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Greenfield, Mass.—First Church of Christ, Scientist, has outgrown its hall, and moves to a much larger one. It has not been a rapid growth, and for some years the Christian Scientists were hardly more than a group, albeit a very earnest and faithful one. The recent expansion indicates the approach of the day when they will have a church of their own, a day that will only arrive when they are able to pay for the building, as one of the things which this faith avoids is debt, and its church edifices are not dedicated until paid for. The local growth is but an instance of the continued increase of the Christian Science denomination, which is widespread and constant.

There has come about a larger toleration of the Christian Science church and of its faith among those who in former years visited both denunciation and ridicule upon it. Perhaps the opposition has softened through observation of the practical good that its members derive from their belief, and their high example of making their faith alive in every worldly concern. The deeper reason may be that there is in the thought of every earnest person a fundamental agreement with the main concept of Christian Science, that mind and life are one,—with only a difference in the emphasis put upon this truth. At all events, the church that brings to its people the better means of solving daily problems and contributes to the wholesomeness and cheer of the community, overcomes intolerant opposition and gains the favor of an unrestrained welcome to the forces for good.

The Greenfield Recorder.

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The Lectures
May 18, 1918

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