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Church of Christ, Scientist - Headquarters, Boston

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The First Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as The Mother Church, is the administrative headquarters and the mother church of the Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as the Christian Science church. Christian Science was founded in the 19th century in Lynn, Massachusetts, by Mary Baker Eddy with the publication of her book, Science and Health (1875).The First Church of Christ, Scientist, is located in the 14.5-acre Christian Science Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The center is owned by the church and contains the Original Mother Church (1894), Mother Church Extension (1906), Christian Science Publishing House, Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Administration Building, Colonnade Building, and Reflection Hall. There is also a reflecting pool and fountain.In accordance with the Manual of The Mother Church, the Mother Church is the only Christian Science church to use the definite article ("the) in its title. Branch churches are named "First Church of Christ, Scientist," "Second Church of Christ, Scientist," and so on, followed by the name of the city, in the order in which they were built in that city (for example, Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago).
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  • Just for the scenic view itself and the area around it. Lived in Boston before and went back with my other half and was one of the first places i brought her for a photo. Beautiful sight  more »
  • Didn't have time for a guided tour or to attend a Sunday service, but I was impressed with hand crafted architecture and the interior domed worshiping area. The kind lady that let us take a quick peek...  more »
  • This remarkable building is a Romanesque-style church, started in the late 1800s, situated on a 14-acre parcel in Boston's Back Bay area, near the Prudential building. The large outdoor reflecting poo...  more »
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  • This is a review of Christian Science, as it is practiced today, not of the physical "Mother Church", as the Board of Directors is completely unresponsive to serious problems that have caused the drastic drop in membership, the closing of branch churches and the number of Journal-listed practitioners to fall from over 12,000 in the 1950s to less than 1,300 today. The Journal, Sentinel and Herald publications are thin shadows of their former versions, which, in the past, were thick with thoughtful metaphysical articles and testimonies of healing. I have studied Christian Science for 40 years and have the greatest respect for Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy healed many people, usually very quickly, but had difficulty training her students to duplicate her success, though many early practitioners could do so, on occasion. Today, instead of treatment that brings healing, practitioners "support" the people who turn to them, with said "support" going on for days, weeks, months or even years, often with no healing, with many practitioners expecting payment even though they failed to effect healing. (My own mother died of cancer and congestive heart failure while being treated by a practitioner.) Some practitioners will grill a prospective "patient" as to whether they are Christian Scientists, how long they have been Christian Scientists, if they are members of "The Mother Church" and a branch church, and do they read the daily Lesson, before they will agree to give "support", something Mrs. Eddy never did or advocated. Though I have had near instantaneous healing of burns, headaches, minor illnesses and, amazingly, a fractured ankle, it was never through the efforts of a practitioner. When I turned to practitioners for healing of nearsightedness having gotten to the point where I needed tri-focals (which made me nauseous), I was told things completely at odds with Mrs. Eddy's teaching, the two most bizarre being "Stop feeling sorry for yourself and just get glasses" and "Get a seeing-eye dog!" With great sadness, I, as many others have done, have resigned my membership with "The Mother Church" and will not return. Only through the revival of "instantaneous cure", as demanded by Mrs. Eddy herself, will Christian Science grow again. She warned her students about this several times, but her warning is falling on deaf ears.
  • A beautiful piece of architecture and a testament to what can be accomplished if a group of people work together. It is beautiful inside and out and connected to one of the most important women in American History. Definitely something to see if you're in Boston. Wizard of Where
  • Good tour given by the church volunteer. The architecture was fantastic.
  • Spacious and beautiful. Great spot to people watch and relax near the fountain and infinity pool.
  • This church is very beautiful with a giant dome and lots of seating. The staff is very kind and will give you a tour or just let you wander through. It looks very serious and elegant, but has some cute toys and chairs in the back for kids that show it has personality too.