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Dogma - to Eldon

Feb 13, 1995 05:48 PM
by Murray Stentiford, Scientific Software and Systems Ltd

> Murray Stentiford:

> I don't think there are any dogmas in Theosophy, no required
> beliefs that must be accepted in order to be a Theosophist.
> Reincarnation and karma are best presented as *doctrines,*
> not dogmas; they should be presented as core concepts to be
> studied, to be given deep contemplation, rather than as
> formulas of words to be memorized and repeated upon demand.

I couldn't agree more, Eldon.

To re-word my response to Alan Bain, I was saying that
theosophists try to study things Reincarnation and Karma, as
opposed to taking them as dogmas, but that dogmatism still slips
in despite the best intentions.

It's usually a result of passionate enthusiasm, or a bit of
inflexibility, in my experience.


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