Faith on Trial: Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science and the First Amendment
In his meticulously researched book, author Peter Wallner shares the story of one of the most sensational legal trials of the 20th century. The 1907 trial took place in New Hampshire's Merrimack County Superior Court and involved one of the most famous women in America at the time—Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science. In the case of Eddy v. Frye, Mary Baker Eddy's sons attempted to take possession of her person and wealth, charging she was insane. The case became a heresy trial as Eddy's religious views and the doctrine of Christian Science became the basis of the plaintiff's charge. "Faith on Trial" brings this courtroom drama alive and explores the case's implications for yellow journalism and the Progressive Era.
Author: Peter A. Wallner