Author Archive: Philip Wylie

(The following is a response to a recent piece in The Telegraph (Travel) on 15 August 2019. It has not been published.)   Dear Letters Editor As a frequent visitor to Boston, Massachusetts, myself, I delighted in reading Linda Laban’s romp through 48 Hours in….Boston (15 Aug).  She brought out the sparkling essence of the […]

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Christian Science, medicine and prayer

(This letter appeared in The Guardian on 13 August, 2019) I have great compassion for Caroline Fraser and her family’s heart-wrenching experience (6 Aug), yet her depiction of the Christian Science Church is almost unrecognisable based on my own experience. Yes, like many other Christian denominations, our Church has had important lessons to learn – […]

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News of 2019 Annual Meeting

“Church can heal divisions,” Christian Scientists say at annual meeting Given the looming challenges the world faces—strife, corruption, climate crisis, health care costs—Christian Scientists at their church’s annual meeting in Boston reaffirmed their faith that the things of the Spirit are what the world most needs. Church members indicated their commitment to proving “the reliability […]

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Environment talk

In light of severe weather conditions and ongoing fears surrounding global warming, it’s enlightening to reflect on how ‘on message’ the Christian Science pastor (Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy) is.  Here is the text of a short talk by Jo Gray given in the Mayor’s Parlour, […]

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Financial Times Comment

Here is the text of the comment written by the District Manager to a FT book review of, ‘Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill‘, by Jeffrey Gitomer, which appeared in the ‘FT Wealth Business books‘ section of the Financial Times on 29 November 2018. “This  “think and get rich” philosophy seems less a […]

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Celebrating Women in Religion

This is the text of a talk given in June 2018 to Bath Interfaith Group. It celebrated the role of three women who shaped thought in their religious traditions : – Ellen G. White, Seventh Day Adventist Church – Mary Baker Eddy, The Church of Christ, Scientist – ‘Amma’, Hindu Guru. Jo Gray, a Christian […]

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A letter about church

This piece appeared on the Christian Science Committee on Publication’s Facebook page on 30 July 2018.   Media reporting on religion in the United States often focuses on the challenges many denominations are having as their membership numbers have trended smaller. The following letter to the editor, sent to the Chicago Sun-Times, addresses this widespread […]

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For Christian Scientists, a time to go higher and deeper

The piece below, published on 4th September 2018, is taken from the Christian Science Committee on Publication (Boston) Facebook page Christian Science Reading Rooms are unique in today’s world. They’re places where people come for quiet spiritual study and often just to pray. Where many have been healed through the deep inner communion with God […]

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Letter to a town’s popular website

A branch church sent this letter to the administrator of a local website about advertising on their site.   Dear ……, Thank you for your email letting me know of your decision regarding our advertising with  www……..co.uk.  While I appreciate that we cannot appeal, we are perplexed/surprised because we have advertised with you in the […]

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