The Lectures

Evanston, Ill. (First Church).—Introducing John C. Lathrop, a Christian Science lecturer, to his audience, Chancellor L. Jenks said in part:—

After Nebuchadnezzar had cast the three Hebrew captives into the burning fiery furnace, he looked into the flames and cried in astonishment and awe, "Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? ... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." We all have our hour of testing in the fiery furnace of affliction. But we are not alone. Christian Science imparts to us the power to become conscious of the presence of divine Love, nullifying the action of the flames, and enabling us to come forth, as did the Hebrew captives, without even the "smell of fire" upon us. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in the Preface to the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. xi): "Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or 'God with us,'—a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself,coming coming now as was promised aforetime,

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March 22, 1924

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