Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'New Revelation' and 'Vital Message'
Among the many developments of the nineteenth century none are more remarkable than spiritualism. One hundred years ago the religious world believed that since the apostles of Jesus fell asleep, 'the heavens had been sealed as brass over our heads,' adn when the 'Mormon' elders announced that communication was again restored between the heavens and the earth, in the glorious manifestation of the Father and the Son to the Prophet Joseph Smith, the world seemed aflame with bitterness and persecution. Almost immediately after this, spiritualism began to manifest itself in different parts of the country, and has since grown, until it now counts its votaries by the millions, and among them, a great many learned and scientific men in every part of the world.
Mr. Doyle says that thirty years ago he was completely infidel to every phase of spiritualism, but that an almost constant study and investigation thereof, from then until now, has convinced him that there is life after death and that communication has been established between the living and the dead. [From the text]