isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

"And now we will bid farewell to thaumatophobia and its advocates and consider thaumatomania under its multifarious aspects. In volume II., we intend to review the "miracles" of Paganism and weigh the evidence in their favor in the same scales with Christian theology. There is a conflict not merely impending but already begun between science [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

"The Champollions were the first in Europe to take the student of archeology by the hand, and, leading him on into the silent crypts of the past, prove that civilization did not begin with our generations; for "though the origins of ancient Egypt are unknown, she is found to have been at the most distant [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

"After having devoted their whole lives to the study of the records of the old Egyptian wisdom, both Champollion-Figeac and Champollion, Junior, publicly declared, notwithstanding many biased judgments hazarded by certain hasty and unwise critics, that the Books of Hermes "truly contain a mass of Egyptian traditions which are constantly corroborated by the most authentic [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

""Truth alone", says Pimander, "is eternal and immutable; truth is the first of blessings; but truth is not and cannot be on earth; it is possible that God sometimes gifts a few men together with the faculty of comprehending divine things with that of rightly understanding truth; but nothing is true on earth, for everything [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

"Recapitulating the evidence contained in this work, if we begin with the archaic and unknown ages of the Hermetic Pimander, and come down to 1876, we find that one universal belief in magic has run through all these centuries. We have presented the ideas of Trismegistus in his dialogue with Asclepius; and without mentioning the [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

"When, centuries before our era, the Hindu Bramaheupto affirmed that the starry sphere was immovable, and that the daily rising and setting of stars confirms the motion of the earth upon its axis; and when Aristarchus of Samos, born 267 years B.C., and the Pythagorean philosopher Nicete, the Syracusan, Maintained the same, what was the [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xv (knowledge is power)

"Here we are with transit of science half accomplished, and all our ideas in process of readjustment to the theories of force-correlation, natural selection, atomic polarity, and evolution. And here, to mock our conceit, our apprehensions, and our despair, we may read what Manu said, perhaps 10,000 years, before the birth of Christ: "The first [...]