There have been periods when it was fashionable in England. The church not getting a cut, pushed to make it a crime to tell the future and have seances while they promised life after death.<quoted text>
None the less, it was all the rage in the '20's. As far "God was against it? Except for Lazarus and Jesus, of course. You don't think it odd that nobody freaked out at the time? Nowadays, people would think it was the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. Priests would be genuflecting and preachers would be running to their pickups for their shotguns.
In most European countries it has been popular at one time or another.
It is popular today just wearing a different face