The Romance of Metaphysics: An Introduction to the History, by Israel Regardie

By Israel Regardie

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Neither mesmerism nor hypnotism, neither orthodox religion nor any of its reform cults, can produce anything which will stand up for comparison, for example, with a Wednesday night testimonial meeting in a Christian Scientist Church. As a revolutionary, she was not obliged to think things out concretely to their logical conclusion. Her system may be defective in providing a complete logical system of metaphysics in the formal academic sense. But the full working out and summation of revolution demands the patient work of faithful and inspired successors.

Because of the hardship of her own early life, the disappointments, the frustrations engendered by sickness and poverty, another orientation altogether to philosophy was provided by her. As a result of this, thousands of men and women may claim to have done similar things with their lives, hapless and hopeless that they seemed before. She may not have added to our scientific understanding of the modus operandi of the methods she employed. She has not enriched our psychological knowledge by a description of the mechanisms by means of which her employment of ideas and images actually materialised themselves in the objective world.

Eddy could have been obligated in any way to the speculations of George Berkeley, an Irishman, born in 1865. His was the enthusiasm, lofty imagination, and charm of personality that commonly we associate with the Irish. He entered Dublin University in 1700, and in his forties, after returning from Rhode Island whither he had come to convert the Americans, he was appointed to the bisphoric of Cloyne in Ireland. As a Catholic scholar, obviously his speculations were motivated by an intellectual bias, the defense and propagation of the Catholic faith.

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