isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter i (the church)

“If Science has unintentionally helped the progress of the occult phenomena, the latter have reciprocally aided science herself. Until the days when newly reincarnated philosophy boldly claimed its place in the world, there had been but few scholars who had undertaken the difficult task of studying comparative theology. This science occupies a domain heretofore penetrated by few explorers.

The necessity which it involved of being well acquainted with the dead languages, necessarily limited the number of students, besides, there was less popular need for it so long as people could not replace the Christian orthodoxy by something more tangible. It is one of the most undeniable facts of psychology, that the average man can as little exist out of a religious element of some kind, as a fish out of the water. The voice of truth, “a voice stronger than the voice of the mightiest thunder”, speaks to the inner man in the nineteenth century of the Christian era, as it spoke in the corresponding century B.C.

It is a useless and unprofitable task to offer to humanity the choice between a future life and annihilation. The only chance that remains for those friends of human progress who seek to establish for the good of mankind a faith, henceforth stripped entirely of superstition and dogmatic fetters, is to address them in the words of Joshua: “Chooses ye this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell.”

“The science of religion”, wrote Max Muller in 1860, “is only just beginning…During the last fifty years the authentic documents of the most important religions in the world have been recovered in a most unexpected and almost miraculous manner. We have now before us the Canonical books of Buddhism; the Zend-Avesta of Zoroaster is no longer a sealed book; and the hymns of the Rig-Veda have revealed a state of religious anterior to the first beginnings of that mythology, which in Homer and Hesiod, stands before us as a mouldering ruin.”

In their insatiable desire to extend the dominion of blind faith, the early architects of Christian theology had been to conceal, as much as it was possible, the true sources of the same. To this end, they are said to have burned or otherwise destroyed all the original manuscripts on the Kabala, magic, and occult sciences upon which they could lay their hands. They ignorantly supposed that the most dangerous writings of this class had perished with the last Gnostic; but someday they may discover their mistake. Other authentic and important documents will perhaps reappear in a “most unexpected and almost miraculous manner.””

H. P. Blavatsky

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