Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


You probably know him as the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson but did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also a physician? He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1876 to 1881 and completed his doctorate in 1885.

Did you know that he was one of the most outspoken champions of Spiritualism of his or any other age?

In 1926, he authored “The History of Spiritualism.” The text is required reading for all Morris Pratt students. I should know I am a Morris Pratt student.

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In the preface of his history he said, “Many of us regard (Spiritualism) as the most important (movement) in the history of the world since the Christ episode.”

I think it is cute how he refers to the birth of Christianity as “the Christ episode.”

Spiritualism has as its mission the demonstration of the continuity of life. In other words, Spiritualists are trying to prove that we never die and that we can communicate with those who have crossed over.

I don’t believe in missionary zeal, and I don’t believe in sectarianism or dogmatism but I do believe in making evidence available when you have some very good news to share and Spiritualism is very good news. Conan Doyle thought so too and he dedicated the later part of his life to research, touring, and speaking on the good news of Modern Spiritualism.

Houdini and Conan Doyle were best friends.
Houdini made it his mission in the later years of his life to discredit his best friend, mediums, and Modern Spiritualism.

Houdini always claimed that he meant no harm to Modern Spiritualism, only to fraudulent mediums but he betrayed the trust that Conan Doyle had in him, he planted evidence of fraud on otherwise honest mediums, and he waged a campaign of propaganda against every medium he encountered. In short Houdini was more interested in the publicity he could generate by creating a scandal than he was in honest inquiry. But this piece isn’t about Houdini. It is about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a champion of Modern Spiritualism and committed friend to even one who sought to discredit his Spiritualist mission.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He crossed to the other side on July 7, 1930.

His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, of Irish decent, was born in England.
His mother, Mary Foley, was also Irish.

Doyle began writing short stories while he was working his way through the many years of education required to practice medicine.

From Wikipedia 
Accessed Saturday, November 02, 2013

“Following the death of his wife Louisa in 1906, the death of his son Kingsley just before the end of World War I, and the deaths of his brother Innes, his two brothers-in-law (one of whom was E. W. Hornung, creator of the literary character Raffles) and his two nephews shortly after the war, Doyle sank into depression. He found solace supporting spiritualism and its attempts to find proof of existence beyond the grave.”

From: PBS
Accessed Saturday, November 02, 2013

“When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted in 1902, there was some speculation that the honor was bestowed to recognize his achievement in The Hound of the Baskervilles. But the more seemly prelude was his pamphlet, The War in South Africa: Its Causes and Conduct, in which he sought to; explain the British position in the Boer War.

“Today it is surely Sherlock Holmes for which Conan Doyle is best known. Holmes was an immensely popular creation during Conan Doyle’s lifetime, also — too popular for the author, who wanted his name associated more closely with his other works.

“Conan Doyle wrote several volumes about the Great War between 1914 and 1920; from 1918 on, he became a self-styled authority and promoter of spiritualism, not only writing about it but also opening a spiritualist bookshop and museum.

“In 1922, Conan Doyle was one of the most public advocates of the spirit world….As for his literary output; Conan Doyle preferred his historical romances, with their chivalric adventures and careful historical detail, to his detective fiction….

“Conan Doyle, trained in medicine and with a sharp eye for scientific and logical plausibility, also wrote a number of science fiction stories. The character Professor Challenger of 1912’s The Lost World, about living remnants of the prehistoric world, did not match Holmes in popularity, but he did inspire a large following himself, and he appeared again in other science fiction adventures, including The Poison Belt in 1913, and a collection of stories published posthumously in 1952.

“Upon his death in 1930, Conan Doyle left his family with the conviction that he would surely communicate with them from the spirit world which he held so dear.”

He gave us Sherlock Holmes and he gave us evidence of life after death.

Some of his most memorable quotes include:

“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

“I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

“Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery

“You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
—Sherlock Holmes
― Arthur Conan Doyle

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear

Much love,

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