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The New Revelation   The New Revelation
Arthur Conan Doyle


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Arthur Conan Doyle received his degree in medicine from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1881 and by this time had already began investigating Spiritualism and had began attending séances, a fact that rebuffs the more common idea that he found Spiritualism after his son Kingsley died in 1918. In fact, by that time, not only had he studied Spiritualism for almost 30 years, he had even declared the fact and spoken publicly about his beliefs.

His first book on the afterlife, The New Revelation, was published in March 1918, some months before Kingsley’s death, so it is fair to say that Arthur’s belief in Spiritualism was not a knee-jerk reaction to his son’s death. That said, by now World War One was raging and people’s thoughts were on the dead and dying, and Doyle himself is quoted as saying: ‘I might have drifted on my whole life as a psychical researcher… but the war came, and it brought earnestness into all our souls and made us look more closely at our own beliefs and reassess our values.’

One year after publishing The New Revelation, Doyle followed it up with The Vital Message, where he shares his thoughts on scepticism, religion, psychic phenomena, and Jesus.


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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of Britain’s most celebrated writers, with his invention of the ultimate detective, Sherlock Holmes, completely altering the crime-fiction genre of the late 19th century. As well as this, he was a pioneering sportsman, a doctor of medicine, and champion of the underdog, helping to free two men who were unjustly imprisoned. Of most importance to the man himself, however, was his belief in life after death and the spreading of the ‘vital message’.


Publisher: White Crow Books
Published January 2010
Duration: 2h 19m
ISBN 978-1-907355-40-0
 
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Private Dowding: The Wilderness by Wellesley Tudor Pole – On Monday, 12th March 1917, I was walking by the sea when I felt the presence of someone. I looked round, no one was in sight. All that day I felt as if someone were following me, trying to reach my thoughts. Suddenly I said to myself, 'It’s a soldier. He has been killed in battle and wants to communicate.' Read here
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