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Disarming ignorance and malice . . . through love and healing

An interview with Phil Davis, Manager of the Christian Science Committees on Publication

From the October 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It shall be the duty of the Committee on Publication to correct in a Christian manner impositions on the public in regard to Christian Science, injustices done Mrs. Eddy or members of this Church by the daily press, by periodicals or circulated literature of any sort."

—Church Manual, p. 97

"Committee on publication work is about love and healing, which are the basis of Christian Science practice," says , Manager of the Committees on Publication. But, Phil adds, Christian Science practice, and therefore the work of the Committee, also means dealing directly with animal magnetism, or negative mental influences—and that requires addressing not only ignorance about Christian Science, but also malice directed toward it. Picking up where he left off in his Annual Meeting report in June (see September Journal, p. 38), Phil lays it on the line in this interview with the Journal's . "Just mention Christian Science, and many people are respectful and want to know something about it," he says. "I see that on one side. But on the other side, I see both ignorance and malice. There is ignorance about Christian Science, but there is also hatred towards Christian Science and what it represents. In the legislature, and in the media, you come up against that. This is what has to be corrected. This is what has to be met."

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