Christian Science is a spirituality-based method of treating disease and alleviating suffering that has been practiced by thousands of professional healers around the world for nearly 150 years. Discovered by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866, it is the system of healing based on divine law that Jesus taught and demonstrated through his healing works and through his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, which we all can learn to practice and rely upon in our own lives.
The framework of Christian Science and its method of treating disease are explained in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. First published in 1875, millions of copies of Science and Health have sold over the last century to people of various faiths and backgrounds.
Christian Science is, first, a practical healing science. Its students are devoted to studying and putting into practice what they learn in Christian Science because they have seen and experienced the healing results that it brings to their lives. It is a universal system of spiritual healing that anyone can practice regardless of their religious affiliation. It is the divine Comforter promised by Jesus that comes to us where we are, reveals to us our spiritual identity as God’s idea, and takes mortal suffering away.
There is a church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, whose members practice Christian Science. But Christian Science itself is a teaching accessible to all earnest seekers of Truth.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
Science and Health is a book that explains the healing method that Jesus taught. It also explains the universe and the scriptures from a wholly spiritual point of view, and instructs readers how to lean on divine Love to overcome disease, sin and even death. First published in 1875, millions of copies have been sold to people all over the world of all faiths and backgrounds.
Through a thorough study of the scriptures, its author identified the rules and method for healing that Christ Jesus taught, and eventually published them in this book after testing and demonstrating her findings by healing countless cases of all manner of ailments. The method of treating disease and sin outlined in Science and Health can be studied and practiced any anyone, and has yielded innumerable healings over the past 145 years. In fact, the final 100 pages, a chapter entitled “Fruitage,” are a collection of short testimonies submitted by readers who were healed exclusively by reading the book.
Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, and founder of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, was a renowned 19th century Christian thinker, writer, and healer.
Following a jarring fall on ice in February of 1866 and severe injuries that led a the attending doctor to give her up for dead, Eddy experienced a rapid and dramatic recovery after turning to God in prayer. This experience was the catalyst for her urgent study of the scriptures to understand not only her own healing, but how Jesus and his disciples healed countless people of all types of disease and sin, and even raised some from the dead. From her study, she discovered a positive rule in the works and teachings of the Master and set about applying that rule and began healing.
She published the first edition of her textbook for Christian healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in 1875 after a physician, who had seen her heal a patient that he had given up as incurable, suggested that she share her method with others.
In 1879, she established a church to unite the growing number of students of Christian Science. She reorganized that church in 1895, among other things stepping down from her position as Pastor, and naming The Bible and her textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as the Pastor of the church in perpetuity.
In addition, two years before her passing at age 89, in 1908, Eddy founded the Pulitzer-Prize-winning international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.