[1] (method of interpretation). A “spiritual,” or nonliteral, view, as a principle of philosophy or religion. The term was used at first by the pioneer Seventh-day Adventists in the sense of a spiritualized interpretation of Scripture, and was applied to the doctrine of a “spiritual” Second Advent instead of a literal, personal coming. This kind of “spiritualism” had nothing whatever to do with the movement that began several years later in the 1848 Rochester “rappings” of the Fox sisters, and that afterward became known as Spiritualism ( see Spiritism ). The terms spiritualizers and spiritualizing had already been used by the Millerites, and by other premillennialists, to describe the postmillennialists, who held that the millennial reign of Christ is to be a spiritual rei...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.