Re: Theos-World Why take them seriously if they are demonstrably wrong?
Sep 26, 2004 06:30 AM
by Morten N. Olesen
My views are:
"Cayce has had more books written about him than have
Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen G. White, HPB, or any other
founder of an American-born new religious movement."
The are other new religious movements than the American ones.
To say that Blavatsky and Theosophy are American-born
is to miss the point - as far as I understand theosophy.
----- Original Message -----
From: "kpauljohnson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: Theos-World Why take them seriously if they are demonstrably wrong?
> --- In email@example.com, "stevestubbs" <stevestubbs@y...>
> > This is a naive question I am sure, but if the Cayce readings are
> > demonstrably wrong why take them seriously? I am not suggesting
> > we should not, since Aristotle was wrong about a lot of things but
> > worth reading nonetheless. Cayce never did strike me as being on
> > par with Aristotle or even Blavatsky.
> Dear Steve,
> The question is phrased in a way that illustrates the fallacy of
> misplaced concreteness, and could be applied to the Bible,
> Blavatsky, any figure in religious or political history, ad
> infinitum. Until someone finds a figure who was NEVER demonstrably
> wrong about anything, this objection is universally applicable.
> The fallacy is translating "elements of the Cayce readings (Bible,
> etc.) are demonstrably wrong" as "the Cayce readings are
> demonstrably wrong." A whole lot is lost in that translation which
> obscures the possibility that some elements are demonstrably
> correct. (Which is a fact and not a probability with Cayce.)
> Even if the readings were demonstrably wrong on everything, they
> would still be worth taking seriously for their historical
> significance. E.g. Wouter Hanegraaff who devotes as much attention
> to Cayce as to anyone in his magisterial study of the New Age
> movement. Cayce has had more books written about him than have
> Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen G. White, HPB, or any other
> founder of an American-born new religious movement.
> But that scholarly kind of taking seriously would probably account
> for very few memberships in ARE. Most members take them seriously
> for the usefulness of the advice they contain on health, meditation,
> dreams, astrology, and such. (I did a study years ago of which
> books were circulated most by ARE library, and these were the higher-
> ranking subjects.)
> Of course many members do take Cayce seriously as a clairvoyant time
> traveler depicting ancient prehistory and the near future. I don't,
> and think that the emphasis on this aspect of the readings will
> shrink over time.
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