Today, I read an online article in the Washington Post entitled: Is Scientology a religion? by Janet Reitman. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/is-scientology-a-religion/2011/07/17/gIQATEnSKI_blog.html. As the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Tennessee, I am constantly confronted with questions like, “is Christian Science the same as Scientology? or “do you know Tom Cruise?” I hear questions like this so often that I sometimes start my conversations with newspaper reporters or legislators by saying “now, I know you know Christian Science is not Scientology.” I can tell by the looks on their faces that they probably think they are one and the same. However, the only thing alike is that the names sound similar.
In the article, Ms. Reitman states in the second paragraph that there is no God in Scientology. Christian Scientists believe in a supreme God. The religion, Christian Science, is based on a set of spiritual principles or laws relating to the nature of God and His creation, that can be applied to any situation with an expection of a good outcome. Christian Science is based on the Bible and specifically the teachings and healing ministry of Christ Jesus.
There is no “positive thinking” in Christian Science because that suggests relying on a human mind to to get a good result. Christian Science starts with God and the conviction that God’s goodness embraces each of us, all the time. The article also suggests that Scientology is a cult. That is another great difference between Christian Science and Scientology. In Christian Science, there is no brainwashing, mind control or blind following of a leader. Christian Scientists do have a deep respect and appreciation for the Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, but they do not worship or deify her. Also, Christian Scientists are independent thinkers. And, the churches are run democratically by all members with no clergy or heirarchy.
For more information about Christian Science, please check out http://christianscience.com/. And, the next time you hear that Christian Science is the same as Scientology, you will know the two are far from the same!