What is Christian Science?
Christian Science is a Bible-based teaching which was established to reinstate the healing power of original Christianity to the world.
Christian Science was established in the 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy, who was healed of a life-threatening injury in 1866 through her study of the Bible and whole-hearted reliance on God. This gave her a fresh insight into Christ Jesus’ life and works, leading her to share her discovery by healing through prayer and teaching others to do so.
In 1875, she published her major book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which explains the divine Science underlying Jesus’ healings and teachings. Over 10 million copies of her book have been sold worldwide.
Christian Science teaches that God is the infinite power of good in our lives and that every individual’s true nature is wholly spiritual, good, and loved by God. This understanding can be applied to all aspects of human life and in all circumstances, with healing and transformative results.
If you would like to find out more, please see the FAQ below or explore the main Christian Science website maintained by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, USA at www.christianscience.com.
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Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy (1821 – 1910) was a pioneer in exploring the relationship between spirituality and health.
Chronically ill for much of her early life, she sought help from a range of conventional and alternative therapies without finding lasting relief.
However, experimentation with homeopathic remedies and unmedicated pills (placebos) convinced her that the true basis of health must be mental rather than physical.
At the same time, as an avid reader of the Bible – in an era when women were largely barred from religious leadership and theological discussion – she frequently pondered Christ Jesus’ promises that his followers should perform the same works of healing that he did, and she questioned why such healing had not continued beyond the first few centuries after his time.
Explore Mary Baker Eddy's life and work through the Mary Baker Eddy Timeline
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