Christian Science

Christian Science, officially called the Church of Christ, Scientist, is a religion that emphasizes physical healing through prayer and a recognition of the nonexistence of matter and illness. It was founded in the late 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy.

Christian Science should not be confused with Scientology. Despite a somewhat similar name, the two groups are completely different and have almost nothing in common.

Christian Science is perhaps best known for its news organization The Christian Science Monitor, which was founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, and its Christian Science Reading Rooms.

Christian Science References & Sources

    - "Christian Science." John R. Hinnels, ed., The Penguin Dictionary of Religions, 2nd ed. (Penguin Books, 1997).
    - "Christian Science." John Bowker, ed., The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (Oxford UP, 2000).
    - Official Website of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
    - Science and Health, as published online at

Christian Science Books

- Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
- Mary Baker Eddy, Poems by Mary Baker Eddy.
- Willa Cather, The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science (1909; U of Nebraska P, 1993).
- Gillian Gill, Mary Baker Eddy (Radcliffe Biography Series) (Perseus Books, 1999).
- Nancy Niblack Baxter, Mr. Dickey: Secretary to Mary Baker Eddy (Hawthorne, 2005)
- Stephen Gottschalk, Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism (Indiana UP, 2005).
- Robert Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery (1991).
- Robert Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Trial (1991).
- Robert Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authority (1991).
- Rennie B. Schoepflin, Christian Science on Trial: Religious Healing in America (Johns Hopkins UP, 2002).

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TitleChristian Science
UpdatedNovember 10, 2015
MLA Citation“Christian Science.” 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 25 Oct. 2016. <>