William B Stoecker: The current interest in Eastern mysticism and the occult, generally labeled “new age” thinking, has its roots far back in the past, in ancient Egyptian, Hindu, and other traditions kept alive by cults and secret societies like the Sufis, the Knights Templar, the Masons (almost certainly the resurgent Templars under a new name) and the closely related Rosicrucian cult. Ironically, Masons and Rosicrucians were instrumental in creating England’s Royal Society, which led to the birth of modern science, which tends to be atheistic and materialistic. Spiritualism, Christian Science, and the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) are also examples of this continued interest in the realm of the spirit. But one of the most influential of the early “new agers” was Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky , who, with Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, founded the Theosophical Society in1875. “Theosophy” literally means “knowledge of God.” Helena Blavatsky was an ambiguous figure, and her influence on later occultists has also been ambiguous…and perhaps rather sinister.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 03:24 PM
"She said that the universe is a single, united whole with an ultimately unknowable source, and she preached universal brotherhood and altruism and believed in intelligent design rather than Darwinism."
Do people still really call nature science, Darwinism?