The Lectures

In Samuels' Opera House, Sunday afternoon [May 4], before a goodly audience which, aside from the member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Jamestown, under whose auspices the lecture was given, and those of the general public who were interested to attend, included numbers from Bradford, Warren, Corry, Salamanca, and other nearby towns, Carol Norton, C.S.D., of New York spoke on the subject: "Christian Science as Applied Christianity." He was introduced by Attorney Frank H. Mott of this city, who said:—

Ladies and Gentlemen:—At the Congress of Religions in Chicago in 1893, the design was, I think, that those of different faiths might come to a better understanding of the faith of each, that they might therefore be more sure of the reality of their own. That movement brought together representatives of all the great religious faiths throughout the world, that they might discuss rationally and intelligently the fundamentals of their beliefs.

In a way these addresses under the auspices of the local Christian Scientists represent the same idea. They bring together people of various faiths to listen to a discussion of a particular faith in a rational and intelligent manner. It is in that spirit that I have been asked to preside this afternoon, and so I appear neither as an exponent nor an opponent of the doctrines which will be expounded by the lecturer, but rather as one willing to listen to what any one may have to say upon the various lines of religious thought. And it is creditable to this community, as to any community, that it is willing to study these problems, which concern the temporal and spiritual welfare of mankind, in an effort to arrive at that which is true.

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May 15, 1902

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