Aleister Crowley. In his day, the Church labelled him as ‘The Great Beast’. That moniker still remains in some circles.
Because of the oft mentioned phrase, ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’. The authorities and the Church repeated that over and over to make sure that people knew that Crowley was a ‘bad’ man. Because, let’s face it, that phrase implies total chaos and anarchy.
What the Church and the authorities left out was the second part of what Crowley said: ‘Provided you do not infringe on the Will of another’ (or words to that effect). That changes the picture, does it not?
Crowley also said that you could only enact your Will if you truly understood yourself: ie, is the Will that you are acting on yours or someone else’s. If it is someone else’s, then it is not your Will. Therefore, you should not be acting on it.
Crowley called himself a Satanist. Not because he wanted to do terrible things to other people, but because he stood opposed to Authoritarian systems of control. He was a true Libertarian. His simple rule, in its entirety, was/is truly Progressive. It does not deny an individual’s right to commune with God or the Divine; it stands opposed to Authoritarian control systems, like the Church. And since the Church had self ordained itself as the mouthpiece of God on Earth, Crowley’s opposition to that is what made him a Satanist.
This could very well be what the Book of Revelation refers to: not the spiritual essence of God and each individual’s connection to that, but a conflict between Authoritarianism and Libertarianism, as the systems of control and power seek world dominion.
If that is the case, then it may very well be Crowley’s form of Satanism that saves us all.