NEWS: Christian Science Church Makes Room for Modern Medical Care

According to a recent announcement, for the last year Christian Science leaders have been persuading members to seek conventional health treatment when necessary. Founded by Mary Baker Eddy (pictured at left) in the nineteenth century, the Church of Christ, Scientist holds that the true nature of the world and humans is spiritual and thus sickness is a fundamentally spiritual affliction. Drawing upon Eddy’s textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Christian Scientists have sought to restore the early church emphasis on healing through prayer consultations and an avoidance of doctors. However, this approach has faced mounting criticism and led to high-publicity court cases following the deaths of children. Now, church officials are attempting to have their methods legally redefined as supplemental procedures similar to homeopathic or chiropractic treatment. According to the New York Times, leaders of the group are hoping to “convince lawmakers that its approach is an alternative way of tending to the sick, and that its costs should be covered by insurance companies and included in health care legislation.” To read more, click here.

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2 thoughts on “NEWS: Christian Science Church Makes Room for Modern Medical Care

  1. Being a lifelong Christian Scientist, I need to say that this assumption about Christian Science healing has been very much misconstrued. I realize that many people have a difficult time believing in spiritual healthcare but that may be because they have never had the benefits of being healed without using medicine or medical methods. The Christian Science church does not set policy for individual Christian Scientists, who are free to choose any healthcare system they wish, but neither has the church made an attempt to redefine their healing methods as “supplemental procedures similar to homeopathic or chiropractic treatment.” They are not the same. Christ Jesus’ method of healing was not a supplement to the practices of the physicians of the day. He relied on God’s infinite power, wisdom, and love, to help those who needed help, and he said that we could also. Saying that the textbook of Christian Science “forbids” mixing medical care and Christian Science care (Paul Vitello’s article referred to) is inaccurate. The founder of this system of healing and of the Christian Science church did not “forbid” people from doing what they felt was their best sense of right in each situation. Insofar as the Health Care Reform Bill, the church is just asking that spiritual care not be discriminated against because their healthcare system is spiritual. There are 140 years years of recorded testimonies of healing of all types of physical and mental problems – many incurable. Because one does not believe in them doesn’t make them not true – they certainly were true to those healed. The Christian Science church gave a response in the New York Times to the Vitello article, which might be clarification for your readers.

  2. “According to a recent announcement, for the last year Christian Science leaders have been persuading members to seek conventional health treatment when necessary.”

    Can you please substantiate this claim?

    “Drawing upon Eddy’s textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Christian Scientists have sought to restore the early church emphasis on healing through prayer consultations and an avoidance of doctors.”

    That’s not quite correct. Mary Baker Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist in 1879 “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.” (Church Manual, page 17). She founded a church so that his healing works would be more universally understood and practiced, according to the Church website. That is different from placing “emphasis on healing through prayer consultations and an avoidance of doctors.” Though prayer is central to Christ’s method of healing, Christian Scientists don’t “avoid” doctors as any kind of doctirine. We are all free to use them or not. But spiritual healing is not medical healing. Not using doctors because you do not need them is not the same as avoiding them. One embraces spiritual healing as complete in itself, the other assumes that doctors are the only ones who heal the sick. As we all know, their record on that front is not guaranteed. And in fact, there are hundreds of thousands of deaths a year due to medical error, in addition to millions of deaths every year, proving that medicine is not the same as “cure.” Now go Google “CHristian Science deaths” and see what you find. Not much.

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