What is Spiritism?

What is Spiritism?

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A work that is still up-to-date, What is Spiritism? is useful for adherents of Spiritism as well as for those who want to understand the nature of the Spiritist Doctrine and its fundamental points. Allan Kardec’s impeccable logic and rationale are patent in this book as he confounds detractors of Spiritism with his answers to the questions of those who believe in and aspire to a superior life. The book is divided into three chapters. The first is composed of separate dialogues between Allan Kardec and a critic, a skeptic, and a priest. The dialogues provide answers to those who do not yet understand the basic principles of Spiritism and it is a formidable introduction to Spiritism. In addition, it also presents appropriate refutations to the opponents of Spiritism. The second chapter presents practical and experimental aspects of the science and is a very concise summary of The Mediums’ Book, the second book of the Spiritist Codification. The third chapter is a short synthesis of The Spirits’ Book, with solutions to psychological, moral, and philosophical problems as they are analyzed and interpreted according to Spiritism. The book is prefaced with an abridged version of Henri Sausse’s biography of Allan Kardec.

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: What is Spiritism?
Author(s): Allan Kardec
Language: English
Source: Translated material from the original Portuguese edition
Translation: Darrel W. Kimble and Ily Reis
Publisher: Federação Espírita Brasileira (FEB)/International Spiritist Council (ISC)
Location: Brasília – DF, Brazil
Publication Date: August 12, 2011 (1st edition)
Number of pages: 220
ISBN(10): 85-7945-02-6-8 (paperback version)
ISBN(13): 978-85-7945-02-6-6 (paperback version)
978-85-7945-139-3 (digital version)
Book size (W×H×T): 8¼” × 5⅖” × ½” (20.9cm × 13.8cm × 1.3cm)
Print type: Black font on white background
Book format(s): Paperback and electronic

Original Material

Title: Qu’est-ce-que le Spiritisme?
Publisher: Union Spirite Française et Francophone
Location: Paris, France
Publication Date: December, 1868
Language: French