Friday, June 29, 2012

Christ's love is bad medicine

Christ healing ten lepers
I've my regular ABC column up today, 'Christ's love is bad medicine'.

I'm looking into the contradictions between faith and secular training and responsibilities. In particular, when doctors are torn between religious belief and medical knowledge and duty.  A sample:
It is a conflict our professionals – doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians – simply do not need. Their secular knowledge, skills and sensibilities are enough for a good life, with good works. They are only undermined by faith, and its metaphysical sleight-of-hand. 
This is one good case for the removal of CRE from state schools in Victoria, or the removal of prohibitions against secular lessons during CRE. It is also one good case for the introduction of secular classes about religion nationally. 
We ought not force religious parents to raise their children in a godless way. But raising tomorrow's doctors, scientists or legislators on ideas like "there is a God who is able to be known... we can talk to God... God loves us" is bad policy.
(Image: Cathedral of Mary)

1 comment:

Chris Fellows said...

"But raising tomorrow's doctors, scientists or legislators on ideas like "there is a God who is able to be known... we can talk to God... God loves us" is bad policy."

Why's that? You RTed a link this morning giving empirical evidence that if we did this the parts of their hippocampuses (hipocampi?) "critical for learning and memory" would be healthier.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/132456883.html

...paragraph 2.