Hon. Clarence A. Buskirk lectured on Christian Science Sept. 16. He was introduced by H. W. Ahlquist, who spoke in part as follows:—

That Christian Science is creating considerable comment and interest throughout the land is not to be denied. While I am not a member of the organization represented here, and do not claim to know much about their teachings, yet I do know that they believe in the same God, in the same Christ, and in the same Bible as do the orthodox churches, and that their aim is for the uplifting of mankind. I have the greatest respect for Christian Science, for its worthy purposes, its lofty ideals, and the splendid work it is doing for humanity.

Christian Science is no longer a doctrine which is or need be scorned or ridiculed; it has been tested, has passed through and beyond the experimental stage, and has become a great religious movement. Any religion which contributes to the happiness, the joy and gladness of human lives, which ameliorates and relieves suffering, sorrow, grief, and distress in this world of ours, is surely worthy of being given fair and generous hearing. The steady, constant growth of Christian Science, and the fact of the acceptance of its teachings by men and women of the highest, keenest, and best intellects to be found throughout the country, place it beyond that point where people gather to criticise or wonder what a strange thing it is; on the contrary, they now gather for the same purpose that impels them when they attend the services of other Christian denominations,—they are seekers after the truth.—Correspondence.

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October 13, 1906

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