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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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As far as healing in the area of social justice is concerned, Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science Church, established The Christian Science Monitor in 1908 as a daily international newspaper that was written and edited to address global issues that affect humanity toward the goal of healing them.
He continues to hold fast to his Christian Science beliefs.
No study has been done charting circulation and transfer among these groups, but when Gestefeld joined Eddy under her Christian Science banner, she brought with her a mystical religiosity bespeaking an esoteric background.
Since Christian Science holds that the true nature of all of God's children is the flawless, whole, spiritual likeliness of the divine, any form of disability is viewed as healable when one fully grasps his God-derived life as unrestricted and always active.
The publications and "Science and Health" can be studied at the Christian Science Reading Room of Studio City.
According to one of the Tenets of Christian Science .
In 1996, Children's Health Care is a Legal Duty (CHILD) filed suit challenging the payments because federal law singled out only Christian Science sanatoria for the assistance.
The Christian Science church also opposes medical diagnosis as much as it does medical treatment.
CHILD argued that Christian Science nursing cannot be a subset of medical care because it is done by unlicensed persons with no medical training and no supervision by physicians.
They believe Christian Science is infallible and validated by acts of healing.
It was a victim, according to Bridge, of economic recession, a competitive cable marketplace, and internal and external strife over how it fit into the Christian Science mission and financial picture.
By the time of her Southern California youth in the 1950s and 60s, the Christian Science of her mother and grandmother was an anachronism, a nineteenth-century religion whose central tenet - the rejection of medical materialism in favor of the idea that illness is based on false belief - evolved when the transfer of authority from the clergy to the medical profession (so natural to me as a child) was still a new idea.

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