One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy.
by Keith Readdy
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Based upon academic research at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, One Truth and One Spirit is a much-needed work covering a previously unexplored history of the modern religious movement known as Thelema. It details the theoretical framework of Aleister Crowley’s spiritual legacy in the O.T.O. and the A.’.A.’., and covers the decades of Thelema since Crowley’s death in 1947.
This is the first serious sociological study of initiated Thelemic culture, ie., “the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society […] patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture.”
One Truth and One Spirit approaches a complex topic and a complex history, with exhaustive citations and sources, but is written for anyone interested in the subject of Thelema. The author utilizes both published source material, as well as previously unavailable archives that make this work a unique contribution to the available literature.
One Truth and One Spirit will be of interest to the novice of Thelema, the scholar, and the seasoned practitioner. It provides a general historical overview of Thelema from a theoretical vantage point, explores the historical development of the movement from the 1960’s to the 1990’s, and applies the author’s own critical discussions on the topic itself.
Keith Readdy has alchemically united his passion for Aleister Crowley’s A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. with his academic training in Western esotericism. It’s rare for a book to offer something for everyone, but One Truth and One Spirit packs in so many thought-provoking details that anyone with an interest in Aleister Crowley or Thelema will encounter valuable insights throughout its pages.
—Richard Kaczynski, author of Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley and Forgotten Templars: The Untold History of Ordo Templi Orientis
Everyone interested in Crowley’s institutional and philosophical legacy —and especially members of Thelemic bodies—will benefit from reading Keith Readdy’s extensive study. Its strengths lie in clarifying Thelema’s growth as a religious movement, in expressing its peculiarities as religion, philosophy, and magical order, and in adumbrating Thelemic ethics, along with the tangled history of the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O.
—Tobias Churton, author of Aleister Crowley: The Biography and Aleister Crowley in America
I fully believe that in the future, this book will be regarded as one of the pillars that made rational discourse possible within our community.
—Kjetil Fjell, Psy.D, Specialist in Neuropsychology
The author, trained in the academic study of Western Esotericism, provides a solid theoretical overview of Thelema and traces the historical development of the system from its inception up to the present moment. The book will be of great interest not only to the adherents of Thelema, irrespective of their personal allegiances and persuasions, but to all interested in the history of Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements.
—Gordan Djurdjevic, Ph.D., author of India and the Occult
With numerous illustrations, diagrams, and photos