Theosophy, What is That?!
I have acquired a Bachelor's in religious philosophy. This could make me not a theologist, but a Theosopher. What does that mean?
Below the dictionary entry:
"As nouns the difference between theosophy and theology is that theosophy is (religion) any doctrine of religious philosophy and mysticism claiming that knowledge of god can be attained through mystical insight and spiritual ecstasy, and that direct communication with the transcendent world is possible; while theology is the study of god, or a god, or gods, and the truthfulness of religion in general."
However, Theosophy generally refers to the religion created in the late 19th century in the USA. It has a somewhat negative connotation nowadays, and even though I agree with some of the philosophical ideas, I want to distance myself from any organized religion.
Throughout my teen years, I enjoyed the companionship that came with organized religion, and I made many new friendships.
When I left that particular church, the friendships also disappeared. That hurt me deeply, and I decided not to join a church again.
I enjoy my time with the world beyond by myself now, much like the Gnostics of old. I'm in a dual-religion marriage, and it does not cause any problems between my wife and me.
I was ordinated as a Minister, but I will not actively pursue a position as such, nor do I use the title.
(I have used it in the beginning, in the position of educator, and found that it weighed me down.)
Either way, studying these subjects was fascinating, and I still pluck the fruits every day...