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The academic study of Christian Science has historically met with obstruction since Mary Baker Eddy’s earliest articulation of the religion. Even within her own family, her work on Christian Science stirred controversy. Her contemporary, Mark Twain, both admired her and hated her. The sensationalist press cashed in on the newsworthy drama of her life. Serious researchers had to choose between hagiography and polemics while the policy of Eddy’s church turned to protectionism and safeguarding its history in its own archives. The opening of the archives through the Mary Baker Eddy Library in 2002 turned the corner, however. Now with this annotated bibliography, scholars are able to research more objectively. 

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