The Bible and the Christian Science textbook (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy), are our only preachers.
Christian Science churches do not have clergy in the traditional sense. Instead, the members of each church elect a First and Second Reader from their congregation, to read specific passages from the Bible and Science and Health. Each week a different selection of passages (called Lesson Sermons), are provided in the Christian Science Quarterly. These same passages are read in all Christian Science churches throughout the world in their Sunday Services on the same day.
What is Christian Science?
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defined it as:
“the law of God, the law of good” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 1).
In Christian Science, God is understood to be infinite Love, always present in our lives, loving, guiding and caring for us at all times. We also believe that God created us in "His image and Likeness" (see Genesis chapter 1). We understand this to mean that man (male and female) are the reflection of God: spiritual and holy, expressing God's nature. Learning how to understand and apply this truth through prayer has the power to heal, redeem, and restore anyone. This is why healing is so central to our church.
Christian Science is rooted in the Scriptures, and particularly the teachings of Christ Jesus - showing us how to take the inspired and spiritual Word of the Bible as a guide for life today. It explains the Science (or spiritual laws of God), that enabled Jesus to heal. These same laws are still available today.
To learn more about Mary Baker Eddy and her discovery of Christian Science, her seminal work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and the church she founded, visit christianscience.com
Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was asked if Christian Scientists had a religious creed. She answered, “They have not, if by that term is meant doctrinal beliefs” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 496–497). She provided some tenets—or key points—that briefly summarize the teachings of Christian Science; they are rooted in the Bible.
Tenets of Christian Science:
As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God's image and likeness.
We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.
We acknowledge Jesus' atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man's unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.
We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.
And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.