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Considering the connection between culture and belief.

Do we need a healthier view of hell?

A conversation with a group of believers convinced me that we need a much clearer view of what hell is and what it isn’t! I explain all, in my latest blog, posted on The Huffington Post under the title: “Our Belief In Hell Is One Helluva Belief”. Please click through to read it, and let me know what […]

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Do we actually need the historic Jesus?

“Blossom cross” by Tony Lobl The late, great Gil Scott-Heron poetically pointed out that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. It might be more accurate to say the revolution was not televised. Why the past tense? Because the revolution to end all revolutions arguably took place some 2000 years ago, when a carpenter’s son fomented a spiritual […]

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David Bowie – sincere seeker?

With the recent news of David Bowie’s passing I felt drawn to look a little deeper into his spiritual quest and found it as moving as his music through the decades. There’s more to the story than a blog can contain, and as with his art there were many transitions. So in my piece I’ve picked up on a couple of […]

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Bowie, my ‘O’ level and The Christian Science Monitor.

Thanks to David Bowie for just how much his music meant to so many of us for so long. One of my proudest moments as a teen was when I managed to sneak the lyrics of a song from his “Aladin Sane” album into my ‘O’ level English literature examination, using it to answer the poetry question. I passed! Later […]

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PODCAST: 20th century UK artists and ground breaking women politicians

I recently participated in a Mary Baker Eddy Library podcast. It focused on British students of Christian Science who were pioneering modern artists (Lucy Kent on Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Winifred Nicholson) and glass-ceiling shattering women parliamentarians (Robin Harragin on Nancy Astor, Margaret Wintringham and Thelma Cazalet-Keir). For my part, I was offering some perspective on Christian Science in the UK. […]

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One minute read – practising healing love

Today (Friday October 23) the Oprah Winfrey Network’s weeklong focus on our beliefs zeroes in on the question of religious and spiritual practice. My response? Identify with the wisdom of Yogi Berra and then point to Jesus as the higher example! To read this short piece on my practice, click here.

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From belief to faith, from faith to understanding…

How do you fill a seemingly “eternal black hole of despair” within you? That was the question facing Elizabeth Gilbert as divorce plunged her into deep depression. Her answer? In a moment of “revelation”, the “Eat, Pray, Love” author realized the “only thing that can fill an eternal hole is the Eternal.” She continued: “So […]

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Should we passively accept our mortality?

“Toward’s twilight” by Tony Lobl When it comes to dying, doctors don’t always take their own medicine. A poignant example is that of a highly respected clinician who was diagnosed with cancer and yet chose not to avail himself of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical treatment. Instead, he closed his practice and spent some quality time […]

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Independence Day greetings from across “the pond”!

Happy 4th of July to all the fabulous American followers of this website – whether you live at home or are an ex-pat! Have a spiritual and healthy Independence Day! (I took this photo during the sombre but holy 9/11 vigil at The Christian Science Church in Boston on September 14, 2001.)

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What happens when love takes a stand?

The Holocaust. The lowest point of man’s inhumanity to man. But amidst the horrific evil it spawned were occasional emissaries of extreme goodness. My dad, who survived the ravages of the Nazi genocide, used to tell me: “There is nothing so bad that something good will not come from it”. This, he assured me, was […]

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