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