The Lectures

In spite of disagreeable weather the banquet hall in the City Building was the scene of a large gathering of representative citizens of this city who are interested in the worthy Christian Science movement. William C. Henderson introduced Governor Felker, who in turn presented the speaker, William R. Rathvon, as follows:—

It is both a duty and a privilege for me to introduce your speaker. It is both a duty and a privilege for the executive of a state to be identified with those things which attempt to abolish sin and elevate human lives. Our forefathers were a religious people. They believed in a personal God from whom all blessings come. They believed and attributed the sin of the world to their own misdeeds, and with that belief they went on through the years. Those that sow sorrow shall reap joy, was their notion.

Now they may have had a misconception of the sorrow and sin of the world, and so may not have looked on it in the right light to abolish it. As one thinks, in a measure so he is. "By their fruits ye shall know them," and it is by the fruits of the church of Christian Science that we know it. An organization which in the last fifty years, or less than fifty years, has fifteen hundred churches and a million and a half adherents, has certainly done a wonderful thing, and I trust that when you come to your semicentennial, two years hence, you will have doubled your number of churches.

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Testimony of Healing
When I was quite young, my mother, who was afflicted...
June 6, 1914

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