Christian Science response on Barbara Ehrenreich published in the Guardian

The ghost of Barbara Ehrenreich’s mis-portrayal of Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy seems to want to haunt the discussion on health and healing for many moons to come.  This spectre of the inaccurate description of Christian Science and its founder in “Smile or Die” (“Bright-Sided” in the USA) can be seen in the recent Hadley Freeman article on the healthcare choices of tennis star Martina Navratilova.  The Guardian graciously printed a responsive letter to the article’s CS/MBE content in hard copy and web editions of the esteemed, now global, newspaper.  The electronic version includes links to christianscience.com and marybakereddylibrary.org which were input by the Guardian editors.  This sets a great example that links inserted into a piece on a religious way of life can/should be back to source material.

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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  1. “She’ll be right mate” ~ Is Christian Science healing about positive thinking? | Christian Science in New South Wales Australia - June 2, 2011

    [...] As spokesperson for Christian Science in New South Wales, and a Christian Science practitioner, I talk about this scientific system of health care.  I’ve realized that some people reckon it’s about “mind over matter” or “positive thinking”, including academic authors like Barbara Ehrenreich for one, in her book “Smile or Die!”.  Tony Lobl addresses the latter thoroughly in his article, and the corrections were also published in ‘The Guardian’ (article). [...]

  2. “She’ll be right, mate” ~ Is Christian Science healing about positive thinking? | Media and Christian Science in Queensland - June 5, 2011

    [...] As spokesperson for Christian Science in New South Wales, and a Christian Science practitioner, I talk about this scientific system of health care. I’ve realized that some people reckon it’s about “mind over matter” or “positive thinking”, including academic authors like Barbara Ehrenreich for one, in her book “Smile or Die!” Tony Lobl addresses the latter thoroughly in his article, and the corrections were also published in ‘The Guardian’ (article). [...]

  3. Guest post:“She’ll be right mate” ~ Is Christian Science healing about positive thinking? | Christian Science in Victoria - June 13, 2011

    [...] As spokesperson for Christian Science in New South Wales, and a Christian Science practitioner, I talk about this scientific system of health care.  I’ve realized that some people reckon it’s about “mind over matter” or “positive thinking”, including academic authors like Barbara Ehrenreich for one, in her book “Smile or Die!”.  Tony Lobl addresses the latter thoroughly in his article, and the corrections were also published in ‘The Guardian’ (article). [...]

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