18 Facts About Christian Science


Christian Science is a set of beliefs and practices associated with members of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Church does not require that Christian Scientists avoid medical care—adherents use dentists, optometrists, obstetricians, physicians for broken bones, and vaccination when required by law—but maintains that Christian Science prayer is most effective when not combined with medicine.

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Several periods of Protestant Christian Science revival nurtured a proliferation of new religious movements in the United States.

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New Thought and Christian Science differed in that Eddy saw her views as a unique and final revelation.

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Later she suggested that Christian Science was a kind of second coming and that Science and Health was an inspired text.

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Eddy's Science and Health reinterprets key Christian concepts, including the Trinity, divinity of Jesus, atonement, and resurrection; beginning with the 1883 edition, she added with a Key to the Scriptures to the title and included a glossary that redefined the Christian vocabulary.

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Christian Science's saw Jesus as a Christian Scientist, a "Way-shower" between humanity and God, and she distinguished between Jesus the man and the concept of Christ, the latter a synonym for Truth and Jesus the first person fully to manifest it.

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Christian Science's married again, and her new husband promised to become the child's legal guardian, but after their marriage he refused to sign the needed papers and the boy was taken to Minnesota and told his mother had died.

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Christian Science's was later accused by critics, beginning with Julius Dresser, of borrowing ideas from Quimby in what biographer Gillian Gill would call the "single most controversial issue" of her life.

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One of the most prominent examples was Mark Twain, who wrote a number of articles on Eddy and Christian Science which were first published in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1899 and were later published as a book.

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However the number of Christian Science churches continued to increase until around 1960, at which point there was a reversal and since then many churches have closed their doors.

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The Christian Science Monitor remains a well respected non-religious paper which is especially noted for its international reporting and lack of partisanship.

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Christian Science's concludes, Fraser writes, by asserting that disease is a lie, that this is the word of God, and that it has the power to heal.

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Christian Science practitioners are certified by the Church of Christ, Scientist, to charge a fee for Christian Science prayer.

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Philosopher Margaret P Battin wrote in 1999 that the seriousness with which these testimonials are treated by Christian Scientists ignores factors such as false positives caused by self-limiting conditions.

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Those raised by Christian Science Scientists include jurist Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Henry Fonda, James Hetfield, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams, and Elizabeth Taylor.

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Actor Anne Archer was raised within Christian Science; she left the church when her son, Tommy Davis, was a child, and both became prominent in the Church of Scientology.

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Christian Science Publishing Society publishes several periodicals, including the Christian Science Monitor, winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes between 1950 and 2002.

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