Objectives: Provide a basic understanding of the rational, autonomous and critical approach to spiritualist studies defended and practiced by the Oregon Spiritist Society.

Prerequisites: None.

Major Reference & Recommended Readings: 1. Paulo Henrique de Figueiredo, Revolução Espírita: A teoria esquecida de Allan Kardec. 2. Allan Kardec, The Spiritist Magazine, December 1858 – “Plurality of the existences: first article”. 3. Allan Kardec, The Spiritist Magazine, December 1860 – “About the Value of the Spiritist Communications”. 4. Rupert Sheldrake’s speech “The Science Delusion”. 5. Juliano Pozzati’s Lecture “Os Paradigmas e o Novo Tempo”. 6. Quotes from various other works of Allan Kardec.

For this study, we strongly recommend you read the article of The Spiritist Magazine from December 1858, “Plurality of the existences first article” – on page 465.

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PART 1: THE IMPACT OF NEW IDEAS

  • Paradigms, Common Sense and Dogmas
  • The Impact of New Ideas
  • Spiritism in the Context of Rational Spiritualism

PART 2: RATIONAL SPIRITUALISM

  • Rational, Autonomous, Critical
  • Is There Such a Thing as Science for Spiritual Studies?
  • Criteria to Safely Advance Spiritual Knowledge
  • Awakening to a New Earth