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"Taking thought seriously"— a panel discussion

From the January 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal

World issues. It's an immense topic. To cover any aspect of it in depth would be beyond the scope of a brief Journal feature. Nevertheless, several themes emerged during a recent informal panel discussion that may suggest fresh lines of thought for Journal readers.

The occasion was a small gathering in March 1988 of frequent contributors to this magazine and to the weekly Christian Science Sentinel. The Editors had also invited three Christian Scientists who are knowledgeable about world affairs to discuss current trends in light of the perspective Christian Science brings to such topics. Taken together, the panelists' remarks make a strong case for the powerful influence of ideas in world affairs and the need to recognize the important role of spiritually based thought in changing the world for the better.

Panelist A: In preparation for this panel I reread the chapter "Science, Theology, Medicine" in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. It's comforting how, in addressing science, theology, and medicine, Mrs. Eddy comes back again and again to the concept of practical, healing Christianity. And it's nothing that is vague, ethereal, or theoretical.

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