Does Christianity have a role to play in medicine?

How can you believe in a deity but still have a passion for science?

A question that is asked a lot by many. For me, science helps reaffirm my belief in God. I have met a lot of people in my life who struggle to answer this question. Including myself at one point! But the more I learn about my faith and science, the easier it is for me to explain to people how you can be a Christian and still be a scientist. It would be extremely narrow-minded for me to say that everything that man has taught us to believe should be taken as gospel (pardon the pun).

No I do not believe that Adam and Eve were the first two humans and that we were all descended from them.

No I do not believe that evolution did not happen when there is scientific proof of it.

One of the greatest things that religion is struggling with is moving with time. I do not think religion will ever die out. It has been around for too long for that to happen and everyday more and more people experience something that makes them turn towards God. Catholicism is definitely one of the denominations in Christianity that is struggling to let go of certain ideologies that are deterring many people from finding out more about the grace of God. But I think our current pope who is probably one of the most liberal leaders of the Catholic church is doing wonders to win the hearts of the public.

  • Covering up the institutional abuse of children – Instead of owning up to it and admitting that something had gone wrong in the monitoring of interactions with church leaders and children, the church tried to ignore the problem and covered it up. “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.” – Psalms 127:3
  • The idea that those who are not heterosexual are going to hell. “God is the only lawgiver and judge. He alone can save and destroy. Who do you think you are to judge someone else?” – James 4:12

I would like to think that my belief in God is grounded in both blind faith and science. There are certain things that I cannot deny when there are blindingly obvious facts that I have read; but I also do not believe that science is the only explanation we have to some of the phenomena humans have experienced over the course of our history.

Recently, a student got in touch with me asking if my religion ever got in the way of medicine. To me, it has never been a problem. Conscientious objection is a great thing.

You may choose to opt out of providing a particular procedure because of your personal beliefs and values, as long as this does not result in direct or indirect discrimination against, or harassment of, individual patients or groups of patients. This means you must not refuse to treat a particular patient or group of patients because of your personal beliefs or views about them. And you must not refuse to treat the health consequences of lifestyle choices to which you object because of your beliefs. – GMC

Seeing as I have an interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, abortion is something I am likely to come across during my career. Through conscientious objection, I do not have to perform this procedure as it goes against something I firmly believe in. However, I have a legal and professional duty to refer women to the appropriate source of information so that they are not discriminated against a procedure due to my personal beliefs. Aside from this, I do not/will not let my faith affect the way I practice medicine. And aside from trying to open up the minds of atheist peers to the concept of allowing people to believe in whatever they want to, it has never affected my time at medical school.


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