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The Persecution Of Johnny Ball and The intolerance Of Warmageddonists
by Ian R Thorpe.

Veteran TV presenter Johnny Ball, whose programmes on science and mathematics enthused many young viewers in a way formal education never can, probably did not realise he was stepping into a lion's den when he voiced his opinion that the mathematics on which the carbon driven global warming case rests are very dodgy. The Climate Science Warmageddonists turned their fury on him as they have on all who challenge the teachings of their doomday cult.

Theosophy For Beginners
by John de Roe.
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KEYWORDS: theosophy, theosophist, blavatsky, god, knowledge, wisdom, philosophy, belief, religion, faith, hindu, buddhist, christian, protestant, catholic, orthodox, jewish, muslim, wisdom, cult, moral, morality, divine

The Basic Principles of Theosophy Theosophy is not truly a religion, having no creed or dogmas, it is a belief system based on philosophy and mystical thought. Followers of Theosophy seek through study, contemplation and their efforts to connect with nature a mystic insight, in effect an insight into the nature of God and the laws of the Universe. The name Theosophy derives from two Greek words, Theos and Sophos, God and Knowledge, Theosophy literally means knowledge of god. The Theosophist believes that the truest knowledge comes not through reason or senses, but through a direct communication of the soul with the Divine Reality. Where it gets interesting is in the revelation of what that Divine Reality actually is.

In the latter half of the nineteenth century the versions of Christianity that defined moral and cultural boundaries in the western nations were restrictive and repressive. In Ireland many teenage girls considered morally deficient, not just those unmarried young women who fell pregnant but many who simply displayed a healthy and natural interest in boys, make up, fashionable clothes and pop music, were consigned to the tender mercies meted out by the Nuns of the Magdeline Sisters order. This practice continued until the second half of the twentieth century and is depicted in a film, The Magdelene Sister. Similar treatment, though rarely so harsh, was given to people, usually women, who offened against the moral strictures of other mainstream faiths.

This was an era when sex was officially frowned on and only acknowledged as an unfortunate necessity for the purpose of continuing the race. Some religious sects such as The Shakers forbade sex completely. There are very few Shakers left in the world now. From the mid eighteenth century onwards until the 1960s, with short breaks for World War One and Two, this strict moral code, which has little to do with true morality, demonised female sexuality and regarded as a curse the natural urges of men. Phrases such as 'fallen woman' 'scarlet woman' and aphorisms like ' marriage is the price men pay for sex, sex is the price women pay for marriage' were in common use.

When Queen Victoria, who we now know to have been a bit of a goer, was asked how a woman should with her husband's urges is reported to have replied, "Lie back and think of England."

It was not just sexual behaviour that could bring about social ruin. Respectability was all. Swearing was out, showing emotion suspect and adopting a slightly showy lifestyle branded on as 'not quite decent.' No wonder then people began to look for something more flexible and accommodating to the vagiraries of human nature.

Madame Helena Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in the United States in 1875.

The ideas of Theosophy can be traced back to ancient times with Hindu and Buddhist thoughts and doctrines being prominent alongside those culled from Zoroastrianism and the Jewish beliefs contained in the Cabala (or Kabbala as those who believe the letter K is kool would have it) and what we now know as The Hermetic Wisdom.

Theosophy is the study of the teachings of the Masters or Mahatmas (Mahatma = 'Great Soul'). It is a method of studying the so called Ancient Wisdom, and of pursuing the ultimate truth. Theosophy began as a subject of study but became an organized group in the late 19th century when the Theosophical Society was founded by Henry Olcott and Helena Blavatsky. The Theosophical Society became a popular and powerful group throughout the world, especially in America and India. Most of the society's practices and beliefs were determined by Blavatsky and her writings. During her lifetime, she wrote numerous articles and letters, and she also authored the major works: Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine and The Voice of the Silence. The Secret Doctrine became the major source of information to all those interested in Theosophy. Her writings combined many types of existing beliefs (both western and eastern) into a comprehensive and structured belief system.

Unfortunately the Theosophical Society gradually came to resemble a personality cult dependent more on the strength of members devotion to Blavatsky than on their personal quest for understanding.

Although the cultish aspect of the movement she founded had undermined her influence towards the end of her life Blavatsky's published works were extremely influential and are still fascinating subject matter for study. At the height of her popularity these ideas were also very controversial. Her works are often referred to as fraudulent and plagiarized (in fact she borrowed heavily from ancient texts and from many obscure writers who had ben part of a revival of interest in pre - Christian religions during the Enlightenment era but had formed her own ideas from their work). These criticisms lead many people now to question the authenticity of Blavatsky herself.

Regardless of the authenticity of her writings and practices, people believed in her, and followed her teachings. However, after the death of its founder death the Theosophical Society fragmented, each new schism producing another sub sect. Many of these retained some version of the word "theosophy" in their titles. There are now many groups around the world which had their origins within Theosophy, though most have few members and some are very secretive.

Theosophy, according to its followers, is the study of Divine Wisdom. Through the study of Theosophy, one will begin to find the answers to life's deepest, most significant questions: What is the meaning of life and death, why is there evil, what is the point in suffering, is there a God, why are some people lucky and others unlucky? Theosophy is an attempt to provide insights which will allow one to answer those questions and more to one's own satisfaction and ultimately, see the truth. The motto of theosophists is: "There is no religion higher than the truth."

Unfortunately, as the Enlightenment philosopher David Hume said, "There is no great, universal truth. Everyone's perceptions are uniquely his (or her) own.

The teachings of Theosophy should not be taken literally, any belief system should be timeless and over time the meaning and useage of words changes. What is important and what must be preserved of Mme. Blavtsky's work, no matter how history shreds her reputation, is the ideas. There is nothing in Theosophist thinking that ought to offend Christians or followers of any other faiths; the ideas follow the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated, moral restraint as opposed to self indulgence and a quest for the understanding that enables us to live a good life. People who hold Theosophist beliefs can be and are are members of other churches. Theosophy can help to shed light upon and help make sense of the mysteries of those religions that the hierarchy are not keen to explain to lay members. As such, to people living at the start of the twenty first century it offers a tool for finding answers to the challenges of life, rather than a complete, pre packed, one-size-fits-all set of answers.

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