Afterlife beliefs in the Spiritualist movement

Authored by: Walter Meyer zu Erpen

The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138852075
eBook ISBN: 9781315723747
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In popular culture, the term “spiritualism” conjures images of fortune-tellers, séances, mediums, the Ouija board, and spirits in general. When capitalized, Spiritualism denotes the modern religious movement which is often referred to as a science, philosophy, and religion. As a science, Spiritualism attempts to investigate and classify the mental and physical phenomena demonstrated through mediumship as evidence of life after death. As a philosophy, it studies the laws of nature relating to both the physical universe and an unseen world. As a religion, it strives to understand and expound teachings that are consistent with the physical, mental, and spiritual laws of nature.

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