Frequently Asked Questions
Christian Science and Scientology are the same, right?
Why is it called Christian Science?
It’s “Science” because it’s based upon a set of principles — laws relating to the nature of God and His creation.
Why do you call yourselves Christian?
Because Christian Science is based on The Bible, and Christian Scientists follow the teachings and ministry of Christ Jesus. The virgin birth, the crucifixion, his resurrection and ascension, as well as other Bible teachings, are all central to Christian Science theology.
Is Christian Science a cult?
No. There is no brainwashing, mind control, or blind following of a leader. Christian Scientists do have a deep respect and appreciation for the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, but they do not worship her.
Is it true that Christian Scientists don’t take medicine?
Generally, a Christian Scientist’s first choice is to rely on prayer for healing, and in most cases, this means that a medical remedy is unnecessary. There is no biblical or church prohibition of medical treatment, nor do Christian Scientists believe that “it’s God’s will” that anyone suffer or die.
A Christian Scientist’s decision to rely on prayer comes from trust, not blind faith, in God and from a conviction (based on personal experience) that God’s care continues under every circumstance.
What is a Christian Science practitioner?
Christian Science practitioners are self-employed individuals who have completed training in spiritual healing (given by an authorized teacher of Christian Science) and who devote themselves full time to helping and healing others through prayer.
Doesn’t the Christian Science Church provide such care?
No. Christian Science-based care is provided by individuals who practice Christian Science teaching. Just as some Catholic, Jewish, or Baptist care providers may integrate their faith in their delivery of care, Christian Scientist care providers such as Christian Science nurses and practitioners integrate their faith into their care. The Church (organization) does not function as a health care provider.
Is Christian Science the same as positive thinking?
No. Positive thinking relies on the human mind to think or affect a good result. Christian Science starts with God (the divine Mind) 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, get sick, or die. Christian Science shows God to be entirely good, and therefore His will for each individual is only health and life.
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: restored 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 skilled, non-medical, non-pharmaceutical care for anyone relying on Christian Science for healing. This care involves bathing, dressing wounds, assistance with mobility, feeding, and so forth.
Preparation for the professional practice of Christian Science nursing often includes coursework and certification by Christian Science nursing organizations, one-on-one training from an experienced Christian Science nurse, and/or experience with Christian Science care facilities or private-duty Christian Science nursing services.
What would you do if you broke your leg?
Many Christian Scientists would tell you they would instinctively turn to God for healing because they’d seen the effectiveness of this approach in the past. This, however, does not prevent any Christian Scientist from seeking medical treatment if they choose.
An adult choosing prayer and not medical care is one thing, but how can you make that decision as a parent for a child?
Christian Science parents are like any other parents — they love their children and want the very best care for them. They know they’re under a moral and legal obligation to ensure that their children receive effective (as in results matter!) care, and they make their choices based on the circumstances and their own experience with healing through prayer. Again, there is no prohibition of traditional medical care in Christian Science teachings.
What do you do in the case of communicable disease?
First and foremost, Christian Scientists are law-abiding citizens. They care about their neighbors and fellow community members and gladly abide by city and state laws or mandates regarding quarantines, vaccinations, and the like.
Why do you lobby for exemptions to health laws that allow you to keep your children from going to doctors?
Christian Scientists aren’t seeking exemptions from the law but recognition within it that there are, in fact, proven alternative health care options. They’re trying to ensure that laws provide every individual with a personal choice of health care, including the system of spiritual prayer that Christian Scientists have found to be so effective.
Do Christian Scientists carry health insurance or life insurance?
Some have health insurance, and most probably have life insurance. Every Christian Scientist makes his or her own financial and health decisions.