So, I recently came across this website thanks to a commentor on Pharyngula. ‘Christian Science?’ I thought, naievely expecting more Creatonist drivel. ‘Hey, it can’t be that bad…”

Their FAQ section quickly set me straight:

Why is it called Christian Science?

It’s Science because it’s based upon a set of spiritual principles—laws relating to the nature of God and His creation—that can be applied with expected, consistent results.

Uh…huh. I think most scientists would bring in the distinction between ‘science’ and ‘psuedoscience’ here, and this reeks of the latter. Unfortunately, these people aren’t just harmless quacks. It took me a little while to realize that the website is run by the ‘Christian Science’ group who believe that illness and injury can be treated by prayer alone. Again, from the FAQ:

Why do you lobby for exemptions to health laws that allow you to keep your children from going to doctors?

Christian Scientists aren’t seeking exemptions from the law, but accommodations within it. Meaning, they’re trying to ensure that laws provide every citizen a choice of healthcare, including the system of spiritual prayer that Christian Scientists have found to be effective.

Have you ever visited a website that made you feel vaguely unclean, as if just viewing certain arrangements of text on a screen could be morally wrong? Obvious jokes aside, the Christian Science website makes me feel like that.


2 Responses to “Uh…Wow”

  1. 1 Aro January 27, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I had heard that C.S. Lewis once said of Christian Science: “It isn’t Christian, and it isn’t Science”, but I was unable to find the quote online.

    Well intentioned folks though, I’m sure.

  2. 2 Zack January 29, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Well, considering the kid on the news that died from something completly curable, the unclean feeling is warrented.

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