The Lectures

Music Hall was well filled Monday evening [October to] to listen to an address on Christian Science by Bicknell Young of Chicago. Mr. Young was introduced by Rev. A. F. Walch, who spoke in part as follows:—

Ladies, Gentlemen, Brethren of the Christian Science Church:—For the second time it becomes my pleasant duty to stand on this platform and welcome to the generous hearing of a St. Johnsbury audience a speaker for the faith of Christian Science. I do this gladly because I believe good will come from the full and free discussion of the subject at hand. I am something like the lady who said she thought the doctrine of "total depravity" was all right if it was only lived up to. I believe our Christian Science brethren are trying to live up to their doctrine, and that they are succeeding is sufficiently proven by the fact that their faith works the most wonderful transformation in their lives.

It must be evident to every one that the religious world is in a unsettled state. Men are eagerly and anxiously asking deep and vital questions. This questioning leads some to think that they are growing irreligious, that they are losing their sense of religion; but I believe a deeper and more careful study of the whole affair will convince us that this is not the trouble at all. It is not that men have lost their faith, through losing their religious sense, but they have somehow seen that there is something deeper and broader than the foundations upon which they formerly built, and they are insisting that these be given them. They feel that sometimes, when asking for bread, they have been given a stone.

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Charity and Invalids.
December 3, 1904

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