Satanism as a religion? from AlexTheTerrible's blog

So yesterday, I came across a youtube video on "Satanism as a religion?" This thing of calling Satanism a "religion," has been something I've pondered for a while. Now, I am not here to bash anyone that would adhere to any kind of religions. The point of my blog post is to simply cut through the vines towards the logic and reasoning on this subject.


A few people might call Satanism a religion, but what is a religion? If you look at most religions(I kind've mean it centered around on Christianity), it misses the concepts of having the critical thinking, skepticism, logic/reasoning. What I am trying to say is, religions such as Christianity does not get deeper on the surface's of reality. What do I mean by reality? The real world where god and Jesus cannot help you in your situations that you encounter in your own life. Now I am not saying their are stupid illogical people in every religion, as a matter of fact I am sure you have certain intelligent/logical individuals in every religion. But religion's such as Christianity miss those three key concepts (as I have stated earlier). Now take a look at Satanism, what do you see? Do you see it as a religion, or a philosophy? Take a look at the things that LaVey combined as his influences by applying it in Satanism. And tell me the logic if it is a religion?


So I find it funny that you might have a small percentage of people that would consider the Satanism incorporated by LaVey as a religion. The difference between a philosophy and a religion is pretty simple, in which I can bet every person knows it. A philosophy is a logical analysis/skepticism of life and the things that surround everyday life. A religion is one that does not have any logic or skepticism of an analysis towards life and everyday life. Christianity of course is that example. Instead it focuses on blindness towards belief without questioning it. Satan being "the one who questions," is that common antithesis. To the few percentage of people who actually choose to take Satanism like a regular church going person without any logical reasoning or critical thinking, I want you to take a look at these influences of LaVey, and try to compare it with the title "religion." Doesn't make any sense right? The simple theory that comes about, is perhaps LaVey simply used the term "religion" for pr purposes. Another thing to take a look at, read the satanic bible again and tell me if it makes sense to add magic rituals related towards a whole book that gets to the point of the here and now? To those who foolishly believe in it as some literal bible, I have no interest in hearing your argumental justifications as a "religion."


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MatthewJ1
Jul 16
I guess it is a problem of meaning and the way meaning changes over time. I won’t talk about any other brand of Satanism. I’ll stick with LaVey’s brand only. His isn’t the only brand out there.

Just in regards to philosophy – there is a big difference between the thought of Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus and Proclus, on the one hand and the thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida, on the other hand. I think that is a fair claim.

I think a strong argument has been made, that at one time, in the past, the practice of philosophy and the living of an ethical life was a type of preparation, so the soul could ascend and merge with The One upon death. This was the way philosophy was viewed by ancient Greek tradition in the Platonic and Neo-Platonic schools, prior to and after the rise of Christianity. It is purely right hand path stuff.

Later, with the arrival of modernity, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment and positivism, and the exclusion of the above mentioned view of philosophy and gnosis, as an epistemological position, by the academy, a new view of philosophy emerged.

A similar sort of process has occurred with religion, I think. You can thank Anton LaVey for this change in the meaning and practice of religion to some extent.

If you watch the documentary movie called ‘Satanis,’ which was released in the late 1960s by LaVey and the Church of Satan you can gain some insights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF9P2DP1M_k

Basically, LaVey states in the documentary that all religions created by human beings were based on abstinence and guilt and fear, rather than indulgence. LaVey said that he didn’t think a religion should be based on abstinence and guilt and fear. LaVey basically stated that Satanism was a religion, which was based on human being’s carnal desires and fleshly pursuits. It is a selfish religion.

Please watch the Satanis documentary. LaVey speaks about these things at the 6 to 7 minute mark on. LaVey is renovating and updating the definition of religion. He is renovating the practice of religion and the role it plays in people’s lives and the philosophical and psychological framework which underpins it.

But what about the theological context within which religion functions? People seem to get hung on one thing and one thing only, in my view: was LaVey an atheist or a theist because he practiced ritual magic and wrote about ritual magic in TSB and then TSR, and used the word religion in interviews and documentaries and essays, etc?

I think it true to state that LaVey believed he and others could obtain tangible benefits from practicing ritual magic. He has been quoted as saying that. Does that mean he believes in a literal anthropomorphic conscious devil? I don’t think so. He talks about a “dark force of nature” in TSB. Elsewhere he talks about Satan as his ego externalized. Then in other parts he refers to Satan as merely a symbol or a signifier without a referent.

You have to make up your own mind based on your experience and study. I think Michael Aquino may have been right in some ways. There seems to have been a change in the Church of Satan’s theology or metaphysics from what it was in the mid to late 1960s. It changed for some reason. I’m basing that on my reading of LaVey.

I have stated what my position is, on this website.
I guess it is a problem of meaning and the way meaning changes over time. I won’t talk about any other brand of Satanism. I’ll stick with LaVey’s brand only. His isn’t the only brand out there.
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MatthewJ1
Jul 16
This piece of writing is pretty cool. I think LaVey is describing the externalization or objectification of his own ego or self here: https://www.churchofsatan.com/interview-popular-witchcraft/This piece of writing is pretty cool. I think LaVey is describing the externalization or objectification of his own ego or self here: See more
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Dark Enlightenment
Jul 17
It's not a religion, it's a personality disorder.
Tom Riddle
Jul 21
Satanism is a religion because it has a barrier between sacred and normal. The Satanist is his own god and the ritual chamber is his church. The ideal behind satanic holiday and ceremony is to preserve a connection between Satanists based on the fact that homo sapiens cooperates to survive and triumph.Satanism is a religion because it has a barrier between sacred and normal. The Satanist is his own god and the ritual chamber is his church. The ideal behind satanic holiday and ceremony is to preserv...See more
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