Thelema Scarlet and All,
how many Thelemites? For some reason this reminds me of the old joke:
''there's only two of us going to be saved, me and Hamish, and I'm nay
that sure of Hamish'.
Anyhow, there were a lot less folks in the world when Christianity
started, percentage wise Thelema probably doesn't compare well. Also
Gnostic Christianity spread incredibly fast, but where is it now?
However, you're right that size/numbers is unimportant, give me a
couple of dozen actual Adepts and I'll change the world for you, ;-)
there's lies, damned lies, and statistics ;-)
On 07/08/07, lucy_fyre <lucy_fyre@...> wrote:
> Thelema Joseph,
> "> Well we all hail to different authorities but I think Stark's
> research is on more solid ground. :)"
> Well, to me at least, no statistic is solid. Stark's growth rate of
> 40% for early Christianity seems to me a lot larger than Thelema's
> growth rate. And it really doesn't matter how many Christians
> converted, what matters is who these Christians were. 8,000 people of
> power and wealth is much better than 800,000 people without power. But
> as Stark points out, many Christians probably joined the Christian
> Church for the benefits and converted later. Women and a good health
> service is what Thelema needs if it is to compete with early Christianity.