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On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, March 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? When does it cross the line into manipulation and coercion?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

For many of us, proselytism is a loaded word like “crusade,” “righteous,” or “conquer” – it has such strong historical and ideological implications that it most often seems to be used in a negative context. It therefore requires a good amount of objectivity to ask ourselves, when speaking of organizations or individuals proselytizing anywhere in the world, at what point and to what extent do those on the receiving end lose in the process of proselytism?

On Faith Guest Voices
The Washington Post, March 5, 2010; 1:46 PM ET

By Gary Jones, Manager, Federal Office, Christian Science Committee on Publication

In his February 28 “On Faith” blog post (“Our Secular Coalition visit to the White House“) Herb Silverman says he wants “to dispel some grossly unfair but predictable media comments” and to respond to “those who continually accuse the Secular Coalition for America of hate-filled, religion bashing.” He exhorts them to take the time to examine the evidence.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, February 23, 2010; 12:01 PM ET

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ to American foreign policy. Should U.S. foreign policy get religion?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

History teaches that healthy societies are governed by guiding principles that support inclusiveness and universality where the welfare of their citizens is concerned.

Being interviewed by a journalist is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Friends tell me they’re much happier that someone else does that.  Still, most journalists practice their craft fairly and honestly, they ask intelligent questions, and they value a process that can be instructive as well as constructive.

When the Christian Science Church Directors sat around a table with California-based syndicated columnist and author Tom Elias, the Directors not only gained an insight into some of the difficult issues Californians are struggling with today, but Elias gleaned a lot more about the Church than he’d known before.  It was a two-way learning experience.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, January 21, 2010; 1:24 PM ET

Q: Many have criticized Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or a form of divine punishment. But if one believes God is good and intervenes in the world, why does God allow innocents to suffer? What is the best scriptural text or explanation of that problem you’ve ever read?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

When seeing the unimaginable suffering in Haiti right now, I think it just makes matters so much worse to think that God had something to do with this or somehow allowed it to happen.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, December 24, 2009; 4:11 PM ET

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

I’m very curious about which of the many good stories for 2009 my contributing colleagues will focus on.

Reporter Katharine Seelye of the The New York Times recently wrote an article titled, “To a Divisive Debate, Now Add Religion“. During the interview, she asked me if I think spirituality is related to health. I shared with her how deeply connected spirituality and health are in my experience, and in that of many others. Here are some more people who want to share their own accounts of spiritual healing in Christian Science.

On Dec. 4, 2009, The Boston Globe published a letter to the editor titled “Healthy Thanks to Christian Science (Feds Take Note).” We thought it was a clear message that should be captured on video. See what you think.

Reporter Katharine Seelye of the The New York Times recently wrote an article titled, “To a Divisive Debate, Now Add Religion“. During the interview, she asked me if I think spirituality is related to health. I shared with her how deeply connected spirituality and health are in my experience, and in that of many others.

The New York Times, December 5, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
By Katharine Q. Seelye

Should health insurance companies cover prayer as a legitimate medical expense?

Please see my guest column in the The Washington Post’s On Faith section: Pluralism includes spiritual health care

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