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Isis Unveiled

Isis Unveiled

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology
, published in 1877, is a book of  esoteric philosophy,and was Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's first major work and a key text in her Theosophical movement.  The work was originally entitled
The Veil of Isis
, a title which remains on the heading of each page, but had to be renamed once Blavatsky discovered that this title had alreadybeen used for an 1861 Rosicrucian work by W.W. Reade.
 Isis Unveiled 
is divided intotwo volumes. Volume I,
The 'Infallibility' of Modern Science
, discusses Occult science  and the hidden and unknown forces of nature, exploring such subjects as forces,elementals, psychic phenomena,and the Inner and Outer Man. Volume II,
Theology
,discusses the similarity of Christian scripture to Eastern religions such as Buddhism,  Hinduism,the Vedas,and Zoroastrianism.It follows the Renaissance notion of  
,in that all these religions purportedly descend from a common source; theancient "Wisdom-Religion".
 Blavatsky writes in the preface that
 Isis Unveiled 
is "aplea for the recognition of the Hermetic philosophy,the anciently universal Wisdom- Religion, as the only possible key to the Absolute in science and theology."
 The work is argued by many modern scholars such as Bruce F. Campbell and NicholasGoodrick-Clarke to be a milestone in the history of  Western Esotericism.
 Blavatskygathered a number of themes central to the occult tradition--perennial philosophy,a Neo-Platonic emanationist cosmology, adepts, esoteric Christianity--and reinterpreted
 
them in relation to current developments in science and new knowledge of non-Westernfaiths. In doing so,
 Isis Unveiled 
reflected many contemporary controversies such asDarwin's theories on evolution and its impact on religion, and engaged in a discussion that appealed to intelligent individuals interested in religion but alienated fromconventional Western forms. The work was also significant as a first statement of ideasamplified in later Theosophical writings.
 Detractors often accuse the book of extensive unattributed plagiarism,a view first seriously put forth by William Emmette Coleman shortly after publication. Indeed,
 IsisUnveiled 
makes use of a large number of sources popular among occultist at the time.However, rather than plagiarism, scholars argue, "Blavatsky was a person who had anoriginal set of insights but who lacked the literary skills and knowledge of Englishsufficient to create a work on her own. Relying on written sources and help fromfriends, she formulated a unique and powerful expression of occult ideas."
 Modern Theosophists hold the book as a revealed work  dictated to Blavatsky by Theosophy's Masters.
References
1.
 
^
Santucci, James A., ‘Blavatsky, Helna Petrovna’, in Dictionary of Gnosis & Western
Esotericism, ed. by Wouter J. Hanegraff (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2006), pp. 1802.
 
^
 Blavatsky, Helena P.,
 Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and  Modern Science and Theology
(Pasadena, CA: Theosophical University Press, 1999),vol. I. p. vii.3.
 
^
 Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas,
The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction
(Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 215-217.4.
 
^ 
 Campbell, Bruce,
 Ancient Wisdom Revived: A History of the Theosophical Movement 
(Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1980), pp. 35-38.5.
 
^
 Goodrick-
Clarke, Nicholas, ‘The Coming of the Masters: The EvolutionaryReformulation of Spiritual Intermediaries in Modern Theosophy’, in
ConstructingTradition: Means and Myths of Transmission in Western Esotericism
, ed. Andreas B.Kilcher (Leiden & Boston, MA: Brill, 2010).
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