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.