Definition of Christian Science noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Christian Science

BrE BrE//ˌkrɪstʃən ˈsaɪəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkrɪstʃən ˈsaɪəns//
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the beliefs of a religious group called the Church of Christ, Scientist, which include the belief that the physical world is not real and that you can cure illness only by prayer Culture Christian Science was started by Mary Baker Eddy in Boston, US, in 1879. She said that the mind is the only thing that is real, that the physical world is just an illusion (= false idea), and that suffering and death can be overcome by prayer alone. Christian Scientists do not take medicine or go into hospital, but talk to a Christian Science Practitioner who helps them deal with their illness. They have no priests, and their services are very simple, consisting of readings from the Bible and the works of Mary Baker Eddy, religious songs, and accounts of people who have been cured.
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