Who took classes on Christian Science with Mary Baker Eddy?
Eddy taught Christian Science to about 1,000 women and men between 1866 and 1898, in over 80 classes including Primary class, Normal class, and Obstetrics class.
In the 1860s and 1870s, Eddy taught in private homes and in rented rooms and halls. She founded the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in 1881 and, as its principal instructor, taught in Boston for almost ten years. She once wrote that she “taught over four thousand students” at the College (see her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. xii), but her estimate seems to be based on memory and is included among a number of other achievements that crowded a busy period.
The Bible and Eddy’s early manuscripts were her teaching texts until 1875, when Science and Health was published and thereafter used with the Scriptures for instruction.
Primary Class instruction, as well as Normal Class instruction for training teachers of Christian Science, continues today under the auspices of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Obstetrics courses were discontinued in 1902.