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THE ESOTERIC BASIS OF CHRISTIANITY

OF CHRISTIANITY

OR

Ubeosopbs ano Christian Doctrine

Wm. KINGSLAND

Fellow of the Thcosophical Society

AUTHOR OF " THE HIGHER SCIENCE ", " CONCEPTS OF EVOLU-
TION AND RELIGION ", " THEOSOPHY AND ORTHODOXY ",
>l THE MYSTIC QUEST ", &C.

"That which is called the Christian Religion existed
among the ancients, and never did not exist, from the
beginning of the human race until Christ came in the flesh,
at which time the true religion which already existed began
to be called Christianity."

St. Augustine.

LONDON

THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY

7, DUKE ST. ADELPHI, W. C.

THE " PATH ", I44, MADISON AVENUE, NEW-YORK, U.S.A.

"THEOSOPHIST" OFFICE, ADYAR, MADRAS, INDIA

1895
(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

PRINTED IN BELGIUM

PREFACE

Part I. of the following Essays was published in pamphlet form in April, 1891. Part II, was published in the same manner in 1893. Parts III, and IV. are now offered as a further contribution, together with an Introduction, which, it is hoped, will make the whole subject clearer to those who have not hitherto had any acquaintance whatever with Theosophical literature, and Theosophical teachings.

A certain amount of technicality will, I trust, be pardoned by those who are not Theosophical students. Hints and phrases are sometimes used which are only intended for Thcosophists; their explanation would entail an amount of matter which could not be introduced in these, somewhat fragmentary, Essays.

It remains to add that the THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY is not responsible for any of the opinions herein expressed, since the members of that Society are not pledged individually or collectively to any creed, doctrine, or interpretation; save only to

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