Spiritualism, Spiritism: What's the Difference?

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Spiritualism, Spiritism: What's the Difference?

Post by Left Behind on Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:57 pm

Other than the fact that Spiritualism seems to predominate in English-heritage countries: Spiritism in Latin-heritage. (?)

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Re: Spiritualism, Spiritism: What's the Difference?

Post by Admin on Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:14 pm

Hi Jim

Some very important variations although the essential elements of survival after death, Mediumship and Healing are the same. However, Spiritism teaches reincarnation whereas Spiritualism is neutral on the subject (although individual Spiritualist may be for or against it). You may get a feel of the reincarnation issue here http://www.spiritualismlink.com/f24-reincarnation-real-or-not

Spiritism is based around the works of Allan Kardec, real name Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail (1804 -1869). You will find a little more about it on the forum here http://www.spiritualismlink.com/f27-allan-kardec-and-the-spiritists

Where Spiritualism has no formal written crede the Spiritists have the books left to them by Kardec, assembled from writings produced by mediums from all over the world.

Allan Kardec never intended Spiritism to become a religion, it was to be a philosophy of life. In practice it has become a religion and seems to fit comfortably alongside Catholicism throughout those countries where that was the dominant religion. It is one of the largest bodies in Brazil where the numbers are far in excess of the total number of declared Spiritualists world wide.
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Post by Left Behind on Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:58 am

Thanks, I'll have to look into those links.

Interesting that it's popular in Latin America, if it teaches reincarnation, which is not at all part of Catholic beliefs. Whether African or Indian religions teach reincarnation, I have no idea.

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Post by _Leslie_ on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:38 pm

I read - Book of Mediums, The Book On Mediums (Guide for Mediums and Invocators) and The Spirits' Book by Allan Kardec - all heavy reading but none the less, quite helpful and thought provoking.
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