Christian Science was founded by a woman named Mary Baker Eddy. She was
born Mary Ann Morse Baker in New Hampshire in 1821. (She died in 1910.). She
was the daughter of a New Hampshire Congregationalist church member. As a
child, she was frequently ill and highly emotional. She is said to have been
"domineering, quarrelsome, and extremely self centered." At age 22, she married
George Glover. He died seven months later. She then married Dr. Daniel Patterson,
but that marriage failed in divorce. In 1862, while suffering from an illness, she
visited a man named Phineas Quimby. He taught a system of healing dealing with
the mind. He taught that the mind had the power to heal the body. He exerted a
significant influence on her thinking regarding spiritual matters.
In 1866, she fell and was seriously injured and she was not expected to recover.
She apparently read Matt. 9:2 "And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the
palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy;
Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee" and experienced a miraculous
cure. It was this experience that convinced her of the truth of Christian Science.
She first published "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" in 1875, when
she was 54. She claimed it was the final revelation of God to mankind and asserted
that her work was inspired of God. The word "Key" in the title of her book is in
reference to her being the woman of Revelation 12; that she is the key to unlocking
the Bible which she called a dark book. She claimed the Bible had many mistakes
and that her writings provided the "Key" spoken of in Rev. 3:7. She married Asa
Eddy in 1877.
In 1879, four years after the first publication of Science and Health, Mary Baker
Eddy and some of her students voted organized the church of Christ (Scientist) in
Boston Massachusetts. Of course, like all cults, it claimed to be the restoration of
the original New Testament Church.
In 1881 she opened a metaphysical college and charged $300 for 12 healing lessons.
The Church was reorganized in 1892, and the Church Manual was first issued in
1895 which provided the structure for church government and missions. She died in
1910, a millionaire.
The following doctrines are referenced out of the primary Christian Science work,
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. It is
supposed to be a companion to the Bible. Science and Health together with the
Bible are called the Pastor of Christian Science.
God is infinite...and there is no other power or source, S&H, 471:18.
God is Universal Principle, S&H 331:18-19
God cannot indwell a person, S&H 336:19-20
God is the only intelligence in the universe, including man S&H 330:11-12
God is Mind, S&H 330:20-21; 469:13
God is the Father-Mother, S&H 331:30; 332:4
The Trinity is Life, Truth, and Love, S&H 331:26
Belief in the traditional doctrine of the Trinity is polytheism, S&H 256:9-11
Christ is the spiritual idea of sonship S&H 331:30-31
Jesus was not the Christ, S&H 333:3-15; 334:3
"Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared..." S&H 361:12-13
Jesus did not reflect the fullness of God, S&H 336:20-21
Jesus did not die, S&H 45:32-46:3
The Holy Spirit is divine science, S&H 331:31
There is no devil, S&H 469:13-17
There is no sin, S&H 447:24
Evil and good are not real, S&H, 330:25-27; 470:9-14
Matter, sin, and sickness are not real, but only illusions," S&H 335:7-15;
Life is not material or organic, "S&H, 83:21
The sacrifice of Jesus was not sufficient to cleanse from sin, "S&H, 25:6.
True healings are the result of true belief, "S&H, 194:6"
Additionally, Christian Scientists prefer not to use doctors, medicine, or
immunizations. Christian Science Practitioners are used to help people through the
false reality of illness.
Proper prayer and training are employed to battle the "non-reality" of illness.
They have no ordinances like the Lord's Supper or baptism.
Church services are interspersed with Bible reading and readings from Science and
Mary Baker Eddy is highly regarded as a revelator of God's word, almost equal to
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