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Christian Science has been in San Diego County for over 100 years and there are now 15 churches or societies in the county and an informal group in nearby Tijuana.

The purpose of this web site is to help you find Christian Science services, Reading Rooms, and activities in San Diego County, with links to other websites that have more detailed information about Christian Science in general and Christian Science in other areas of Southern California and Mexico.

Christian Science is a system of religious thought and practice derived from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and the Bible. It is practiced by members of the Church of Christ, Scientist, as well as some others who are nonmembers. Its central texts are the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science & Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. In the textbook, she describes the teachings and healings of Jesus as a complete and coherent science which was demonstrated and proven through his healings. Mary Baker Eddy spent the two years prior to the publication of Science & Health documenting evidence for the healing of various diseases and other physical ailments. In the chapter "Fruitage," accounts of healing stated to be accomplished mainly by reading Science and Health are given (the chapter was appended to a much later edition than the original). Christian Science asserts that humanity and the universe as a whole are, in their true being, spiritual rather than material and that goodness and truth are real, whereas evil and error are illusory aspects of material existence. Christian Scientists believe that through prayer, knowing and understanding, all things are possible for good through God.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote that she learned the Christian Science method of healing as she recovered from an injury in 1866 after reading a Bible passage describing one of Jesus' healings. She believed that Jesus Christ's way of healing is available to all people, now as much as in biblical times. After this recovery, she studied the Bible for many years and documented her understanding in the Christian Science textbook titled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, copyrighted in 1875 and still in print today. The Bible and Science and Health are the foundation for Christian Science beliefs. "She concluded that Jesus was the practical demonstration of the spiritual power, a master healer who saved humans from sin, sickness, and death. His miracles were 'natural demonstrations of divine power,' a force available to any one with correct knowledge."

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