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Re: Theosophy is a Coined Term

Jun 09, 1996 06:19 PM
by JRC

On Sun, 9 Jun 1996, Jerry Schueler wrote:

> Magic and real
> occultism are forbidden.  The 3rd Objective is talked about through
> the writings already given us, and new material and research are
> discouraged.
	While I was using a couple of Web search engines to find
"Theosophy", I inadvertantly stumbled across something called _Theosophy:
A Portrait_, by (you guessed it) "John Algeo: President of the
Theosophical Society in America". It is a thirteen page discourse,
apparently designed to inform people who have never heard of the TS
(e.g., it starts by saying the TS was formed by HPB, HSO, & WQJ in New
york, etc., etc.). Algeo is writing here, notice, in his official role as
	The actual *Objects* are not mentioned until the fourth page, and
are discussed thus:
	"The first object of the Theosophical Society is (in one
wording), "To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity
without distinction of race, creed, sex caste, or color" and the second
is "To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and
science". As those objects indicate, Theosophy is dedicated to increasing
cooperation among human beings and understanding among their cultures and

	That's right folks, *THE THIRD OBJECT HAS DISAPPEARED*! It is
mentioned *nowhere in the entire piece*.
	Just who the *hell* does this guy think he is?
						       Lividly, -JRC

[PS. For those who have browsers, the article can be found at:

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