Eddy’s first published reference to the subject of vaccination was in an 1880 sermon. In 1900, Eddy was consulted by some Christian Science parents, including her son, who wanted to keep their children from school due to their opposition to vaccination laws. But Eddy recommended compliance with the law and affirmed that one could also submit to the providence of God.View Annotation
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This chapter, written by the Church, provides information that will help health care providers understand the spiritual needs of Christian Scientists in a practical, clinical setting. Besides a background history of Mary Baker Eddy, the formation of the Church, and its foundational teachings, the chapter explains reliance on prayer for healing as an individual choice, and the adherence to law when it comes to infectious diseases.View Annotation
Schoepflin’s review acknowledges the relevance of Rogers’s study of America’s religious exemption from vaccination in light of the then-current 2015 measles outbreak in the United States—even though Rogers primarily uses case studies of Christian Science practice from 30–35 years prior to his study to argue his case that children are harmed by exemption laws.View Annotation
This 1988 report analyzes two cases of measles outbreaks within Christian Science communities exercising their religious rights to be exempt from immunization. Due to the nature of their respective facilities, the two cases represent contrasting strategies. Control measures at a college included immunization and quarantine, while a summer camp consisted of dispersal of exposed persons followed by quarantine within their homes.View Annotation
Nearly fifty years ago, Stokes, the spokesperson for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, answered questions about Christian Science that are still heard today. Contemporary Christian Scientists would recognize a shift in language and social engagement since the 1970s, such as “What is your attitude toward Black people, women, vaccination?” But the basic theological underpinning of the Church’s self-understanding remains valid.View Annotation
The value of this 1960 article lies in its historical evidence of the evolution of the debate over the legal and moral issues related to the medical care of children whose parents practiced spiritual healing based on the teachings of Christian Science. The basic argument was based on the gradual judicial, legislative, and social acceptance of the spread of Christian Science.View Annotation