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From what I've taken from Thelema in the last few days of reading up on it, is that it is essentially a somewhat hedonist, pacifistic religion which advocates each person possesses a "True Will". This True Will is the pure essence of a person, their connection to the universe, and their purpose in life. It seems to take influences from Buddhism and Gnosticism. The doctrine itself is pretty standard for a religion and I don't see anything wrong with it from a philosophical viewpoint.
However, Crowley himself and his inspiration for the authoring of the main text of Thelema "The Book of the Law" are somewhat dubious. Attesting that he had invoked the spirit of the Egyptian god Horus through his wife and a mytserious voice told him the words which filled his book. Crowley himself was known to experiment with psychedelic drugs in his time.
My questions are... Is Crowley another L. Ron Hubbard? Is there anything useful to take from Thelema that can't be found in other religions? Is "Do what thou wilt" a usefull philosophy?
If anyone has anymore insight on Thelema and Aleister Crowley I would love to hear it. Is he studied much in religion/philosphy courses? I took a Modern Philosophy course in college but we never really studied him.