Genesis: Miracles and Predictions According to Spiritism

Genesis: Miracles and Predictions
According to Spiritism

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This is the last of the five books of the Spiritist Codification, published in 1868. It provides a scientific perspective to the Spiritist Doctrine whose foundations are evenly distributed among religion, philosophy, and science. Written with the scientific knowledge available to Allan Kardec during the mid-XIX century, this is perhaps one of the most difficult books of the Spiritist Codification in that it shows the reader how important it is for religion and philosophy to be associated with scientific knowledge. With his inimitable pedagogical style, Allan Kardec divides the book into three main parts: the first explains the spiritist views on the creation and related dogmas as it explores in great detail such subjects as God, the ideas of good and evil, human evolution, cosmology (uranography), and the earth sciences as understood in 1868. The second part deals with the dogma of miracles, and the book presents more rational and scientific explanations to these phenomena, be it to their origins or the teachings involved therein. It is a solid approach towards dispelling the idea of the supernatural in any aspect of earthly life and an invitation altogether for all to study and elucidate what at first may appear as a transgression of the natural or universal laws. In the same vein, the third part deals with the concept of future predictions, alluding to the fact that such phenomena are basic impossibilities and that Christian biblical predictions of the future, whether apocalyptic or not, should not be understood through the light of science.

This book is one of the five basic works that make up the Codification of Spiritism, and it is the author’s most scientific work. It deals with themes regarded as incontestable by religion in the light of the immortality of the soul, unifying Christian thought and scientific discoveries. It offers a unique opportunity for the reader to know and study themes of universal interest, discussed in a logical, rational and revealing manner.

The book is divided into three parts: the first part analyses the origin of planet Earth and avoids the mysterious or magical interpretations about its creation; the second part addresses the question of miracles, explaining the nature of fluids and the extraordinary phenomena contained in the Gospel; and the third part focuses on the prophecies in the Gospel, the signs of the times and the new generation, whose advent will be the beginning of a new era for humankind based on the practice of justice, peace and fraternity.

About the Authors

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.

Allan Kardec is considered the Codifier of the Spiritist Doctrine for 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."

Book Information

Title: Genesis: Miracles and Predictions According to Spiritism
Author(s): Allan Kardec and several spirits
Language: English
Source: Translated material from the original French edition and William J. Colville’s English translation of 1883
Translation: Darrel W. Kimble and Ily Reis
Publisher: Federação Espírita Brasileira (FEB)
Location: Brasília – DF, Brazil
Publication Date: August 12, 2011 (2nd edition)
Number of pages: 440
ISBN(10): 85-98161-78-0 (paperback version)
ISBN(13): 978-85-98161-78-5 (paperback version)
Book size (W×H×T): 8¼” × 5½” × 1″ (21.0cm × 14.0cm × 2.5cm)
Print type: Black font on white background
Book format(s): Paperback

Original Material

Title: La Genèse: les Miracles et les Predictions selon le Spiritisme
Publisher: Union Spirite Française et Francophone
Location: Paris, France
Publication Date: January 6, 1868
Language: French