Decrying "historical and intellectual debates"
Feb 15, 2002 11:21 AM
Brigitte M. quotes Paul J.:
"That is the crucial conceit of fundamentalism. 'Our body of revealed
wisdom cannot be approached with the tools of the critical intellect.'
If you look at any new historical inquiry as possibly a tool
of 'opposition that has tried to do this since the beginning,' you're
(impersonal you) going to be paranoid in your attitude toward
historical scholarship.I find that people who post to decry
historical and intellectual debates on various lists usually offer no
alternative. If you don't like the other participants and the kind of
discourse they engage in, isn't it more constructive to provide an
example of an alternative approach, rather than just put people down?"
Brigitte, thank you for quoting Paul on this matter.
Let me set the record straight. Although what Paul writes may apply
to SOME Theosophists, it certainly doesn't apply to me and, I'm sure,
many other theosophists. I do NOT "decry historical and intellectual
debates" on these theosophical discussion lists. And I believe that
the "tools of the critical intellect" can be used to try to
understand the historical events surrounding Blavatsky and her
Therefore I will start writing a small essay trying to use the "tools
of the critical intellect" in comparing and contrasting Brigitte's
views about Olcott's encounters with the Masters with Paul's and
Steve's views on the same subject.
And I hope Brigitte will not decry such an analysis.
Daniel H. Caldwell
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