British secularist teacher of the nineteenth century. Robert
Owen invited his attention to the phenomena of Spiritualism.
After a crusade against its doctrines, personal experiences with
the Davenport Brothers convinced Sexton of their genuine validity.
Continuing his experiments, he finally ended by accepting
Spiritualism and proclaimed its truth in lectures with the
same outspokenness with which he formerly fought against it.
He denounced the pretensions of conjurers who claimed to
have exposed Spiritualism and, pointing out the difference in
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condition and effect, he actually performed sham spiritual
manifestations before his audience.
Sexton authored one pamphlet, a transcript of a lecture Scientific
Materialism Calmly Considered; A Reply to Prof. Tyndalls Belfast
Address (1874). He also served as editor of the Spiritual Magazine
and became a member of the British National
Association of Spiritualists.