The Lectures

In introducing William R. Rathvon, who lectured on Christian Science before an audience of nearly six hundred people in the Arctic Brotherhood Hall, A. J. Gillis, M.D., D.D.S., said in part:—

Personally I am not a follower of Christian Science, for the reason, perhaps, that I do not possess sufficient knowledge of its teachings, and for this same reason I am not a disbeliever in it. Honest, intelligent belief in any system must of necessity imply a comprehensive knowledge of its teachings, and absence of such knowledge is not a valid excuse or warranted justification for disbelief or condemnation. It is the duty of every man and every woman to think, reason, and investigate before accepting or rejecting, before arriving at any conclusion as to the merits or demerits of any institution or system of belief.

Christian Science was discovered and founded by Mrs. Eddy about fifty years ago. No institution, unless supported by a foundation of at least some merit and stability, could have withstood the fierce shafts of adverse criticism which during these years have been leveled at Christian Science without causing it for a moment to swerve from its signal purpose of healing the sick and aiding the distressed. With marvelous serenity it has pursued the even tenor of its phenomenal growth in adherents, influence, and power.

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Testimony of Healing
Six years ago Christian Science was first revealed to me,...
December 25, 1915

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