The Lectures

A magnificent audience assembled to hear Judge Septimus J. Hanna of Colorado Springs lecture on Christian Science, last night [May 4]. Judge Hanna was introduced by Hon. Martin A. Morrison, who spoke in part as follows:—

Christian Science is here, and so far as relates to this generation, it is safe to say that it is here to stay. Men may accept it or reject it; but they cannot put themselves beyond its influence over their thoughts and lives. It is a vital force in our midst, and as such it must be reckoned with. It is the part of wisdom, therefore, to learn the truth about its doctrines. It were a woeful want of wisdom to refuse to give to it a candid hearing, and to content ourselves with blind and impotent denunciation.

We who are schooled to the older forms of faith, and wedded to the names of our respective denominations, find ourselves sometimes tempted to lift our hands against the men and women who accept and promulgate new interpretations of the revealed Word, or who hold up before men some new vision of the truth. We are honest in our momentary fears, and imagine that the truth is endangered by these new intellectual and religious movements. On second thought, we recognize at once that we are unconsciously substituting our interpretation of the truth for the truth itself. The truth is never endangered. It never changes, nor can it. It fears no foe. It loses no battles. We ourselves are continually rising to new view-points. From each new view-point we catch a new vision of the truth, and instinctively adopt a new interpretation of the sacred Word. Our interpretation changes, and ought to change; it ought to deepen and widen with the process of the suns.

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