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FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST (ALSO KNOWN AS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE)

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Christian ScienceThe Cross and Crown motif encircled by the words of Jesus Christ is the symbol of the Christian Science movement. The motif is displayed on Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. This work together with the Christian Bible are the key holy books of the movement.




Mary Baker Eddy, an American author, teacher and religious leader, founded the Church of Christ, Scientist. She devoted her life to the practice of healing through prayer, resulting in a system she named Christian Science and described in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Christian Science regards itself as a Christian Church, while it indicates that it also has distinct beliefs. The Church subscribes to one God (who is Father and Mother) and to Christ as the Son of God. For Christian Scientists, Jesus Christ demonstrated that disease, sin and death have no ultimate reality in God's spiritual creation and can be healed on that basis.

It is estimated that there are about 400,000 students of Christian Science in over sixty countries worldwide. There is no ordained clergy. Members engaged in the full-time healing ministry are called Christian Science practitioners.