What does spiritualism have to do with me?

Some people think of spiritualism as something that belonged to the Victorian age—having a strong influence during the late 1800s, particularly in the United States. The spiritualists' national newspaper, The Banner of Light, was published in Boston and New York, and nineteenth-century spiritualists gathered for meetings at Walden Pond and on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

At the same time, however, something quite different was happening in Massachusetts. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, was writing a book entitled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In it she included a chapter called "Christian Science versus Spiritualism." In that chapter, Mrs. Eddy explained: "When the Science of Mind is understood, spiritualism will be found mainly erroneous, having no scientific basis nor origin, no proof nor power outside of human testimony. It is the offspring of the physical senses. There is no sensuality in Spirit. I never could believe in spiritualism" (p. 71).

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