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Envisioning the Birth of a New Aeon

Henrik Bogdan

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0004
Envisioning the Birth of a New Aeon

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This chapter discusses the millenarian and apocalyptic understanding of history in the Thelemic tradition. It states that this understanding is described in Crowley's writings, mostly in his personal commentaries on The Book of the Law. It then argues that despite the severe anti-Christian nature of Thelema, the Thelemic millenarian view of history is actually deeply established in John Nelson Darby's dispensationalism, as well as in a Western esoteric understanding of biblical apocalypticism.

Keywords: apocalyptic understanding; millenarian understanding; history; Thelemic tradition; anti-Christian nature; dispensationalism; John Nelson Darby; Western esoteric understanding; biblical apocalypticism; Thelemic millenarian view

Chapter.  7684 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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