Thinking about the relationship between Christian Science, the music of Prokofiev and the tenets of Judaism, one notable essay* about the personality and writings of Mary Baker Eddy stands out (Eddy founded the Christian Science religion in Boston at the end of the 19th century), It seems she was a woman of incredible capacity and determination, despite lifelong ill-health. That’s on the positive side. The negative side is more interesting, however:
- Her writings and beliefs are not exactly Christian, nor are they scientific.
- Her thinking was hardly original, but derived from a competing “guru” of the time, named Phineas P. Quimby. (the name itself raises suspicions of charlantry!).
- She was outrageously paranoid, and blamed the death of her 3rd husband on poisoning from enemies.
- In another sign of mental instability: she told colleagues she wanted to be remembered as “mentally murdered”.
The fine line between genius and insanity? I recommend the 2002 article: