The pastor of the Christian Science Church is two books:

  • The Bible
  • Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

“It is common for people to want to speak with a church pastor. The Christian Science pastor is available around the clock, because our pastor is not a person, but these two books.” *


“The Bible is central to the study and practice of Christian Science and its system of healing. Through the study of the Bible, Mary Baker Eddy found not only inspiration and guidance, but what she believed were the spiritual laws of health and healing that undergirded Jesus’ teachings and works.

“In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she writes, ‘The Bible has been my only authority,’ and ‘my only textbook,’ and ‘contains the recipe for all healing.’ She describes it as ‘the chart of life’” (Science and Health, pp. 126, 110, 406, 24). *


Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is Mary Baker Eddy’s primary work and the definitive textbook on Christian Science. It explains the scientific laws behind the teachings and healings of Christ Jesus.

“From the first chapter, ‘Prayer,’ to her exegeses of Genesis and Revelation, the author invites readers to deeply consider the allness of God, the perfection of man as God’s spiritual creation, and how an understanding of these facts brings healing—just as it did in biblical times.

“For over 135 years, readers have testified that reading and studying this book has given them a spiritual sense of the Bible and their permanent relationship to God, and has also resulted in physical healing and spiritual uplift.” *


“Christian Scientists regularly study Bible Lessons, published in the Christian Science Quarterly, which consist of correlated passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the basic texts for the study of Christian Science.

“Every day, Christian Scientists apply what they learn from their study in healing disease, injury, and all kinds of other problems, plus praying for the world.

“At the end of the week the Bible Lesson is used as the sermon in Sunday church services. There is a new Bible Lesson each week.” *

These two books, as well as the Bible Lesson-Sermon, can be studied and/or purchased in our Christian Science Reading Room at 2340 Chatsworth Boulevard, San Diego, California 92106.

* – The Bible and Science and Health