Historical Christian Science Lectures

We are pleased to offer audio recordings of historical Christian Science lectures. During the 1960’s, Christian Science lectures were frequently broadcast in the New York City area.

Many of them were recorded by the webmaster of this site on reel-to-reel tape, which you may now enjoy. Visitors to our site have also contributed many additional lectures.

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Special Announcement

We have recently completed a project which added 212 new lectures. This gives a total of 312 you may listen to. This was made possible due to the generosity of people who have donated to this website.

All of the new lectures are synthesized, meaning they were converted from text to speech. But, they use a natural sounding voice and are a vast improvement over those previously used on this site. Play the small sample below to hear the difference.

If you scroll down you will see several tabs. The HUMAN tabs use the voice of the actual lecturer, or a human speaker. The SYNTH tabs are the newly added lectures. Click on the tab you want. Read the little introduction after clicking the Synth A-G tab for some useful information.

We have also added links for the full text of each synthesized lecture. You can click the little book icon and read along while you listen to the lecture! In case you are interested, one lecture is the first that was given in the Original Edifice of the Mother Church. This lecture is “Tomlinson, Irving C. – CS What It Is and What It Is Not 1898” and you will find it in the last tab. Your feedback is welcome.

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Click the play button to listen to a 15 second intro using the old voice, followed by the new one.

Old Synthesized Voice vs. New Natural Voice

You may download and listen to these recordings for your own personal use only. You are not permitted to copy/upload the lectures to your website or any other website, sell them, use them for commercial purposes, or reproduce and distribute them without permission in any form whatsoever.

If you enjoy these lectures, feel free to drop me a note.

Another website called cslectures.org offers the full text of these and many others, which you may read or print.

If you are enjoying the lectures, a donation to help support this website would be appreciated. Just click the button, then you may use either your credit card, or PayPal.

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  • (AW) Read by Anthony Whitehouse
  • CS Christian Science

About The Lectures

All of these lectures are gems. A great many of the lecturers were students of Mary Baker Eddy and were class taught by her. The lectures go into great depth about the teachings of Christian Science. One of them, which will be added later, is the first lecture ever given in the Mother Church.

About The Lecture Titles

In the early days it was common for Christian Science lectures to have no title. They were simply described in newspaper announcements as “A lecture on Christian Science.”

You may notice that there are several lectures which have the exact same title, but show a different year. They are not the same lecture. They are usually completely different lectures.

Likewise, you may see a one or two after the title of the lecture. Again, these are separate lectures.

About The Style Of The Lectures

It was common for lecturers to speak in very long sentences. Sometimes one sentence would occupy an entire paragraph. This makes it a little hard to listen to. But, it is not a fault of the text-to-speech conversion.

Many lectures contain verses from the Bible and poems. Citations may not be correctly spoken. For example, Deut. may be spoken as “Deut” instead of Deuteronomy. When poems are spoken, it may not be clear to the listener that you are hearing a poem. Please forgive these minor imperfections.

About The Synthesized Voices

The lectures were converted using the best available text to speech product I could find. It is a paid, commercial product which uses Artificial Intelligence. It is also used for things like broadcasting, creating narration for commercials, eLearning and so on.

For the male voices, a single voice was used throughout. For the female voices, there is a bit of variety in the first several lectures. You may notice an Australian or UK accent. The remaining lectures all use a US English voice.

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