The recent public controversy over vaccination has produced strong opinions – and surprising divisions – in contemporary Australia on the competing concerns of public health and toleration of diversity. In a recent “Open for Discussion” interview (“Vaccination – A researcher’s insight”, October 20), Associate Professor Julie Leask spoke of the need to reach out for the cooperation of the “people in the middle” on this issue, and that’s where I find myself – perhaps surprisingly to many – as a Christian Scientist. The long experience of Christian Scientists as a religious minority might in some ways point to the possibilities of a “middle path” of mutual respect and understanding.Continue Reading
In response to a comment appearing October 8 in the Canberra Times, a letter to the editor was submitted, although it was not published. As a fair hearing is essential to clarifying misunderstandings held by the public about Christian Science, I include my response below:
A recent talk by a Christian Scientist on “the how, why, and wonder of spiritual healing” considered the serious question of how such healing happens. It certainly isn’t “paranormal,” as one commenter assumed (Oct 8), nor, for Christian Scientists, is it at odds with reason and understanding. Yes, in many ways the significant healings that have taken place in Christian Scientists’ practice do challenge conventional material assumptions about the nature and processes of life. So does New Testament ChristianityContinue Reading
News reports giving statistics of the increasing prevalence of mental illness, depression and suicide in both the young and the elderly are being published every day in Australia.
Have you ever felt lost for words when the subject of mental health is broached? People seem to respond to mental health issues as if they were incurable and part of our genetic make-up. However, can we be so sure?
An article published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2007, reports on the results of a scientific study conducted at two community mental health centres in rural Australia. Results showed that spirituality can directly affect a person’s health; it can help people cope better with mental illness; it provides emotional support and a feeling of connection to others that helps them feel they are not alone; and, spirituality is important in recovery from illness (Spirituality as sustenance for mental health and meaningful doing: a case illustration, Clare Wilding).Continue Reading
Following on the theme of evidence based healing explained in my blog a couple of days ago, Bob Cummings, Christian Science Committee on Publication in Michigan, USA discusses in the following post how doctors make sense out of cases of spontaneous healing that they have witnessed in patients.
Andrew Weil, M.D., in “Why Our Health Matters” (page 43) writes, “Many doctors have told me about cases of spontaneous healing that they have witnessed in patients, some correlated with mental or emotional changes“.
So, how can we account for experiences like that? Or how can we explain healing accomplished in Christian Science through spiritual means alone?
My guest blogger, the Manager, media and government relations for the Christian Science Church, Russ Gerber, explains the importance of an open-minded approach to new ideas.
He once described his first six years in the film business as “hopeless”. The industry just didn’t get it. Here’s what he said in an interview with the Academy of Achievement organization in Washington: “All of my films have been very hard to understand at the script stage because they’re different. At the time I did them they were not conventional. The executives could only think in terms of what they’d already seen.”Continue Reading