Mary Baker Eddy

More about the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science
What Mary Baker Eddy did was directly and emphatically challenge the status quo of (global) culture. In both her religious teachings and in their practical application she called into question the authority of two of (the world’s) most venerable institutions—religion and medicine. In matters of religion she challenged both male dominance and the social power of male-dominated religions; in matters of medicine she challenged the belief that medical institutions hold a monopoly on healing…more fundamentally, Eddy challenged one of the most primary presuppositions of the modern secular West—the material basis of reality.

– World Religions of America by Jacob Neusner, Jewish Scholar