TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—ln the supplement to your issue of Saturday last appears a quotation from the ' Christian Outlook' with reference to Theosophy. Since it would appear to be the policy of the paper named to publish attacks of the most virulent character upon theological systems with which it is not in sympathy, and then refuse to give publicity to anything in the shape of explanation, denial, or refutation from the other side, you have
rendered a service to a much-maligned cause by making the extract referred to. As to the attack itself, there is nothing remarkable about it, presenting as it does the usual characteristics of misrepresentation, falsehood, and confusion of thought. As an instance of the latter it is worthy of note that the writer, after expressing his conviction that the system dealt with consists of damnable theological humbug, fact istic theologies, caricaturesof Christian truth, and stale falsehoods, goes on to say that "the systems of Spiritualism and Theosophy are masterly pieces of the subtleties of the Evil One." Surely, if a supreme effort of the Devil to lead astray good Calvinists results but in fantastic theologies and in stale falsehoods which aye easily detected by tho reverend editor of the < Outlook,' His Satanic Majesty cannot be quite so subtle as we have been led to believe. St. Paul, we are told, accounts for the falling away of men and women from higher things on the: ground that they did not love the-truth. " The Nemesis of that," proceeds our-critic, " is not only to lose the truth itself at last, but actually to come to believe a lie.'-' That a lack of love
for the truth will eventually produce just such a catastrophe as is here depicted I have no manner of doubt; and, curiously enough, a striking example is furnished by the orthodoxies of to-day. Let us, copying the tactics of our assailant, see whether we cannot press St. Paul into our service. In his epistle to the Galatians (vi., 7) we find him addressing this solemn warning to his converts: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a. man soweth that shall he also reap." What could be plainer than this?—what, alas, further removed from the manifestly artificial "plans" and "schemes" of salvation arrogantly set forth by the church to-day? The storv of how, having lost the truth, the dominant party came to believe a lie, were a long one to tell—a record of persecution, fanaticism, and fraud, culminating in the murder of Hypatia in the year 415—and. the Nemesis is to be seen in the whole history of the church since that date. A thick pall of spiritual and intellectual darkne3s descended upon the nations—the gospel of love became a very doctrine of devils and gospel of hate—and only now is the dawn. For the rest of the article under review, there is much in it that I believe to be untrue : but perhaps, after all, that is not a matter of consequence. The truth will live, and there is plenty of time. Allow me, theretore, to conclude with two quotations. The first I paraphrase from an Eastern book, thus : '• He who throws filth at the Wisdom Religion is as one who spits at the sky. He cannot soil the sky, but the spittle, returning, defiles his own person." The second is from a letter by an eminent local divine which appeared in your morning contemporary of August 21 : "It would be easy to retaliate, but personalities are, or at any rate ought to be, beneath contempt. Any cause is in a bad way when its supporters give up argument and take to flinging mud." —I am, etc., A. W. Maurais. Dunedin, September 15.
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THEOSOPHY., Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement
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