Major World Religions Christian Sects Christian Science
About the Christian Science sect of Christianity, some of the history of the church, beliefs and meanings behind the religious tradition.
Christian Science is a system of spiritual healing and a religion based on the principles taught by Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), who, while suffering from an injury in 1866, experienced a remarkable recovery which she declared came about after reading how Jesus healed in the Gospel of St. Matthew. In 1875 she published Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and 4 years later, she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist.
According to Eddy, belief in the truths of the Bible makes it possible to heal the sicknesses of the body. God is spirit, and humans created in His image are also spirit; matter does not exist, nor illness, except as an illusion; a person can overcome sickness if faith is strong enough. What others call "death," Christian Science refers to as "only an incident in the dream of mortality."
The Church does not release membership figures.
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