Christian Science Basics
If you’re not familiar with Christian Science yet, here’s some basic information. The term “Christian Science” was introduced by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered this science and eventually founded the Christian Science church. She used the term to “…designate the scientific system of divine healing.” This healing is based on the Bible and practiced today in the same way that Christ Jesus healed physical, emotional, financial, and all other kinds of problems centuries ago. It is Christian because it is Bible-based and God-centered, and it is scientific because it is based on understanding and practicing some fundamental spiritual laws.
Eddy’s primary work is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which contains the definitive explanation of Christian Science. Other works of hers are available from Christian Science Reading Rooms (see Churches) and there are weekly and monthly magazines that provide a present-day perspective of many people practicing Christian Science today (check out the Resources page to find those).
Christian Scientists come from all walks of life and are happy to talk about their faith when asked, but we don’t proselytize. For us, a life well-lived is the best example of our beliefs.
Many people ask if Christian Science and Scientology are related – NO they are not in any way, tenet, or discipline. Christian Science is a Bible-based Christian religion. As Mary Baker Eddy states in the first tenet of Christian Science: “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life”. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures page 497.