In a lecture on the subject "Christian Science: The Gospel of Salvation," the tenets of Christian Science were ably set forth to a large audience in Court Square Theater last evening [Nov. 21] by Willis F. Gross. The speaker was introduced by Stewart Anderson, who spoke as follows:—

That Christian Science is neither Christian nor scientific is a common charge. That Christian Science is a marvelously successful mental, moral, physical, and financial reformative agency, is a frequent and increasingly frequent admission. Foes and friendly critics alike make and maintain the charge; foes and friendly critics alike make the admission. The Church of Christ, Scientist, however, asserts that its doctrine is of God, and that the fruits of the doctrine prove that derivation. Other branches of the Christian church, together with many men and women who adhere to no creed whatever, ascribe some of those fruits to what they call "natural causes," and they deny the actuality of other of those fruits. But among all who dissent and all who oppose, comparatively few deny that Christian Scientists are a healthy, a prosperous, a happy, and a good people. And this phenomenon is visible to everybody, that Christian Science has in a few short years planted its churches everywhere in this country and has made disciples in almost all lands as far as the farthest seas.

The sudden and gigantic growth of such an apparent power for good should command the study of all whose hopes are fixed upon a happier mankind, of all whose lives are incurable by human remedy, of all who are seeking for truth. Truth may or may not be made apparent to them, the divine healing may or may not touch them, and the lover of mankind may or may not find in this phenomenon the elements of permanent betterment. Yet such is the asserted virtue of this doctrine, so plenteous are its reputed proofs, and so insistently does it claim to be both divine and scientific—scientific because divine—that it deserves a hearing before an open and a patient mind. And so, although I am not of this fold nor of any other, I account it a privilege to introduce to an open-minded Springfield audience an authoritative and eloquent voice of the new church, and to join you in listening to his statement of the doctrine, his display of the fruits, and his exposition of the logic of Christian Science.—Springfield Union.

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February 4, 1911

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