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Where is God when bad things happen? Part 1: The basics

From the March 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This interview was originally recorded as a podcast on September 6, 2021 and was adapted for the March 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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It’s hard to read a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing not just bad news, but devastating and seemingly insurmountable news, from the pandemic to civil wars to political divisions to climate disasters. These events raise a big question for many people: Where is God when bad things happen? Recently Ethel Baker, the Editor of the Christian Science magazines, explored this topic with Scott Preller, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. Scott is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. The following is adapted from the recording of their conversation featured on

Ethel: Let’s begin with that big question: Where is God in bad times? 

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