First Church of Christ Scientist - Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted by: Lord Mot
N 40° 45.755 W 111° 52.843
12T E 425664 N 4512775
Quick Description: Located on 300 South in Salt Lake City
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 6/23/2011 10:56:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMBVG0
The First Church of Christ Scientist in Utah was organized in Salt Lake City on July 17, 1891. The Church, designed by architect Walter E. Ware, was constructed of brick and kyune sandstone. Dedicated on November 27, 1898, the building is the oldest Christian Science Church in Utah and one of the oldest continuously used Christian Science Churches in the world.
About the religion:
The church was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 following a personal healing in 1866, which she claimed resulted from reading the Bible. She called this experience "the falling apple" that led to her discovery of Christian Science. She was convinced that: "The divine Spirit had wrought the miracle — a miracle which later I found to be in perfect scientific accord with divine law." She spent the next three years investigating the law of God according to the Bible, especially in the words and works of Jesus. The Bible and Eddy's textbook on Christian healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, are together the church's key doctrinal sources and have been ordained as the church's "dual impersonal pastor".
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, is widely known for its publications, especially The Christian Science Monitor, a daily newspaper published internationally in print and on the Internet. Skeptics consider the religion to be controversial due to adherents' reliance on healing through prayer and their rejection of medicine. There have also been periodic tensions with both mainstream and fundamentalist Christians, who think the religion is aligned with Gnosticism or is a cult, and fault it for departing from traditional Christian doctrine. Of particular issue is the deity of Jesus, which Christian Science denies; and a view that Christian Science does teach, that God is not the creator of finite existence and its concomitant suffering, sin and death.
The church building, Huntington Ave., Boston, 1900The Church of Christ, Scientist is sometimes confused with the Church of Scientology, an unrelated organization founded about 75 years after Christian Science. It is also sometimes confused with Religious Science, a recent denomination in line with the New Thought tradition.
The seal of Christian Science is a cross and crown with the words, "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons," and is a registered trademark of the church.
Marker Name: First Church of Christ Scientist
Marker Type: City
National Register of Historic Places
Utah Historic Site
Division of State History N-120
County: Salt Lake
City: Salt Lake City
Group Responsible for Placement: Division of State History
Marker Number: N-120
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Date Dedicated: Not listed
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