First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe.

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 313

What is Christian Science?​

Christian Science was discovered and founded by Mary Baker Eddy “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.” (Church Manual, p. 17)  The import of that mission statement is that the Christian healing Jesus demonstrated centuries ago is possible, even today. 

Mary Baker Eddy was a devout Bible student who was convinced that Jesus was speaking for all time when he said "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;" (John 14:12) 

A healing she experienced while reading her Bible caused her to want to understand what was behind the healing.  This led to her discovery of divine laws underlying Jesus' healings, and she documented her discovery in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  


Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Christian Science and listen to first-hand accounts of healing. Learn more.


Tenets of Christian Science

When asked if Christian Scientists had any religious creed, Mary Baker Eddy responded: "They have not, if by that term is meant doctrinal beliefs. The following is a brief exposition of the important points, or religious tenets, of Christian Science: 

  1. As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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."

                 Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy


Find out more

You are welcome to stop by the Christian Science Reading Room in Laguna Beach to learn more about Christian Science and the many resources available.

If you are seeking healing and spiritual growth through prayer, you may call on Christian Science practitioners listed in The Christian Science Journal

If you are interested in learning about Primary Class Instruction (a two-week course of instruction on how to heal), contact an authorized Christian Science teacher to learn more about it.

Historical sketch

Read a brief history of our church in Laguna Beach.


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