Annotated Bibliography of Christian Science

— Academic and Other Literature —

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Why an annotated bibliography of Christian Science academic and other literature?

For many decades, scholars have requested better access to academic literature on the Christian Science movement and its history. Before this book was published, Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, declared it was difficult to find a broad range of academic research and resource material on the history of Christian Science. “Biographies on Mary Baker Eddy are plentiful,” he said. “But the history of Christian Science is still obscure and difficult to track down. An annotated bibliography would enable scholars to find appropriate resources for their research, and this scholarly research would accomplish much toward a better understanding of this important religious movement.”

A fully searchable and continually updated web application is in development. 

Please consider making a donation to support the project.

Donations to Scholarly Works on Christian Science, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, qualify for federal tax deduction as a charitable donation.

Our GoFundMe campaign is designed to support phase two of the Annotated Bibliography in Christian Science project, the searchable online bibliography.
The first phase of the project, the book, has been published and is now available.
This new web application will provide all the annotations, cross references, and highlighted articles in the book, with an intuitive search interface and the ability to add new scholarship as it is published.
In the video above, Dr. Shirley Paulson explains the importance of the web application version of the Annotated Bibliography and encourages viewers to support the fund.

I donated because I believe in the project, and am so grateful for the years of diligent work that went into producing it. My years in seminary while earning an MA in Bible Studies showed just how obscure the Christian Science movement has been to the academic and theological world.

Sara Barnacle
Writer and Speaker

I donated because I believe in the project, and am so grateful for the years of diligent work that went into producing it. My years in seminary while earning an MA in Bible Studies showed just how obscure the Christian Science movement has been to the academic and theological world.

 

Sara Barnacle, Writer and Speaker
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The Book

An Annotated Bibliography of Academic and Other Literature on Christian Science

Religious scholars and ecumenists will find this 400-page annotated bibliography indispensable as a guide to academic literature on Mary Baker Eddy and the history of her Church. It makes visible the often obscured set of resources on one of America’s often misunderstood religious communities. Organized by topic, the literature reflects on Christian Science in light of the Bible, religion, philosophy, theology, the sciences, feminist perspectives, cultural and social studies, spiritual healing, church polity, and controversies.

The full 400-page book with 400 annotations and cross references is now available for only $19.95. Shipping is an additional $4.00 per book, and tax is included in the price. Click the button below to order directly from us, and pay via PayPal.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Annotations organized in the following categories:
  • The Bible, Religion, Philosophy, Theology, and Science
  • Biographies and Chronologies
  • Christian Science After 1910
  • Church Building, Governance, and Legal Issues
  • Feminist Perspectives
  • Focus on Healing
  • Independents
  • Polemic Literature
  • Social and Cultural Studies
Highlighted Works in full:
  • Authorship and Authority in Intellectual Property: The Copyright Activism of Mary Baker Eddy by Andrew Ventimiglia
  • Mary Baker Eddy’s Pragmatic Transcendental Feminism by Katie Simon
  • Theodicy After Auschwitz and The Reality of God by Stephen Gottschalk
Research Aids:
  • Subject Lists
  • Cross Reference by Category
  • Alphabetical Index by Author with Page Numbers

The Three Compilers and Primary Annotators

Shirley Paulson, PhD

Shirley Paulson

Shirley Paulson, holds a PhD in Religion and Theology from the University of Birmingham (UK). 

She worked for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, MA in the capacities of Regional Monitor Circulation Manager, Committee on Publication for Illinois, Board of Lectureship, Head of Ecumenical Affairs, and Christian Science practitioner.

Shirley has published book chapters and articles in academic journals, and a book is forthcoming in 2022.

Linda Bargmann

Linda Bargmann

Linda Bargmann is a Christian Science researcher and a retired Certified Public Accountant. She has been involved with Bible study organizations for Christian Scientists for 30 years.

Linda has researched early Christian Science history since The Mary Baker Eddy Library opened, giving presentations to Christian Science churches across the country.

Her collection of about 2,000 books provided a foundation for the Annotated Bibliography.
Helen Mathis

Helen Mathis

Helen Mathis has an MA in Biblical Studies and Christian History from the Pacific School of Religion (part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA).

She spent three years as Director for the Center for Scriptural Studies in Manchester Center, VT, followed by three years teaching religion at Principia College.

Helen was the managing editor of a Bible study curriculum project and has actively presented Bible workshops around the country for the past 20 years.

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