The Lectures

George Shaw Cook's lecture at the Columbia Theater demonstrated the power of Christian Science to draw and hold an audience. The streets on all sides of the theater were filled with automobiles in which the audience had gone to attend the lecture. Inside the theater was one vast sea of faces uplifted to catch the words of the earnest speaker. Every seat was filled. Since the beginning of the series of lectures in Santa Rosa on Christian Science the local members have been compelled each time to seek a hall with increased seating capacity. Each hall in turn has proven inadequate to hold the crowds which desire to hear the lecturer. Columbia Theater, the largest auditorium in this city, was filled to capacity last evening.

In a manner which was convincing the speaker explained some of the teachings of Christian Science, and he impressed his audience deeply. Many who were present had come from idle curiosity, but they had secured a better conception of the views of Christian Scientists when the speaker had concluded. There is something which commands the attention and likewise the respect of the people in this new science, and more and more are the people of this city and nation taking up its study. Particularly are the audiences which attend these lectures of the thinking classes, and to hold their attention the speaker must have something to offer which will interest and convince. No one can doubt the interest of the people when they consider the vast outpouring whenever these lectures are announced.

Christian Scientists do not oppose any other religious belief, nor do they ridicule any of the other beliefs. One of the striking things about the audience was the large number of men who attended. There is much food for thought in the attendance at this lecture, and it demonstrates that Christian Science is growing, and growing rapidly.

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