All Religions have an esoteric basis
beneath their exoteric form, and it is this which has so largely
disappeared. Religions as they are do not satisfy the needs of human
aspiration, for they leave out so large a part of what vitally concerns
man. They are confined chiefly to ethical principles, but tell us nothing
about the nature of the universe or the nature of man. Falling thus behind
the age, they have allowed to grow up competing influences, such as
natural science and abstract philosophy; and so we find the field of
knowledge, which should be one, divided into compartments, either
independent of each other or else conflicting.
The false antithesis between morals and
knowledge, religion and science, righteousness and culture, has been one
of the great banes of religion. A unification of the field of knowledge is
much desired; a uniform law by which to live; a solid basis for ethics,
morals, conduct, instead of dogmas which we cannot believe, or speculation
and fads and cults innumerable. A man's real religion is what he
lives by--whatever he may profess. Thus the real unification of
religions is found, not by trying to force an external union, or by
eliminating from them all points of difference and thus leaving a weak
residue, but by getting back to the esoteric basis of religions and
showing the common parentage of them all; in short, by reviving a
knowledge of the ancient Wisdom-Religion--or Theosophy.
-- Henry Travers Edge, Theosophy and Christianity,
Point Loma Publications, San Diego, 1974, p.9.