The Lectures

Virgil O. Strickler lectured on Christian Science at the New Theater. He was introduced by John A. Grose, who said in part:—

I think I can safely say that up to about ten or eleven months ago I could boast of as happy a home as there was in Sioux Falls, but then a serious cloud arose on my horizon. I returned home after a business trip to find that on two or three occasions my little family had attended the Christian Science church, and I learned from my wife that she had enjoyed the services very much. Three people whom I questioned about Christian Science gave me answers that made me very anxious, and realizing that I was the captain of that little home ship, I thought it was time for me to go on a tour of investigation; therefore at my first opportunity I attended the Christian Science church. I saw there the daughters, the sisters, the wives, and the mothers of some of the best men in Sioux Falls, and in many cases the men were with them. I attended another service, and I will admit that I have gone every Sunday since, and like it very much. The clouds have rolled away, and we have the same and more peace and love and harmony than we had before; and I feel like saying to all critics of Christian Science, and I say it kindly, that if they will study and investigate its teachings they will cease to criticize. And if you care to drop into that little church you will find a church stripped of all stage setting, a church as close if not closer to God and the Bible than any other church on earth, a church where the woman in gingham and the man in homespun are as welcome as the woman in silk and the man in broadcloth, a church where you will see more bright, happy faces than in any church in the world. But there is one great difference: Christian Scientists believe that when Christ commanded his disciples to go out into the world to preach the gospel and heal the sick, he meant precisely what he said; and there are hundreds of thousands of living witnesses all over this world who claim to have been cured through the teachings of Christian Science of some of the gravest maladies that flesh is heir to.—Correspondence.

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Testimony of Healing
As Christian Science is the greatest blessing which has...
February 7, 1914

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