Are Christian Science churches still needed? For those who come expecting the equivalent of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven and get instead second-rate rockabilly, possibly not. Because a structure has a sign outside reading Church of Christ, Scientist, "it ain't necessarily so".
As we know, Mrs. Eddy gives us the definition of church briefly and clearly in Science and Health. An institution which calls itself a Christian Science church but fails to make a persistent and honest college try at demonstrating that definition is a sham. Sincere seekers of Truth have a right to expect the genuine article when they attend a Christian Science Sunday Service or Wednesday Meeting. To fail them is a betrayal, to be a fig tree which bears no figs.
Anyone can mouth uplifting words, but only unquestionable and legitimizing proofs and demonstration matter. A church deceptively padded with counterfeit substitutes isn't of much account in enriching poor humanity's affections, and neither is a publication bloated with soigne babble.