isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

“Why, then, accuse the ancient biographers of such men as Pythagoras and Appolonius of Tyana of either willful misrepresentation or absurd superstition?

When we realize that the majority of those who are so skeptical as to the magical powers possessed by the ancient philosophers, who laugh at the old theogonies and the fallacies of mythology, nevertheless have an implicit faith in the records and inspiration of their Bible, hardly daring to doubt even that monstrous absurdity that Joshua arrested the course of the sun, we may well say Amen to Godfrey Higgins; just rebuke:

“When I find”, he says, “learned men believing Genesis literally, which the ancients, with all their failings, had too much sense to receive except allegorically, I am tempted to doubt the reality of the improvement of the human mind.””

H. P. Blavatsky

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