Is Thelema a religion and what are it's core beliefs?

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Steve R

The hot chick from Good Times is a religion? Cool.

Lion Sack

Witch craft.
And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away there were many churches in the land; yea, there were many churches which professed to know the Christ, and yet they did deny the more parts of his gospel, insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness, and did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthiness.
28 And this church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity, and because of the power of Satan who did get hold upon their hearts.
29 And again, there was another church which denied the Christ; and they did persecute the true church of Christ, because of their humility and their belief in Christ; and they did despise them because of the many miracles which were wrought among them.

LJR

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leethewong

It’s core believes is that men is a god, and through meditation and other nonsense men can become more “powerful” and more “god like”. Essentially they believe that if you meditate and worship yourself enough you would get the secret “cheat code” for god-mode.

The Dark Side

It’s a belief system invented by Aleister Crowley. As nobody can understand a **** thing he wrote, I can’t answer the second part.

J D

You could call Thelema a religion, but it would be more accurate to call it a meta-religion that is practiced alongside others. The core beliefs are given in Aleister Crowley’s “The Book of the Law.” I think most Thelemites would agree that the essential belief, as stated to outsiders, is that you are a part of the divine, and vice versa. It suggests that there are certain practices one can undertake to help you understand that relationship with divinity. Those practices include meditation and ritual magic, and are said to enable one to communicate with one’s Holy Guardian Angel. This “angel” is an aspect of the divine self, and is supposed to have knowledge of the person’s true will, in some cosmic sense of the term. It is the link between the person and the truly divine.
There is much more to it, but it would be beyond the scope of Y!A to discuss it.

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