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Denominational Profile


The principles and practice of Divine Science were developed in the late nineteenth century through the work of Aletha Brooks Small, Fannie Brooks James, Nona Lovell Brooks (all sisters), and Malinda E. Cramer. When the sisters, who lived in Denver, Colorado, met Cramer, they all realized they had developed similar ideas independently. They joined forces in 1898 and organized the Divine Science College and the First Divine Science Church of Denver.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1935 25 22 7,000
1936 - 18 4,085
1937 - 26 7,000
1953 - 28 7,107

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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