The White Rabbit was agitated as he ran down the rabbit hole.
"Oh dear, oh dear, we've lost the content of the Course!" he cried.
Alice replied: "I think we've lost the author as well."
"Thanks to the Circle for beginning to examine the issues raised by some of Ken Wapnick's theories about the Course. Here I would like to discuss briefly Ken's ideas about its source and content."
"According to Ken Jesus is an abstract presence of formless love. Defined in this way Jesus couldn't have designed and dictated the specific words of the Course. There is a dilemma here which Ken attempts to solve by defining the content of the Course, likewise, as formless love. He seems to see the words of the Course as simply equating with form and there is much talk of iambic pentameter, Shakespeare, psychological concepts and terminology known to Helen, etc. Nevertheless he never says outright that Helen composed the words because if he did surely we would have to conclude that Helen was the author. So we have a source of formless love and a content of formless love. Does this adequately describe the authorship and content of A Course in Miracles?"
"The Course is a lengthy, intricate, and closely argued teaching of considerable psychological and philosophical complexity. Among other things it delves, in grizzly detail, into the dynamics of the ego system. Ken Wapnick himself has emphasised the need for us to honestly examine the ego system and not to simply dwell on "love". Who gave us the detailed information about the ego system? In considering this question, and others like it, we see the need to consider what we really mean when we talk about the authorship and content of the Course."
"I submit, firstly, that the content of the Course consists of the ideas it sets forth - these ideas are transmitted by the words of the Course and the meaning they convey. I suggest that we can't divorce the words of the Course from their meaning and content, and whoever provided the words provided the meaning and content of the Course. This content is vast, and will be studied by students and scholars for generations."
"Secondly, I submit, that the person who dictated the words to Helen is quite unambiguous about his identity, his words, his authority, and his remaining with us to guide and help us through the dream. He simply does not conform to Ken's definition of him and as defined by Ken could have had no part in all of this. We may well ask who wrote the Course, because this theory doesn't tell us."
"The theory of formless love bypasses both the author, and the text Helen scribed. It fudges on the crucial issue of responsibility for the words, and is muddled on the distinction between form and content. It doesn't hold up as an account of the source and content of the Course."