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Questions

Below are a few examples of frequently asked questions about Christian Science.  Click here for more questions and answers, including information about the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.  You will also find life stories of people who’s lives have been saved and transformed by Christian Science.

Christian Science is the same as Scientology, right?

No.  Other than a similarity in name, the two have nothing in common.  (Please see About Christian Science for further information on the healing system discovered by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866.)

Why is it called Christian Science?

It’s Science because it’s based upon a set of spiritual principles - laws relating to the nature of God and His creation - that can be applied with expected, consistent results.

Why do you call yourselves Christian?

Because Christian Science is based on the Bible, and Christian Scientists follow the teachings and ministry of Christ Jesus.  In fact, the virgin birth, the crucifixion, the resurrection and ascension of Christ Jesus, and so on, are all central to Christian Science theology.

Is it true that Christian Scientists don’t take medicine?

Generally, a Christian Scientist’s first choice is to rely on prayer for healing, and in most cases, this means that a medical remedy is unnecessary.  There is no biblical or church mandate to forgo medical intervention, nor do Christian Scientists believe that it’s God’s will that anyone suffer or die.  A Christian Scientist’s decision to rely on prayer comes from trust, not blind faith, in God, and from a conviction that God’s care continues under every circumstance.