Christian Science Board of Directors Respond to The New York Times
The New York Times published a letter to the editor called What the Christian Science Church Teaches from the Church’s Board of Directors in response to ‘The Christian Science Church Seeks Truce with Modern Medicine‘ (March 24).
To the Editor:
Re “Christian Science Church Seeks Truce With Modern Medicine” (news article, March 24):
It’s always difficult to explain someone else’s religion. Some core points of Christian Science teaching that have been consistent throughout its history are these:
The choice between medical and Christian Science treatment has always been, and must always be, left to the individual.
Christian Science treatment is practiced most effectively when not combined with medication, and experience has shown this to be true.
The religion doesn’t ignore the practical needs of the sick but provides for skilled Christian Science nursing care when necessary. Christian Science encourages the greatest degree of compassion toward everyone seeking healing, including those who use medical care. To the extent that our members haven’t shown that compassion, the church is doing everything it can to encourage this normal Christian affection.
Mary M. Trammell
Boston, March 24, 2010
The writer is chairwoman of the Christian Science board of directors.