“In Mr. Proctor’s book, astronomers seem especially doomed by Providence to encounter all kinds of curious “coincidences”, for he gives us many cases out of the “multitude”, and even of the “thousands of facts [sic].”
To this list we may add the army of Egyptologists and archeologists who of late have been the chosen pets of the capricious Dame Chance, who, moreover, generally selects “well-to-do Arabs” and other Eastern gentlemen, to play the part of benevolent genii to Oriental scholars in difficulties. Professor Ebers is one of the latest favored ones.
It is a well-known fact, that whenever Champollion needed important links, he fell in with them in the most various and unexpected ways.
Voltaire, the greatest of “infidels” of the eighteenth century, used to say, that if there were no God, people would have to invent one. Volney, another “materialist”, nowhere throughout his numerous writings denies the existence of God.
On the contrary, he plainly asserts several times that the universe is the work of the “All-wise”, and is convinced that there is a Supreme Agent, a universal and identical Artificer, designated by the name of God.
Votaire becomes, toward the end of his life, Pythagorical, and concludes by saying: “I have consumed forty years of my pilgrimage…seeking the philosopher’s stone called truth. I have consulted all the adepts of antiquity, Epicurus and Augustine, Plato and Malebranche, and I still remain in ignorance….All that I have been able to obtain by comparing and combining the system of Plato, of the tutor of Alexander, Pythagoras, and the Oriental, is this: Chance is a word void of sense. The world is arranged according to mathematical laws.”
It is pertinent for us to suggest that Mr. Proctor’s stumbling-block is that which trips the feet of all materialistic scientists, whose views he but repeats; he confounds the physical and spiritual operations of nature.
His very theory of the probable inductive reasoning of the ancients as to the subtile influences of the more remote planets, by comparison with the familiar and potent effects of the sun and moon upon our earth, shows the drift of his mind.
Because science affirms that the sun imparts physical heat and light to us, and the moon affects the tides, he thinks that the ancients must have regarded the other heavenly bodies as exerting the same kind of influence upon us physically, and indirectly upon our fortunes.
And here we must permit ourselves a digression.”
H. P. Blavatsky