Christian Science prayer—not faith healing

Phil Davis, C.S.B.

In this chat, Christian Science practitioner and teacher Phil Davis thoughtfully discusses the difference between Christian Science prayer and faith healing. Phil draws on examples from his own life, as well as from his work as a Christian Science practitioner, to respond to a wide variety of questions on topics ranging from US healthcare reform and reliance on medical treatment to what the role of faith really is in healing. In bringing clarity to this issue, Phil emphasizes the importance of an individual’s right to make his or her own healthcare decisions, and cites the thousands of documented Christian Science healings, including his own, as evidence of the efficacy of Christian Science prayer.

The transcribed text has been edited for clarity. host: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another live question and answer audio event. My name is Ingrid Peschke and I’ll be your host for the next hour. The music that was played prior to the chat’s theme was Inhabiting Eternity, a recording by Kathy and Char who are professional Christian Science nurses. This CD is available here at under the “Shop--Audio.” Today’s topic is “Christian Science prayer--not faith healing” and our guest is Phil Davis from Boston, Massachusetts. Phil has been a professional Christian Science practitioner available to help others through prayer for over twenty years. He’s also one of about two hundred authorized Christian Science teachers in the world. He’s the Manager of the Committees on Publication for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston and in this role he directs the work of a worldwide team of individuals who work with media and their governments to correct published false statements or omissions on Christian Science. Phil, Welcome!

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