Church of Christ, Scientist

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Church of Christ, Scientist grew out of the experiences, work, and writings of Mary Baker Eddy. It defines itself as Christian in essence, a major difference between it and most other "metaphysical" churches with which it is often compared.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 3,824 1,912 -
1929 4,848 2,424 -
1931 - - 202,098
1935 4,264 2,132 202,098
1936 - 2,113 268,915
1937 - 2,130 -
1946 - - 268,915
1992 0 2,500 -
1993 - 2,400 -
1995 - 2,400 -
1998 - 2,200 -
2002 - 2,000 -

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]


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