The Lectures

Judge Merle J. Rogers of the superior court in introducing Ezra W. Palmer, who lectured on Christian Science at Dixon Theater, said in part:—

The chairman of the committee having in charge the arrangements for this afternoon's meeting knew perfectly well, when he requested me a few days ago to introduce the speaker upon this occasion, that I am not a member of the Christian Science organization or a believer in its doctrines. Being assured, however, that such membership or belief is not essential to qualify one to act in this capacity, I readily consented to do so; for I recognize and rejoice in the fact that we live in a nation which enjoys religious freedom,—a nation in which each individual has the right to worship the Supreme Being in such manner and to such extent, and to attribute to Him such qualities and manifestations, as the judgment or conscience of the individual may dictate. I rejoice too that we live in an age of tolerance,—an age when people do not cease to be friends merely because they do not see these great questions alike.

Though not a Christian Scientist, I am, as it seems to me every one should be, deeply interested in the subject, and in common with every one else I have been especially interested to note the remarkable growth of this cult or system, and the high character, culture, and intelligence of many of its adherents. Holding myself open-minded, willing to hear and to learn, and carefully to weigh and consider, and earnestly to seek the truth, I trust I shall always have the courage to follow the truth wherever it may lead, when once believing that I have found it. So I am personally glad to have an opportunity, with you, to learn of Christian Science from one authorized and qualified to teach and to explain it.

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Testimony of Healing
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December 23, 1916

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