My Experience; Or: Footprints of Presbyterian to Spiritualism

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A mixture of autobiography and spirit communications. The author describes his conversion to Spiritualism after attending a séance, and describes further "circles" and the Spirits who visit them, including those of Sir Humphry Davy, Edgar Allen Poe (who communicates in verse form), Dr. Franklin, Sir Walter Scott, and others, as well as discussions of the nature of the spirit world.

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14. oldal - For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book : and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
170. oldal - The Body of Benjamin Franklin Printer (Like the cover of an old book Its contents torn out And stript of its lettering and gilding) Lies here, food for worms. But the work shall not be lost For it will (as he believed) appear once more In a new and more elegant edition Revised and corrected by The Author.* * The foregoing epitaph was written by Dr.
21. oldal - And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
170. oldal - THE BODY of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Printer, (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here food for worms ; yet the work itself shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by THE AUTHOR.
229. oldal - How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil ; for God was with him.
199. oldal - Pontifical creed on the pain of death. Was that liberty ? Hence, I say, that liberty of opinion in our Theological Seminaries is a mere form, to say nothing of the thumbscrew of criticism by which every original mind is tortured into negative propriety. The whole boasted liberty of the student consists in a choice of chains — a choice of handcuffs — whether he will wear the Presbyterian handcuff, or Baptist, or Methodist, Episcopal, or other evangelical handcuffs.
199. oldal - During the whole course of seven years' study, the Protestant candidate of the ministry sees before hjm an unauthorized statement, spiked down and stereotyped, of what he must find in the Bible, or be martyred. And does any one acquainted with human nature, need to be told that he studies under a tremendous pressure of motive ? Is that freedom of opinion the liberty wherewith Christ maketh free ? Rome would have given that. Every one of her clergy might have studied the Bible to find the Pontifical...
6. oldal - ... title of Spiritualism, in ceasing to occupy the attention of the public generally, has also ceased to occupy the attention of every part of it. The fact is very much otherwise. Our readers would be astonished were we to lay before them the names of several of those who are unflinching believers in it, or who are devoting themselves to the study or reproduction of its marvels. Not only does it survive, but survives with all the charm and all the stimulating attractiveness of a secret science....
200. oldal - I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing ; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked ; 18.
96. oldal - Gospel is exactly the same with that on Ascension day. At the touching of every infirm person, these words are repeated, " They shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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