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Anon. (1908). A veteran scientist's testimony. The Christian Commonwealth, 29(1417): 166. [p. 166]
Transcriber: Smith, Charles Hyde
Transcription date: April 10, 2013
Scrutiny: 10/04/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, O.M., recently wrote, in response to an inquiry:--
"I have never given any special study to the character and influence of Jesus Christ. But as one who from boyhood till middle age was a confirmed materialist, and in his later life has become a confirmed spiritualist--but at no time a believer in dogmatic Christianity--my growing impression of late years has been that Jesus of Nazareth was, in his moral and human aspect, the finest character of whom we have any record, and that his influence upon humanity has been--notwithstanding the gross perversion of his teaching by priests and rulers--of supreme value.
"The story of his life impresses me as being on the whole a truthful one, as handed down by his disciples; and, of course, as a Spiritualist, I have no difficulty in accepting the record of his miracles as being, substantially, truthful also.
1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A short but revealing communication by Wallace printed under this title on page 166 of The Christian Commonwealth issue of 9 December 1908.
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