Neglect / Maltreatment

Faith Healing, Christian Science, and the Medical Care of Children

New England Journal of Medicine   •   Rita Swan, Ph.D.
Christian Science was developed in the late 19th century as one of many drugless healing methods. Its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, repeatedly called it a system of medicine. She founded her Massachusetts Metaphysical College "for medical purposes," and graduated "doctors of Christian Science."...

Child Abuse Under the Guise of Religion

NYTimes. com   •   Rita Swan
Every kind of child abuse has been rationalized by someone as a religious practice: beatings, dangerous diets, forced marriages, slavery, exorcism, sexual exploitation, genital mutilation, conversion therapy for L.G.B.T. youth and medical neglect.

Bad Faith

Paul Offit
In recent years, there have been major outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases among children in the country. Although America is the most medically advanced place in the world, many people disregard modern medicine in favor of using their faith to fight life-threatening illnesses.

Matthew, you cannot be sick

the Dublin Review   •   Rita Swan
Doug and Rita Swan, were both raised in the Church of Christ, Scientist, and met through a
Christian Science study group at Kansas State Teachers College in 1960. They were very active in the church
until 1977, when the events described in the following account took place...