An audience of over two hundred assembled in Bethany Church last Thursday night [Aug. 20], to listen to an able exposition of the theory and practice of Christian Science by Frank H. Leonard of Brooklyn. The speaker was introduced by the pastor of the church, Rev. Fraser Metzger, who said,—

Bethany Church, in opening its doors to a Christian Science lecturer, makes no pretension of sympathy with the teachings of Christian Science. Believing, however, that Scientists are sincere in their contention, the church offers the use of its building as a courtesy. The church stands in the community as an institution that should welcome the truth, let that truth come from any source it will. Though radically disagreeing with much that Christian Science teaches, it is willing to stand on the ground Gamaliel pointed out to the Jewish Sanhedrin—"If this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it." As pastor and as an individual, I am unable to introduce the speaker of to-night in the spirit of a man who can commend the message in toto. None of us is infallible, therefore it is always well to concede that he who differs from you is in possession of some truth. It remains only for each of us to walk in the light he has, and not be afraid, for the truth will hurt no man, and no institution will suffer from its espousal. Believing that the speaker comes in sincerity, he is welcomed to this pulpit, and I fraternally introduce him to you.—Herald and News.

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October 17, 1908

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