FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Christian Science is the same as Scientology, right?
No. — Other than a similarity in name, the two have nothing in common.
Why is it called Christian Science?
It's Science because it's based upon a set of spiritual principles — laws relating to the nature of God and His creation — that can be applied with expected, consistent results.
Is Christian Science a Christian denomination?
Yes. — Christian Science is based on the Bible, and Christian Science Christians follow the teachings and ministry of Christ Jesus. The virgin birth, the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, the atonement of Christ, and so on, are central to Christian Science theology.
As a Trinitarian Christian denomination, Christian Science church members participate in various ecumenical activities at the National Council of the Churches of Christ.
Is it true that Christian Science Christians don't take medicine?
Generally, a Christian Science Christian's first choice is to rely on prayer for healing, and in most cases, this means a medical remedy is unnecessary.
There is no Biblical or church mandate to forgo medical intervention, nor do Christian Science Christians believe it's God's will that anyone suffer or die. A Christian Science Christian's decision to rely on prayer comes from trust in God, and from a conviction that God's care continues under every circumstance.
Is Christian Science the same as positive thinking?
No. — Positive thinking relies on the human mind or psychological techniques to think or effect a good result. Christian Science starts with God and the conviction that God's goodness embraces each of us, all the time.
Is Christian Science faith healing?
No. — Christian Science does not involve pleading with God to heal the sick and then accepting His will, good or bad. Nothing in Christian Science theology says it's God's will that anyone suffer, be sick, or die. Christian Science shows God to be entirely good, and therefore His will for each individual is only health and life.
Is Christian Science a cult?
No. — There is no brainwashing, mind control, or blind following of a leader. Christian Science Christians have a deep respect and appreciation for the church founder, Mary Baker Eddy, but they do not worship her.
What's a Christian Science practitioner?
Christian Science practitioners are individuals who are self-employed, who have completed a course in the ministry of Christian healing given by an authorized teacher of Christian Science, and who devote themselves full time to helping and healing others through prayer. While practitioners do not offer counseling, diagnosis, prognosis, or any physical manipulation or treatment, they do offer Christian Science treatment — as explained in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
What's involved in Christian Science treatment?
Christian Science treatment is the application of spiritual principles — who and what God is and what that means for each individual — to the specifics of any given situation. These spiritual principles, applied, have a tangible effect — restoring relationships, financial well-being, physical healing, and so on.
What do Christian Science nurses do? What are their professional skills and qualifications?
Christian Science nurses provide skillful, non-medical physical care for anyone relying on Christian Science for healing. Preparation for the professional practice of Christian Science often includes coursework provided by Christian Science nursing organizations, one-to-one training from an experienced Christian Science nurse, and/or experience with facility or private duty Christian Science nursing.