The Lectures

Edward A. Kimball lectured on the subject of Christian Science, July 11. Governor Cummins introduced Mr. Kimball in the following words:—

I accepted the invitation to introduce the speaker for no other reason than that it gave me another opportunity to express the appreciation which I increasingly feel of the value of the work of all religious associations. I venture to say that this religion is one which impresses me more deeply day by day. I have had a better opportunity the last three or four for observing the influences of Christian work than I have ever had before. I have had a better opportunity to weigh and attempt to measure the imperative necessity for Christian work than I have ever had before. I shall not speak, I am not competent to speak, I am not worthy to speak of the Church as an instrument of safety, of salvation in the next world, but I am competent to speak, and I feel that it is one of the highest missions imposed upon man to speak of the Church as an instrument for the salvation of men and women in this world. The age in which we are living has many peculiar characteristics. I need not dwell upon the mighty forward advancement made in our own country in the last century, and as proud as we are of the growth, which is unparalleled in the history of the world, it is attended with dangers, it is accompanied with perils, it is surrounded with temptations, the like of which never surrounded or never beset the human race before. I speak naturally from a public standpoint. I speak instinctively of the Church and of the tendency of religion as allies of good government, as defenders of pure and progressive society. It is more difficult to be upright, honest, and courageous at this hour than it ever was before; and what we need at this time is redoubled energy upon the part of every lover of his country, of every lover of society, of every lover of humanity, to better understand and more faithfully execute the duties that progress and civilization, of which we are a part, have imposed upon us.

Christian Science at the Capital
September 16, 1905

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