Christian Science Beliefs
Summary of Christian Science Beliefs
A summary of Christian Science beliefs begins with a brief history. The Church of Christ, Scientist (CCS), also known by its original name, The Christian Science Church, was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. Eddy claimed to have discovered the secret of "Divine Science" after being miraculously healed from a crippling accident. She began teaching her healing techniques and spiritual philosophy to anyone who was interested during the late 1860's, publishing her foundational book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (S&H), in 1875.
Christian Science Beliefs – The Theology
Christian Science uses the Bible, but interprets it in light of Eddy's metaphysical writings, particularly S&H.
The CCS uses impersonal synonyms for God and diminishes His personal nature as revealed in the Bible. Since God's essence is spirit or mind, and only that which reflects His nature is real, then matter does not really exist. Since matter doesn't exist and humanity reflects God's nature, then humanity isn't really made of matter. Therefore, man is not material; he is spiritual. Based on CCS doctrine, sin, death, disease, and pain are not real, but only illusions.
Therefore, salvation involves understanding and overcoming these false beliefs and realizing that we are divine spirit and mind.