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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 21, No. 8. 2nd July, 1958

Christian Science Lecture Planned — "Christian Science: The Science of Christianity"

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Christian Science Lecture Planned

"Christian Science: The Science of Christianity"

A lecture on Christian Science is soon to be given at the University by a member of the Board of Lectureship of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. The lecturer is Mr. Earl E. Simms, of Austin, Texas, and his subject is "Christian Science: The Science of Christianity".

The lecture will be delivered in Room A.1 on Wednesday, 16 July, at 1 p.m. It is being sponsored by the Christian Science Organization.

This will be one of sixteen lectures to be delivered throughout New Zealand by Mr. Simms in the course of a tour of Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Formosa, Japan and Korea. Such lecture tours, which have previously been an annual event in New Zealand, are now being arranged twice yearly.

The textbook of Christian Science is "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the first edition of which was published in 1875. The Bible (King James version) and "Science and Health" are the basic texts of the movement. At Christian Science services, extracts from the Bible are read together with correlative passages from "Science and Health". A copy of this textbook is available in the University Library, and may be found most easily by consulting the "authors" catalogue.

Among the periodical literature of the movement is the international daily newspaper "The Christian Science Monitor", established by Mrs. Eddy "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind" ("The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany", p. 353). The "Monitor" has regular subscribers in over 100 countries, and in almost every issue at least one article is translated into one of a large number of languages. Another publication which aids in surmounting language barriers is "The Herald of Christian Science", published periodically in nine languages other than English. Copies of the "Monitor" are available in the Common Room.

Mr. Simms' other lectures in the Wellington area are as follows: Tuesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. in the Lower Hutt Town Hall; Thursday, July 17, at 8 p.m. in First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bolton Street, Wellington; and Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. in the Wellington Town Hall. The Sunday lecture will be broadcast by 2YC; and a broadcast may also be heard from 3YC on Sunday, 27th July, at 3.30 p.m.

The Committee and members of the Christian Science Organization have extended a warm welcome to all staff and students to attend the lecture in A.l on 16 July. They have expressed the hope that as many as possible may be able to be seated a few minutes before 1 p.m.; but others should feel free to come in during the course of the lecture.