Wisdom, Knowledge, and Belief(DVD,CD)


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How are we to evaluate the revelations found in different religions and spiritual traditions? The second Object of the Theosophical Society is “to encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science.” Implicit in this approach is an open mind free from the restrictions of dogmatism. According to Dr. Brooks, Theosophical epistemology states that “Truth is not the exclusive possession of any one religion or group but is the common heritage of all serious seekers for it in all times and in all cultures.” Another basic assumption of Theosophical epistemology is that “all truth is accessible to anyone who develops the powers to perceive it; ultimate truth is not accessible only to a chosen few, as many of the world’s theologians claim.” In this stimulating talk, Dr. Brooks examines the distinctions between wisdom, knowledge, and belief. This program was given at the 112th Annual Summer School of the Theosophical Society in America. 1998. 47 minutes.