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.Continue Reading
What’s influencing you? Carey’s observations really struck a chord with me and worth consideration by decision-makers working in public health. Carey Arber is the Media Spokesperson for Christian Science in NSW.
What about these ads!
Though we’re influenced by things like adverts, and by the people we admire and love, and people in official positions of authority, do we take the time to really think about our beliefs? We can laugh at vintage ads like these, but such products were mostly quite acceptable at the time. Indeed, if the doctor said it was okay, it was okay! And it was quite common to hear that medical doctors smoked too.Continue Reading