins as a local newspaper to its development into a global thought leader — a look at the history and horizons of a unique influence in journalism.

A “regal gift from loyal hearts”

In 1897 a diamond hair ornament, shaped like a crown, was given to Mary Baker Eddy. The ornament contains 12 diamonds, six large pearls, and 39 small pearls set in an 18-karat gold crown, with a band of indigo blue enamel across its middle. Engraved on the back is the inscription “Mother 1897.” The ornament is a “combination pin,” as described by its donor, Amanda Baird — meaning it could be worn as a hair pin or used as a brooch.

Displaying the American Flag in The Mother Church

There is only one instance in which an American flag has been displayed in The Mother Church. This was on a Sunday in June 1908.

What is the History of Announcing Bible Verses for each Section of the Christian Science Bible Lesson?

The original directive for announcing books of the Bible in church services comes from an article titled "Church and School." This article was first published in the April 1895 issue of The Christian Science Journal.