Anatomy of a Seance: A History of Spirit Communication in Central Canada

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 259 pages
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Creates a fascinating picture of how educated people were drawn to spiritualism and psychic research Shows that for many attempting to sort out their religious beliefs and find an acceptable marriage between religion and science the seance room provided an alternative to formal religious dogma In this first full-length study of spirit communication, Stan McMullin has drawn upon seance notes, letters, diaries, and special collections to create a fascinating picture of how educated people were drawn to spiritualism and psychic research. Anatomy of a Seance shows that for many attempting to sort out their religious beliefs and find an acceptable marriage between religion and science the seance room provided an alternative to formal religious dogma. Despite the opposition of mainline churches, spiritualism offered the possibility of a scientific religion that could prove the existence of heaven.
 

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Contents

The Quest for Balance
3
2 Early Spiritualists
22
3 BF Austin
42
What Converted Me to Spiritualism
63
5 Dr John King and Psychic Research
85
The Twentiethplane Controversy
107
Trails of Truth
129
8 The Church of Divine Revelation and the Radiant Healing Centre
146
10 Glen Hamilton
180
Friends and Associates
197
12 William Lyon Mackenzie King
213
Conclusion
221
Notes
227
Bibliography
245
Index
251
Copyright

9 Thomas Lacey
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Carleton University

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