Stephen Gottschalk (c. 1941 – 10 January 2005) was an historian of
Christian Science church, the Church of Christ, Scientist. A
lifelong Christian Scientist, Gottschalk worked from 1978 until 1990
for the church's Committee on Publication in Boston, an organization
set up by
Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910), the founder of Christian
Science, to protect her own and the church's reputation. He left the
committee in 1990 after disagreeing with the church's handling of
Gottschalk was the author of The Emergence of
Christian Science in
American Religious Life (1973) and Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker
Eddy's Challenge to Materialism (2005).
2 Selected works
Born in Beverley Hills, California, Gottschalk graduated from Harvard
School, a former military school in Los Angeles. He obtained a BA
in 1962 from Occidental College, an MA in 1963 from the University of
California, Berkeley, and a PhD in history in 1969, also from UC
Berkeley, for a thesis entitled The emergence of Christian science in
American religious life, 1885–1910; the thesis became his first
book, published in 1973. From 1967 to 1975 he was an assistant,
then associate, professor of history in the department of government
and humanities at the
Naval Postgraduate School
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
From 1978 until 1990 Gottschalk worked for the Christian Science
church's Committee on Publication in Boston, but left after a
disagreement about the church's direction. In 1989 he gave an
interview to U.S. News & World Report in which he said the church
had become "worldly"; he was concerned about the amount of money it
had spent during the 1980s on radio and television services. In March
1990 he told the church's board of directors that he believed it was
suppressing internal dissent, and left his position shortly
afterwards. From then until his death he worked as an independent
Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism,
Indiana University Press, 2005.
Christian Science and Harmonialism," in Lippy and Williams, eds.,
Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience: Studies of
Traditions and Movements, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.
""Theodicy after Auschwitz and the Reality of God," Union Seminary
Quarterly Review, 1987, nos. 3–4, pp. 77–91.
"Christian Science" and "Mary Baker Eddy," in Mircea Eliade, ed., The
Encyclopedia of Religion, Collier Macmillan, 1987.
"Critic's Corner: Update on Christian Science," Theology Today, April
1987, pp. 111–115.
Christian Science Today: Resuming the Dialogue," Christian Century,
17 December 1986, pp. 1146–1148.
The Emergence of
Christian Science in American Religious Life,
University of California Press, 1973.
Essays in American Naturalism, Occidental College, 1962.
^ a b Anthony Flint, "Stephen Gottschalk, writer, historian of
Christian Science", Boston Globe, 18 January 2005.
^ a b Caroline Fraser, "Suffering Children and the Christian Science
Church", The Atlantic, April 1995.
^ For the MA thesis, see Stephen Gottschalk, Essays in American
Naturalism, Occidental College, 1962.
For the PhD thesis, see "The emergence of Christian science in
American religious life, 1885-1910 / by Stephen Gottschalk",
Also see Naval Postgraduate School, Catalogue for 1970–1972, p. 89;
and Catalogue for 1974–1976, pp. 40, 86.
^ Naval Postgraduate School, Catalogue for 1970–1972, p. 89; and
Catalogue for 1974–1976, pp. 40, 86.
^ Caroline Fraser, God's Perfect Child, Metropolitan Books, 1999, pp.
Beliefs and practices
Avoidance of materia medica
Christian Science prayer
Efficacy of prayer
Scientific statement of being
Mary Baker Eddy
Emma Curtis Hopkins
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Augusta Emma Stetson
List of Christian Scientists
Christian Science Hymnal
Christian Science Journal
Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Quarterly
Christian Science Sentinel
The Destiny of The Mother Church
The Herald of Christian Science
Manual of The Mother Church
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Christian Science churches
Christian Science churches, societies, buildings
Christian Science Center
Christian Science Publishing House
Christian Science Reading Rooms
Christian Science Pleasant View Home
Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy Home
Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy Library
Institutions / groups
Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty
Claremont Fan Court School
Massachusetts Metaphysical College
The Principia / Principia College
Christian Science practitioner
Christian Science Reader
Commonwealth v. Twitchell
Salem witchcraft trial (1878)
Writers, critics, books
Ernest Sutherland Bates and John V. Dittemore
Willa Cather and Georgine Milmine
The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science,
Edwin Franden Dakin
The Destiny of The Mother Church, 1991
Christian Science, 1907
Freedom of religion in the United States
New Thought / Hist