Had an interesting discussion online recently on the interpretation of the Liber Al vel Legis, specifically Aleister Crowley’s famous injunction, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
I was putting it to some that the Law of Thelema stands in tension point Christianity, specifically that Christianity requires a subordination of self will to divine will and that ego will could not be transcended by self effort.
One of the guys I was talking to suggested otherwise, that Crowley is essentially appealing to divine will. That he was not speaking of doing what you want, following your desire.
Hmm, not sure if I buy that. It seems to me that if ever there was a guy who followed his desires it was Crowley.
But he continued that when you get to the core of will, having taken away all personal desires from the equation, you’re looking at the connection between divine will and the human being.
This suggests there may be a hermeneutic bridge between Christ and Crowley in there somewhere, but I’ll have to crew the cud some more.
For those not familiar with Crowley and his legacy you may want to google for his links to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), Gerald Gardener, Freemasonry and the Thoth Tarot Deck.