Beliefs & Teachings

When Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was asked if Christian Scientists had a religious creed, she responded: “They have not, if by that term is meant doctrinal beliefs” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 496–497). She did, however, outline a few brief tenets—or key points—that succinctly summarize the essential points of Christian Science, all of which are rooted in the Bible.

Tenets of Christian Science
How is it Christian and Science?

Christian Science and its healing ministry rests entirely on the affirmation from the Bible that “God is love” (I John 4:16). Those who practice it strive to live the bold, compassionate, pure, generous love that Christ Jesus embodied and taught in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). This is the heart of its Christianity.

Christian Science is also a science because God is understood to be unchanging Love—the infinite Principle that is constant, universal, inclusive, eternal, the only true power and source of all good. It explains the spiritual laws of Love that enabled Jesus to heal sickness and sin. This divine Science also answers our fundamental questions about evil, reality, and eternal life. And as the word science implies, it is reliable, consistent, and provable, bringing healing to individuals and humanity through a deeper understanding of God.

"What is Christian Science?" brochure

This new brochure provides basic information about the theology and practice of Christian Science and the activities of The First Church of Christ, Scientist and its publications.

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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is Mary Baker Eddy’s primary work, which contains the full explanation of Christian Science and its biblical foundation for spiritual regeneration and healing.

The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the foundation for the theology and practice of Christian Science. For Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science flowed out of an inspired understanding of the Bible, which illumined the divine laws behind spiritual healing

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