The Morton Smith-Aleister Crowley Connection
The author of the article claims that The Book of the Law is Crowley's creation and offers the following evidence for her thesis. One is Crowley's suggestion that it is better to assume that "angels" - and by extension all sort of visionary encounters - exist "objectively" rather than as aspects of one's unconsciousness. Ergo, Aiwass is an aspect of Crowley. The other is that Aiwass used Crowley's "favourite iambic meter" - in the Stele paraphrase - which proves that Aiwass was Crowley! The writer forgets - or is not aware - that the Stele paraphrase was never attributed to the dictation from Aiwass - Crowley made it very clear that he himself put into English the French translation of the Egyptian original. In that sense and to that degree, disappointing. But the article is still interesting.
VERY interesting. As I recall, the Secret Gospel of Mark was part of Fr. (west coast) Patrick King's reading list for the 11th Degree Rite of Shiraz and Mitylene, along with the Panarion of Epiphaneus.
I haven't read it yet, but apparently there's an article on Smith and the "Secret Gospel" in the neww issue of Fortean Times.
There is. It's lengthy and it's by Andrew Phillip Smith, editor of The Gnostic. There's no mention of AC in the article.
Owner and Editor
Just for the record, the article's author now acknowledges this in a note inserted into Part 2:
It has been brought to my attention that the passage cited above was a translation and poetic interpretation of the “Stele of Revealing” inserted into Liber Al by Crowley, and not an indication of Liber Al’s channeled material. Sigh. So close, and yet, so far!
Owner and Editor
Thanks for the update Paul. It is also always nice to observe a person taking criticism constructively. As a side note, Morton Smith is quite a fascinating figure and deserves wider attention.