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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 fact, the appearance of leading Muslim, Jewish and Christian scientists on the same platform will be such a charged event that one has to worry about whether it will be possible to find safe venues where the events can take place.
First, there was the "definitive" three-volume life published between 1966 and 1971 by Christian Scientist Robert Peel--weighing in with about a thousand pages of text supported by 250 pages of notes.
What Christian Scientists understand as doing what is best for their children physicians perceive as serious threats to the fundamental rights of those children.
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.
The bill received the strong support of Christian Scientists, some of whom opt for prayer over medical care.
Since Christian Scientists reject doctors and medicine, their religious beliefs absolve them from paying for this mandate.
Christian Scientists have long been active lobbyists for legal exemptions for parents who do not provide their children with medical care, and Peters documents their mixed success in legal contexts.
Many of these ventures in harmonization and integration can too quickly curtail legitimate debate and discussion and evade the essential character of our work as Christian scientists and professionals.
LOS ANGELES -- While the avian flu threat has governments stockpiling antiviral medications, scientists working on new vaccines, and infectious disease experts trying to detect and contain a virus, Christian Scientists are taking their own line of defense: prayer to prevent a pandemic and to heal those who are sick should an outbreak occur.
He also manages to alienate a prayer group of Christian Scientists by taking a cell-phone call in the middle of a meditation.
The reporter also stated that Christian Scientists do not believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world.
Balestra suggests reasoned stands such as: "Most Christian scientists hold that something like evolution, the common descent of the variety of life, has in fact occurred" (p.

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