posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 10:33 PM
There can indeed be Christian occultists. In fact, all religions are technically occultic, because they deal with those things that are hidden from
But Crowley was far from a Christian. In his autobiography, he describes being raised in a Christian fundamentalist cult called the Plymout Brethren.
He was nearly beaten to death by several of his church's elders when he was caught masturbating at age 12.
By the time Crowley reached his 20's, he was strongly anti-Christian. His writings are soaked with his anti-Christian viewpoints. He considered
Christianity to be lies invented to dupe the masses into obedience, a belief he developed after having studied Nietzsche in college. Furthermore, he
considered Christians to be the vilest of hypocrites, and developed this belief from his own experiences living in Victorian England.
Judging from his childhood experiences, it is not surprising that he turned against Christianity; he was constantly abused as a child in the name of
that religion. It is unfortunate that, in his adulthood, he dumped all of Christendom together during his poetic attacks on them, but from a
psychological viewpoint, it is understandable why he did this.
When he wasn't ranting and raving about how evil Christians were, he actually from time to time showed great scholarly merit, and his knowledge of
the Kabalah and Ceremonial Magick was certainly on an expert level.
Crowley, like his idol Nietzsche, therefore present to us a contradiction. Their criticism of popular religion and cultural norms have validity and
should seriously be considered, but their proposed solutions to these problems are not ideal.
[edit on 25-1-2005 by Masonic Light]