“BELOW IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE FULL TEXT OF THE MAJORITY REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS BY THE COMMITTEE OF ANGLICANS APPOINTED BY THE ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY AND YORK TO INVESTIGATE SPIRITUALISM.
When every possible explanation of these communications has been given, and all doubtful evidence set aside, it is very generally agreed
that there remains some element as yet unexplained. We think that it is probable that the hypothesis that they proceed in some cases from discarnate spirits is the true one.
That so much can be said, even in so cautious a form, involves very important consequences, and makes necessary certain warnings.
It is abundantly clear, as Spiritualists themselves admit, that an easy credulity in these matters opens the door to self-deception and to a very great amount of fraud. We are greatly impressed by the evidence of this which we received, and desire to place on record a most emphatic warning to those who might become interested in Spiritualism from motives of mere curiosity or as a way of escaping from the responsibility of making their own decisions as Christians under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
It is legitimate for Christians who are scientifically qualified to make these matters a subject of scientific enquiry, though, as we have already said, such enquiry has its necessary limitations.
But it is not legitimate, and it is unquestionably dangerous, to allow an interest in Spiritual ism, at a low lever of spiritual value, to replace that deeper religion which rests fundamentally upon the right relation of the soul to God Himself.
It is necessary to keep clearly in mine that none of the fundamental Christian obligations or values is in any way changed by our acceptance of the possibility of communication with discarnate spirits.
Where these essential principles arc borne in mind, those who have the assurance that they have been in touch with their departed friends may rightly accept the sense of enlargement and of unbroken fellowship which it brings.”
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