A Reporter at a Christian Science Service

Des Moines Mail and Times

I cannot help thinking that our modern religions have gathered the best from those that have gone before and utilized them. I used to go sometimes to Quaker meetings. They often sat silent through their whole hour. The silent prayer here was effective, as was the silence of the Quaker service. I never can bear to have God even unintentionally flattered in a prayer, or implored and begged and coaxed to do certain things. And to shout and moan, and plead with the maker of us all in prayer has always seemed to me the height of bad taste, to say nothing of its shocking lack of solemnity. So the silent prayer of the Christian Science service was satisfying and solemn and beautiful.

Des Moines Mail and Times.

The Lectures
July 31, 1902

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