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What’s the deal with chronic pain, God?

A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God’s divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me. When I was a kid and ill my parents comforted me. They did all they could to help me. And later they would celebrate my recovery. So […]

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World AIDS Day: ‘Neither do I condemn you’

The following excerpt is from a blog published in the Washington Post to commemorate World AIDS Day, 1 December, 2012: Compassion for those who are HIV positive is crucial. Yet compassion by sufferers could also be vital. Recent research found that “holding a compassionate view of others” is one of four spiritual/religious attitudes that were “significantly related […]

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And the Golden Globe award for crusading atheist goes to….Ricky Gervais?

You have to hand it to British comedian Ricky Gervais, he is nothing if not an equal opportunities offender. At the Golden Globe awards he managed to insult the cream of Hollywood Society. But Ricky Gervais also has another string to his bow. He is an atheist. There is nothing wrong with holding that conviction […]

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Christian Science – a gift to mother and child

At Christmas time, celebrating the birth of the infant Jesus, it is natural to think about children.  Even in more secular celebrations of Christmas, centred around gift-giving, children tend to be the main focus of attention. Many parents around the world feel that Christian Science is among the greatest gifts they have been able to […]

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R U looking 4 a deeper dive into the digital (and actual!) nativity story?

There is a really cool, jazzy video of the nativity doing the rounds on Facebook. It has already been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube…three of them by me!  In case you have missed it, here is The Digital Story of the Nativity: I crack up each time I see that click on the […]

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100 years on: recalling a recent perspective on Mary Baker Eddy from a contemporary scholar…

Next in a “100 years on, and still going strong” series, we follow our 100 reflections appreciation of Mary Baker Eddy’s life and ideas 100 years after her passing with a glance back to an article from earlier this decade… A few years ago, Radcliffe Biography Series author of Mary Baker Eddy, Gillian Gill, shared some of […]

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“The Nativity” – a compelling BBC drama scripted by Tony Jordan.

“The Nativity” – which airs in half-hour segments on BBC 1 at 7pm from Monday December 20 to Thursday December 23 - is a drama that is beautifully filmed and acted.  It has a classy screenplay by award-winning East Enders and Life on Mars writer Tony Jordan which, you could say, is ably adapted from an original script by…God! […]

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Don’t shoot the (good news) blogger!

Today’s blog is written by a new – and very welcome! – addition to the staff of our London Office of Christian Science Committees on Publication, Assistant District Manager Clare Harwood. Oyez, oyez, oyez!  It wasn’t always a happy lot for the town crier of old.  His role in Medieval England was to make public […]

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100 reflections on why Mary Baker Eddy’s life and ideas still resonate 100 years on!

My 100th blog as media and legislative representative for the Christian Science movement in the UK and the Republic of Ireland happens to coincide with a much more significant 100th anniversary commemoration.  It is 100 years today (December 3, 2010) since the passing of Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science. What is […]

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Brooklands FM Sunday Viewpoint – sifting the kinds of faith in “faith healing”

Susan Thomas, the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Surrey was the guest on “Sunday Viewpoint” on Brooklands FM last week.  She shared her thoughts about a different kind of faith, one that is based on spiritual law and a track record of experience, not on blind hope or resignation to the will of an […]

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