What is Christian Science?

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Core Concepts of Christian Scientists

Christian Scientists acknowledge one infinite God who is All and all-good. We understand that God is not distant and unknowable, but that God is all-encompassing and always present, and that each individual is loved by God, cared for by Him/Her, and made in God’s image—spiritual, not material.

Christian Scientists look to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible for inspiration and accept Christ Jesus to be the Son of God, or promised Messiah. And believe that Jesus’ teachings and healing work expressed scientific Christianity, or the application of the laws of God—laws that are still practical and provable today, by anyone, anywhere. Christian Scientists consider the Commandments, as well as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, to be central to their lives and practice of Christianity.

Above all, Christian Scientists believe in the saving, healing power of God’s love—that no one is beyond redemption, that no problem is too entrenched or overwhelming to be addressed and healed. In other words, Christian Scientists don’t believe that salvation only occurs at some point in the future, but that the presence of God’s goodness can be experienced here and now—and by everyone.


The practice of our faith, Christian Science, is an everyday activity. It occurs thought-by-thought. We understand that to think and live from a spiritual standpoint changes and improves everything — health, ethics, relationships.

Our practice is grounded in daily Scripture study and prayer. Students of Christian Science around the world read a common weekly lesson comprised of passages from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. These lessons encourage us to emulate Jesus’ works, to move beyond cherishing his words or personality, to doing the works he did and taught others to do. And, “doing the works” of Christ Jesus includes healing – healing of mind and body.

Download an ecumenical white paper, “Self-Understanding of Christian Science.”


Find out more about Christian Science and the worldwide activities and publications of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

Talk with a Christian Science Practitioner

If you’d like to talk with a practitioner about the possibility of healing in your life, you can contact any of these men and women who have dedicated themselves to the full-time practice of Christian Science healing.

Christian Science Nursing Care

Christian Science nursing is a practical, spiritual ministry that actively supports an individual’s decision to rely on Christian Science for healing. Nurses provide skillful, practical assistance and care —  with compassion, wisdom, and prayer — to meet individual needs. Find a Christian Science Nurse near you.

Christian Science Nursing Facility

Daystar is a Christian Science nursing facility, located in the Ft. Lauderdale area, offering non-medical nursing care for those who are working with a Journal Listed Christian Science practitioner and relying on prayer for healing.

History of Naples Church Community

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Naples, Florida, incorporated under the corporation laws of the State of Florida in 1960, and amended in 1991, is an authorized branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. This Church acknowledges the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, as its only Pastor. It recognizes Mary Baker Eddy as its revered Leader; affirms its loyalty and devotion to the Cause of Christian Science; agrees to support the Board of Directors of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, in their obedience to the Manual of The Mother Church; and shall uphold a democratic form of government as stated in the Magna Charta of Christian Science:

“The Magna Charta of Christian Science means much, multum in parvo,—all-in-one and one-in-all. It stands for the inalienable, universal rights of men. Essentially democratic, its government is administered by the common consent of the governed, wherein and whereby man governed by his creator is self-governed. The church is the mouthpiece of Christian Science, —its law and gospel are according to Christ Jesus; its rules are health, holiness, and immortality,—equal rights and privileges, equality of the sexes, rotation in office.”  (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, page 254:21-3 by Mary Baker Eddy)

Not in Naples?

You’ll find Christian Science churches around the world. Find a church near you.