YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FAR to find voices raised in defiance and frustration these days. In the run-up to elections, British voters have expressed dismay about the economy and scandals in government. Iran uses its nuclear ambitions to tease the West. Frustration over conditions in Greece and France have aroused worker protests, even as European leaders debate how best to protect the euro's stability. Angry Americans on both sides of the universal healthcare bill haven't been shy about making their views known.

Each of these cases—and there are others—has its own specific causes and conditions; yet a spirit of anger, fear, and defiance hovers over them, poisoning the atmosphere and sinking hearts into despair instead of lifting them up. What's going on here, and what can prayer in Christian Science do to reverse the direction?

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