Christian Science Monitor

I see this publication pop-up on the Google News site every once in awhile. Who publishes this and what are they all about?

The Christian Science Monitor is a great newspaper. Slightly liberal as you might expect from a bunch of Boston-based journalists. One of their best aspects is that they dig a little deeper on their stories, trying to find the background of people’s beliefs and attitudes where the news happens, rather than simply reporting empty headlines with no context, as most papers are prone to.

A good example is in yesterday’s paper: an article about the on-and-off civil war in Sri Lanka. It’s “off” now, so you won’t read about it in USA Today. But you’ll have a much better understanding of the situation when circumstances change.

As for the Church of Christ, Scientist, that church was founded by Mary Baker Eddy around 1890. I’m not sure if they consider her a prophetess, or not. I think services consist of a reading of the Bible, followed by a reading of Mary Baker Eddy’s book. Their most notable feature is they don’t believe in medical care - rather, God will heal you through prayer. This strikes most of us as a little loony, but luckily they limit their religious views to a single page in the newspaper, the rest of which is secular.

I’ve never understood why they feel compelled to publish a secular newspaper, but as the church itself is suffering in membership and finances, they are trying to push the newspaper into the black, so free web access may not last much longer.

They have “Reading Rooms” usually downtown in various cities, including many in Ontario. There you can go and sit down to read any of their publications (I’ve only ever read the newspaper there), but I assume you could also ask questions about their faith. Unfortunately, I wasn’t much curious about faith issues when I was younger, so I didn’t get to hear their views.

I forgot, the usual joke you hear about Christian Scientists is that they’re not Christians, and they’re not scientists.

BTW, don’t confuse them with Scientologists, a much more cult-like religion based on the science fiction writings of L. Ron Hubbard, with prominent Hollywood members such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Tom Cruise, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, Juliette Lewis, etc.

**Well, its sort of self explanatory.

csmonitor.com/aboutus/about_the_monitor.html

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Thanks for your help!

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