Archive: Phil Davis
I've always found it so strange that critics of Christian Science accuse its members of having no choice--of blindly following its teachings. My faith has actually taught me to be a critical thinker--to question, probe and challenge the premise of every assertion with the need to see how practical and beneficial it really is in daily life.
By Phil Davis | October 29, 2010; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (1)
When heart meets heart on a common cause even for just a moment, it can have greater meaning. So I advocate for prayer--prayer that leads to action, prayer that brings peace--all from the foundation of "One infinite God, good."
By Phil Davis | September 15, 2010; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (4)
I yearn to see what I know to be true be more globally felt and utilized.
By Phil Davis | August 11, 2010; 09:18 PM ET | Comments (0)
Religion can also be seen as a vehicle for helping those who are committed to spirituality congregate for the purpose of accomplishing far more than they can on their own
By Phil Davis | August 5, 2010; 07:16 PM ET | Comments (6)
Maybe the need is not to try and devolve all religions into one motive or goal as much as it is to celebrate the good that religious people actually accomplish with their lives.
By Phil Davis | July 9, 2010; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (1)
As one who employs prayer as a means of healing disease and disaster of all descriptions, I maintain, as the basis of my prayer, that God, who is the source of all love, does not send environmental or any catastrophe. Prayer may be the most underutilized and unrecognized tool for bettering our environment.
By Phil Davis | June 4, 2010; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (1)
Doesn't the "no establishment" clause support the role of religions to focus on that which other institutions cannot do - and are not intended to do - namely to forward individual and communal change for the better by ministering meekly and mightily to the spiritual needs of humanity?
By Phil Davis | April 28, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (33)
People do need to be converted to better ways of behaving towards one another. My own religion has taught me a great deal about the spirit of selfless service to support, not impose, the growth of freedom of thought throughout the world, and I sincerely believe that most U.S. religious groups are equally well motivated in their efforts.
By Phil Davis | March 5, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (4)
History teaches that healthy societies are governed by guiding principles that support inclusiveness and universality where the welfare of their citizens is concerned.
By Phil Davis | February 23, 2010; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (6)
It's not God's fault or the Haitians' fault or anyone else's fault for this catastrophe. So where does that leave us? Well, for me, as a Christian, I can only share the questions I ask myself: If I have any understanding of God and His Christ, what am I doing to bring this to others in such desperate need?
By Phil Davis | January 21, 2010; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (3)
There will always be those experiences that take the headlines and global stage, as they should. But I never want to forget about the individuals whose personal religious experiences illustrate the importance and continuing effect of what happened 2000 years ago.
By Phil Davis | December 24, 2009; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (1)
This provision isn't forcing government to pay for prayer any more than it is suggesting that spiritual care is, or ought to be, equated with medical care.
By Phil Davis | November 30, 2009; 05:14 PM ET | Comments (9)
Few would disagree on the importance of a soldier's mental health and stability. And the spiritual component is vital to anyone who looks to and needs God's help. It may not be a universal panacea to all religious-based intolerance and violence, but the collective efforts of chaplains both in war and peacetime stand as a testament to the value and effectiveness of spiritual counseling and prayer.
By Phil Davis | November 11, 2009; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (1)
What made me a Christian Scientist many years ago was the fact that I could put my faith into practice and actually see the results of my faith in God.
By Phil Davis | October 14, 2009; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (1)
If we waited (and prayed) instead of giving into anger, self-righteousness, and resentment, that we'd more readily find a solution - not just to that anger and resentment, but also to the issue that was causing those feelings?
By Phil Davis | September 16, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (3)
In the search to make health care affordable and available to all Americans, the theological component should be considered if for no other reason than to raise the topic higher than the limitations necessarily contained by conventional, secular thinking.
By Phil Davis | August 18, 2009; 05:41 PM ET | Comments (0)
As someone who has seen the practical and powerful effect of prayer countless times, I don't believe that a sincere petition from a humble heart to the Almighty ever goes to waste.
By Phil Davis | August 12, 2009; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)
What we really wonder is whether someone who's given him or herself over to lust and infidelity can ever really change.
By Phil Davis | July 2, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)
To pronounce all of spiritual healing to be dangerous and ineffective without a fair and impartial examination is the very definition of prejudice. And doesn't that lead us away from what is truly best for children?
By Phil Davis | May 26, 2009; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (24)
Perhaps our National Day of Prayer will inspire us both to pray more and to expect concrete results from that prayer.
By Phil Davis | May 7, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (5)
The issue to be addressed isn't radical Islam or rule by religious authorities, but fundamentalism--the notion that someone (or ones) could ever be in a position to mediate someone else's relationship to God
By Phil Davis | April 22, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (11)
I am comfortable celebrating a nation "bound by ideals and a set of values," most of which I would consider to be Christian, but none of which should be considered exclusively so.
By Phil Davis | April 15, 2009; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (3)
I love my faith, but when it comes to children there is a serious responsibility to prove that such a system heals quickly and effectively.
By Phil Davis | April 2, 2009; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (17)
How do we reconcile the abuses and terrors we see day-to-day with our faith in a God who is all-powerful and completely good?
By Phil Davis | March 25, 2009; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (7)
Are people becoming less interested in understanding their relationship to God? Or are they becoming less interested in hearing someone else tell them what their relationship to God should be?
By Phil Davis | March 19, 2009; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (112)