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whereas nothing could be stronger than the in-
flexible wills of the ecstatic Christian saints, who
by their indomitable resolution overcame all op-
position to their plans to promote the kingdom
of God on earth.

Many mediums are subjective, selfish, egotis-
tical and morally have reached no great heights
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ecstatics have given the world magnificent
models of self forgetfulness, and have been con-
spicuous for their absence of hysteria, their
whole career having been marked by keen judg-
ment and robust virtue. The trances of me-
diums do not impel them to lead very saintly
lives, whereas the reverse of this has been true of
the saints ; after their ecstasies they have been led
on to the very summits of virtue. Mediums are
notorious for being incoherent, contradictory
and material in their language and concepts,
whereas the saints have been clear, connected,
consistent, elevated and thoroughly spiritual in
their revelations. In the history of the Chris-
tian religion there have been at times genuine
and well authenticated apparitions of those who
were dead and gone; they have been miraculous
in every sense of the word ; they have been veri-
fied by solid and unassailable proofs that will
stand the strictest test in any court in the world.

At every point of comparison they are totally
dissimilar to the manifestations of the seance
room. There is no sensitive, no psychic circle,
no dark room surroundings, the apparitions in
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can predict when they will come or when they
will go, they have not been invoked, we know no
laws which they follow, they are beyond our
control, we cannot take the initiative in produc-
ing them, nor can we shut them off at will, we
can create no conditions in advance which are
guaranteed to result in the apparitions, they are
sudden and unexpected, and altogether spon-
taneous, there is about them nothing uncanny,
nothing grotesque, nothing to impair health of
sanity, nothing that runs counter to historic
Christianity.

But the very reverse of all these circumstances
is verifiable in the materializations of spirits in
the seance cabinet Spiritists in the modern ex-
periments in Psychic phenomena take complete
control of the situation ; it is they who invoke the
spirits, they who prepare in advance all the con-
ditions, they who are the active agents in produc-
ing the result, and they can shut them off at will.
There is nothing sudden or unexpected about
their coming, and they follow certain laws,
which, when operative, issue in results that can
be assured in advance.

The one striking thing about them is that all



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such revelations accorded to the Saints have been
in perfect accord with the doctrines of Chris-
tianity. In no instance did those who died in
the odor of virtue and sanctity, and who by the
permission of God appeared to living beings
thereafter, say anything that would repudiate the
historic Christian doctrines which they pro-
fessed during life, and for the defense of which
many of them either actually died martyrs or
would have gladly done so. On the contrary,
they all confirmed in every detail the historic
Christian faith they held during their lifetime.
This is marked contrast with the denial of every
doctrine of the Christian religion which we find
the predominant characteristic of present day
Spiritism.

For exhaustive detailed information relative
to the actual experimental features of Spiritism,
accompanied by illustrations and verbatim re-
ports of messages from the other world, the
reader is referred to the splendid works of Mr.
J. Godfrey Raupcrt, K. S. G., in "Modern
Spiritism," "The Dangers of Modern Spirit-
ism," "Spiritistic Phenomena and their Inter-
pretation," "Christ and the Powers of Dark-



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nesSy" and his latest and most important work,
"The New Black Magic," Mn Raupert covers
the entire field of Psychic Research and Spirit-
ism with a master touch, having given the most
and the best years of his life to a scientific study
of the phenomena of the seance room. He was
for years a member of the English Society for
Psychic Research thereby coming in personal
contact with all the noted leaders and mediums
of the modern Spiritistic movement, and his
volumes constitute a library on the subject that
is easily the best in the English or any other lan-
guage.



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