Heaven and Hell

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Overview:
This is the fourth book of the Spiritist Codification, first published in 1865. Following the explanations of the mediumistic phenomena, the universal laws, and the teachings of Christ, all approached and explained in the three previous books of the codification, Allan Kardec now enlightens us with a dissected view of Divine Justice seen from the spiritist perspective. The book is divided into two parts, namely “The Doctrine” and “The Examples”. The first part shows a a comparative analysis of the concepts of different faiths about heaven, purgatory and hell, angels and demons, and future punishment and rewards, whilst the author delves deeply into subjects such as future life, the fear of death, the myth of eternal punishment, angels and demons. The dogma of eternal punishment is especially discussed and refuted by arguments taken from the universal laws. The second part consists of numerous communications with discarnate spirits at different stages of evolution, exploring the characteristics of each of their continued existences as it sheds light on the state of the soul after death and its passage from the physical life to the spiritual life, which until then had been obscure and feared. In addition, it explores topics such as suicide and the origins of our earthly trials.
 
About the Author:
Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, known to most by his pseudonym Allan Kardec, was born in Lyon, France on October 3, 1804 in a traditional family that was greatly distinguished in the legal profession and court system. However, he did not pursue those careers and from an early age showed an inclination towards the studies of science and philosophy. Educated in the renowned School of Pestalozzi in Yverdun, Switzerland, Allan Kardec became one of the most eminent pupils of that celebrated teacher and one of the most zealous advertisers of the educational system that would later be of great influence in the reform of the educational system in France and Germany.
From his work on the five books of the Codification—The Spirits’ Book, The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel According to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and Genesis – Miracles and Predictions According to Spiritism—Allan Kardec is considered the Codifier of the Spiritist Doctrine.
 

From the Publisher:
Title: Heaven and Hell — Divine Justice According to Spiritism
Author(s): Allan Kardec
Language: English
Source: Translated material from the original French edition and Anna Blackwell’s first English translation of 1878
Translation: Anna Blackwell (1878), updated, completed, and revised by Jussara Korngold
Revision: Jussara Korngold
Publisher: Spiritist Alliance for Books (SAB)
Location: New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: April, 2003 (1st edition)
Number of pages: 552
ISBN(10): 0-97423-32-1-8
ISBN(13): 978-0-97423-32-1-8

Book size (H×W×T): 8¼” × 5½” × 1⅜” (21.0cm × 14.0cm × 3.6cm)
Print type: Black font on light tan background
Book format(s): Paperback and digital (PDF)

Original Material:
Title: Le Ciel et l’Enfer — La Justice Divine selon le Spiritisme
Publisher: Union Spirite Française et Francophone
Location: Paris, France
Publication Date: 1865
Language: French