The Lectures

Bliss Knapp delivered a lecture on Christian Science at the local church. Thomas J. Bouton, second reader, in introducing the lecturer said:—

Whenever a new and novel discovery of consequence is presented to human thought, it is immediately subjected to the acid test of scientific research. The greater the importance of the subject, the more pitiless and uncompromising is the scrutiny. In short, the world's inevitable query, "Is it practical; will it work?" cannot be satisfied with argument or fine spun theory; it must be met by evidence susceptible of demonstration.

Divine wisdom restrained the Man of Nazareth from engaging in argument as he went about his Father's business, as is clearly set forth in the seventh chapter of Luke, which relates the experience of two disciples of John the Baptist who were sent to Jesus with question, "Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?" For reply, "in that same hour"—evidently in the presence of these messengers—it is further related that "he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised." The answer admitted of no argument, no questioning. The works demonstrated the truth of his professions.

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