Webcast: Evolutions of Christian Science in Great Britain

Webcast: Evolutions of Christian Science in Great Britain

Listen to the replay


Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m. ET (Eastern Time, USA)

The Mary Baker Eddy Library hosted another discussion inspired by the conference held in Antwerp, Belgium, this past April, on “Evolutions of Christian Science in Scholarly Perspective.”

This latest program focused on the influence of Christian Science in Great Britain in the spheres of modern art and women in politics.

  • Lucy Kent (Ph.D. student, University of Cambridge) will address how Christian Science contributed to the work of noted British artists, Barbara Hepworth, Winifred Nicholson, and Ben Nicholson.  Prior to Cambridge, she attended the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where her dissertation, “Spirituality and British Modernism: Christian Science influence in the work of Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, and Barbara Hepworth,” was shortlisted for the Association of Art Historians’ (UK) Dissertation Prize for 2011-12.  Kent’s essay, “‘An Act of Praise’: Religion and the Work of Barbara Hepworth” is featured in the Tate (Britain) Gallery catalogue for its June–October 2015 exhibit, “Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World.”  Her article, “Immortal mind: Christian Science and Ben Nicholson’s work of the 1930s,” appeared in the July 2015 issue of the Burlington Magazine.
  • Robin Harragin (Claremont Fan Court School) will explore Christian Science in the careers of three of Britain’s first women Ministers of Parliament: Viscountess Nancy Astor, Margaret Wintringham, and Thelma Cazalet-Keir. Harragin heads the Religion and Philosophy Department at Claremont Fan Court School, UK, and is a Master in Theology from King’s College, London.  Her paper on the “Impact of Christian Science on Political Women in the Early 20th Century in the United Kingdom” was published as part of the proceedings of the conference on “Evolutions of Christian Science in Scholarly Perspective,” (Acta Comparanda, Subsidia II, © FVG, Faculty for Comparative Study of Religions and Humanism, Antwerp, Belgium, June 2015).

Moderated by Jonathon Eder, Programs Manager at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, joined by Tony Lobl, District Manager for Great Britain and Ireland, Christian Science Committees on Publication.

As with all Mary Baker Eddy Library webcasts, listeners participated and helped guide the online discussion by submitting questions and thoughts.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email