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*Spiritualism
Also:A philosophy, a science and a religion

Spiritualists' National Union:
Spiritualism is a religion that gives an understanding of God and encourages us to act with a high sense of duty towards others. Spiritualism stimulates spiritual growth and prepares us for eternal existence in the spirit-world.

Spiritualism is a science because it is based upon proven facts that can be demonstrated and scientifically classified. Spiritualism is the science of life as it encourages the search for truth in every department of existence, in nature and in human psychology.

Spiritualism is a philosophy that attempts to understand people, their physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual being. As Spirit is the moving force of the Universe, so Spiritualist philosophy embraces the whole realm of nature.

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SNUi - a Branch of The Spiritualists' National Union - History of Spiritualism:
The early Christian Church was founded on the basis of mediumship, Jesus of Nazareth being considered to have been an exceptionally gifted psychic and medium, as illustrated in the reports of his healing powers, inspired teachings, and so-called ‘miracles’. After the Crucifixion it is recorded that Jesus was seen and heard by Paul and others and it is clear that mediumship played an important part in the work of the Apostles in the spreading of this new religion and its presentation in Church services. The Bible in both the Old and New Testaments has many references to psychic abilities, inspirational speech, speaking in other languages, physical mediumship, healing and so on.

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The Maine State Spiritualist Association of Churches (MSSAC):
Spiritualism is not only a Religion that has a tremendous history dating back through time - Modern Spiritualism (considered the New Dispensation of Spirit Communication) dates back to March 31 1848 with the communication by a murdered peddler to teenage girls (Fox sister's) in Hydesville, but it also provides opportunities to educate us about a more spiritual life. It provides education in the wonders of Natural Law and the workings of the Spirit Realm.

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Spiritualist Church of Canada:
Spiritualism is a rational religion based on the proven knowledge that man's spirit survives physical death. This has led to a philosophical and scientific approach new to traditional religious faith. Spiritualist philosophy contains neither dogma nor creed and it is discussed rather than preached. It is a Religion of Reason for all those who see this as an Age of Reason.

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