The Semi-annual Lecture

We give below a condensed statement of Mr. Kimball's lecture delivered before a splendid audience in Symphony Hall, Boston, December 8. The lecturer was introduced by Prof. Hermann S. Hering, First Reader of the Mother Church, who said,—

Friends:—The lecture you have been invited to hear this evening is the regular semi-annual public lecture given under the auspices of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the Mother Church of the denomination, for the purpose of presenting an authoritative statement of the fundamental teachings of Christian Science, its practice and results, and of correcting any existing misapprehensions thereof.

Christian Science in its essentials is extremely simple, its spirit being readily grasped even by children, but its teachings concerning all the various theological, medical, and educational questions, and its explanation of the innumerable problems of existence, are so exhaustive and comprehensive, when considered in their entirety, that in a single lecture it is quite impossible to do more than touch on the most important points; but the fundamentals will be presented, and if any of them appeal to you as reasonable, desirable, or even promising, you can readily obtain fuller information by further inquiry.

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December 19, 1903

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