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  • It seems to unleash something… myself, as a theistic Satanist, I don’t see the point of anthropmorphosising something within ourselves, especially given my own experiences, but I’m willing to admit that maybe it may be all neurological. It just doesn’t feel like that to me.

  • This is a good question. I am both a Satanist and an atheist. I had found that atheism was dissatisfying, inasmuch as it was only a term for lack of belief in gods and not a religion itself. I had always been drawn to Satan, but could never profess an actual belief in him as a deity or entity. Satanism offered the appropriate symbolism, wherein Satan is represented as an archetype of religious and spiritual opposition. It was not a religion that I ‘picked up’ when I was devoid of morality; it was a self-realization and within that came self-empowerment.

  • Wow, never thought of those beliefs as having anything in common.
    I suppose the benefit to being a non-theistic satanist would be access to a supernatural power above/outside of human limitations? And I thought Anton LaVey’s god was satan. But what would I know. I guess I would rather access a God that gives me reason and motivation to do good for others. Somehow I’m better off for that, strange how that works?

  • I would say that he chose Satan as a symbol of defiance, because in Leveyan atheism there is an element of anti-theism that is absent in other atheistic religions, such as Buddhism, Taoism or Unitarian Univeralism.

  • Just to make a sidepoint:

    If I had a movement I created and led and called it “God-ism” but then said, “hey, it doesnt have anything to do with God” would you think I’d picked a pretty darn inaccurate name for it? Me too.

    So, apply that logic to “satanism”

  • The same as following any other secular philosophy, I imagine.

    For instance, there’s nothing inherent in my atheism to keep me from being an Epicurean.

  • None, Satanists have a set of beliefs that Atheists don’t agree with. While Satanists do not believe in god, there approach to the topic is much, much different then the point of view of an Atheist.

  • Some people like ritual and pageantry.

    Anton LaVey believed people needed “good, honest emotionalizing.”

  • Without having studied the material you’re referencing (Anton LaVey’s books, etc…) I’m not qualified to answer that question.

    But I’m sure that won’t stop anyone else, especially the Christians.

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