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Dr. Santucci on the Neo-Theosophy of Annie Beant & C.W. Leadbeater

Sep 06, 2004 07:48 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

James A. Santucci, professor of religious studies at California State 
University (Fullerton) and editor of Theosophical History, has 
written the following:

". . . Annie Besant, the President of the [Adyar Theosophical] 
Society from 1907 to her death in 1933, and Charles Webster 
Leadbeater, arguably the most influential theosophical writer from 
the early years of the 20th century to his death in 1934, . . . were 
largely responsible for the introduction of new teachings that were 
often in total opposition to the Theosophy of [Madame H.P.] Blavatsky 
and her Masters. These teachings were designated by their opponents 
as Neo-Theosophy . . . or less often Pseudo-Theosophy. The 
differences between Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy are too numerous to 
mention in the context of this paper. . . . An extensive overview [of 
the differences] is given in . . . Theosophy or Neo-Theosophy by 
Margaret Thomas. . . . " 

For more on this subject, see:

Theosophy Versus Neo-Theosophy (abridged ed., reprint of Part I only) 
compiled by Margaret Thomas


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