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From the June 1900 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In appearing before an audience like this I am conscious of being in the presence of those who entertain divergent views and opinions concerning nearly every question that engages the attention of man. It is probable that you, among yourselves, differ concerning politics, religion, and Christianity; concerning philosophy, economics, science, education, cause and effect, ways and means, and even what we call common sense I am aware that a lecture on Christian Science attracts unto itself people who widely differ in opinions concerning this subject—what it is, what it means, and what it does There are in this presence people whose hearts are overflowing with gratitude because they have been raised from abysmal depths of evil, and who are insistently giving thanks because Christian Science has bettered their lives and turned the currents thereof into channels of peace and health.