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Thinking for yourself
Hawk or dove—the moral wrestle with issues of the day can be spiritually inspired.
How do you reconcile the "turn the other cheek" mandate in the Bible with the need to defend and find justice? Since the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the ensuing global diplomatic and military efforts to protect and defend against future attacks, many individuals watching their governments react have struggled with their own inner conflict about what constitutes a moral response. The Sentinel asked Ron Ballard, a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher living in Ashland, Oregon, to talk about how spiritual thinkers can find their way in decisionmaking. Ballard, whose early professional career was in political campaign management, explained that by trusting in God—divine intelligence—people can think for themselves and have confidence in the answers they find.
Is there a Christian Science view of war?
I don't believe there is a set Christian Science view or policy about war. Christian Science helps you gain deeper spiritual insight about the issues that confront humanity. There is a passage in Ephesians that I think lifts the issue of conflict away from people, cultures, and nations into recognition that what we—all of humanity—are warring against are the issues of evil. It says, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (6:12).
Random thoughts at Ground Zero
with contributions from Henry Anetor, Nancy J. Doty, Carole Dardamanis, Dinny McFadden
items of interest
with contributions from Berta Delgado, Tanis Helliwell, Michael Lerner, Mikal Gilmore, Muzaffer Iqbal
Thinking for yourself
with contributions from Ron Ballard
A war historian's spiritual perspective
By Jerry Collester
A pacifist's building block of peace
with contributions from Paula Green
If the future looks dark, trust God
By Lydya Gwakou
Race, identity, tolerance, and world peace—a life story
By Mayannah Dahlheim
Towers of strength
By William E. Moody
Traveling ... lost and tired? You've got a guide
By Elizabeth Weir
A late-blooming Pansy
By Beverly Graham
By Kim Shippey Sentinel staff
No "terrible twos"
Eczema healed and fear of storms overcome
Finding strength and freedom in Spirit
José Francisco Sanchez
Christianity and hate