Thursday, September 17, 2015


Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. (James 5:14-15)
When it comes to health only two types have integrity: the nonbeliever who doesn't ask mute invisible beings for help and instead sees doctors when they're ill or are injured, and the fundie who will not seek nor accept any kind of medical help and instead do only and exactly what the verse from the epistle above enjoins them to do.

One has faith--confidence based on track record and evidence--in medical science; the other has faith--blind, unjustified trust--in the teachings of their tradition. Both are uncompromising. The rest just want to cover all the bases, are insurance-loving and risk-averse. They rush to the hospital and fall on their knees ... and then pile on alternative and complementary quackery just to be triply sure.

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