Christian Science is a Bible-based system of spiritual healing which is fully explained in
Mary Baker Eddy's book, Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures has been translated into 17 languages
Mary Baker Eddy
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts
Students of Christian Science follow the example of Christ Jesus in every aspect of daily living.
We believe physical healing is an outgrowth of spiritual progress. Members are always free to
choose any form of healing they prefer, but generally turn to prayer because they find it to be the
most effective method of treatment.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts,
and has branch churches around the world. A worldwide listing of Christian Science Churches is available
in the Christian Science Journal.)
Christian Scientists come from all walks of life and are happy to talk about their
faith when asked, but we don't proselytize. For us, a life well lived is the best example of our beliefs.
MARY BAKER EDDY (1821-1910)
Mary Baker Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and author of its foundational text,
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
Mary Baker Eddy was an influential American author, teacher, and religious leader, noted for her
groundbreaking ideas about spirituality and health, which she named Christian Science. She
articulated those ideas in her major work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
first published in 1875. In this book she explains what she understood to be the "science"
behind Jesus' healing method. As she saw it, his works were divinely natural, and repeatable.
Over the years Mary Baker Eddy taught her system of healing to hundreds of women and men who
in turn established successful healing practices across the United States and abroad. Known as Christian
Science Practitioners, today thousands of individuals around the world have dedicated their lives to the
full-time study and healing practice of Christian Science - including several here in Colorado Springs.
Four years after publication of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she founded The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston,
Massachusetts, which today has branch churches and societies around the world.
It is of note that Mary Baker Eddy made her discovery of Christian Science mid-way through her long
life, at a time when women could not vote and were generally barred from pulpits, seminaries,
and the medical profession. It was in 1908 at age 87, responding to "yellow" journalism (the tabloid
news of her day), that she started The Christian Science Monitor, designed "to injure no man, but
to bless all mankind." The Christian Science Monitor is now a leading international newspaper, the
recipient, to date, of seven Pulitzer Prizes.
HISTORY OF FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, COLORADO SPRINGS
Christian Science in Colorado Springs grew from an organized Christian Science Bible class in 1887
to forty-six charter members who organized Church of Christ, Scientist of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in
March 1892. In March 1898, the name was changed to the present one, First Church of Christ,
Scientist, Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1901 the present site at Cascade Avenue and Boulder
Street was purchased as a future building site.
Interior View of the Colorado Springs Church
The first service was held in the new edifice,
now the Sunday School, January 1908, with dedication 1914. (It may be interesting to note here that
the first organ the church had was a Kimball organ donated by Patty Stuart Jewett. Her husband
William Jewett - a friend of Colorado Springs founder General Palmer - named
a golf course after her. It was one of the first three golfing clubs in America!)
Upon incorporation in 1918, a charter
was granted by the State of Colorado. The present church edifice was attached to the original
structure in 1959 and dedicated November 1965 debt free.