Christian Science is the name given by Mary Baker Eddy,...


Christian Science is the name given by Mary Baker Eddy, its Discoverer and Founder, to her interpretation of the Bible and, particularly, to the teachings of Jesus. She has defined Christian Science as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony" (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 1). It declares that the works done by the prophets, as recounted in the Old Testament, as well as those of Jesus, were the result of a spiritual understanding of God as the creative, governing Principle of man and the universe, and that God's power and presence are as available to us here and now as they were then. It was in 1866 that Mrs. Eddy discovered this Science, or exact knowledge of Christianity. Nine years later she published the first edition of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science. In 1879 she founded The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. In the years which have since passed, Christian Science has spread throughout the world, until there are now 2121 churches and societies, all branches of The Mother Church. While these are mostly in English-speaking countries, they are to be found in almost every land.

The purpose of Christian Science is not primarily physical healing, yet this is being accomplished in innumerable instances. A part of the regular Wednesday evening service of every Christian Science church is given over to testimonies of those who have been healed through the study and application of Christian Science. Such healing is not miraculous or supernatural, but is in consonance with the promise made by Jesus, "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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."

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