The Lectures

Brooklyn, N. Y. (First Church).—Benjamin R. Thornbury made the following prefatory remarks to a lecture by Judge Samuel W. Greene:—

When St. Paul's Cathedral, in London, was completed, and England sought to erect a suitable monument to the architectural genius of its master builder, Sir Christopher Wren, nothing could be found so adequate to the genius of the man and the magnitude of his work as the tablet, which may be seen to-day in St. Paul's, bearing the simple Latin inscription (translated), "If you seek his monument, look about you." Were the Christian world to-day to attempt the erection of a monument to the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, nothing could so adequately commemorate the spiritual genius of Mary Baker Eddy and the magnitude of her work as the simple inscription, "If you seek her monument, look about you." In this instance it is not upon material structures, though they may be found numerous and stately, but upon the grateful testimony of unnumbered thousands of people who have, through the demonstration of Christian Science, been raised from death unto life.

Most of us come into Science through the door of physical healing. For the most part, as in my own experience, we come as a last resort, when everything else has failed. We do not grasp the far-reaching scope of our action until our further demonstration reveals the truth of Mrs. Eddy's statement in "Rudimental Divine Science" (p. 2) that "healing physical sickness is the smallest part of Christian Science." It is a great moment in our Christian Science experience when we discover that, not only in the redemption of humanity from sin and disease, but in every smallest element of our so-called complex civilization, whether it be domestic, social, business, religious, political, or otherwise, it is our privilege, all the time, to realize all that is highest and best and most satisfying, if we apply the right understanding of Truth. It is Christian Science that reveals to us the fact that we have probably been entertaining a vast misconception about God and man's relationship to God, that we have been limiting God and limiting God's man. Most of the human antagonism to Christian Science is only just a plain misconception of the subject. We are healed from that misconception when blind faith is replaced by intelligent, demonstrable understanding.

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March 24, 1923

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