Man on Earth
- Theosophy and the Fossil Record,
by George McNamara
If you visit the Natural History Museum
in London, you will find a Time Rail, which runs from
the birth of the earth to the present - each step you
take represents 25 million years. There are geological
samples from each epoch, and then, as life begins, there
are fossil remains of the plants and animals which have
emerged and evolved through the millennia.
In other parts of the museum there are displays
about evolution, showing the relationships between current
and previous species. Obviously, the Museum follows the
standard scientific interpretation of the past - life
began with an amoeba, and everything else has evolved
from that. Scientists generally think that man evolved
from the great apes.
Theosophy denies that this is possible,
and propounds its own ideas, in particular of how the
animals and then man came into being, and how the great
apes are in fact derived from man.
The following 3 sections set out the main
outlines of the Theosophical picture
All of the material is drawn directly from the Secret Doctrine,
the main sourcebook for Theosophy.
This article is also available as a Word document HERE.
Most authors on Theosophy try to explain - I have taken
an alternative approach - to extract what appear to be the
most important passages from the SD, and then to try and
piece them together like a jigsaw, with a minimum of my
own interpretation. The resulting picture has its positive
elements, and there are also gaps and faults. I apologise
if the fault is with me - my selection and arrangement of
the passages may be faulty, and my interpretations may be
misleading - I would be grateful for any references to passages
I may have missed, and any other corrections.