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Wed, Mar. 2nd, 2005, 06:16 am
Topical Quotations: Thelema & Religion

Bill Heidrick collected most of the following quotations in Thelema Lodge Calendar, November, 1992. Others were added by myself, thykaaba, and paradoxosalpha. I submit them here for your consideration on the question of Thelema & Religion.

"Call it a new religion, then, if it so please your Gracious Majesty; but I confess that I fail to see what you will have gained by so doing, and I feel bound to add that you might easily cause a great deal of misunderstanding, and work a rather stupid kind of mischief.

"The word does not occur in The Book of the Law."
-- AC, MWT, Letter 31

"Professor William James, in his Varieties of Religious Experience, has well classified religion as the 'once-born' and the 'twice-born'; but the religion now proclaimed in Liber Legis harmonizes these by transcending them."
-- AC, Magick

"[OTO is] the first of the great religious Societies to accept the Law."
-- AC, Equinox Vol. 3, No. 1

"Human nature demands (in the case of most people) the satisfaction of the religious instinct, and, to very many, this may best be done by ceremonial means. I wished therefore to construct a ritual through which people might enter into ecstasy as they have always done under the influence of appropriate ritual. In recent years, there has been an increasing failure to attain this object, because the established cults shock their intellectual convictions and outrage their common sense. Thus their minds criticize their enthusiasm; they are unable to consummate the union of their individual souls with the universal soul as a bridegroom would be to consummate his marriage if his love were constantly reminded that its assumptions were intellectually absurd.

"I resolved that my Ritual should celebrate the sublimity of the operation of universal forces without introducing disputable metaphysical theories. I would neither make nor imply any statement about nature which would not be endorsed by the most materialistic man of science."
-- AC, Confessions

"I wish here to emphasise that the Law of Thelema definitely enjoins us, as a necessary act of religion, to 'drink sweet wines and wines that foam.' Any free man or woman who resides in any community where this is verboten has a choice between two duties: insurrection and emigration."
-- AC, Comment on AL I:63

"Our religion therefore, for the People, is the Cult of the Sun, who is our particular star of the Body of Nuit, from whom, in the strictest scientific sense, come this earth, a chilled spark of Him, and all our Light and Life."
-- AC, Comment on AL III:22

"Therefore we hold Love holy, our heart's religion, our mind's science."
-- AC, Comment on AL I:52

"I claim for my system that it satisfies all possible requirements of true freemasonry. It offers a rational basis for universal brotherhood and for universal religion."
-- AC, Confessions

"12. The Order of Thelemites is categorically opposed to: (a) All superstitious religions, as obstacles to the establishment of scientific religion; ..."
-- AC, Constitution of the Order of Thelemites

"What is the curse upon religion that its tenets must always be associated with every kind of extravagance and falsehood?

"There is one exception; it is the A∴A∴, whose members are extremely careful to make no statement at all that cannot be verified in the usual manner; or where this is not easy, at least avoid anything like a dogmatic statement."
-- AC, Book 4

"... I agree with practically every word reported of the Yogi Jesus, and nearly every word of the Essene. True, I reject Salvationism, and the Jewish element of prophecies fulfilled, and the praise of the Law of Moses; but trust humbly that any deficiency in these respects may be more than made up by superfluity in another. For not only do I hold the cult of John Barleycorn to be the only true religion, but have established his worship anew; in the last three years branches of my organisation have sprung up all over the world to celebrate the ancient rite. So mote it be."
-- AC, The Gospel According to St. Bernard Shaw

"There are some people so simple as to think that, when they have proved the religious instinct to be a mere efflorescence of the sex-instinct, they have destroyed religion. ... Consciousness, says the materialist, axe in hand, is a function of the brain. He has only re-formulated the old saying, 'Your bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost.'!"
-- AC, Energized Enthusiasm

"When you have proved that God is merely a name for the sex instinct, it appears to me not far to the perception that the sex instinct is God."
-- AC, in a review of Craddock's Heavenly Bridegrooms in the Equinox 3, No. 1.

"But somewhere in this there seems to have come the answer from Aiwaz, with a profound impression, that my Way is to promulgate the 'New Religion' by scattering the Word of Thelema in that practical political form adopted for 2[nd Degree] O.T.O."
-- 666 in his diary dated 24 May, 1920 e.v.

"The many religions of the world have all lost their power to guide chiefly because the development of means of transport and of international commerce have convinced the educated that any one religion is about as good or bad as another for the purposes of social discipline, and that none has any validity from the standpoint of actual fact, or historical or philosophical truth.

"The remedy is evidently to be found only in one way. There must be found a formula based upon absolute common sense, without one trammel of theological theory or dogma, a formula to which no man of intelligence can refuse assent, and which at the same time affords an absolute sanction for all laws of conduct, social and political no less than individual, so that the right or wrong of any isolated or concerted action can be determined with mathematical accuracy by any trained observer, entirely irrespective of his personal idiosyncrasies.

"This formula is: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
--AC, "The Beginning of the New World" (1925 TS first published in The Revival of Magick and Other Essays, 1998 e.v.)

"Religious ecstasy is necessary to man's soul."
--AC, Comment on AL I:63

Wed, Mar. 2nd, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
devil_heart

thanks!

Thu, Mar. 19th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
paradoxosalpha

“The many religions of the world have all lost their power to guide chiefly because the development of means of transport and of international commerce have convinced the educated that any one religion is about as good or bad as another for the purposes of social discipline, and that none has any validity from the standpoint of actual fact, or historical or philosophical truth.

“The remedy is evidently to be found only in one way. There must be found a formula based upon absolute common sense, without one trammel of theological theory or dogma, a formula to which no man of intelligence can refuse assent, and which at the same time affords an absolute sanction for all laws of conduct, social and political no less than individual, so that the right or wrong of any isolated or concerted action can be determined with mathematical accuracy by any trained observer, entirely irrespective of his personal idiosyncrasies.

“This formula is: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
--AC, "The Beginning of the New World" (1925 TS first published in The Revival of Magick and Other Essays 1998 e.v.)

Fri, Mar. 20th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
thiebes

Excellent addition! Thanks :)