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Christian Science refocuses mission

The Boston Globe, January 5, 2009
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff

The leadership of the Christian Science Church, acknowledging declining membership and a series of unsuccessful ventures in recent years, is trying to calm and stabilize the small denomination and reemphasize its belief in spiritual healing.

Christian Science Healing, August 1, 2008
By Judy Valente, Producer

TIM O’BRIEN, guest anchor: The Christian Science Church, founded in the nineteenth century, teaches that physical affliction can be healed through spiritual means rather than medical procedures. Membership in the church has declined in recent decades, but some Christian Science practitioners, as they are known, still treat large numbers of people through spiritual healing. Judy Valente reports.

Letter to Daily Express, London UK, June 27, 2008
By Tony Lobl, Christian Science Committee on Publication, London, UK

Dear Editor:

It is unjust and inaccurate to say that the teachings of Christian Science condemn Aids as God’s revenge on the gay community (“Men who made Doris’s life hell”, 27 June, 2008).

Letter to The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2008
By Phil Davis, Spokesman, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Editor:

Your article “A Child’s Death and a Crisis for Faith” (Personal Journal, June 12) is a timely examination of an important issue.

Letter to ReporterNews.com, June 20, 2008
By Shellie Evans
Abilene, Texas, USA

Dear Editor:

As a member of the Christian Science Church in Abilene, I wanted to respond to the article, “Prayer vs. medicine: a child’s death and a crisis for faith,” which appeared June 20, 2008.

Response to washingtonpost.com column, June 11, 2008
By Phil Davis Spokesman, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts

There is nothing more tragic than the death of a child. There is nothing I can say to “explain away” or, somehow, excuse death. I’ve been a Christian Science practitioner for a long time now, and I’ve never seen death as anything ordained by God.

Fairfax New Zealand Limited, August 2007
By Ann Haydock, Christian Science Committee on Publication for New Zealand

Sir, Thank you for your article “Power of prayer offered as a cure” (Nelson Mail, July 25).

York Daily Record, April 2007
By Susan M. Lowenberg, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Pennsylvania

In your recent article, “Unlocking ‘The Secret’ Book” by Melissa Burke (York Daily Record, March 15), author Bruce Epperly talks about the New Age movement, stating that “the theories behind positive thinking and the ability of the (human) mind to change reality emerged in the 19th century with Christian Science.”

The Arizona Republic, March 2007
By Paul Grimes, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Arizona

The front-page article this past Friday by Anne Ryman was greatly appreciated (“Prayer helps sick patients, ASU prof says”).

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