This episode delves into the subject of spiritual autobiography by drawing on excerpts from our 2012 program Spiritual Writing: Mary Baker Eddy and Julian of Norwich, which featured Rev. Dr. Carl Scovel, Senior Minister Emeritus of Boston’s King’s Chapel, and Judy Huenneke, the Library’s senior research archivist. Scovel and Huenneke talk respectively about two different examples of spiritual autobiography—Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love, from the late fourteenth century, and Mary Baker Eddy’s Retrospection and Introspection, from the late nineteenth century. Dr. Michael Hamilton, our Executive Director, introduces aspects of the Library’s holdings that relate to the subject.
View the Library’s reminiscence file, containing accounts from those who knew Mary Baker Eddy, here.
Dr. Michael Hamilton has been Executive Director of The Mary Baker Eddy Library since 2014. He came to the Library following ten years in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. Prior to teaching he served for 20 years as a US Navy chaplain on active duty, ministering to units in both the navy and marine corps. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and writing focus on American religions.