Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine

In this talk about his newly published book, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine, Dr. Paul Offit looks into the minds of those who choose faith over medicine. State laws allow parents to deny their children medical care for religious reasons, and children are dying as a result. Offit uses complex characters and vivid storytelling to describe families who refuse blood transfusions and vaccines, substitute prayer for physician visits, and engage in rituals that spread disease. He believes these “medical martyrs” are making decisions that are not only unwise and immoral, but defy the best of what belief has to offer. Book signing immediately following.

Festival: 2015

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