The recent public controversy over vaccination has produced strong opinions – and surprising divisions – in contemporary Australia on the competing concerns of public health and toleration of diversity. In a recent “Open for Discussion” interview (“Vaccination – A researcher’s insight”, October 20), Associate Professor Julie Leask spoke of the need to reach out for the cooperation of the “people in the middle” on this issue, and that’s where I find myself – perhaps surprisingly to many – as a Christian Scientist. The long experience of Christian Scientists as a religious minority might in some ways point to the possibilities of a “middle path” of mutual respect and understanding.
For many years, Christian Scientists have been known for their practice of prayer and spiritual healing.
For many years, too, our relationships with public health departments have generally been mutually respectful and cooperative.
As one state agency in the United States, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, described itContinue Reading