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"The Masters are close to an isolated lodge" : the Theosophical Society in Tasmania, 1889-1930

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Bowd, Kevin (1993) "The Masters are close to an isolated lodge" : the Theosophical Society in Tasmania, 1889-1930. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The interaction of severe social change, new
creeds and challenged beliefs during the
nineteenth century created a cultural crisis for
western society which would enable the
Theosophical Society to emerge as an answer to
that crisis.
The publication of 'The Origin of Species' in 1859
is a suitable starting point. The cultural impact
of Darwin's work was wide-reaching, and those who
read Darwin were only a fraction of those exposed
to Darwinian ideas. Evolutionary notions settled
on the bed of popular perceptions and, losing none
of their potency, produced a great variety of
expressions, even contradictory ones and the full
impact of evolutionary theory upon the late
nineteenth century mind caused the disquiet that
pervaded late Victorian thinking.
A changing view of the Bible accompanied the
adjustment to modern science and the appearance of
'Essays and Reviews' by seven liberal churchmen in
1860 presented a further shock. The higher
criticism of the Tubingen School (denying Mosaic
authorship of the Penteteuch and questioning the
historical accuracy of the Old Testament, its
rejection of the miracles and the old notion of
prophecy) transmitted to English readers
challenges to the Bible as an inspired and
infallible book.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Theosophical Society in Tasmania, Theosophy, Theosophists
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Copyright 1993 the author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s).

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Includes bibliographical references. Thesis (M.A.) Qualifying--University of Tasmania, 1993

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:46
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 22:22
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