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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
One of the ever-present questions in the discourse about Thelema is whether or not it is a religion. I think this question is most poetically answered by someone – I believe the credit goes to Jake Stratton-Kent – who said:
“There is religion in Thelema for those that require it. There is also freedom from religion in Thelema, for those that require it.”
In short: Yes… and no. All I can attempt to do is elaborate on this position to make it a bit more clear.
Before going too far in depth, it should be said that – according to anthropologists, sociologists, theologists, and the like – Thelema would most definitely be classified as a “religion.” It has a “Bible” (Liber AL vel Legis), a moral code (Do what thou wilt), a Prophet (To Mega Therion), a set of practices (Magick), and even a “pantheon” (Nuit, Hadit, Ra-Hoor-Khuit, Hoor-paar-kraat, et cetera).