Christian Scientists and Vaccination

The attitude of Christian Scientists toward so-called infectious and contagious diseases is consistent with their concept of disease as primarily mental rather than physical. For this reason, they prefer to find their immunity from disease through spiritual means. They wish to depend upon and prove that spiritual means are adequate for their own protecion, and their reliance on such means does not jeopardize others.

Christian Scientists have no objection whatever to the method of prevention or cure others may adopt. They simply ask to be granted the freedom to meet every challenge confronting them through complete dependence upon the power of God, taking literally the statement of Isaiah (26:3), "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." This freedom is usually recognized as a fundamental right rather than a special privilege. As law-abiding citizens, Christian Scientists are careful not to abuse this right.

June 23, 1962

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