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Along with Religious Science and Unity Church, Divine Science is one of the New Thought religions, although it is an offshoot of Christian Science.

Although the Church of Divine Science was founded by Malinda Cramer and Nona L. Brooks in 1888, the movement begins with Emma Curtis Hopkins, a student of Mary Baker Eddy. Hopkins once served as the editor of the Christian Science Journal, but she and Eddy parted ways over her more eclectic form of metaphysical idealism, moving on to become one of the principal founders of the New Thought movement. In 1887, Hopkins founded the Christian Science Theological Seminary in Chicago, which became a hub for New Thought ideology.

Nona Brooks was introduced to the teachings of Emma Hopkins through a third party, Mrs. Frank Bingham. Brooks attended Bingham's lectures and was testified that she was healed of a throat condition. Soon, she began to treat others and, along with her two sisters, Fanny Brooks and Aletha Brooks Small, she began to study and teach what would become Divine Science.

Simultaneously, Melinda Cramer was teaching something very similar in Denver. They joined together and founded the Home College of Spiritual Science in 1898, which they soon changed to Home College of Divine Science, and then the Divine Science College.

When Cramer died in 1907, the movement was headed by the three Brooks sisters.

Although it never grew into a major movement, Divine Science chapters were organized into the Divine Science Federation International in 1957, with its headquarters in Washington, DC. Today, there are Divine Science colleges in Denver and Washington DC, and satellite schools in Pueblo, Colorado and Roanoke, Virginia. Divine Science has churches in Denver and Pueblo, Colorado, Washington, DC, Greater Saint Louis, Roanoke, Virginia, San Antonio, Texas, San Jose, California, and perhaps some other locations.

In recent years, the Church has expanded its presence on the Internet to include some site-based churches. Northwoods Research provides promotional and informational materials online, and Symphony of Love offers weekly email study programs, free of charge, with an international reach. Other sites offer archived texts and audio recordings of prominent teachers of Divine Science.

The ideology of Divine Science is that of the mind sciences, which is that the perfect mind is God and that the presence of God in the universe is the only real and authentic presence there is. Therefore, sickness is illusory, and evil in the world or in the lives of people are the result of a lack of knowledge of the essential goodness of God. All that is required in order to rid yourself of sickness and evil is to develop the proper mindset.

In Divine Science, the key to salvation is to understand that spirit is the reality, and the key to atonement is the acceptance of unity.

Divine Science changes the meaning of atonement to at-one-ment, which signifies a unity or a state of being at one.

Physical healing may be achieved by ridding the mind of false concepts of evil.

The only true sin is that of ignorance.

The Christian concept of the Trinity is redefined in Divine Science. The Father is the source and cause of all goodness. However, in Divine Science, the source is not necessarily external to the human being. The Son is also an eternal, indwelling principle, which all people have the potential to realize. The Holy Spirit is the force that shows the way to the heavenly realm, which is that of self-realization.

Divine Science does not view the nature of the human being in the way that Christianity does. Humans are not sinful beings in the Christian sense of sin as a transgression against the will of God. In Divine Science, human beings have the capacity to achieve perfection, and that is the goal.

The goal of life is to achieve oneness with the divine. Once this is achieved, all evil will disappear and illusions will vanish.

The focus of this category is on the Divine Science movement, and any of its associations, federations, colleges, schools, or organizations. Purely informational sites, official or unofficial, are also appropriate for this category when Divine Science is the central point of its topics.

 

 

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