The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston

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The First Church of Christ, Scientist is the administrative headquarters and 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 13.5-acre Christian Science Plaza 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 (1934), which houses the Mary Baker Eddy Library; Reflection Hall (1971); Administration Building (1972); and Colonnade Building (1972). 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).
Carol Norton, a student of Eddy's and a teacher of Christian Science, described the relationship between the The First Church of Christ, Scientist and its branch churches as similar to the relationship between the federal government of the United States and the individual states. In his short booklet entitled The Christian Science Movement, he states that branch churches are "congregational in government, and individual and independent in the conduct of their own affairs, yet all accept the Tenets of the Mother Church."
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  • I've toured the Mother Church of the First Church of Christ, Scientist half a dozen times, and love introducing family and friends visiting Boston to this beautiful site. I've long been interested in....  more »
  • While the mapparium is just okay I enjoyed exploring the plaza which includes the library, church and reflecting pool. The church appears to be under major renovation so I did not venture in though...  more »
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  • A beautiful contemplative experience. This is a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can feel the presence of the healing saving Christ.
  • The Mapparium is very interesting, but a very quick tour. There are many friendly guides willing to spend time & answer questions. The pipe organ is spectacular.

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