First published in hardback in 1999, this paperback edition includes a new afterward that focuses on public reaction to the first edition.Read more...
First published in hardback in 1999, this paperback edition includes a new afterward that focuses on public reaction to the first edition. As you might expect, the author, herself a former Christian Scientist, came under bitter attack from true believers and was applauded by those of other faiths.
This is a very disturbing book to read.
In a review, the Los Angeles Times called the book a "powerful and persuasive attack" on Christian Science. It makes me somewhat squeamish to read "attacks" on any religion, for, whatever merit the attacks have, there is almost always a counterbalancing agenda on the part of the author and publisher.
Having said the above, I must admit that Christian Science, with its doctrine of non-interference in the matter of disease, makes me even more squeamish. Scientists are taught that all disease is an "error" and they are urged to avoid all medical treatment for themselves and their children. No one knows how many children have died as a result of that doctrine.
At first glance, it would appear that a solution is within grasp. Why not just allow the government to draw the line on religious practices that could damage children? We are a nation that believes that government authority supersedes parental authority in instances involving child welfare. There are plenty of legal precedents to justify allowing the government to step in and protect children born to Scientists. But if we allowed that to happen, what would we do about Jews who do physical and psychological harm by circumcising their male children? And what about Southern Pentecostals who insist on emersing their children in bacteria-laden lake water in the name of baptism? Wouldn't the government have to stop both of those practices?
Fraser's book does not provide any answers for this dilemma, but it does raise plenty of questions that, ultimately, will have to be addressed. --James L. Dickerson for A Closer Look
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- ISBN-13: 9780805044317
- ISBN-10: 0805044310
- Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
- Publish Date: August 2000
- Page Count: 565
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds