On Externalization and the Theistic/Atheistic Divide within Satanism

Recently, the blog of a French colleague dropped The Devil’s Fane’s name as an example of the atheistic path within a modern religion characterized at least since 1975 by a presumptive split between those who view Satan as primarily symbol/inspiration/metaphor and those who imbue the figure with a more concrete external reality. I have little doubt but that the impetus behind the mention came from my tweeted reply to that author’s share on Twitter of a recent blog from a solitary European Satanist in which she evinced for the new year her recent conclusion that the theistic/esoteric path is the righter one for her within Satanism than her former atheistic/rationalist commitment. In my reply, I expressed disappointment at another’s turn away from atheistic Satanism, a disappointment stemming from a nagging conviction I feel that so much of what makes modern Satanism fresh and new and of vital importance stems from a consideration directly relevant to its atheistic nature. The purpose of this piece is to explain what I mean by that conviction. Please note: this is not a polemical essay. I have as much respect for all the authors involved as I can muster in this impersonal virtual world of letters and am very much not in the business of telling others how they should or should not structure their personal Satanism. I offer this blog post as a further explication of my own Satanic path and a plug for the atheistic tendency within the movement. In a pluralistic environment, difference is neither necessarily good nor bad, it just is, as a fact of life. If I haven’t already managed to put you off entirely, kindly click the external link here to learn more.      

One thought on “On Externalization and the Theistic/Atheistic Divide within Satanism

  1. Anton LaVey was ahead of his time when it comes to atheistic religion. It seems that the concept is becoming more mainstream today with the existence of a small but growing number of people who self-identify with labels like Humanistic Pagan, Secular Buddhist, or even Christian Atheist. What students of religion mostly overlook is that LaVey was a pioneer when it came to demonstrating that religion does not require any belief in the supernatural at all in order to meet human needs.. Couldn’t agree more with your analysis of the rejection of externalization as vital to modern Satanism.

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