John Newbrough was a child of spiritualism and grew up in an environment where the culture was exploring a range of spiritual experiences. Influenced by the mediums of his day, like the Fox sisters and Madame Blavatsky, Newbrough explored “the other side” as a way to resolve the tensions he felt in life over the human condition. Having a Christian upbringing, Newbrough  grew up to abandon conventional Christianity in exchange for an experimental encounter with a boundariless realm of spirit. Out of this experience came his personal channeled relevlation, Oahspe.

According to his records, every morning for one year starting January 1, 1881, spirits guided John Newbrough’s hands, through “automatic writing,” to type the 850-page book called Oahspe (pronounced ō-ah-spee).  The name is attributed to an ancient language of Pan and translates into “earth, air, spirit.”
Dense and complex, Oahspe chronicles the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Earth’s history begins 79,000-years ago and has undergone countless changes and transformations occurring in 3,000-year cycles.  According to Oahspe, the  future world will bring  peace and harmony and usher in a new age through changes in diet, lifestyle, and relationships to the creator Jehovih (pronounced Jeh-hoe-vie). Set in a highly optimistic view of humanity, the book claims in place that human beings can be perfected.
According to Oahspe, we are currently in the cycle of Kosmon, when human communities will undergo a major transformation that will produce peace and prosperity. This optimistic view of human history suggests that humans are here to serve one another and care for the planet. It shuns selfishness and competition as primitive models that have failed and offers communitarianism and a vegetarian diet as central components for a transformed planet. It suggests that humans have evolved over 24,000 years in various ways undergoing cyclical destruction and regeneration.  In a unique narrative that adopts Jehovih’s point of view, Oahspe discusses all of the world’s major religions as well as their origins using Biblical language and imagery.  Portions of the book are laid out in a unique split narrative of concurrent events taking place in the heavens and on Earth.  
Upon its publication in 1882, the book attracted spiritualists and seekers but was shunned by mainstream religious groups and organizations.   By the following year about sixty believers (calling themselves Faithists) gathered in New York to create the first Faithist Lodge of Oahspe, naming Newbrough as Chief “Tae” (spiritual leader). the book has had three formal printings and can be found in full on the Internet. A scattering of faithists around the world continue to adopt views found in the book and they await the time when its prophetic message will be fulfilled. 
According to Dr. Lawrence Foster, Oahspe takes its cue from its Christian predecessor and its view of God very much develops out of a New Testament perception of deity.  The God of Oahspe is characterized by a powerful love for humanity and a desire to redeem the fallen.

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