What’s the point of religion? Does it matter? Does it actually make a difference in your life? These are questions you might hear other people asking. You might even ask them yourself. In this chapter of your Dark Ascent, Melektoth and Elinara discuss organized religion and whether or not it still has a place in the modern world. Each host shares their experiences with religion throughout their upbringing, and shed light on similarities between religions from all over the world. Ever our guide, Melektoth explains the role of certain members of religious groups who are put in place to help guide you through various transitions that will occur throughout your life, and describes the times and events in which belonging to a church or religious organization, or at least subscribing to a belief system can be a positive thing. Whether you value organized religion or not, this transmission is an important one. Tune in and continue your Dark Ascent.
In This Episode
- Steering away from strict religions.
- Intellectualizing spiritual and religious pursuits.
- Getting baptized into the EGC.
- Commonalities Between organized religions and the need for religious guidance.
Quote from Aleister Crowley
While dealing with this subject I may as well outline its scope completely. Human nature demands (in the case of most people) the satisfaction of the religious instinct, and, to very many, this may best be done by ceremonial means. I wished therefore to construct a ritual through which people might enter into ecstasy as they have always done under the influence of appropriate ritual. In recent years, there has been an increasing failure to attain this object, because the established cults shock their intellectual convictions and outrage their common sense. Thus their minds criticize their enthusiasm; they are unable to consummate the union of their individual souls with the universal soul as a bridegroom would be to consummate his marriage if his love were constantly reminded that its assumptions were intellectually absurd.
I resolved that my Ritual should celebrate the sublimity of the operation of universal forces without introducing disputable metaphysical theories. I would neither make nor imply any statement about nature which would not be endorsed by the most materialistic man of science. On the surface this may sound difficult; but in practice I found it perfectly simple to combine the most rigidly rational conceptions of phenomena with the most exalted and enthusiastic celebration of their sublimity.
“Why do I keep feeling this deeper mystery?”
“This was a deep, core level transformation”
“Religion is this word that no one really likes”
“People need religious guidance throughout their lives”
“You can’t generalize spirituality”
“It fulfilled something that I couldn’t previously put words to”
“Religion is that structure that gives meaning to people’s lives”
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