That’s not the image you have of Christian Science, though, is it? You’re thinking about all those headlines reporting the deaths of children who had been denied medical treatment for curable ailments. You’re thinking about two-year old Robyn Twitchell, who died of peritonitis because his parents refused to seek medical treatment in favour of prayer. You’re thinking about Amy Hermanson who died at age seven because her Christian Scientist parents denied her insulin. You’re thinking about Nathalie Middleton-Ripperberger who was just eight months old when she died after days of painful convulsions while Christian Science leaders prayed over her tiny, tortured body. This is the image you have of Christian Science, because it’s hard to forget that the ideas bound to the Church of Christ, Scientist led to these needless and preventable deaths of innocents.