Christian Scientists from every part of London flocked to the Queen's Hall last night [Nov. 1] to hear what amounted to an authoritative statement of their faith from one of its leading exponents. In view of the recently-renewed controversy concerning Christian Science, and the interest which is taken in the personality of its Leader, Mrs. Eddy, an extended report of this declaration is published below. Hundreds of interested outsiders attended the gathering, and the great building was thronged in every part. All sections of society were represented, either in the vast auditorium or on the tastefully-decorated platform, but the predominant element in the assembly was formed by professional men, who in scores of cases were accompanied by their wives and daughters.

The importance with which the Christian Scientists present regarded the occasion was made abundantly evident by the hush of keen expectancy which fell upon the waiting thousands when the chairman introduced the speaker of the evening, the Rev. Arthur R. Vosburgh. Mr. Vosburgh in his lecture said in part,—

Every great religious movement that has marked a spiritual epoch has always been dominated by some transcendent character. There has always been some Moses or Samuel or David, some Paul or Luther or Wesley to go before and lead forth the people of God. And every movement that has brought humanity nearer to God has in doing this elevated human thinking and living into realms where they have become more gentle and pure and good. So when such a movement as Christian Science came into the world it was inevitable that there should be a divinely ordained one to reveal and lead the way; and because it is inevitable that the knowledge which is divine power shall come in gentleness, beauty, purity, and light, it was in the native order of the divine fitness of things that this one should be a woman.

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December 22, 1906

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