THE LECTURES

The fundamentals of Christian Science were very ably expounded to an interested gathering at the Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday evening [May 11] by Francis J. Fluno, M.D., of Oakland, Cal. J. Miles Chambers, M.R.C.S., Eng., L.R.C.P., Lond., presided, and in his introductory remarks said that they were having the somewhat unusual experience that evening of being present to hear a lecturer on Christian Science who was himself a doctor of medicine, and who was introduced to them by a member of the same profession. They were, therefore, in a position to assure them that the attitude of Christian Science and of Christian Scientists toward the medical profession was that of love, and of admiration for the self-sacrifice and devotion which were shown by the great majority of those who were engaged in the medical relief of human suffering; and they, who had experienced in their own lives the healing and regenerating power of Christian Science, and had been led thereby to follow up its study, were not there to say one word in disparagement of those who were so engaged. Rather, they were there to tell them of the availability of the Christ-method of healing, which was given to the world nineteen hundred years ago in the words and works and life and ascension of Jesus Christ, the understanding and practical application of which had remained almost in abeyance since about the year 300 a.d., but which was rediscovered and rendered available to mankind rather more than forty years ago by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and given again to the world in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

There had been many erroneous impressions formed concerning the teachings of Christian Science, and consequently many equally erroneous criticisms had found their way into circulation through the press and through ordinary conversation. Perhaps the most common of these mistaken impressions was that Christian Science is merely a system of drugless healing; but if the critics who held that belief were familiar with the lives and histories of those who practised Christian Science they would know that the aim of the teaching and the effect of the practice of Christian Science is the rescue of mankind from the thraldom of all erroneous beliefs, whether those beliefs were in the necessity of sickness or the power of evil. It was in order that these mistaken impressions might be removed by a correct presentation of the teachings of Christian Science that these lectures were given.—Southampton Times.

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