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History of the temple

 

The original building was created by  a cult called the Antoinists; they belived that all religions have the same roots and function; to create understanding and love.

 

Their credo was tolerance and discretion, concepts we want to continue in using the building as a private art space.

We do not want to create any religious connotation but art has become elitist and protected as a confining religion.

Art should be expererienced on a free and personal level.

 

Antoinism is a healer oriented  religious movement founded in 1910 by Louis-Joseph Antoine.

Antoinists believe that only in loving your enemy can you find the true love of g'd.

 

With a total of 64 temples, over forty reading rooms across the world and thousands of members, it remains the only religion established in Belgium whose notoriety and success went outside the country.Mainly active in France, the religious movement is characterized by a decentralized structure, simple rites, discretion and tolerance towards other faiths.

 

Raised a Catholic, Antoine worked as a coal miner in his youth, then as a steelworker, before performing his military service in 1866.  Deeply impressed by Allan Kardec's writings, he organized a spiritualist group in the 1890s. In 1893, the death of his son marked the definitive loss of his faith in Catholicism. In 1896, he explained his Spiritist views in a book, then discovered the gifts of healing. Quickly known as a healer, he gathered many followers, mainly among workers disappointed by Catholicism or medicine. In 1906, he broke with Spiritism and started a religion, then published three books outlining his doctrine and consecrated the first Antoinist temple. 

 

Antoinist beliefs combine some elements of Catholicism, re-incarnation, and healing. In the Antoinist views, one must reach consciousness by getting rid of the illusion of matter produced by his intelligence—the source of evil and suffering. The purpose of the life is to release oneself from the cycle of reincarnation through a moral progression aided by "fluids"—all human actions, acquired by silent prayer and the harm caused by diseases and enemies. As freedom of conscience and free will are considered very important in Antoinist creed, the religion does not practice proselytism and is not exclusive. It does not provide any prescription on social issues. Although focused on healing, Antoinism does not interfere with the medical field, and does not discourage the resort to traditional medicine.