Christian Science, discovered by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866, is a universal, practical system of spiritual, prayer-based Christian healing, available and accessible to everyone.
Christian Science is explained in Mary Baker Eddy's text on spirituality and healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
Christian Science has helped many people find better emotional and physical health, answers to life’s deepest issues and progress on their spiritual journeys, as its website states.
Many Christian Scientists are members of The First Church of Christ, Scientist - see http://www.tfccs.com/ Membership in The Church is not a prerequisite for the practice of Christian Science.
The church has no ministers or bishops. Mrs Eddy ordained The Bible and Science and Health as its pastors. Readings from these books comprise the lesson-sermon studied daily and read on Sundays at Christian Science church services.
Healthcare decisions for Christian Scientists are always a matter of individual choice.
Basic ideas of Christian Science
God is our Father-Mother, supreme, divine Truth, Life, Love, Principle, Soul, Spirit, and Mind. The true nature of each individual as a child of God is spiritual. God’s infinite goodness, realized in prayer, heals - see http://www.tfccs.com/aboutchristianscience/ for more information.
The church's Publishing Society also publishes the monthly Christian Science Journal, the weekly Christian Science Sentinel (both containing verified testimonies of healing) and a daily Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.