A Disturbing Mix of Religion and Politics: Aleister Crowley's The Savior Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Lingan, Edmund B


  • "The Savior" is one of several plays that Iconoclastic occultist, Aleister Crowley wrote as an attach against literalist and fundamentalist forms of Christianity. Although Crowley never uses the word "Christianity" in "The Savior," the actions and obsessions of the characters in this play resemble the manner in which Crowley depicted fundamentalist Christian in his more overtly anti-Christian plays. The town elders fail to respond rationality to a horrible situation that needs immediate and practical action. Instead, the town elders waste precious time perusing scripture and praying for the mercy of the gods. An apparent imbalance of priorities amongst the town elders leads to human suffering and loss. The plot of "The Savior" invokes the same condemnation of fundamentalist religion that Crowley expresses in his other anti-Christian plays.

publication date

  • 2016

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start page

  • 90


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