So I decided to make this thread mainly because a lot of ignorant people confuse Christian Science and Scientology and I found that funny, but also because I am interested in hearing ESMB's thoughts on this particular group. Created by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, the Church of Christ, Scientist is a combination of New Thought and Christian theology, and its basic belief is that the material world is an illusion and thus problems can be healed (or at least alleviated) through prayer alone like in the Bible. The main difference between Christian Science and Scientology (beliefs aside) is that, unlike the latter, CS managed to get out of scandals relatively unharmed and it has maintained itself as a respected, or at least tolerated religion despite some deaths as a result of their questionable practices. Membership in the organization has been steadily declining because these ideas don't really appeal to people in the 21st century, but nobody seems to mention them, critically or otherwise. What do you guys think?