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Oct 21, 1995 01:49 PM
by Jerry Schueler
< I ... cited extant definitions in order to point out that these <organizational definitions tend to imply that theosophy is a body <of teachings. I agree that it is a body of teachings. And I think that you have pointed out how the desire to avoid dogma has led to a lot of confusion in the ranks. <RT <Likewise, I hope that Theosophy will be recognized as a distinct, <clear tradition with specific doctrines and approaches. No one <is forced to accept such doctrines and approaches, but they also <can't say that they don't exist. Being a Theosophist seems to me <a VOLUNTARY thing, but the student who calls him/herself a <Theosophist can not go about saying "I am a Theosophist and <whatever I do and believe is Theosophy." Oh oh! I find myself agreeing with Rich, here. This is scary. Jerry S.