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An Inquiry as to Whether Modern Spiritualism and other great reforms come from his Satanic Majesty and His Subordinates in the Kingdom of Darkness.
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER I. – THE CASE STATED
CHAPTER II. - DEMONS WHAT ARE THEY?
CHAPTER III. - ORIGIN OF DEVILS
CHAPTER IV. - A FEW MYTHOLOGICAL DEVILS AND HELLS
CHAPTER V. – THE DEVIL AS A REFORMER
CHAPTER VI. – DEVILS IN THE BIBLE
CHAPTER VII. - WHY DOES THE DEVIL EXIST?
ALL ABOUT DEVILS
An inquiry as to whether modern spiritualism and other great reforms come from his satanic majesty and his subordinates in the kingdom of darkness
First digital edition 2018 by Anna Ruggieri
As a general thing I do not intend to write anything that needs an apology. As for the matter of this book, I am sure no apology is needed. The world needs it. Devils and hob- goblins have long kept the world back from progress. In some passages the manner of presenting the truths here given may seem to border somewhat on the sarcastic; possibly on the blasphemous. Should any apology be needed for that, let it be found in the fact that the whole question, if it were not so ridiculous, would be a sublime sarcasm. The clergy have been misrepresenting the devil; slandering the devil; libeling the devil and firing their heavy guns at the devil for over a thousand years; but they are very careful, in all they do, never to hit him, for they know that one effective blow dealt the devil in the right spot would stop all their business, and dry up the fountains of their support. The devil is truly the drive-wheel of theology. Ministers preach and pray and fast, and beg money, and take immense salaries, as God's especial agents to fight the devil. When they kill the devil there will be no one to tempt Christians no one to lead astray no one to sow Infidel or Spiritualistic doubts; in fact, there will be no further. use for the church or its clergy. Rest assured, the clergy have seen the point, and hence they, in all their shots at the devil, have aimed to just miss him. This farce of the church and its ministry has, perhaps, caused me to, in places, seem unnecessarily sarcastic. This pamphlet has been hastily written with the design of starting the reader to thinking in a rational manner on the questions introduced. If the devil, in these pages, has had his due, no one will be better satisfied than
The Author. Chicago, Jan. 16, 1890.
It was not to be expected that the churches and the ministers who have had a monopoly of guiding the religious thought of the world, would sit down and tamely submit to seeing themselves flanked by the spirit world, insomuch that the people in great numbers turn from them to the light of the spiritual philosophy, without entering some kind of protest. In their efforts to stop the onward march of the new religion, which, in the minds of the people, is rapidly supplanting the old, they will, of course, use the arguments which seem to them the most effectual. To-day, the most common and popular resort of the clergy in its opposition to Spiritualism, is to Rev. xvi:14: "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." I really see but little in the argument drawn from this text, unless it is that the sound of that horrible word, devils, is calculated to frighten a few who are moved by sound rather than by sense.
WHY THE POPULARITY OF THIS OBJECTION
Why it is that this objection should become so popular with a certain class of ministers, I must frankly confess I cannot tell, unless it is for want of mental capacity to invest in objections which do not sound so loud, and yet really have much more weight. Indeed, this is the only objection against Spiritualism which does not, in some way, place the onus probandi in the hand of the objector. Every other objection implies some knowledge and requires knowledge to back it up. Let an objector, anywhere, or any time in the nineties, arise before an audience of twenty persons and undertake to argue that the facts do not occur, and he is liable to be met, not by fools and know nothings, but by men and women of brains honest men and women, who say to him, "Sir, you are mistaken; I know the manifestations occur, I have seen them." It takes a man more bold than wise to run against the united testimony of more than ten millions of witnesses. It is dangerous ground; few care to tread thereon.
ARE THEY TRICKS?
Should another step to the front and say, "Yes, the manifestations occur, but they are all tricks played by persons who pretend to be mediums." An editor in the city of New York steps to the front and says, "I have $10,000 deposited in the First National Bank of New York for you, when you explain, on the hypothesis of tricks, certain things I have seen and certain tests and communications which have come to me." He afterwards says: "I am authorized by certain capitalists to increase this olfer to a round million." No trickster takes the offer. Mediums are poor; they need the money ; many of them are avaricious; they want the money, but they do not take this offer. The country is full of "exposers of Spiritualism," all of them after money, and yet none of them can be induced to accept this man's million dollars. I submit that that looks bad. It makes very thin m ice for those to skate on who say Spiritualism is a trick. On this point I am tempted to give the testimony of one of the most popular opposers of Spiritualism in the world. Rev. Miles Grant, of Boston, in his "Spiritualism Unveiled," page 3, says: "Some have assumed that all the manifestations of Spiritualism were the result of trickery, practiced by the mediums and those associated with them. This assumption might have answered very well in the early history of Spiritualism; but he who makes such a statement now would only show that he knew but little about the facts in the case. We think no one, after a little reflection, would venture to say of the many thousands, and even millions of Spiritualists, among whom are a large number of nipn and women noted for intelligence, honesty and veracity, that they are only playing tricks on each other; while, at the same time, they most boldly affirm that they are perfectly sincere in their belief that the manifestations come from the spirits of friends. Can anyone tell what object all these fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, dear friends and loved companions, can have in pretending that they have communications from spirits, when they know, at the same time, that they are only deceiving each other by means of trickery? We think such a position is but little less than absurdity, and must be given up by those who would treat the subject with candor." Such testimony as the foregoing needs but little comment; it is the testimony of one who is ransacking all creation to try to h'nd something against Spiritualism. Surely, "Their rock is not as our rock, even our enemies themselves being the judges."
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