Talk:Germ theory of disease
I think the part about the Christian Scientist should be removed. The reason being, the page that that referenced makes claims like:
I've found prayer to be the quickest way to stop disease.
If this were true, everyone could just pray and disease would go away. This clearly doesn't happen.
--It should. People just dont pray correctly - they always wish for selfish things. God is not a genie, granting wishes on request.
Germ theory is the naturalistic explantion for disease, but the examples to be found within the bible - God-sent and God-relieved plagues, the casting out of demons - show that there can be a supernatural cause for illness too.
Germs had no power to make me sick; it was my belief in them and fear of them that were behind the cold symptoms I was experiencing
So he got sick just by thinking about being sick?
Vegemite 01:15, 7 March 2007 (EST)
Misleading historical comment
Cut from intro:
- This theory was first proposed by Girolamo Fracastoro in 1546 and was furthered by many other scientists before it became widely accepted as true.
This implies that it gained acceptance then. Kind of like saying Wegener's idea about continental drift was "first proposed" in the early 20th century. Wegener was ridiculed, and his idea dismissed.
It wasn't until the 1880s and 1890s that Pasteur, Lister and others began to examine the germ theory seriously. --Ed Poor 17:19, 19 March 2007 (EDT)