Did God Create the Universe?

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This is an intriguing blog post written by my colleague in Ohio, Steve Salt.  His discussion of an upcoming new television science series called "Curiosity", and the first program on the creation of the universe, will inevitably leave you thinking about the implications of this age old question...how did the universe begin? John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon By Steve Salt, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Ohio Abracadabra!  That’s how it all Continue Reading

Young people healing through prayer? Yep!

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon There are those  times in our lives when we meet remarkable people.  The last two years have been one of those times for me.  You see, I get to meet with Christian Science college students at the University of Oregon every week.  They're incredible.  Their insights and understanding of the principles underlying the practice of Christian Science are unparalleled.  Two of them, Lauren and Denise, recently took the time to Continue Reading

Hope and comfort from Japan

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A Christian Science perspective: Insights from a writer in Tokyo, Japan on finding peace and calm amid devastation from the earthquake and tsunami. By Fujiko Signs, The Christian Science Monitor’s religious article for March 14, 2011, shares how Fujiko Signs is praying (from Japan) about the tsunami/earthquake situation. Here in Tokyo I have created an e-mail file called “earth blessings” (not “earthquake”) – a collection of over 150 messages of blessing, messages of hope that Japan survive Continue Reading

If I get more, you don’t get less.

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve been thinking about events in Wisconsin and Ohio lately: large demonstrations at the capitol, anger over moves to limit collective bargaining, political maneuverings in the legislature, and demonstrations right here in Oregon supporting the unions in Wisconsin. There’s a lot of energy and emotion around unions and collective bargaining right now. Collective bargaining is not unfamiliar to me.  I was a member of a Continue Reading

“She does not have that permission from me.”

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon What a powerful statement! I’ve been thinking about it since I first read it in The Globe and Mail two weeks ago. How often do we unwittingly give, or withhold, permission for so many things in our lives? In this instance, it was Gabrielle Gifford’s doctor guaranteeing that she wouldn’t die because he didn’t give her permission to do so. Congresswoman Gifford was shot in the head point blank by a deranged gunman on Continue Reading

Does God really exist?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon According to a poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life… “more than nine-in-ten Americans (92%) believe in the existence of God or a universal spirit, [but] there is considerable variation in the nature and certainty of this belief. Six-in-ten adults believe that God is a person with whom people can have a relationship; but one-in-four – including about half of Jews and Hindus – see God as an impersonal force. Continue Reading

Does prayer work?

By John D. Clague, Committee on Publication for Oregon Is prayer real, and does it actually have an effect? This question is met with no small amount of skepticism when it comes up in my conversations with people who aren't accustomed to praying. So, does it work? Or is it just wishful thinking, hoping that the odds work out in our favor? It's an honest question, worthy of close examination. Across the nation, according to the Pew Research Institute, 58% of the population say they pray at Continue Reading

Science, Healing, and Faith

Science, healing, and faith: Christian Science in Oregon I was not raised in Christian Science. I found this scientific religion while in college. I was looking for something more than my mainstream Christian religion provided me. I took a spiritual journey, so to speak, learning about different faiths and pondering seriously what I read. Eventually I realized that there were particular core principles that felt true to me. I didn’t know how they fit into any other religious or philosophical Continue Reading