John Hershey’s thoughtful May 24 letter to the editor discussed the difficulty of identifying hate-crimes and then hypothesized that a sign with a caduceus placed on the grounds of a Christian Science church might not be a clear case of a hate crime. As a lifelong Christian Scientist, I hope it would not.
The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, is clear that a genuine Christian Scientist, following The Golden Rule, is “charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) and that “It will be found that, instead of opposing, such an individual subserves the interests of both medical faculty and Christianity, and they thrive together, learning that Mind-power is good will towards men.” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany)
True, Christian Scientists don’t typically rely on conventional medical care. This isn’t a dogmatic thing. In most cases it’s a conscientious choice and part of a broader way of life that’s deeply meaningful to us even in this age of high tech. In many families (including my own), that way of life has been effective for close to a century. But plenty of us have relatives or friends in the medical profession, and we certainly respect the love and compassion they express.
New York City
The writer is associated with the Christian Science Committee on Publication for New York .