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"Guardian" Office, February 10, 191 i

Sir Oliver Lodge* address to the British Association. expressing his belief in the reality of occult manifestations, ha* led to a new activity BUions English Spiritualists. A '■ Psychical Expert," writing in the " Daily Chronicle.'' is thereby induced f> point out th:n, apart from that encouragement, there has boon, during recent yea as, an immense amount ot spiritualistic proselytising, under vari-ous-guises and forms of belief which endeavour Lp establish communication with the spirit world. All classes of society dabble in this mysterious cult. and there are thousands of men and women who, after abandoning Christianity, have in the search for some kind of spiritual life which is an essential craving of the human heart, plunged into the dark labyrinths •of occult science with little knowledge and less discretion. There is one man who is devoting his life to counteract .these spiritualistic practices It is Mr J. Godfrey Raupert, a well-known writer on spiritistic phenomena and philosophy,^ and formerly a member ,of. the. Society for Psychical Research. ■Fpr many years, while a clergyman of the Church oi" England, he was an ardent and indefatigable slndent of "spooks" and the spirit world, attended innumerable seances at Home and abroad, and obtained the experiences and opinions of, men like Sir William Crookes, Professor Lombroso. Professor Janies, of Harvard University, and other leading authorities;. There is no man in England who has been more steeped in the whole philosophy and practice of spiritualism, so that his present attitude on the subject is exceptionally interesting. It is an attitude of loathing and detestation, based upon the firm belief that such practice lead to insanity, immorality, and spiritual debasement. la an in ten iew with the writer of the "Chronicle" article, Mr Raupert ■explained his reasons for his abandonment of psychical research and for his solemn determination to fight against ihe' growth oi" spiritualism.

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THE WOULD TO-DAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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THE WOULD TO-DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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