“Pastors and Teachers from Mary Baker Eddy’s Youth: Part One, Reverend Abraham Burnham”

Fall/Winter 1995 issue

Mary Baker Eddy often spoke reverently and affectionately of the religion of her youth, and particularly of the “grand old divines” who taught her as a child and young woman. This issue of Library Notes is the first in a series that will focus on some of those pastors and teachers. This article, as well as succeeding ones in this series, discusses the religion which the young Mary Baker imbibed earnestly and eagerly, as well as questioningly. It sank so deeply into her thoughts and heart that she would write in later years, long after her discovery of Christian Science: ”I never left the Church, either in heart or in doctrine; I but began where the Church left off” (Message to The Mother Church for 1902, p. 2).