Because Reasons to Believe (RTB) seeks to integrate science and the Christian faith, we are sometimes asked how we differ from the religion of Christian Science.
Christian Science is a religious sect founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. The sect’s official name is The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Eddy’s teachings are set forth in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and these teachings clearly stand outside of historic Christian orthodoxy. Christian Science teaches a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism, with an emphasis on “healing.” For example, Christian Science denies the existence of matter, rejects the reality of evil and suffering, and teaches that God is an impersonal principle.
RTB is an apologetics organization that affirms the doctrinal truths of historic, orthodox Christianity. For RTB’s distinctive beliefs, see Our Mission & Beliefs.