From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
SIR A. CONAN DOYLE SUPPORTS SIR OLIVER LODGE.
Is the public interest in spiritual things growing?
Sir Oliver Lodge, in a statement published in yesterday's Daily Mail, said:
- People feel that there is some reality possible to get at, and it is that which they are seeking and looking to us (scientists) for. They do not want just devotional things. They are a little bit tired of mere ecclesiasticism. They want to find the truth.
This view was agreed with yesterday by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who said he was entirely in sympathy with Sir Oliver, adding:
- I am more radical in my opinions about the hereafter. But I feel that with religion the form is very often allowed to dominate and usurp the spirit of the thing, and that should be avoided.
The Rev. T. W. Pym, the missionary of Southwark Cathedral, said:
- What Sir Oliver says about people being tired of mere ecclesiasticism is a fair description of present conditions. It is something which I think the Church cannot afford to ignore and a problem to which it must address itself.