Part of the Quick Facts on Christian Cults series.
This one nearly creeped me out. I mean, if Tom Cruise going postal over Scientology was an 8 on the creepy scale…this was a 10.
You’ll see why in a minute.
What is spiritism?
Spiritism is nothing more than the science, philosophy and religion of continuous life…based upon communication with those in the spirit world.
In other words, communication with the dead. Think seance. Table turning. Even levitation.
And one of the reasons why nobody can effectively take credit as founder of Spiritism is because it’s a cult of antiquity [read: older than dirt]. However…
1. In the late to mid 18th Century, Kate Fox challenged an invisible noise-maker, presumed to be a spirit, to repeat the snaps of her fingers. “It” did. Mediums are born.
2. Other peculiar noises in the upstairs and cellars of the Fox home of Hydesville, New York, became known as “The Rochester Rappings.”
3. James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Arthur Conan Doyle were among those interested in spiritism. [By the way, 600 million dollars to anyone who can tell me what these five people all have in common.]
4. Spiritism seemed to be on the uptick after each great war. It also has a strong appeal to those who’ve lost loved ones.
5. In 1885, Boston resident Leonora Piper astounded people with her ability to lapse into trances during which she could answer with amazing accuracy questions concerning people who were dead.
6.Medium extraordinaire, Daniel Douglas Home, owned an accordion that played tunes all by itself.
7. Home could also levitate. The most famous case of levitation occurred in 1868 when Home floated out one window and into another. The windows were 76 inches apart, 85 feet above the ground.
8. Most Spiritists hold to seven principles: The fatherhood of God, brotherhood of man, continuous existence, communion of spirits, personal responsibility, compensation and retribution in the afterlife and in a path of endless progression.
9. Harry Houdini was known as the Medium Buster.
10. Magician and illusionist Criss Angel floating in the sky. Circa 2006.
11. What 1999 movie is about a troubled, isolated boy who can see and talk to ghosts?
12. While the majority of spiritistic phenomena are fraudulent, supernatural manifestations do occur. The Bible describes these as demonic events under God’s judgment.
Well…heck of a way to kick off a Sunday, don’t you think? I’m going to shower and get cleaned off. Maybe even use a scrub brush. Happy church chumming.