ePub The Adept of Galilee; A Story and an Argument ePub

by Cyril Scott

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... THE ARGUMENT WAS JESUS A YOGI? IGNORANCE AND BELIEF Nothing gives a particular type of person such absolute conviction respecting certain subjects as complete or all but complete ignorance; that conviction taking the form of either a positive denial or a positive assertion. For, to take, as a homely example, the belief in what are loosely termed ghosts, we have on the one hand the ' cocksureness' (to use an expressive piece of slang) of the school-boy, who, never having investigated the phenomena of Spiritism in any form, flatly denies that such things exist, while on the other, we have another type of person who likewise has never investigated the subject, yet positively asserts that ghosts are a fact, merely because he happens to have been brought up among people who hold that view, and for no other reason. And yet, admitting the correctness of his belief in toto, there comes another factor into the matter; namely, the complete incorrectness of all the details pertaining to that belief, for although the statement 3 may sound paradoxical, yet what he believes may be right in itself, but the way he believes it may be totally wrong. In other words he asserts with rectitude that ghosts exist, but never having investigated the subject believes them to be the spirits or souls of the departed, whereas every occultist, worthy of the name, knows this to be untrue (1). Or again, he may regard them as supernatural and so again be wide of the mark, seeing that those who are cognisant with the subject have very good reasons for denying that anything supernatural exists in the whole world. Now, as is the case with the instance in point, so is it with beliefs and conviction respecting that great being, who is the subject of this book; namely Jesus of...

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