THE LECTURES

A lecture on Christian Science was given at the Royal Institution, Hull, by Bliss Knapp. B. Haworth-Booth, J. P., D.L., presided. There was a large attendance, nearly the whole of the seating accommodation being occupied. The chairman said it was a common thing to hear Christian Science misrepresented, and he believed that the lectures by authorized members of the Christian Science board of lectureship were the best means of dispelling the darkness and throwing light upon the subject. It was not denied that Christian Science interpreted the gospel teaching in a manner new to the thought of this age; but Jesus plainly told his followers that in the years to come the world would receive fresh light on the momentous subjects on which he had spoken, and that this fuller light was not to supersede but to explain his words. He said, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear then now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; ... he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you."

The age through which we were passing had been rich beyond all others in new discoveries for the great well-being of men, but such men as Bell, Edison, Kelvin, and Marconi did not create the forces now available for all. So Mrs. Eddy did not create Christian Science; she perceived and gave to the world something in the Saviour's teaching which preceding ages had failed to perceive, and thus it fell that the wayfaring man today, if he be willing to be instructed, might know things of which the wise and prudent of this world were ignorant; he might gain a deeper and grander understanding of the truth of God, expressing itself in a wonderful improvement in health and happiness, and in a greatly extended capacity to be of service to others.

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