The Lectures

Boston, Mass. (The Mother Church).—Dr. Walton Hubbard, lecturer; introduced by Bicknell Young, who said in part:—

In commending the faith of the centurion, Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel," and then he added this prophecy: "And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven." That prophecy is being fulfilled in Christian Science. Its adherents are coming from all walks of life, and they are attaining something at least of the spiritual altitude which characterized the ancient worthies, and are finding a proportionate measure of the kingdom of heaven or harmony. Among those who have come, and are coming, from the East and West are many physicians. To those who know something of the medical profession, this conversion to Christian Science, so far from being strange, is really natural. Nothing is more disheartening than ideals made subservient to materialism, which is exactly the case with the medical profession.

Compassion, unselfishness, honesty, and purity are all included in its system of ethics, and often strikingly illustrated in its personnel, but while these qualities are regarded as invaluable for the character, little or nothing is said as to their effect upon the physique. Christian Science shows that anything that is good for the character is equally good for the body, and if properly understood, will at once have a beneficial effect upon the body. Its system of education not only places a high value upon the noble aims and basic purposes of the medical profession, but frees them from materialism, and gives them scientific dignity and demonstrable value. Without ideals the world would indeed be a dreary place. Christian Science shows that even the highest human ideals are all too poor really to represent the divine facts, which are as apprehensible and as practical as the facts of arithmetic.

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May 18, 1918

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