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Mr. Aveline is NOT the only person to use "ad hominem" arguments....

Jan 03, 2007 09:14 AM
by danielhcaldwell

Mr. Carlos Aveline is NOT the only person 
to use "ad hominem" arguments and distractions....

Below is part of what I wrote almost 6 years ago on Theos-Talk
to Dallas Tenbroeck and Frank Reitemeyer:

Dear Dallas and Frank,

I know that both of you are sincere students of Theosophy. You have 
both been helpful in assisting me from time to time on various 
research concerning Madame Blavatsky. I certainly appreciate your 
help. But I am concerned about how the two of you have characterized 
the work of both Brigitte Muehlegger and K. Paul Johnson.

You may not agree with their conclusions concerning various alleged 
activities of Madame Blavatsky. I may share some of your concerns and 
views BUT why must we paint either one of them as bad people?

I've corresponded with both Brigitte and Paul and at no point have I 
had any reason to conclude or even think that they are "bad" people 
or that they are somehow "insincere". I assume that they are both 
sincere seekers of truth. Why ascribe to either of them less than 
good motives?

If either of you truly disagree with what they say, and feel that 
they have distorted the record concerning Madame Blavatsky, please 
show the illogic, irrationality, etc. of their STATEMENTS about HPB 
rather than suggest nefarious motives on their part.

Also Dallas I think it is really unfair to make the following 
statement as you recently did:

"... I WISH TO PROTEST again in the matter of K. Paul Johnson's 
book: 'THE MASTERS REVEALED' (1944). This book has been written for 
sensational purposes and for profit. As far as I have been able to 
determine it has not[h]ing of value in it."

However much I may have disagreed with Paul Johnson about his thesis 
on the Theosophical Mahatmas, I have never got even the faintest 
glimmer or suggestion that he wrote the book for "sensational 
purposes and for profit."

It would appear that I have made more money off THE OCCULT WORLD OF 
MADAME BLAVATSKY (1991) than what Paul did on THE MASTERS REVEALED. 
Does that therefore cast me in a bad light, too? :)

I think Paul has had a genuine interest and desire to unravel 
the "mystery" surrounding HPB's Masters. Having said that, I 
certainly don't accept many of his conclusions and I don't always 
understand his reasoning for those conclusions.

Dallas and Frank, if you see the fallacies in what Brigitte and Paul 
have written about HPB, please present your facts and your reasoning 
and refute their ideas and conclusions. This will be the constructive 
route and will possibly help all interested readers gain a better 
undertstanding of the issues involved.

In a rush.

Daniel Caldwell

Blavatsky Study Center

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