A lecture on Christian Science by William D. McCrackan, M.A., was given Nov. 20 in the Grand Assembly Rooms. The lecture hall was packed, many having to listen through the open doors. The lecturer was introduced by the Rev. Charles M. Shaw of Manchester, who spoke in part as follows:—

For eighteen years I had been a minister in the denomination in which not only myself but my parents had been trained from childhood. I was, in a conventional way, happy in my work, and had much encouragement, but I became very unsettled in my thought. I was conscious of the fact that my hold upon the doctrines in which I had been brought up was being loosened as the result of the new light which criticism and research were throwing upon them. In addition to this, I experienced a growing concern at the apparent failure of orthodox Christianity to meet the demands of the age. I was dismayed at the great gap between the ideals of Christianity and the achievements of the churches as evidenced in our social, industrial, and political life. Something was wrong, and I knew not what beyond a vague sense that we needed a more spiritual faith.

March 9, 1912

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