Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," written by Mary Baker Eddy was inspired by studies of the Bible she undertook in 1867 following a healing experience.cite book
last = Eddy
first = Mary Baker
authorlink = Mary Baker Eddy
title = [ Retrospection and Introspection]
publisher = Christian Science Publishing Society
year = 1892
id = ISBN 1-4219-6314-0
pages = TBD
] Although Eddy claimed to have first privately published biblical studies as early as 1862 (Eddy, 1934 : pp. viii:24-32), she wrote that her discovery of Christian Science, which inspired the book, took place in 1866.



The first edition was copyrighted in 1875 (Eddy, 1934 : p. ii) and went through more than four hundred revisions (Brosang, 1990 : p. 6) before Eddy's death in 1910. The copyright for "Science and Health" went through several renewals including a posthumous renewal in 1934 by the Christian Science Board of Directors (Eddy, 1934 : p. ii).

1971 to date

In 1971, at the urging of two Christian Scientists in the Richard Nixon administration, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman,Fact|date=February 2007 Congress extended the copyright on "Science and Health" by 75 years [ [ U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright Law: Chapter 3 ] ] . Following a legal suit brought by Dr. David James Nolan of United Christian Scientists, this was found "offensively" unconstitutional in 1987 (MBE Institute, 2000), and private distributions have subsequently appeared.

In Public Domain

"Science and Health" has been in the public domain since 1987.

Trade edition

During the 1990s, which saw other controversies including the attempted media ventures of the Christian Science Publishing Society and the publication of "The Destiny of The Mother Church", a trade edition was released which included an index and an unprecedented introduction by a church directorFact|date=February 2007. This unusual edition was marketed outside of the historical channels of individual distribution and Christian Science Reading Rooms.


"Science and Health" posits a wholly metaphysical view of Christianity in which sin, disease, and death are not of God, and are therefore not real. Further, it suggests that by striving toward a spiritual understanding of the world as God's perfect creation, these "false beliefs" are shed from our experience.


The book has three sections. The main section, which makes up the bulk of the book, comprises the first 500 pages. The second section, "Key to the Scriptures", examines parts of Genesis and Revelation and provides a Glossary of Eddy's metaphysical interpretations of commonly-used terms from the Bible. The final section, the last 100 pages, are testimonies of people who claim to have "been reformed and healed through the perusal or study of (the) book" (Eddy, 1934 : p. 600:4-5).


"Science and Health" encapsulates the teachings of Christian Science and Christian Scientists often call it their "textbook." At Sunday services, passages from the book are read along with passages from the Bible. Eddy called the two books Christian Science's "dual and impersonal pastor."cite book
last = Eddy
first = Mary Baker
authorlink = Mary Baker Eddy
title = Miscellaneous Writings
publisher = Christian Science Publishing Society
year = 1896
id = ISBN 0-87952-040-X
pages = 322:10

Chapter titles

The titles of the chapters are:
# Prayer
# Atonement and Eucharist
# Marriage
# Christian Science versus Spiritualism
# Animal Magnetism Unmasked
# Science, Theology, Medicine
# Physiology
# Footsteps of Truth
# Creation
# Science of Being
# Some Objections Answered
# Christian Science Practice
# Teaching Christian Science
# Recapitulation
# Genesis
# The Apocalypse
# Glossary
# Fruitage


cite book
last = Eddy
first = Mary Baker
title = Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures
publisher = The Christian Science Board of Directors
date = 1934

cite web
title = The Constitution and the Christian Science Textbook
publisher = Mary Baker Eddy Institute
date = 2000
url =
accessdate = 2006-10-15

cite book
last = Brosang
first = Ernest J.
title = A Christian Science Library: A Descriptive and Extended Bibliography
publisher = privately printed
date = 1990


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