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Find out more about Christian Science and spiritual healing

Welcome to the "Prayer That Heals" website, hosted by the Christian Science Churches in Southern California. These churches are part of the worldwide Christian Science movement.  The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. 



Christian Science is a Christian religion based on the Bible and the teachings of Christ Jesus.  It was founded by Mary Baker Eddy who wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures first published in 1875.

Based on the teachings of Jesus

You will find that Christian Science is a scientific system of spiritual healing based on the teachings of Christ Jesus.  Since the time of Jesus, Christians have turned to prayer for healing, not only of physical ailments, but of every kind of trouble.  For several hundred years after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, his followers healed as Jesus did by relying on God alone to sustain their life, health and well-being.  However, for various reasons, the practical elements of spiritual healing based on the laws of God became lost for nearly two thousand years.  


Christianity & spiritual healing today

While millions of people around the world continued to find solace and hope in the Bible, it wasn't until 1866 that a woman in New England, Mary Baker Eddy, discovered what she called the "lost element of healing" in the teachings of Jesus.  She explained her discovery in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which has brought healing to people of all faiths for over 100 years. She later established The Church of Christ, Scientist, which is designed in the words of its founder "to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing."  (Church Manual, p. 17) 


You are always welcome

If you are new to Christian Science, you will find our church services a quiet atmosphere for healing and spiritual growth.  Sunday services include Scriptural selections and a weekly Bible Lesson composed of citations from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  There is always an inspirational solo and the congregation joins in singing hymns.  Find a church.


Testimonials of prayers answered

If you're interested in healing, you are especially invited to attend Wednesday evening meetings, which include testimonials of healing given by the congregation each week.  The meetings open with readings from the the Bible and Science and Health on topics that range from understanding God to raising children or healing physical problems.

Understanding God's nature and man's relationship to Him brings healing in our individual lives, as well as in the community and the world.  View or read accounts of healing.



Here are some common questions about Christian Science beliefs. Choose the questions that interest you or see our responses to all of the questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have other questions, contact us.


  1. Is Christian Science Christian?

  2. What is Christian Science? Is it Scientology? Is it a cult?

  3. What makes Christian Science churches different from other Christian churches?

  4. Do Christian Scientists go to doctors or believe in medicine?

  5. Does Christian Science forbid medical care or attention? 

  6. Why don’t Christian Scientists drink or use drugs?

  7. Is Christian Science faith healing?

  8. How can I be healed?

  9. Why is "Science" part of your name?

  10. Why is Mary Baker Eddy called your "leader"?

  11. Do Christian Scientists ignore sickness, sin and death?

  12. Is Christian Science safe to use for healing children?

  13. Can both Christian Science and medical treatment be used?

  14. What do Christian Scientists think about salvation?

  15. How can we be "saved"?

  16. What does it mean to be born again?

  17. Why don't more people practice Christian Science healing?



More answer on Christian Science.com.  Q&A