THE fourth century was the turning point in the history of the Western world, the period in which Christianity took the form of a strong political organization.
Throttling the old religions, sciences and philosophies, “the Church” arose as a temporal power upon their remains.
At the same time, admiring crowds began gathering at the door of the academy where the learned and unfortunate Hypatia taught.
Hypatia, expounding the doctrines of the divine Plato and Plotinus, thereby impeded the progress of Christian proselytism.
She successfully dissipated the mists of the religious “mysteries” invented by the Christian Fathers, and was therefore considered dangerous.
H. P. Blavatsky writes in Isis Unveiled:
“This alone would have been sufficient to imperil both herself and her followers.”
The city of Alexandria is interesting to the Theosophical student, for there, just fifteen hundred years ago, existed the last great Theosophical School in history — the School which was begun by Ammonius Saccas, (called theodidaktos, or “god-taught”), and ended with the death of Hypatia. Continue reading