DesAutels responds to Margaret Battin’s book, Ethics in the Sanctuary (1990), which includes a critique of those who appear to take health risks through religious practices. DesAutels explains that the choice of health care for a Christian Scientist is not a decision between alternative approaches to curing disease, but between alternate world views–it is a religion with a primary goal of spiritualizing consciousness.View Annotation
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This book is the culmination of a conversation between the three authors in the Journal of Social Philosophy and the Hastings Center Report. They explore the relationship between Christian Scientists and secularized, medically oriented, broader society about the conflicts over medical and religious healing practices. They examine, for example, whether the Christian Science church is ethically irresponsible for influencing its members.View Annotation