THE LECTURES

An interesting lecture on Christian Science was given by Judge Septimus J. Hanna, Sept. 2, at the Houston Opera House. He was introduced by Judge Charles D. Bradley, who said in part:—

I am not a member of the Christian Science church, but like a world of others, I take great interest in the Christian Science movement. It is worthy of a most respectful hearing, and the people of Florence are under a debt of gratitude to First Church of Christ, Scientist, of this city for the public lecture on this subject to be delivered here to-day. We have reached the beginning of a new epoch. The world is athirst for a message that will satisfy its spiritual wants. This is not, as some assert, an irreligious age. I would rather call it an age of great religious awakening. The nineteenth century was a period of great mental activity—the whole realm of science in that time was most carefully traversed. The human mind had reached that stage when it would not be satisfied with anything because it was old, or because it rested on supposed authority. Never before had there been profounder religious investigation or acuter religious criticism. Never before had the researches of the savants been carried so widely to the doors of the multitude—the teeming press scattered broadcast among the people every discovery and every thought of the learned. No wonder, then, that the world had advanced upon all lines, and that now the science of religion—the science that reveals the true relations of man with the supreme power f the universe—should so deeply engross the attention of the human race. In the grand drama of present human events Christian Science plays no inconsiderable part. Its growth and progress is a wonder of the times—discovered only forty years ago by its now venerable expounder, Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, it is already a visible and potent factor in our civilization. Perhaps the message from this great woman is the message to lift mankind to a higher and truer spiritual living.

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