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On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, May 26, 2009; 3:33 PM ET

Q: What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

I think that depends, doesn’t it? It depends on whether the parents are getting results. Whether the child’s health and well-being are protected as a result of the parents’ choices. Isn’t this the sine qua non of parenting?

And yet, there is a need for real objectivity here. Isn’t this really a question about the efficacy of health care given to a child and not the type of health care? If the well-being and safety of a child are truly paramount, then the type of health care used should not be a question as long as that health care system is reliable and has a significant track record of effective healing. To pronounce all of spiritual healing to be dangerous and ineffective without a fair and impartial examination is the very definition of prejudice. And doesn’t that lead us away from what is truly best for children?

There’s a bottom line for me when it comes to care for children: Results matter!

On Faith Panel
Washington Post, March 25, 2009; 2:29 PM ET

By Phil Davis, Manager Christian Science Committees on Publication

If you want to know if the devil exists, look at today’s headlines. It sure seems that way, doesn’t it? Genocide, corruption, disintegrating economies, well, the list of the bad and the ugly goes on and on.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, March 19, 2009; 9:36 AM ET

Q: The new American Religious Identification Survey says fewer people are calling themselves Christians or identifying with particular denominations, and more people are claiming no religion at all. Are you concerned? Is America losing its religion?

By Phil Davis, Manager Christian Science Committees on Publication

 Whenever I hear statistics like these, I ask myself, “Are people becoming less interested in understanding their relationship to God? Or are they becoming less interested in hearing someone else tell them what their relationship to God should be?”

TIME, Thursday, May 14, 2009
By Amy Sullivan, Editor

Lobbying may be the one remaining recession-proof industry, and as Washington prepares for a summer-long debate over how to reform health care, lobbyists for every conceivable interest group have camped out in congressional anterooms to press their case.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, April 22, 2009; 12:17 PM ET

Q: How would you respond to radical Muslim clerics in northwest Pakistan — now under Islamic law — who are calling for expansion of Islamic law across the entire federal republic of Pakistan. Should any nation be governed by religious rules?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication
 

Reports from the Swat Valley of Pakistan reveal a state of affairs that most would characterize as horrifying: bombings, attacks on girls’ schools, and an escalating reign of terror in the name of religious law.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, April 15, 2009; 10:06 PM ET

Q: What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that “the United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam” and that “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation”?
 

By Phil Davis, Manager Christian Science Committees on Publication

 First, I think it is very important to quote the whole of the statement that President Obama made at a press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, which is, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We are a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

I am comfortable celebrating a nation “bound by ideals and a set of values,” most of which I would consider to be Christian, but none of which should be considered exclusively so. As a Christian, I firmly believe that all the moral and spiritual direction humanity needs is identified in, and promoted by, a proper understanding of the Bible’s teachings. However, I do not feel that Christians have a monopoly on either recognizing God’s direction or living according to the good values which that divine direction promotes.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, April 2, 2009; 9:10 AM ET

Q: A Baltimore mother accused of joining a cult and starving her child says she was acting on her religious beliefs. What’s the difference between extreme religious conviction and delusion? Between a religion and a cult?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

This is not just a question about conviction or delusion. It is also and primarily a question about the safety and well-being of children. I have spent my life devoted to the practice of spiritual healing as taught in Christian Science. I love my faith, but when it comes to children there is a serious responsibility to prove that such a system heals quickly and effectively.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, March 10, 2009; 1:59 AM ET

Q: Who Would Jesus Heal, and How?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

I can’t speak to the political questions surrounding stem-cell research, but let me tell you how I approach this — and issues like it — in my own thought. The stem cell controversy wouldn’t exist if some very serious incurable diseases were not at the center of it. That’s what matters to me — how we find solutions to diseases that continue to plague us all.

Standard-Times (New Bedford, Massachusetts) February 7, 2009
By Linda Andrade Rodrigues, Staff Writer

What is Christian Science? Is it a religion? Is it faith healing? What do Christian Scientists mean when they talk about healing through prayer?

Worcester Magazine, Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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