Eddy or "our beloved Leader"—was still included in all articles published in the Christian Science journals.
She wore an imported black satin dress heavily beaded with tiny black jet beads, black satin slippers, beaded, and had on her rarely beautiful diamonds. She stood before us, seemingly slight, graceful of carriage, and exquisitely beautiful even to critical eyes.
Between the 1880s and 1990s, the avoidance of medical treatment led to the deaths of several adherents and their children.Most significantly, she dismissed the material world as an illusion, rather than as merely subordinate to Mind, leading her to reject the use of medicine, or materia medica, and making Christian Science the most controversial of the metaphysical groups. According to the church's tenets, adherents accept "the inspired Word of the Bible as [their] sufficient guide to eternal Life ...acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God ...At the core of Eddy's theology is the view that the spiritual world is the only reality and is entirely good, and that the material world, with its evil, sickness and death, is an illusion.Eddy saw humanity as an "idea of Mind" that is "perfect, eternal, unlimited, and reflects the divine," according to Bryan Wilson; what she called "mortal man" is simply humanity's distorted view of itself.