Letters: the limits of online church services and the investigation of the truth



If I only had one magazine subscription, it would be for The Christian Science Monitor. I was just reading the February 22 cover story, “When a Border Crosses a Family,” and realized the Monitor was presenting the news from a human perspective. I clearly read the Monitor articles, unlike the “hard” news I just read. This is the news that I want, need, and can actually use. Thank you.

Elizabeth E. stevens
Manhattan, Kansas

Benefits in person

The February 15 cover story, “The Rise of Digital Religion,” provides excellent information on how online services are transforming Christian churches in the United States.

The author, however, does not mention aspects of in-person service that are clearly superior, such as congregational singing and fellowship after church. Online services are here to stay, but many Christians will give thanks when they return to an auditorium, sing aloud, and enjoy spontaneous face-to-face conversations with fellow worshipers.

Alistair Budd
Monmouthshire, Wales

Investigate the truth

The February 22 article “After a ‘post-truth’ presidency, can the United States again make the facts real? should be an ongoing investigation. For 14 years, I led courses in precision and balance in interpretation for guides and interpreters in California state parks, as well as a course in interpretation of controversial topics.

People are sometimes inaccurate, but they don’t lie as often as they speak badly, mispronounce, exaggerate, fabricate, oversimplify, or tell a joke their audience doesn’t understand: inaccuracies without intent to deceive.

The goal is to enhance precision; know your sources of information and be prepared to share them. Let the visitor weigh the value of the source. And any anonymous source, like “the Internet” or QAnon, calls for skepticism.

Georges carter
Vacaville, California

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