Hort seance attendance - Westcott communion of the saints spiritualism.
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Generally I do not write too much about the occultism of Westcott and Hort. The fundamental problem is their ultra-corrupt recension, and the absurd theories plied by Hort, and how easily textual "scholars" were duped by his irrational, turgid writing. (P. C. Sense has some good quotes about his writing.) The ridiculous 1881 theoretical writing of Hort, which Burgon astutely tore apart and yet he even missed a number of points, came after Hort's earlier mesmeristic control over the decrepit Revision committee.
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Much has been written on the occultism of the times and how it buffeted Westcott and Hort. Not always fully accurately on either side. And I usually emphasize two specific elements (see the title) that have generally not been properly discussed. The seance helps to disprove the "college dalliance" and "only scientific research" hand-waves of the earlier occultisms. The communion of the saints that was so much a part of Westcott was simply spiritualism, attempting to commune with the deceased. Not through a medium, but through personal meditation.

On CARM this has come up, you can read a couple of my posts here:

communion of saints - Westcott and Hort and spiritualism
Steven Avery - 3/21/2016
http://forums.carm.org/vbb/showthread.php…

the 1864 seance with Augustus and Sophia De Morgan - 3/21-2016
http://forums.carm.org/vbb/showthread.php…

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