WITH EVER WIDER access to news, information, and talk through the Internet, and even gossip, humanity is flooded with more data to process than ever before in history. And that information pool will surely grow.

The question is, How can one determine what information to trust as unbiased, or at least not dishonest? Type "global warming" or "economic stability" into a search engine, and you'll find plenty to read. Is an alarming report meant truly to protect others—or does it have a darker purpose? Which of two opposing reports is actually true?

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and established Christian Science, also founded The Christian Science Monitor to provide a trustworthy window on truth and balanced reporting for the world. As an inspired theologian, she perceived that each individual needs to be alert to what he or she accepts into thought. In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she wrote, "In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one" (pp. 82–83).

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