"Notes on Madame Blavatsky's Baboon"
Nov 13, 2002 09:26 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
Brian/Brigitte has been publishing material from Peter Washington's
book "Madame Blavatsky's Baboon" on his/her website.
Discerning readers might want to COMPARE what Peter Washington writes
about Blavatsky and Theosophy with what W. T. S. Thackara writes
about Washington's book.
"On superficial examination the book [by Washington] appears to be
well-researched and objective. But a more careful inspection --
especially of the theosophic section, to which these remarks are
limited -- discloses serious errors and omissions. Aside from fairly
obvious use of innuendo and half-truths to bolster his negative
conclusions about H. P. Blavatsky and Katherine Tingley, the author
is frequently inaccurate, misrepresents theosophic teaching, relies
on uncorroborated assertion (often from unfriendly secondary and
tertiary sources), omits rebuttal evidence, garbles dates, events,
and attributions, downgrades, trivializes, and generally gives a one-
sided account. Whatever merit the book may have is defeated by its
unreliability and prejudice."
Thackara's full article can be found at:
Daniel H. Caldwell
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