The only real strength of any religion is derived from its pilfering of Magical doctrine; and, religious persons being by definition entirely unscrupulous, it follows that any given religion is likely to contain scraps of Magical doctrine, filched more or less haphazard from one school or the other as occasion serves. (Aleister Crowley, from Magick Without Tears)
Fascinated by magic from an early age, and at the same time drawn to the Christian liturgy, it was only later that I began to recognise the multi-faceted relationship between the two.
The AC quote is from Ewakening, one of the sites on my blogroll. Thanks.