CHRISTIAN SCIENCE has gained a unique place in today's religious discussion by uniting the religion of Christianity with the discipline of a science, a system that seeks laws that predict outcomes in a reproducible way. This union arose out of years of prayer and exploration, during which religious founder Mary Baker Eddy searched for a way to revive the healing method that Christ Jesus had practiced—one that, she believed, healed on the basis of divine laws. "In the year 1866," she explained, "I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science" (Science and Health, p. 107). She was convinced that these laws could be taught, and that then many people could use them to benefit themselves and society.

But there is a substantive difference between science as a human endeavor, and the Science described as spiritual law by the founder of Christian Science.

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