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Saturday, 17 August 2013

The God who Heals - a Meditation on a BBC report about Pentecostals refusing medicine for HIV

Inspired by this BBC silly season article on religious believers not accepting medical treatment for HIV

"The Children's HIV Association surveyed 19 doctors and health professionals working with babies and children in England; its members had reported hearing anecdotal evidence of HIV patients deciding to stop taking their anti-retroviral drugs because their pastors had told them to do so.
Among 10 doctors who said they had encountered the problem in the last five years, 29 of their patients had reported being put under pressure to stop taking medicine and at least 11 had done so."

All: 19, locally-chosen, health professionals are not statistically significant. (Repeat 100 times)

Reading: "In him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17)

Chant: Science is not opposed to religion
As football is not opposed to music.
As drama is not opposed to psychology.
As Beauty is not opposed to Logic.
As Manet is not opposed to Einstein.
As sociology is not opposed to orienteering.
As the sea is not opposed to a lightning bolt.
As an entity diagram is not opposed to Schubert.
As a railway timetable is not opposed to a picture of the Cornish Coast.
As economics is not opposed to haematology
As a tide table is not opposed to the script of Hamlet
As the Simpsons is not opposed to a periodic table
As prayer is not opposed to medicine.

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