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Re: Biased books/theosophy

Aug 20, 1997 07:53 AM
by Bart Lidofsky

K. Paul Johnson wrote:
> Thanks, Bart, for the vote of confidence in my ability to
> discern relatively unbiased authors.  Of recent (1980-present)
> writers of Theosophical history, Campbell seems the least
> non-partisan.  I have been amused by hearing a NYTS staff
> member say the bookstore wouldn't carry Tillett because he was
> biased, as if all the pro-TS stuff was not.

	Carrying Tillett is a bit problematic. On the one hand, he does not
tell out and out lies; he is, however, somewhat selective in the facts
he reveals, and is somewhat unbalanced.

> Another NYTS guy horrified some of my friends in the Maryland
> lodge by saying of Madame Blavatsky's Baboon, "No, I haven't
> read it, and I have no intention of doing so.  I've heard of
> the negative attitude of the author." 

	There is no obligation that all TS members read every book about the
TS. My wife have both read MBB, but we wanted to be able to answer
questions about it.

> No doubt Peter
> Washington has his own biases and is not particularly admiring
> of HPB. 

	Not to mention not letting facts get in the way of a sardonic barb...

> theosophical subjects) of the decade.  It's disappointing that
> a national TS leader would boycott it because he thought it
> anti-HPB.

	Not all the members of the NYTS are national TS leaders.

	Bart Lidofsky

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