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What is Christian Science?

Christian Science is based on the words and works of Christ Jesus, and draws its authority from the Bible. Its teachings are fully presented in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Download the brochure “What is Christian Science?

How is it Christian and Science?

Christian Science is Christian because it fully follows Christ Jesus’ words and works. It is Science, because it is the Science of divine laws and their application to daily life.

The dictionary.com definition of ‘science’ includes: “a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws”.

A fuller answer to this question can be found here: Christian Science – Beliefs and teachings

Is Christian Science faith healing?

No. Nor is it positive thinking, nor self-hypnosis.

For further reading, these articles show the difference between Christian Science prayer and positive thinking or self help.

Do you go to doctors?

It is always up to each individual to choose for themselves.

Reliance on this Christian system of healing has proved effective, see testimonies in any current Christian Science magazine.

What is the Christian Science stance on vaccination?

See: A Christian Science perspective on vaccination and public health

Does Christian Science really heal?

See: The fact of healing in Christian Scientist’s experience.

Is Christian Science related to Scientology?

No. The two have no relationship whatsoever.

Is Christian Science a cult?

No. It’s a Christian denomination that follows the teachings of Christ Jesus. The worship of personality and personal control form no part of Christian Science.

Who is Mary Baker Eddy?

The discoverer of Christian Science and the founder of this denomination. You’ll find more information here.

What is the history of Christian Science?

In 1866, Mary Baker Eddy discovered the Science of the Christianity as taught and lived by Christ Jesus. She published her primary book about it in 1875, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Then in 1879, she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Church Manual, p.17).

How is the church governed?

The Manual of the Mother Church, contains rules and by-laws for the government of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts (The Mother Church) and its branches worldwide. Each Christian Science branch is democratically self-governed by its members.

Further Information

Read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online.
Log onto ChristianScience.com.
Visit a Christian Science Reading Room.
Attend a church service.
Phone or email a Christian Science practitioner.