The Lectures

The long vista of cabs and carriages in West Regent Street last night [November 27] was suggestive of some fashionable social event in the Masonic Halls rather than a week-night religious meeting. Attracted by the glowing report of Christian Science and its efficacious power, there was within a well-dressed audience, comprising young and old of both sexes, that filled the hall to the doors, and those arriving at eight o'clock had either to retrace their steps homeward or content themselves with standing in the draughty passages, where they could hear the voice of the lecturer but could see nothing.

Christian Science is an American "discovery," and since founded by Mrs. Eddy, a little over a quarter of a century ago, it has developed phenomenally across the water. Mrs. Eddy is Leader of the movement, and her position is a unique one.

The teachings of Christian Science were fully dealt with by Mr. Bicknell Young, of Chicago. One might have thought it was an orthodox Presbyterian that was lecturing, as he dealt with the Gospel story, with prayer, and the love of God, albeit he was in frock-coat instead of clerical garb. Christian Scientists accept, he said, the teachings of Christ without reservation; they never ascribe evil to God, or make Him in any way responsible for it, but show that evil originates in a belief of material existence entirely apart from God and unsupported by science or truth.

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