The Lectures

A goodly-sized audience was attracted to the City Hall on Monday evening [Jan. 22] to hear Bicknell Young of Chicago on Christian Science. Dr. W. W. Tothsroh introduced the speaker, and in so doing said in part,—

It is needless to remind any one who is in any degree familiar with the history of formulated theology, that it cannot be said of it that it is "the same yesterday, and forever." Herein, as in everything else of human construction, change and decay are to be expected. In the realm of opinion and belief there is progress by the elimination of error, and in the widening and deepening of conceptions as new revelations or better views of old revelations of truth are obtained. Historically the orthodoxy of to-day was the heresy of the past, while the persecutors of the present were the persecuted yesterday. God's revelation is continuous and is not restricted to tablets of stone or parchments. He speaks to-day to those who would hear him.

As for Christian Science, it must be confessed that it is in harmony with the spirit of the age, in that it emphasizes the immanence and active interest of God, and places before its followers exalted ideals. If it be judged according to the standard, "By their fruits ye shall know them," then it must be conceded that it has impressive credentials in its survival of bitter opposition; its remarkable spread among people in all lands, of all lands, of all classes, and especially those of education, thought, and culture; and its thousands of witnesses who testify of the various benefits derived by them through their compliance with its teaching.
Ashtabula Beacon-Record.

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