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What is Christian Science?

Christian Science is Christian

"The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science is Love."  Mary Baker Eddy

Christian Science is based on the words and works of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Bible is our guide. Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Love quote for Christian Science


Eddy talks about her discovery of Christian Science

"In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 107:1-3

"For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing.  I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 109: 11-22

"The revelation consists of two parts:

  1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind-healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and through the teachings of the Comforter, as promised by the Master.
  2. The proof, by present demonstration, that the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle.  The operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being."  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 123: 19-29

"His (Jesus') proof of Christianity was no form or system of religion and worship, but Christian Science, working out the harmony of Life and Love." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 26:30-32

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7 Synonyms for God

  • Mind

  • Truth

  • Love

  • Life

  • Spirit

  • Soul

  • Principle

Talk to a Christian Science practitioner to learn more about God and your relationship with Him.

Understanding spiritual law and knowing it invalidates so-called material law, Jesus said: "These signs shall follow them that believe,…they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 328: 20-25

Christian Science Churches

"CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick." - Mary Baker Eddy

Visit a Christian Science Church, called Church of Christ, Scientist, in your area.

More about Christ Jesus and the Christian Science Tenets

Christian Science tenet about Christ Jesus


Bible-based Healing

Christian Science is a Christian religion based on the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is not associated with Scientology, other churches, or cults. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures book cover

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is Mary Baker Eddy's main body of work that is a companion to the Bible.  It contains sections on Genesis and Revelation, and is part of the Christian Science Weekly Bible Lesson.

"Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively every point it presents. Otherwise it would not be Science, and could not present its proofs. Christian Science is neither made up of contradictory aphorisms nor of the inventions of those who scoff at God. It presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, uttered and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, by his apostles, as is recorded throughout the Scriptures." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 358:9

Christian Scientists appreciate that the method of healing employed by Christ Jesus and his disciples is a practice explained and demonstrated by Christian Science.

"Jesus demonstrated the power of Christian Science to heal mortal minds and bodies.  But this power was lost sight of, and must again be spiritually discerned, taught, and demonstrated according to Christ's command, with 'signs following.' Its Science must be apprehended by as many as believe on Christ and spiritually understand Truth. " Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 110:25

Christian Science is reliant upon the power of God and the Christ. The prayerful process of uplifting thought above the material picture to the spiritual truths of being brings healing now, just as it did centuries ago.

"Jesus instructed his disciples whereby to heal the sick through Mind instead of matter.  He knew that the philosophy, Science, and proof of Christianity were in Truth, casting out all inharmony." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 271: 7-16

Mind refers to God, the omnipotent Creator of the universe, not the human mind.  Matter refers to the physical body and environment that we observe through the five physical senses.  


Jesus on the water


Jesus Calming the Waters Contrary to the Appearance of a Storm

"Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.  He taught his followers that his religion had a divine Principle, which would cast out error and heal both the sick and the sinning." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 136:1-5

There are thousands of recorded healings in the Bible and in Christian Science publications.  Many Christian Science healings have occurred by simply reading the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  Science and Health has a chapter called Fruitage, consisting of healing testimonies. Testimonies of healings are also shared each week at Wednesday meetings at Christian Science churches around the world.

See Prayer that Heals Video & Written Testimonies of Christian Science healing.

Christian Science Workers

Mary Baker Eddy was a healer and teacher of Christian Science.  This practice has continued with many Christian Science healers (practitioners), teachers (class instructors), and lecturers (Christian Science Board of Lectureship).

Christian Scientists throughout the world join local branch churches, serve at public Christian Science Reading Rooms/bookstores, teach Sunday School, study the Christian Science Bible Lesson each week, listen to its prayerful message at Sunday morning services, and give gratitude at Wednesday testimony meetings.  Find a Church or Reading Room.

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Mary Baker Eddy, Founder

Mary Baker Eddy was a spiritual thought leader born in the early 19th century. She is best known for discovering and founding a Bible-based system of healing prayer, known as Christian Science. 

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