The occultic foundations of modern atheism

There are certain historical figures that atheists tend to rally around who they often quote to inspire and encourage themselves in their worldview. Today’s atheists are very proud to hail these deceased famous people as heroes and pioneers of the cultural heritage of  the atheism and free thought movements. A close look at the lives and beliefs of these historical figures reveals why atheism is based on hypocrisy that goes way beyond the hypocrisy they happily accuse Christians of.

In my previous post, I made the observation that some tactics atheists use to attack Christianity are the same tactics used by new agers, witches, and freemasons. There’s a reason for that. Atheists contend they do not believe in spirit life of any kind and that this physical world is all there is. But here’s some information on a few of their heroes:

Annie Besant (1847-1933): She once said, “No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.” Raised in a British Christian home, she married an English clergyman when she was 20 but became dissatisfied with Christianity and joined the atheistic National Secular Society to further the atheist cause. However, in the midst of promoting atheism, she dabbled in the dark arts of occultism and eventually concluded there was more for her than atheism could satisfy. So under the tutelage of Madam H.P. Blavatsky, Besant joined the occultic Theosophical Society, which was infamous for its seances, spirit channeling sessions, and psychic practices. She eventually became president of the organization. In the end the quote she stated above was not at all what she practiced, but atheists still love the quote and still love Annie Besant. (The Theosophical Society, wikipedia)

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947): He’s famous for saying, “One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.” His mother and father were wealthy Christians in a denomination derived from the Plymouth Brethren. His father was a circuit preacher who ran a brewery and read the Bible every day to his wife and son. Aleister forsook his Christian heritage and joined organizations such as Freemasonry and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occultic secret society that had William Wynn Westcott as one of its founders. The Hermetic Order spent its time in astrology, tarot card reading, alchemy, astral travel (out of body trances), and homosexual activities.

He is considered one of the fathers of modern Wicca and the new age movement and was known for his ungodly practices. Among them were satanic rituals, human sacrifices, vampirism, bestiality, drug abuse, pedophilia, and magick. He established the mantra often used in Satanist and witchcraft circles, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” One of his most well known disciples was Anton LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible. Yet the atheists just love Crowley.

Mark Twain (1835-1910): Twain has a whole plethora of quotes atheists love. One of them is “[The Bible is] a mass of fables and traditions, mere mythology.” Born and raised Samuel Clemens in Missouri, he became one of America’s most beloved authors and humorists. However, Twain was an occultist. He was an active Freemason who eventually became a Master Mason. One of his closest friends was H.S. Olcott, the founder of the Theosophical Society and a Royal Arch Freemason.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): The famous Irish playwright and poet lived up to his last name. One of his favorite quotes among atheists is, “When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything equal to it.” Among his famous works is The Picture of Dorian Gray about a young man who makes a deal with the devil, which could be said of the author’s life.

Although Wilde was married with two children, he thought it nothing to cheat on his wife with other men. Both he and his wife were members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the same secret society Aleister Crowley became part of. He was known for participating in occult ceremonies and psychic readings with the Order. He was also an active Freemason, being a Master Mason. (Neil McKenna. The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde: An Intimate Biography ;


The ultimate reason atheists use the same tactics as new agers, witches, and Freemasons is because they are all cut from the same cloth. They are all servants and children of the devil. Atheists love to boast of how educated they are and how knowledgeable they are, so how could this information be a secret to them? Yet they hold these people in high regard and quote them to further their cause. Since that is the case, atheists are not as atheistic as they claim. They are essentially occultists in disguise who just see atheism as a weapon in their vast arsenal to try to bring down Christianity. But they’re playing for the losing team.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

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  1. I think all human beings have an innate knowledge of God. We look at creation and we just know that it is testimony to God’s creative power. Atheism is such a lackluster and arid approach to creation that is often underpinned by self-mockery. It seems that when you are inclined to believe in nothing, you are prone to believe in anything. This is why many who reject God often believe in the power of crystals, charms and behavioural perseverance. Driven to seek some truth, they settle for a for of weak idolatory or pantheism, when the simple truth is that God created everything. Faith is not difficult; a mustard seed size of it suffices! How much easier it is to believe in God than to believe that a pink rock will purify your drinking water or a ritual prayer or mantra will keep you safe. Most people would rather swallow a camel and choke on a gnat than admit their spiritual foolishness. It’s a hard truth to arrive at when we take pride in our foolishness.


    1. You’re right, Dean. Your words are in agreement with Romans 1 that says, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”


    1. Peter,

      Just because some of the information came from Wikipedia doesn’t mean it can be dismissed. Wikipedia was very thorough in providing sources for its information, including links to some of the information for any skeptic to check. Could it be that you’re critical because Crowley is one of your idols?


      1. Actually, Sir, tales of “human sacrifice” and all of the rest of the ridiculousness are just that: tales. Crowley was alive during a most repressed time in Victorian England when even shaving your head made you a “Satanist”. He was fodder for the tabloids who couldn’t get enough of his “strangeness” (where have we seen that before?) Of course, those who call Crowley a Satanist (whatever that means) also claim he was an atheist. He is not one of my idols. I have no idols before me. Having said that, the man was a world class mountaineer, a chess master and gave us some of the most beautiful poetry. Even Wikipedia would have mentioned that I’m sure. What they don’t always mention was that Crowley prayed with a fervor that would shame the average priest. But thanks for the reply, appreciated.


      2. Oh, a quick PS for you or perhaps your readers: “Do what thou wilt” wasn’t an excuse to do what you feel like. The actual quote is pointing to the Thelemic ideal of finding what God has created you for, your “True Will” and then doing it. In other words, “Do your will”. Not “do as you please”. A very Holy difference that 99% of the people who may have heard of Crowley get wrong. Thanks again for replying and allowing my comment(s) to go through.


      3. Peter,

        Your comments in defense of Crowley, IMO, show that you indeed idolize him. I find it interesting that I refer to wikipedia which has a plethora of sources to back what I say, then you criticize it and make assertions that you don’t back with sources as if we should just accept what you say as truth just because you said it. This is a common tactic of anti-Christians. So what proof do you have that you speak the truth?


  2. Let’s see: in the space of two comments you have accused me of idolizing Crowley, you have called me an “anti-christian” and you have called me a liar. And you actually think I’ll now bother trying to educate you? And all because I suggested you dig deeper than a Wiki article, and because I haven’t been near a computer (out of town, business) to reply immediately to your comment… Best wishes.


      1. Dear Harry,

        There’s a blurb at the top of your page – “Shining God’s light in the world’s darkness”. I don’t think you’ve done a good job of that, on this page, anyway. Portraying yourself as a Christian should mean displaying the fruits of the Spirit, and these are (Galations 5:22-23 NIV) “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

        Forbearance is also known as patience. Patience gives a person more than one day to respond to your demands for proof, without your snide sarcasm about the crickets. You gave Mr. Vaughn less than 24 hours to respond. Not everyone sits by a computer, trolling websites to respond to rude challenges. Perhaps Mr. Vaughn was actually compiling and organizing his sources for rebuttal, but who can blame him for not providing them once you had publicly shown yourself to be verbally abusive, impatient, unreasonable and NOT a good representative of the kind, gentle, self-controlled person a Christian should be. As for “shining God’s light”, sir, if you continue with such character, the kingdom of God would be better served if you hid your (particular brand of) light under a bushel.



      2. [There’s a blurb at the top of your page – “Shining God’s light in the world’s darkness”. I don’t think you’ve done a good job of that, on this page]

        Glynis, that’s just your opinion.

        [Patience gives a person more than one day to respond to your demands for proof, without your snide sarcasm about the crickets]

        Again, that’s your opinion. In the interaction with Peter above, he set the precedent on his response. He responded within 24 hours previously to criticize my comments and to defend a Satanist. I provided sources in my statements which listed their sources. Then he criticized me and made assertions without any ready sources. In a debate such as ours, Peter should have had sources prepared and ready to unleash that could counteract my sources, but he didn’t. Those sources should have been part of his first response, but he wanted us to rely on his opinion as being more valid than my listed sources. That’s a lack of good debating skills on his part, not a lack of patience on my part.

        In quoting your scripture about fruit of the Spirit, you should keep in mind this scripture–

        8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

        9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

        10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

        11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. [Ephesians 5]

        Peter was defending a man caught up in the unfruitful works of darkness and by doing that was promoting Crowley’s evil deeds. I “reproved” him for it and according to Ephesians 5 was in line with the fruit of the Spirit in obeying that command since “reprove” means to find fault with or express disapproval of something. So instead of criticizing someone like me who was disapproving the unfruitful works of darkness, don’t you think criticism would be better served in disapproving Peter’s defense of the ungodliness of an ungodly man?


  3. Hi Harry

    I think people do not understand the difficulty in dealing with attacks disguised as comment or dialogue. Still, it’s hard to read about Crowley without feeling a sense of anguish. Here we have someone driven by his demons to find a meaning outside of the true God. That’s just not possible.Unfortunately, the harm they inflict on others in their search for another meaning is huge.

    I’m not sure why they are driven to look for truth in esoteric and meaningless rituals when the Word of God is so near to the seeker. God loves us. He loved us when we were sinful and He loves us as we struggle out of sin by His grace.He loves us as He perfects His love within us. Still, it’s not an easy path to walk. The gate to the Kingdom of Heaven is open to all, but it is narrow.

    Reading these comments has reminded me of Paul; ruthless in his persecution of Christians and rigid in his devotion to the Law. The difference between Paul and Crowley is that Paul did not chase after idols. He did not mock The Creator. He believed in the one true God and followed the Law of Moses. Was he any less guilty of the harm he caused others? No! In his actions, he was just as guilty as Crowley and maybe more so. Yet Paul, the persecutor of Christians and the least of the apostles, became the greatest evangelist for Jesus.

    Crowley sought emptiness. On the cross, between two criminals, Jesus blessed one and not the other. One recognized Him while the other mocked. Which one was Crowley? Still, our Lord cried out to God: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

    In His cry, Jesus opened the gates of Heaven for Crowley and the criminals crucified with Him. But, only one joined Him in Paradise that day,

    Regards from SA


  4. Hi Glynnis

    God bless you and are right about the fruit of the Spirit. Paul also wrote about the “most excellent way,” which relegated every gift of the Spirit beneath that of love, which is the true gift (or most excellent fruit) of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:31).

    I, among other people, have sometimes clashed with Harry, but it has never been an ugly, ad hominem clash. We have always spoken our truths plainly; “I disagree,” or “You are wrong about this,” etc., because the Bible says this or that, etc.

    Disagreement does not signal intolerance or hatred of another person.

    “Snide,” however, is an emotive word. It means you have already taken sides. I have to ask you, would you allow Crowley (if he was living) unrestricted access to your child or teenager (boy or girl)?

    As a rational person and a parent, I wouldn’t. Crowley was a gifted manipulator (of words and situations) and I wouldn’t have welcomed him unattended under my roof.

    Why? Because he believed he was a god and could do anything he wanted. Crowley did not believe he was subject to God Almighty. As such, his “morals” were relative to the experience he pursued.

    A master syncretist, Crowley pulled from every religious writing under the sun to promote his amoral agenda. His scientific materialism is documented and well known. His clever use of religious language and esoteric poetry is a glib lie that covers a hard, narcissistic materialism.

    Harry asked a direct question of Peter Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn withdrew and that was the end of the debate. Let me “lift” a piece of Mr. Vaughn’s last retort, to wit: “And you actually think I’ll now bother trying to educate you?” Don’t you think that Mr. Vaughn’s answer is arrogant and unkind? Did you miss that part? But, you still believe Harry is being unChristian? How so?

    Was Jesus being unChristian when he said: ““And everyone who shall subvert one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him if a millstone of a donkey were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea.” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English; Mark 9: 42). The King James and other Bibles say the same thing, but I like this interpretation, because it specifies the exact type of millstone; not just a generically large millstone, but a large donkey’s millstone!

    Crowley was vocal in his beliefs that tried to undermine the gospel of Jesus Christ and Mr. Vaughn defended them without blinking. I think that Harry and every one of us has the right and obligation to stand against them and call them to defend their account.

    A Christian’s love is not accepting every wrong and injustice in meekness and lack of action. Turning the cheek has a context as does practical help for those in need. Jesus did not turn his cheek to Satan in the desert, instead he rebuked him.

    Kind regards,

    Dean Young


    1. By “occult”, I mean “of or pertaining to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies” when those powers or agencies are evil spirits.


  5. Harry.
    One of the requirements for membership in Freemasonry is that you must believe in a supreme being, atheists are not allowed membership. Your argument is invalid.


      1. Is it not possible that he lied upon petitioning into the order? I mean come on, he’s an atheist, they can’t be trusted. Just curious, where are you getting your information that masonry is a religion? Also, if masonry is a religion and atheists reject all gods/deities wouldn’t that contradict his own beliefs? Lastly, by definition occultism could be applied to Christianity or any other religion. That’s not a jab at any religion just an observation.


      2. I discuss the freemasons at this link:

        The symbols they use are clearly occultic religion. Their ceremonies are also religious in nature. One thing that is clear from all false religions (atheism included), i.e. those that deny Jesus Christ is Lord or present a false non-biblical Christ, is that they reserve the right to lie or contradict themselves if it furthers their cause. Many people are deceived by these religions because they refuse to see the contradictions and lies.

        Christianity cannot be occultic because it preaches against the use of sorcery, witchcraft, and wizardry (the use of magic) and it preaches against the use of divination and mediums (the use of astrology).


  6. I’ll quote Israel Regardie, A student and close friend of Aleister Crowley here : “anyone who says Crowley was a Satanist and a devil-worshipper should have his head examined.”

    You’re feeding disinformation to your readers. I’m not gonna bother to give much more time to this page since you’ve shown in other discussions that you disregard points that are brought up and simply rely on personal attacks.

    As for the discrediting of modern atheism : one can quote someone who practices something that they don’t agree with without being associated with them. The world isn’t black and white. I can quote the buddha without being a buddhist or having roots with buddhism. Suprise suprise ! Not everyone thinks like you. Those people are not the fathers and mothers of “modern atheism” they simply have quotes that connect with atheists.


    1. If the guy you quote was a student and close friend of Crowley’s, then of course he would say that. Crowley was a known theosophist, freemason, and member of various magickal orders. All of those scream ‘devil-worshipper.’


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