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Christian Science

a religious system founded in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy
Etymology: 1821-1910
based on the metaphysical teachings of Phineas P. Quimby. It holds that healing should be achieved through spiritual means, that sickness and death are illusions resulting from a false sense of separation from God.

Christian Science

A religious and healing doctrine established in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy (1824–1910), Christian Science therapy for the sick consists of “heartfelt, yet disciplined prayer” by members of the Christian Science Church in lieu of drugs or measures used in mainstream medicine to alleviate pain.

Christian Science impact on medicine 
• Christian Science parents may override a physician’s medical judgement in the care of minor children, with potentially fatal consequences. 
• Christian Scientists are difficult to treat, especially as unconscious victims of trauma, as they may refuse therapy (e.g., blood transfusion) deemed appropriate by conventional medical standards; if such therapy is administered, the team may be charged with assault and battery.
• Religious exemption statutes may allow healers to perform their services without liability and at standards of practice at variance to those expected of physicians. 
• Healing has been billed to insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid.
• Longevity studies have shown that Christian Scientists have a shorter lifespan than age- and education-matched non-Christian Scientists, despite not smoking or drinking alcohol.

Christian Science

A system of religious teaching based on Christian Scientists' interpretation of Scripture, founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy. The system emphasizes healing of disease by mental and spiritual means.

Christian Science,

n a Christian denomination that teaches that the healing powers of Christ are available to all because the divine mind is the source of all health. Disease is illusory and is based upon wrong perceptions of divine mind. A radical reliance on this mind instead of on medicine is what is needed to heal in cases of illness. Also called
Church of Christ, Scientist.
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In 1888 she received a letter from a Chicago Christian Scientist complaining that there was still "such a mixture of Science and Theosophy here in the west," adding that her own teacher had instructed her that "Theosophy and Buddaism was not what were seeking for, but the perfect Truth as it was taught by Christ.
2) Were Paul with us today, he might have amended his comments to describe the one body as having "Catholic or Orthodox, Lutherans or Christian Scientists," yet we could still each bear witness, regardless of religious affiliation, to drinking "of one Spirit.
Eddy was undeterred; Gilbert Eddy had died from the effect of negative mesmeric forces--later Christian Scientists called it malicious animal magnetism or "MAM"--directed at him by the movement's enemies.
In the case of Robyn Twitchell, it seems clear to most physicians that respecting the beliefs and choices of Christian Scientists meant that Robyn's right to life and his right to minimally adequate health care were jeopardized.
The author, a former Christian Scientist, reflects upon his early religious convictions, describes the disillusionment that followed, and attempts to make a case against the sect's spiritual healing.
His mother, Kathleen McKown, a lifelong Christian Scientist, prayed for him in accordance with her religious belief in spiritual healing without medical intervention.
Now all these years later, we have an appellate-level ruling saying the Christian Scientist practitioner has a duty to get medical help.
RESTEINER was a journal-listed Christian Scientist practitioner and many of his victims were members of the Church of Christ Scientist.
Japhet was founded in 1973 as an elementary school for the children of Christian Scientist, but religious instruction has never been part of its curriculum.
As indicated in the Indictment, RESTEINER was a journal-listed Christian Scientist practitioner.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,'' an enduring book on spirituality and healing, will be discussed by Christian Scientist Susan Cobb, 7 p.
It is evident that an Orthodox Jew, a Presbyterian, a Methodist, a Christian Scientist or an atheist who held the same public policy views as Pryor, and expressed them in a similarly provocative manner, would face exactly the same level of opposition.

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