Christian Science

noun
  1. a system of religious teaching, founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy and based on the Scriptures, the most notable application of which is the practice of spiritual healing.

Origin of Christian Science

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Historical Examples of christian science

  • The Christian-Science "boom," proper, is not yet five years old; yet already it has two hundred and fifty churches.

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    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • And, indeed, one may go further and assert with little or no exaggeration that it is a Christian-Science monopoly.

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    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Christian-Science testimony is generally foggy, generally diffuse, generally garrulous.

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    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Some days later, the family library—Christian-Science books—was lying in a deep-seated window.

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    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Animals sometimes become sick; could they be cured by Christian-Science methods?


British Dictionary definitions for christian science

Christian Science

noun
  1. the religious system and teaching of the Church of Christ, Scientist. It was founded by Mary Baker Eddy (1866) and emphasizes spiritual healing and the unreality of matter
Derived FormsChristian Scientist, noun
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christian science in Culture

Christian Science

A religion based on the teachings of Jesus. It was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in the nineteenth century. Christian Scientists believe that sickness and sin are not ordained by God and can be overcome by prayer and understanding.

Note

Christian Scientists are known for refusing to accept medicine or treatment by doctors. However, a Christian Scientist's decision to dispense with medical treatment is left to the individual believer and is not dictated by church policy.
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