Q: Is Christian Science the same as Scientology?
A: No. Even though they sound similar, Christian Science and Scientology are not the same thing. Christian Science is a Christian religion based on the teachings of Jesus.
Q: Why is it called Christian Science?
A: It’s Christian because it is based on the teachings of Christ Jesus. It is Science because it is based on spiritual laws relating to the nature of God that heal.
Q: Who was Mary Baker Eddy?
A: A member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) was an influential author, teacher and religious leader. Her groundbreaking ideas on spirituality and health which she named Christian Science, are fully articulated in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
Q: Is it true that Christian Scientists don’t take medicine or go to doctors?
A: Generally, a Christian Scientist’s first choice is to rely on prayer for healing. Wanting the best possible care for themselves and their families, a Christian Scientist’s choice of prayer is based on the fact that Christian Science has been an effective form of healthcare for over 100 years.
Q: Are Christian Scientists free to seek medical treatment?
A: Yes. All health care decisions are up to the individual and not the mandates of the Church. Many Christian Scientists have found prayer to be a reliable means of healthcare.
Q: What do Christian Scientists mean when they talk about healing through prayer?
A: Prayer in Christian Science is rooted in the nature of God as good, and “a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46: 1). Through Christian Science, millions have learned that no problem is too big – or too small – for God.
Q: Is Christian Science faith healing?
A: No, it is not faith healing, positive thinking, or mind-over-matter. Christian Scientists do not believe that it is ever God’s will for someone to suffer or die.