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from the great-wild-priest dept.
Magicians have occasionally been known to belittle religion. This might be because most religion in Western culture has entailed the imposition of beliefs, and the suppression of all alternative beliefs.
But I think that this misses the real sense of religion, which is indicated etymologically as re = "again" + ligo = "to bind." "To bind again," or in E.J. Gold's powerful rendering, "to bind in return." Religion is the social institution whose function is to encourage people to reconnect to their source.
As we all know, magick is "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will." This implies that to do magick, one must know one's will. I would posit that knowing one's will in a real way means contacting one's source within one's self. So, as far as I can see, while opposition to dogmatism and intolerance is an essential part of Thelema, opposition to religion itself is not, because Thelemic Magick is a form of religion.
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