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Vanity Fair has invited everyone to email a brief get well message to this author, speaker — did I mention, atheist — who recently announced he has a terminal illness.

Hitchens admits he’s received just about every kind of response imaginable since making the announcement, from the well-meaning clergy who say they’re praying for his salvation to the unwell-wishers who think this is simply divine punishment from the Deity whom Hitchens denies.

I like the idea of an all-access get-well message. It intrigues me, and I’ve been thinking about what I would say to him.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, September 15, 2010

Q: Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Is religion helping or hurting the attempt to forge peace between the Jewish state and the Palestinians?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

I feel my answer needs to focus on the potential of religion for bringing peace through both prayer and action.

Mary Baker Eddy, who founded my church, wrote: “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”

They are just words, but words like this can form the basis of prayer

It’s a question that TIME Magazine’s Amy Sullivan says has stumped the faithful for centuries: ‘Why does God allow suffering?‘ Is He to blame for unhealed suffering? Are we? Our answer may have a greater impact on our lives than most of us realize.

Thinking this through I’m drawn back to the young men who followed Jesus with an enormous curiosity as to how he as was able to heal suffering. They saw suffering end and healing happen again and again, and they had lots of questions.

Then they encountered a man who was born blind and you see the blame question begging to be asked. Tell us who blew it. Or, or as they put it, “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus’ response is, well, Tweetable:

When someone awards the prize for Perceptive Educator of the Year, I expect to see Colorado College professor David Weddle get the trophy.

He should get it because he gets it.

“Christian Science healing should not be confused with the laying on of hands in healing services organized by evangelical groups,” said David Weddle, professor of Christianity and American religions at Colorado College. “One is faith healing, the other is mind healing,” Weddle told the Colorado Springs Gazetteread more of this blog entry

The Colorado Springs Gazette, August 15, 2010
By Mark Barna

For many octogenarians, doctors’ visits are a common occurrence. But that isn’t the case for Dick Roeder, an 82-year-old Christian Scientist living in Colorado Springs…  Click here to read article

msnbc.com also carried this story: click here to read

Is religion or spirituality irrelevant? Out of touch? Conflicts with real life? Well some Christian Scientists we interviewed recently felt otherwise.

And here’s a corresponding blog about creating this and other videos: http://theproductionpost.blogspot.com/

The New York Times reported in early August that The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association are pushing for guidelines on diagnosing and, eventually, treating Alzheimer’s much earlier than is standard practice.  It’s believed this will go into effect in the fall and some experts predict there will be a two- to three-fold increase in the number of people who are told they may have the disease.

But now there’s push back.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, August 11, 2010; 9:18 PM ET

Q: In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year traveling the world, finding spiritual enlightenment along the way. Julia Roberts, who plays Gilbert’s character in the movie version out this week, apparently found enlightenment of her own through the role, revealing that she has become a practicing Hindu.

As Joan Ball asks in a Guest Voices post, “Is it possible to live a life of deep, transformational faith without dropping everything and hitting the road?”

In your tradition, what is the aim of the spiritual journey?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

In answering this question I can’t speak for anyone other than myself. No matter what religion or culture you belong to, I believe that each person’s spiritual journey is ultimately between that person and God.

So as an individual Christian Scientist, what is my aim for my spiritual journey?

Had your fill of trivialities?  So have I.  And so has a news producer I recently visited at a television station in Southern California.

She admitted what we’ve all seen, that so much of local television news is dominated by small, meaningless stories that qualify as news simply because they’re sensational or graphically visual pieces.  She had some substantial story ideas in development herself, but doubted they would make it to air.  One was rejected simply because in it’s final edit it ran 3-1/2 minutes instead of the usual minute-and-a-half.  Not small enough, I guess.

I left the meeting with a related question on my mind: how much does small thinking dominate other aspects of our lives, like the practice of religion?

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, August 5, 2010; 7:16 PM ET

Q: Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no longer accept her religion’s teachings on homosexuality, feminism, politics and birth control. “In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian,” Rice announced on her facebook page. Can you leave religion and keep Christ? Can you be spiritual without being religious?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

The more I understand people, the less I want to categorize, label and stereotype them. We are each on a journey though life. Many call it a spiritual journey, many do not. I believe spirituality touches the lives of most, whether or not they know it or even like it. There are those who feel they can be spiritual without organized religion. I am not here to disagree or to judge others.

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