God's Perfect Child

Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church by Caroline Fraser

  • Published: Oct 10, 2020

From a former Christian Scientist, the first unvarnished account of one of America's most controversial and little-understood religious movements. Millions of americans-from Lady Astor to Ginger Rogers to Watergate conspirator H. R.Haldeman-have been... read more

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Details of God's Perfect Child

Exact title of the book
God's Perfect Child
Book author
Caroline Fraser
ISBN
9780805044317
Publisher
Picador
Published
Aug 01, 2000
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
5328 kB

Some brief overview of book

From a former Christian Scientist, the first unvarnished account of one of America's most controversial and little-understood religious movements. Millions of americans-from Lady Astor to Ginger Rogers to Watergate conspirator H. R.

Haldeman-have been touched by the Church of Christ, Scientist. Founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, Christian Science was based on a belief that intense contemplation of the perfection of God can heal all ills-an extreme expression of the American faith in self-reliance. In this unflinching investigation, Caroline Fraser, herself raised in a Scientist household, shows how the Church transformed itself from a small, eccentric sect into a politically powerful and socially respectable religion, and explores the human cost of Christian Science's remarkable rise.

Fraser examines the strange life and psychology of Mary Baker Eddy, who lived in dread of a kind of witchcraft she called Malicious Animal Magnetism. She takes us into the closed world of Eddy's followers, who refuse to acknowledge the existence of illness and death and reject modern medicine, even at the cost of their children's lives. She reveals just how Christian Science managed to gain extraordinary legal and Congressional sanction for its dubious practices and tracks its enormous influence on new-age beliefs and other modern healing cults.

A passionate exposé of zealotry, God's Perfect Child tells one of the most dramatic and little-known stories in American religious history.

About author

Fraser was born in Seattle and holds a Ph. D. from Harvard in English and American literature. Formerly on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, she writes for The New York Review of Books and The Atlantic Monthly, among others.

She has received a PEN award for Best Young Writer and numerous prizes for her poetry. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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