Progress in the Christian Science activities at San Quentin...

[Semiannual Report of the Christian Science Activity at the California State Prison, San Quentin, California]

Progress in the Christian Science activities at San Quentin Prison is continuing satisfactorily. The religious workers petitioned Governor Olson to have a new chapel erected. He replied as follows: "Chaplains at San Quentin Prison, San Quentin, California. Gentlemen: This will acknowledge receipt of your petition to me for an adequate chapel at San Quentin. I have carefully read your petition and am impressed by your statement of the need for an auditorium for religious worship. I am transmitting this petition to the Board of Prison Directors, advising that I favor erection at an early date of such a chapel and auditorium. Thanking you for bringing this subject to my attention, and the splendid services you render in the aid of the humane and spiritual rehabilitation work we are set out to accomplish in the management of this prison, I am, very truly yours (Signed) Culbert L. Olson, Governor of California."

The Christian Science Quarterly for July, August, and September brought forth many questions on the subject of God, because of the many references in the Lesson-Sermons to Deity. The result was that nearly all the men who are interested in Christian Science studied with the aid of the Concordances the synonyms for God. We asked a young man who had studied Christian Science five months what he had gained from his study. He replied that he had learned that God is not personal, in a human or corporeal sense, and that evil is impersonal.

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September 13, 1941

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