Tag: satan

Modern Satanism

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Modern Satanism is probably the widest-spread of the Satanic denominations, and also the biggest "bone of contention" amongst the others. Modernists do not worship Satan as a god or deity; theistically, they are atheists. They believe in neither a god nor a devil, nor spirits and "supernatural beings." Needless to say, it is usually not the Modernists who appear on Jerry Springer or get featured in the headlines of the local newspapers. The main "argument" over the Modernists is that, if they are in truth atheistic, why even bother using the name "Satan?" Why not just call yourself atheists or humanists or secular humanists, et al., instead of dragging in the name of a Christian boogeyman? Obviously I can't answer this for them, but the section "Why Satan?" on the "Foundations" page may shed some light on the various reasons which exist. Read More

The foundations of Satanic belief

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Red Sky, photo by DinosaursAreNotDeadSatanism is a federally recognized religion in at least one form; it is no more a "cult" than is any other minority religion (such as Wicca, Baha'i, Jainism, or Pantheism). Its adherents are not isolated psychopaths drooling in their basements; on the contrary, the number of publicized Satanic organizations is easily near 100 and non-publicized organizations would probably bring it up to thrice that number. Satanists tend to be of somewhat above average intelligence, judging from those people I myself have met, and successful in their current station in life. While some may indeed dress 'Goth,' with pale makeup and dark clothing and black lipstick, and while some may indeed be heavy-metal loving teenagers, these stereotypes are just that -- stereotypes. There are Satanists who love classical music and jazz, Satanists who like wearing florals, and Satanists who are distinguished business(wo)men with briefcases and portfolios. Read More

Satanic pudding

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I usually try not to defend LaVey, because I believe his lifestyle was that of a clown, rather than a serious philosopher, but I also know that his belief-system was much greater than the man himself. I also will not comment much on his magick rituals because I have never had the need to use any of them. Partly because I'm not a Satanist, and partly because I prefer using chaos and the ceremonial magick of the Golden Dawn. However, I will comment on his beliefs; and the belief or disbelief in an entity labelled Satan has nothing to do with the working of magick. He chose to use Satan to label and promote his beliefs for many reasons, like making money, to directly oppose Christian beliefs in an outlandish manner, and to gain public attention. It worked for him, but there is more to him than theatrics. Read More

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