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Author

McCabe, Joseph

Title

The Menace of Mysticisms

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Haldeman-Julius Company

Year

1947

City

Girard, KS

Edition

Scanned

Searchable

Cleaned

Deluxe

 

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Description

The full title of this book is as follows: "The Menace of Mysticisms: The Place of Bunk in the Worlds of Thought, Emotion, and Action --- What it has Done and is Doing --- What it Would Mean in Terms of Human Progress if We outgre it." Quoted from the author's "Foreword."

"Mysticism is, in the strict sense, a pretense that knowledge far superior to any that is obtained by science, reason, or observation can be acquired from a fund more or less secretly handed down from early ages or by a power above reason which is called "vision" or "intuition." In the first sense it is so flatly opposed to history and common sense that it is now confined to a few anaemic folk who call themselves Theosophists or Rosicrucians or by some other fantastic name. One does not waste one's time on it today. It is really based upon an absurd misunderstanding. To an ancient Greek the word Mystic (which is Greek
and might be translated "sealed 'lips") meant a man or woman who had been initiated to certain secret societies which performed rites behind closed doors which they must not describe, probably because they were highly sexual. They were accordingly called "mysteries." There were corresponding "mysteries" in Egypt, but they were not secret; though, curiously enough, modern Mystics appeal particularly to these. They are pageants with a strong phallic flavor which the priests performed in the open air before great crowds.

Mysticism in the second sense, or the claim to perceive higher truths by intuition or a sort of mental eye, is found in isolated individuals of all religions and ethical systems. It has enormous pretensions to superiority over the common herd and over science, and it is flatly
opposed to modern psychology. That science does not even mention the old idea of intuition today, and it is not worth discussing."

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