Christian Science

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Christian Science
Aerial photograph of a triangular lot between roads and their sidewalks. The lot contains a small, Romanesque church filling the front point to the sidewalks, connected to a much larger and impressive domed, Neoclassical building behind it, filling the lot to the sidewalks to the left and right.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Christian Science Center, Boston, Massachusetts. The original Mother Church (1894) is in the foreground and behind it the Mother Church Extension (1906).[1]
FounderMary Baker Eddy (1821–1910)
TextsScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and Bible
MembersEstimated 106,000 in the United States in 1990;[2] 400,000 worldwide in 2008, according to the church.[n 1]
Beliefs"Basic teachings", Church of Christ, Scientist

Christian Science is a set of beliefs and practices belonging to the metaphysical family of new religious movements. It was developed in 19th-century New England by Mary Baker Eddy, who argued in her book Science and Health (1875) that sickness is an illusion that can be corrected by prayer alone. The book became Christian Science's central text, along with the Bible, and by 2001 had sold over nine million copies.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. PBS, August 2008: "The church estimates it has about 400,000 members worldwide, but independent studies put membership at around 100,000."[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Christian Science Center Complex", Boston Landmarks Commission, Environment Department, City of Boston, January 25, 2011 (hereafter Boston Landmarks Commission 2011), pp. 6–12.
  2. Rodney Stark, "The Rise and Fall of Christian Science", Journal of Contemporary Religion, 13(2), 1998 (pp. 189–214), p. 191.
  3. Judy Valente, "Christian Science Healing", PBS, August 1, 2008.