Science and Spiritualism


In the early 20th century, Spiritualism was considered by many to be the “thinking man’s religion”, because of its commitment to free thinking, its emphasis on scientifically researching spiritual phenomena, and the value it places on critical thought and not blindly accepting the ideas proposed by others.

Many prominent scientists of the past have been called upon to closely examine the claims made by Spiritualists. On many occasions, and in spite of their initial disbelief, these scientists became among some of the loudest voices promoting Spiritualism. Two notable examples include Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) and Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940).

Today, much of UK society is secular in nature and religion is increasingly seen as outside the mainstream. That is not to take away from the power that religion can have, or its inherent truths, but, for a range of incredibly complex historical reasons, many view even the notion of organised religion with suspicion. Despite this, there is still a deep spiritual thirst within the hearts of many; and it remains untapped.

It is safe to say that, in 2017, science holds more influence in our society that religion does. This is where the key strength of Spiritualism becomes clear – science is one of its three fundamental aspects. Despite what might be assumed by most people, especially those critical of Spiritualism, there is actually a great deal of scientific research that illustrates the possible ways that spiritual phenomena can be explained. Future updates to this website will list and reference a range of this scientific evidence.

We ask that people maintain an open mind. Scepticism is healthy and should be considered to be the sign of an unbiased and inquiring mind – it is important to not just believe things at face value. Sceptics who have an open mind can be pleasantly surprised by the evidence presented to them but cynical people with closed minds will never change their beliefs, even in the face of convincing evidence.

Those who inquire with an open mind, tempered with healthy scepticism, are far more likely to find the answers they seek.

Download these short pieces on science and Spiritualism:

Scientific Spiritualism I (A4 format)

Scientific Spiritualism I (leaflet format)

Scientific Spiritualism II (A4 format)

Scientific Spiritualism II (leaflet format)