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The First Church of Christ, Scientist, 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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  • The mirror of water near this church is any more "elegant". Large forecourt in front. Quite impressive with two times outdoors. Closed during my visit.
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  • The pools outside are scenic and we went inside to have a look. The greeting was friendly and we were shown around the original church and the much bigger modern one. It was interesting to learn some ...  more »
  • They got a great scenic spot that drew us in to check it out. Quite grand. We did the full walk around the water. Yes it's worth seeing and there's sometimes things going on outside here. 
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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.
  • Awesome ! Check out the maparium for sure.
  • It's an odd plaza for a church. Open, inviting and relaxing. Lots of people enjoying the grounds, kid's and adults with toy boats in the reflection pond and lots of people hanging around the fountain. There were even sunbathers, couples relaxing and lots of places to sit and be sociable. We took the tours. The Maparium changed my perspective of the planet Earth. The church history is a glimpse into an interesting period of history, a person and a movement/religion. I met nice inviting informative people, but nobody tried to convert me or witness to me. What I learned and experienced is consistent with what I have experienced with the ChristIan Scientists I know: open minded and inclusive. If you have been experiencing shopping overload at the nearby mall, you will enjoy some peaceful time at the plaza. Doing the Church thing is optional, but please visit the Maparium.