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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

Written by staff




Head of legislative and media affairs for the Christian Science Church in Massachusetts, and a Christian Science practitioner — someone who has devoted his or her life to professionally helping others through prayer.

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, 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.

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