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A Modern Revival of Ancient Wisdom - A Boyd Kuhn

A Modern Revival of Ancient Wisdom - A Boyd Kuhn

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 Alvin Boyd Kuhn
STUDIES IN RELIGION AND CULTURE AMERICAN RELIGION SERIES II
THEOSOPHY 
 
PREFACE
 Since this work was designed to be one of a series of studies in American religions, the treatment of the subject was consciously limited to those aspects of Theosophy which are in some mannerdistinctively related to America. This restriction has been difficultto enforce for the reason that, though officially born here,Theosophy has never since its inception had its headquarters onthis continent. The springs of the movement have emanated fromforeign sources and influences. Its prime inspiration has comefrom ancient Oriental cultures. America in this case has ratheradopted an exotic cult than evolved it from the conditions of hernative milieu. The main events in American Theosophic history have been mostly repercussions of events transpiring in English,Continental, or Indian Theosophy. It was thus virtually impossibleto segregate American Theosophy from its connections withforeign leadership. But the attempt to do so has made it necessary to give meagre treatment to some of the major currents of world- wide Theosophic development. The book does not purport to be acomplete history of Theosophy, but it is an attempt to present aunified picture of the movement in its larger aspects. No effort has been made to weigh the truth or falsity of Theosophic principles, but an effort has been made to understand their significance inrelation to the historical situation and psychological disposition of those who have adopted it.The author wises to express his obligation to several persons without whose assistance the enterprise would have been moreonerous and less successful. His thanks are due in largest measure
 
to Professor Roy F. Mitchell of New York University, and to Mrs.Mitchell, for placing at his disposal much of their time and of their wide knowledge of Theosophical material; to Mr. L. W. Rogers,President of the American Theosophical Society, Wheaton, Illinois,for cordial viico-operation in the matter of the questionnaire, and to the many members of the Society who took pains to reply to the questions; toMr. John Garrigues, of the United Lodge of Theosophists, New  York, for valuable data out of his great store of Theosophicinformation, and to several of the ladies at the U.L.T. ReadingRoom for library assistance; to Professor Louis H. Gray, of Columbia University, for technical criticism in Sanskritterminology; to Mr. Arthur E. Christy, of Columbia University, fordata showing Emerson's indebtedness to Oriental philosophy; andto Professor Herbert W. Schneider, of Columbia University, for hispainstaking criticism of the study throughout. A. B. K.New York City September, 1930

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