A very large audience at First Church of Christ, Scientist, last evening [Sept. 20] listened to an interesting lecture by Mrs. Sue Harper Mims of Atlanta, Ga. The lecture was repeated at the same place and hour the following evening. The lecturer was introduced by Rev. Willard Brown Thorp, pastor of the South Congregational Church, the nearest ecclesiastical neighbor of First Church of Christ, Scientist. In his remarks Mr. Thorp said,—

I welcome this opportunity of speaking a fraternal word to my Christian Science neighbors. I have watched with the deepest interest and admiration the growth of your spiritual work. I recognize that the Christian Science movement has developed in a notable way certain important lines of genuinely Christian experience, and has made religion a vital thing in the lives of many people where it had ceased to be effective. It has demonstrated the power of a conception of God which is essentially metaphysical, to save and transform lives. It has shown what can be accomplished by the constant inner assertion of the great positive affirmations of faith, and by their resolute application to the specific problems of life. It has put us preachers to shame by building up a great church without any preaching whatever, simply by the discipline of its members in the inner practice of the faith. With some of its teachings and many of its forms of statement I find myself at variance; but for the spirit that prevails among you and for the work you are doing in many lives, I have the heartiest admiration; and I recognize that it is not the first time in the world's history that doctrines pronounced by the wise and learned "foolishness" have been in the lives of multitudes "the power of God unto salvation."

October 27, 1906

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