Mar 10, 2006 08:05 AM
In a message dated 3/10/2006 5:00:11 AM Central Standard Time,
Her libelers as Paul Johnson, Bill Merdith and others are here but to makes
Paul has many virtues, but libeler is not among them. His work is a
valuable addition to the study of the period and to the origins of Theosophical
thought back in the days when Theosophists actually did think. One may disagree
with his conclusions, but not with the quality of the research nor the
quality of the man.
Admittedly he does have a talent for getting people mad at him that I can
only sit back and envy and no doubt he will write a book on the Hermeticists
that will have them screaming for his head as well, but that is a sign of
intellectual honesty, something that we need more of in our world.
Blavatsky's work stands on its own. Much of it is good and useful, much of
it is utter nonsense and all of it was written in the context of the 19th ce
Uncritical worship is unbecoming in a Theosophist. We are not meant to be
worshippers. We are not religious people. We are thinkers. We are expected
to examine and question, to accept and and also to reject as our honest
examination leads us. And we will disagree, vehemently at times.
But that is what we are supposed to do. There is no holy writ in Theosophy,
no matter how many times people have attempted to impose it.
Blavatsky's greatness was not in spite of her flaws, it was because of them
and we do her an injustice in attempting to ignore them and present her as
something that she was not.
Paul Johnson has done more for her than all the vituperation thrown at him
could ever hope to accomplish.
Chuck the Heretic
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