In an article dealing with the subject of immortality...

Deer Isle and Stonington Press

In an article dealing with the subject of immortality your correspondent mentions a group of famous people who since the world war have given prominence to spiritualism, and among them he mentions Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

In the first place, none of Mrs. Eddy's works were written since the war, and in the second place, Mrs. Eddy has never offered spiritualism as a proof of immortality, but on the contrary she has devoted one whole chapter of her principal work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," to an explanation of why she could not accept spiritualism, from which I quote (pp. 74, 80): "The so-called dead and living cannot commune together, for they are in separate states of existence, or consciousness." "I entertain no doubt of the humanity and philanthropy of many Spiritualists, but I cannot coincide with their views. It is mysticism which gives spiritualism its force. Science dispels mystery and explains extraordinary phenomena; but Science never removes phenomena from the domain of reason into the realm of mysticism."

October 7, 1933

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