Promotion of Scientific Advances
The goal of Spiritism is to bring together Religion, Philosophy and Science. Science is one of the legs to bring the world into a higher Spiritual sphere. Encouraging Science is one of the reasons the Spirit realm created Western Civilization. They fully understood that without a culture of freedom of speech, governments elected by the people and economic freedom the foundation to innovate would be severely diminished. Without the ownership of ideas and the willpower to see concepts to fruition, the ability of our society to create scientific breakthroughs would be handicapped. The Spirit world is guiding us to be a more innovative society. During the Medieval period, Emmanuel cites Roger Bacon as one of the important figures in setting the scene to prepare Europe for the Renaissance. Roger Bacon was an English philosopher and Franciscan Friar who was an early advocate of the modern scientific method (Wikipedia – Bacon, 2013). Emmanuel lamented the role of the Catholic Church in retarding progress;
The Church, however, prohibited examination and free opinion, thereby harming the evolutionary boom, especially in the case of medicine, which disregarding the close observation of all the facts, surrendered to magic, causing serious harm to society (Xavier, 2011, p. 163).
The Spirit world has actively contributed to our technological advancement. In order to generate the necessary leap forward in our intellectual progress, the Spirit world arranged the reincarnation of brilliant minds to assist our progress. Emmanuel describes how events were manipulated in the past;
The 18th century began with equally renewing struggles, but high order spirits of Philosophy and Science – who reincarnated chiefly in France – would fight against the errors of society and politics (Xavier, 2011, p. 180).
This was followed up in the 19th century by another push to advance Western Civilization. Emmanuel writes not only about Allen Kardec but the support that was planned for him in bringing new ideas to the world;
On his mission of enlightenment and consolation, however, Allen Kardec would be
accompanied by a plethora of companions and collaborators, whose regenerative work would manifest not only in matters of a doctrinal nature, but in every area of intellectual activity of the 19th century. Science in those days made large strides that would lead to the heights of the 20th century (Xavier, 2011, p. 193).
Our Spiritual guides do not want us to wallow in a static society where knowledge never changes or is difficult to distribute under fear of discovery. Maintaining the atmosphere for enabling and protecting individuals, whether via formal legal processes (i.e. a patent system) or the acknowledgement and celebration of new discoveries constitute a significant measure of a successful society.