The Lectures

Sale, Cheshire, England (Society).—John Sidney Braithwaite, lecturer; introduced by William Kenyon, who said in part:— may be asked what Christian Science has to offer for the relief of the present disturbed conditions of life. The answer to that question is, It has all to offer. The only panacea for the healing of social and industrial unrest is to be found in true religion,—in a religion industrial is demonstrable and gives here and now that proof of its utility to a sorrowing and suffering humanity.

Humanity has been taught for generations to rely on creeds and dogmas and the promise of a kingdom of heaven at some future time and in some far-off place; but it is now crying for a foretaste of the bliss of those promises and seeking in devious ways to repair the false trusts of the past. Christian Science offers here and now to lead humanity into a right apprehension of life, to heal its woes, to correct its ideals, to furnish it with the means of working out its salvation from suffering and error. Christian Science is primitive Christianity, and its proofs are the selfsame proofs of nineteen centuries ago. It is the religion of Jesus of Nazareth, our Way-shower; its theology is that which he taught on the hill slopes of Judea, and its practice is that which found the streets of Capernaum filled with sick folk and sent them away healthy men and women. It fulfills the promise of Christ Jesus when he said: "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever."

December 27, 1919

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