A lecture was given by the Rev. William P. McKenzie in Long Beach Auditorium Sunday afternoon, Nov. 21. The lecturer was introduced by Attorney Herbert M. Haskell, who spoke in part as follows:—

I believe that nearly every person in this audience is here by reason of a desire to know more of truth, to know more of God and man. Christian Scientists sincerely believe that Christian Science has the answer to this longing in your heart, that it has something to offer which will lift the heavy load of care, of sin, of suffering; something that will banish earth's miasma of worry, doubt, and fear. Christian Scientists do not ask, do not wish you to believe its message, unless that message be true; they only desire a fair, unprejudiced hearing; that you accept it only so far as you feel it will meet your individual need,—only so far as it can prove itself true, step by step. I believe I am beginning to recognize and appreciate the good, the beautiful, and the true in every religion; to be thankful for the truth and willing to look for it regardless of any particular church, dogma, or creed. I regret, however, that in the past, and not far distant past either, I allowed my prejudice to cause me to say harsh things of Christian Science, or rather of what I then erroneously believed it to be. Since then, in my own home, we have experienced the kindly touch of its truth in the healing of sickness and suffering, at a time when it was greatly needed. I have since personally seen and investigated its healing of all manner of sickness and sin, with proofs thereof so plain and positive as to convince any fair-minded person.

Christian Science is today commanding the attention of the thinking world. It has no apology to offer. I have been in its churches and reading-rooms in some of the large cities, and was pleased to note the high character of the men and women one meets there,—judges, lawyers, bankers, men of large affairs, men and women from all stations in life, all sincere searchers for truth. A leading Denver minister told me that he was greatly impressed by the large number of men it was attracting to its meetings. Others tell you that the happy faces seen within its membership attest to the fact that its followers have found a peace and satisfaction in life that many have failed to find. To these people the teachings of Christian Science have rolled away the stone of doubt and fear from the sepulcher where, as to their lives and consciousness, had been buried so many beautiful truths of God's merciful, loving care for His children. I am sure that the speaker of the afternoon has a message of good cheer, of health, happiness, and holiness; a message of God's true relationship to man and of man to God.—Correspondence.

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January 22, 1910

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