The Lectures

Berkeley, Cal. (Society, University of California).—John W. Doorly, lecturer; introduced by Miss Willa C. Cloys, who said in part:—

If the news should spread in any fear-stricken community to-day that Jesus himself was in our midst, would not the people rush to him for healing, confident in expecting freedom from all their divers diseases? But the healing was never in the personal Jesus; it was in the truth which he taught and practiced. As proof of this the same healing truth was practiced by Christians for three hundred years after the crucifixion, and considered an essential part of their religion. The Bible furnishes no reason for permitting the practice of this healing truth to lapse. Christ Jesus is recorded as saying, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free;" and again, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."

But the healing practice did lapse, and it was not until after Mrs. Eddy's marvelous recovery in 1866 and her subsequent of the Science of Christian healing that it became at all prevalent again. Christian Science healing is not, and does not pretend to be, anything other than Christian healing. As a science it answers most conclusively Pilate's question, "What is truth?" As an answer to that question it is unifying men and nations, and a perfect understanding of it constitutes the brotherhood of man.

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May 10, 1919

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