[Note on “Equality, Fraternity and Liberty”]
Journal of The Theosophical Society, February, 1884
Selection from a reply by the Editor of The Epiphany to a letter by H. C. Niblett | Note by H.P.B.
May we ask you whether “we must remain apart in our views,” is a principle of Theosophy? You regard Christianity as an antiquated and superstitious creed, and we regard the practical side of Theosophy, the side apart from what the term obviously presents, as pernicious. If Theosophists say that this gap must remain as wide as ever, they point to a most woeful state of affairs. Surely they do not aim at that complete “equality, fraternity and liberty” which is aimed at by Christianity.1
1. Most assuredly we do, and much more effectively than “Christianity,” since with us the last word, “liberty,” means what it conveys, i.e., a full and unconditional liberty of conscience in all matters of faith, while in Christianity on the other hand, it becomes a paradox. No one outside of the pale of the Christian church—or even a Christian of a rival denomination, for the matter of that, will ever be regarded as a “Brother” by another orthodox Christian. Setting the laity aside, when we shall be shown the Roman Catholic clergy fraternising and on perfectly equal terms with the Protestants, then will there be time for us to confess—Verily—“See, how these Christians love each other!” Until then, the less said of “equality, fraternity and liberty” in Christianity—the better.