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

Dec 16, 2004 12:31 PM
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. . . . "

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