The world is awash with print and online magazines, from venerable titles that have been published for well over a hundred years to dynamic new web-based startups to publications foisting so-called fake news on the public via social media. But there’s a long-established set of magazine titles, including this one, that have a unique role amid the millions of words circulating. The subject of these publications—both in print and online—is Christian Science, and their authors and editors are listening for, and bringing to light, the Christ that lifts and enlightens receptive hearts ready to be transformed and healed.
I recently spoke with Barbara Vining, current Editor of these unique magazines, about the role of the Christ in writing for, and editing, the Christian Science periodicals.
Well Barbara, in 2015 there were over 7,000 magazine titles published in the US alone, and that’s not even counting what’s online that isn’t in hard copy. So, how would you describe what it is that the magazines produced by The Christian Science Publishing Society have to offer that makes them stand out in the crowd?