Addendum to the Theism/Atheism Debate

In this addendum to the previous post on the (a)theistic divide within modern Satanism, I first take a brief look at some of the key verbiage involved for the purpose of clarifying terms and sharpening the outlines of the “debate.” Next, I move to a protracted examination of how concern for theology or, in the case of Satanism, diabology really masks commitments to specific ways of viewing and thinking about human nature and human potential. I advance the argument that many theistically minded individuals, both within and without modern Satanism, subscribe to a notion of humanity’s either actual or potential “spiritual and intellectual development” that places them very much at odds with the vision of the place of humanity and human nature evinced by Anton LaVey in the seventh of his famous Nine Satanic Statements: to wit, “Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his ‘divine spiritual and intellectual development,’ has become the most vicious animal of all!” In arguing against seeing “spiritual and intellectual development” as an ideal which is so often reified in apotheoses, I am not advancing anti-intellectualism or for stripping daily life of imagined or felt profundity. Rather, I maintain that Satanism champions a simpler and potentially far less problematic view of humanity than is customarily the focus of those who project deity in monadic, monotheistic, polytheistic, or pantheistic terms. If you’re up for a bit of a ride on the less aspirational and inspirational side of human nature, buckle up and click the link here.     

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