Friday, July 6, 2012

Germ Theory, the debate today

Given that the National Trust tells us that the age of the Giant's Causeway is still being debated to this day, here's another debate that 's still raging.

Germ Theory - The Debate Today. 
Like many natural phenomena around the world, diseases have raised questions and prompted debate about how they are caused, why people get them, and how to treat them. 
This debate has ebbed and flowed since the discovery of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and antibiotics, and historically, has been part of a global debate about how to deal with people who are sick. 
This debate continues today for some people, who have an understanding of disease which is different from that of most school children. 
Christian Scientists believe that  "false beliefs are the procuring cause of all sin and disease" and that if you pray hard enough, you can cure any disease.  This is based on a specific interpretation of the Bible and the book Science and Health with a Key to the Scriptures by Mrs Eddy. Some people around the world, share this perspective.  
Christian Scientists continue to debate questions about the cause and treatment of disease. As we have seen from the past, and understand today, perhaps sickness will continue to arouse debate and prompt challenging questions for as long as people get ill.

Perhaps the National Trust should put such info up in Claydon House, with their information on Florence Nightingale? Surely this would be as fair, proportionate and entirely scientific as the Giant's Causeway.

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