The Lectures

Clarence W. Chadwick delivered three lectures on Christian Science under the auspices of Second Church. Don E. Gilman, who introduced him at the first lecture, in Shrine Auditorium, said:—

In the years following the Master's triumphant climax to his ministry, his apostles, scattered throughout the then civilized world, taught the same doctrine of love and peace that they had received from their inspired Teacher, and, like him, demonstrated their faith by healing the sick and raising the dead. Contented with the religion of their fathers, and antagonized by this new revelation, scribe and Pharisee, emperor and governor, rich and poor alike, ridiculed and persecuted the Christians. Yet the sect, as it was called, grew in numbers and spiritual grace, and for three centuries their teachings were accompanied by their healing practises, material means not being employed. In spite of everything that could be done, not only to hinder their work but to annihilate the Christian themselves, their cause prospered, and its light could not be totally obscured by the dark ages, fulfilling these words of Gamaliel to the council of the high priests: "For if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it."

In the text-book of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says, "Christianity is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life, by the apostolic work of casting out error and healing the sick" (p. 97). Rare indeed is the individual who knows not some one who has been benefited by Christian Science. No greater estimate can be asked than that required by the Master: "By their fruits ye shall know them."

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January 10, 1914

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