According to Kardec and the Spirits

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Spiritism is, at the same time, an observational science and a philosophical doctrine.  As a practical science it consists in the relations which are established between us and the Spirits; as a philosophy, it understands all of the moral consequences that are derived from these same relations.

We may define it in the following manner:  Spiritism is a science that deals with the nature, origin and destiny of the Spirits, as well as their relations with the corporeal world. (Allan Kardec, What is Spiritism, Preamble.)

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 Spiritism, is without a doubt, an observational science, but it is, even more so, a science of logic, and logic is the only means to make it progress and triumph from certain resistances.  This fact is only contested because it is not understood.  The explanation removes its entire marvelous character, causing it to enter into the general laws of Nature.  Here is why we see creatures every day that saw nothing and believe, simply because they understand, while others saw it as well and do not believe, because they do not understand.  Causing Spiritism to enter into the path of reason, we make it acceptable to those that want to know the why and the how of all things, and their number is quite large in this century, because the blind faith is no longer in our customs.  Nevertheless, had we only indicated the path, we would have the conscience of having contributed to the progress of this new science, the object of our constant studies.  (Allan Kardec, Spiritist Magazine, August 1859, Furnishings of the future life.)

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Spiritism is a moral doctrine that strengthens the religious sentiments in general and applies itself to all religions.  It belongs to all religions, and not any one in particular.  This is why it does not ask anyone to switch theirs.  It leaves to each one the freedom to worship God in their own manner and to observe the practices dictated by the conscience, for God takes intention more into account than fact.  Therefore, go, each of you to your temples of worship, and proving in this way that you will be mistreated, when you are taxed with impiety.  (Allan Kardec, Spiritist Magazine, January 1862, Response to a New Year’s message from the Spiritists of Lyon.)

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Spiritism is the new science that comes to reveal to men, through irrefutable proofs, the existence and the nature of the spiritual world and its relations with the corporeal world.  It shows it to us, no longer as something supernatural, but, to the contrary, as one of the living forces that incessantly act upon Nature, as the source of an immensity of phenomena misunderstood to this day, and, due to this, relegated to the dominion of the fantastic and the marvelous.  It is to these relations which Christ alludes to in many circumstances and from this we may deduce that much of what he said remained unintelligible or falsely interpreted.  Spiritism is the key that aids in explaining everything in an easy way. (Allan Kardec, The Gospel explained by the Spiritist Doctrine, chapter I, Item 5.)

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Spiritism is called upon to enlighten the world, but it needs a certain amount of time to progress.  It has existed since Creation, but it will only be recognized by some people, because, in general, the masses occupy themselves very little in meditating about the current affairs of spiritism.  Today, with the help of this pure doctrine, there will be a new light.  God, who does not want to leave the creature in ignorance, allows that the more elevated Spirits come to us in order to aid us, to counterbalance the inferior Spirits that tend to surround the world.  Human pride obscures reason and causes it to commit many errors.  Simple and docile Spirits are necessary, to communicate the light and attenuate all of the bad.  Courage!  Persist in this work, which is pleasing to God, because it is useful to His greatest glory, and great goods will result from it for the salvation of souls. (Francisco de Sales, Spiritist Magazine, April 1860.)

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 Souce: IPEAK – Instituto de Pesquisas Espíritas Allan Kardec