Aleister and Augustine – morality through love


“Love and do as you will” – St Augustine

“Love is the law, love under will” – Aleister Crowley

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”  – Aleister Crowley

“Oh Lord, grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” – St Augustine

Aleister Crowley gets some bad press, much of it generated by him.

Apparently proud to declare that his mother saw him as The Beast he adopted the number 666 as his own.

Openly bisexual at a time when homosexuality was not only illegal but something that horrified polite society, Crowley promoted sex magick – particularly gay sex magick – as a path to ultimate truth. He made no secret of his post-Nietzschian contempt for Christianity, famously remarking “One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad”.

It’s little wonder the tabloids of his…

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