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?

The Christian Science Church, also known as The Church of Christ, Scientist, was founded in 1879.  It is a Christian denomination with the Bible and especially Jesus’ teachings at the heart and soul of its practice.  In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, church Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, states: “Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.” This is the continuing mission of the Christian Science Church.


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


Frequently asked questions

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

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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