The Church of Christ Scientist
by Rolf Witzsche

A church designed for healing. The Christian Science church is unique among churches. It presents a paradox in that it is not designed to promote a certain doctrine of faith, but is designed upon the principle of science which is to advance humanity's understanding of itself and its world and universe, wherewith to advance an heal itself..

The primary goal of its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, was to reinstate the element of Christ healing in the modern age, and this on a scientific basis. Christian Science was born on the wings of scientific discovery. Its church, which is designed to make scientific Christian healing accessible to everyday situations for healing, is designed to promote and advance the scientific and spiritual development of society. For this reason the church is structured in a totally different manner than virtually every other church. It performs no marriages, no ceremonies, no baptism, no burials. No provisions are made for these in its governing By-Laws contained in the "Manual of the Mother Church."

The Christian Science church is made up of two different organizational structures which perform different function. One of these is the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston Massachusetts, which performs the function of a central organization, supporting the field at large. The government of this church is neither democratic, nor autocratic, but is a constitutional government, governed by its By-Laws contained in the Church Manual. The government of this church is designed to be transacted by a self-perpetuating five member Board of Directors whose responsibility it is to carry out the functions defined in the Manual. Among the functions defined, is the function of operating a board of education, a board of lectureship, and to carry out the trusteeship for the Christian Science Publishing Society. Apart from this function, the church also operates a Sunday School and conducts regular Sunday services and Wednesday testimonial meetings.

So, what about marriages, then? Most people who are unfamiliar with Christian Science will be surprised to learn that the Christian Science church does not perform marriage ceremonies and legalities like any other Christian Church. The reason for this should be obvious when one realizes that the Christian Science church is the only church in existence that is science oriented and exists for scientific and spiritual development towards the infinite.  Instead of being dominated by rigid and narrow dogma, this church enables individuals to reach for the stars without limits imposed by rigid forms.

The Mother Church of Christ Scientist accepts individuals from around the world into membership, but this membership affords the members no privileges.  Its importance lies chiefly in the individual's own commitment to his or her self-development. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

 "Our baptism is a purification from all error. Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, - casting out error and healing the sick. Our Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God. Our bread, 'which cometh down from heaven,' is Truth. Our cup is the cross. Our wine the inspiration of Love, the draught our Master drank and commended to his followers."*(Science  and Health p. 35:19)

Rolf Witzsche

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