Dr. Jenny McCarthy, with her views on vaccines causing autism, really ties in with Christian views on prayer. Well, perhaps we should not call her a “Dr.” since according to records, she graduated from high school, but never went to college, medical school, two years of internship or three to five years of medical residency.
Call me crazy, but I think that medical degrees and training are important to be able to spout off about medical theories on autism and vaccines.
The tie in with prayer is simple. Jenny McCarthy’s son developed autism. He had been vaccinated. Therefore, the vaccines had to cause the autism, right? Ipso facto. No other way it could have happened, right?
Of course, medical science thinks otherwise, with copious, extensive and prodigious tests, experiments, and studies proving to date that there is no relationship – none – of vaccines to the broad spectrum of childhood autistic diseases.
The cause of autism could just as easily have been that he was drinking milk with his cereal, liked lime popsicles each afternoon, or had a mangy dog with long brown fur. Or anything else ridiculous that you want to dredge up.
Christians do the same ridiculous things with prayer, associating prayer with anything that they want as “proof” of the power of God, the efficacy of prayer, fact that it works even though heathens like me know that it does not work at all.
“I prayed – in fact our whole prayer chain prayed – for my Aunt Emma’s cure and healing and she was healed. God heard our prayers and answered them. Emma was healed by prayer.”
Usually this is stated defiantly, as if emphasizing to this dummkopf that of course she was healed, this is undoubtedly proof of the power of prayer, the loving aspect of God. How can you think differently when prayer saved Aunt Emma?
Of course, that is not proof of anything, just as vaccines are not the cause of autism just because tragically your child has this disease.
What is it then? Let’s spell it out boys and girls. It is coincidence. C-o-i-n-c-i-d-e-n-c-e. That means that when things happen, they happen. It does not mean that one caused the other, or that God is doing anything important today.
Avoiding ridiculously stupid confusion like this is one reason for the “Scientific Method”.
You can find a description and explanation of the Scientific Method on Wikipedia (67 pages) along with a lot of other information. Just plug Scientific Method into your search box.
Basically the Scientific Method it is a way of investigating knowledge, testing knowledge or acquiring new knowledge. It uses empirical and measureable evidence to support the theories or hypotheses being tested.
Let’s take the case of Aunt Emma and her proof of healing through prayer. Again, coincidence. For proof we would have to take many (100 or 1,000) patients with the same debilitating condition or disease and divide them into two equal groups.
With one group, pray as much as you want. With the other group, use the same medical procedures but leave out the prayer.
If a statistically significant number of those with prayer improve over those who got the same treatment but without prayer, then you have evidence of prayer working.
Without that, you just have people believing what they want to believe, without any empirical evidence. Come on, boys and girls, let’s get with the truth and evidence of facts and knowledge.
Let’s start thinking about and using the Scientific Method. After all, it has been around – and working - since the 17th Century.