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Two examples of Theistic Satanic belief systems include Luciferianism, which promotes the essential and inherent characteristics that are affixed and commonly given to Lucifer, some identifying Lucifer as the "light bearer" and illuminated aspect of Satan and others identifying Lucifer as a separate, more easy-going, positive ideal than Satan. Palladists are an alleged Theistic Satanist society or member of that society.

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Two examples of Theistic Satanic belief systems include Luciferianism, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciferianism Luciferianism]], which promotes the essential and inherent characteristics that are affixed and commonly given to Lucifer, some identifying Lucifer as the "light bearer" and illuminated aspect of Satan and others identifying Lucifer as a separate, more easy-going, positive ideal than Satan. Palladists are an alleged Theistic Satanist society or member of that society.




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* [[https://xeper.info/ Temple of Set]]


The Temple of Set has claimed to be the world's leading left-hand path religious organization. Established by Michael A. Aquino and former members of Anton [=LaVey's=] Church of Satan, the Temple does not have an official position on whether Satan literally exists. Hence, why the atheist [=LaVey=] disavowed them. Though individualistic, the Temple of Set is often categorized as a theistic Satanic organization. Set is supposedly the Dark Lord behind the Hebrew entity Satan. "Set" is also the name of an Egyptian deity.

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The [[https://xeper.info/ Temple of Set Set]] has claimed to be the world's leading left-hand path religious organization. Established by Michael A. Aquino and former members of Anton [=LaVey's=] Church of Satan, the Temple does not have an official position on whether Satan literally exists. Hence, why the atheist [=LaVey=] disavowed them. Though individualistic, the Temple of Set is often categorized as a theistic Satanic organization. Set is supposedly the Dark Lord behind the Hebrew entity Satan. "Set" is also the name of an Egyptian deity.


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* [[http://greaterchurchoflucifer.org Greater Church of Lucifer]]

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* [[http://greaterchurchoflucifer.org/luciferian-points-of-power/ Greater Church of Lucifer; 11 Luciferian points of power]]

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* [[http://greaterchurchoflucifer.org/luciferian-points-of-power/ org Greater Church of Lucifer; 11 Luciferian points of power]]Lucifer]]


Inspired by John Milton's ''Paradise Lost'', proponents of Romanticism adopted Satanism to representing a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. Such non-theistic Satanists also take inspiration from rare fictional works which depict Satan as a heroic figure, including categorizations by George Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain.

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Inspired by John Milton's ''Paradise Lost'', proponents of Romanticism adopted Satanism to representing a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. Such non-theistic Satanists also take inspiration from rare fictional works which depict Satan as a heroic figure, including categorizations by George Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain. \n The Satanic Temple, created by Harvard Graduate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucien_Greaves Lucien Greaves]], which focuses on social activism and skepticism is an example.

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* [[https://thesatanictemple.com/ The Satanic Temple's official site]]

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* [[https://www.churchofsatan.com/ Church of Satan's official site]]


Anton [=LaVey=]'s writings were influenced by the works and philosophies of Creator/AynRand, Friedrich Nietzsche, H. L. Mencken, P. T. Barnum, Creator/MarkTwain, John Milton, and Lord Byron. ''The Satanic Bible'', in particular, was admitted by [=LaVey=] to have been plagiarized from ''Might is Right'', which was a Social Darwinist book published in 1890, as well as Dee's Enochian keys from Aleister Crowley's ''The Equinox'', modified to replace references to Christianity with those to Satan.

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Anton [=LaVey=]'s writings were influenced by the works and philosophies of Creator/AynRand, Friedrich Nietzsche, H. L. Mencken, P. T. Barnum, Creator/MarkTwain, John Milton, William Blake, and Lord Byron.Byron. There's a bit of Walt Whitman in there as well. ''The Satanic Bible'', in particular, was admitted by [=LaVey=] to have been plagiarized from ''Might is Right'', which was a Social Darwinist book published in 1890, as well as Dee's Enochian keys from Aleister Crowley's ''The Equinox'', modified to replace references to Christianity with those to Satan.


Anton Szandor [=LaVey=] founded the Church of Satan in the mid-1960s as an atheistic, Libertarian organization. [=LaVeyan=] Satanism teaches individualism, self-indulgence, and "eye for an eye" morality, as well as skepticism. Members of the Church of Satan consider themselves their own god, with their own birthdays to be considered their highest holiday.

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Anton Szandor [=LaVey=] founded the Church of Satan in the mid-1960s 1966 as an atheistic, Libertarian organization. [=LaVeyan=] Satanism teaches individualism, self-indulgence, and "eye for an eye" morality, as well as skepticism. Members of the Church of Satan consider themselves their own god, with their own birthdays to be considered their highest holiday.



The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of [=McMartin=] Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.

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The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled in the 1980's towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of [=McMartin=] Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.


In general, [=LaVeyan=] Satanism advocates [[ForHappiness doing whatever makes one happy]], as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of other people. Satanism advocates participating in the SevenDeadlySins, on the basis that they all lead to personal pleasure. Selfishness is also advocated by [=LaVeyan=] Satanism, which states that doing something to help another will in turn make one happy. Regarding sex, [=LaVeyan=] Satanism advocates sexual freedom, but only as far as it does not involve harming others or any activity that does not involve the consent and agreement of those who participate.

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In general, [=LaVeyan=] Satanism advocates [[ForHappiness doing whatever makes one happy]], as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of other people. Satanism advocates participating in the SevenDeadlySins, on the basis that they all lead to personal pleasure. Selfishness is also advocated by [=LaVeyan=] Satanism, which states that doing something to help another will in turn make one happy. Regarding sex, [=LaVeyan=] Satanism advocates sexual freedom, but only as far as it does not involve harming others or [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes any activity that does not involve the consent and agreement of those who participate.
participate]].


[=LaVeyan=] Satanism have sometimes deemed Satanism to be a philosophy rather than a religion, due to its atheistic nature, as followers of [=LaVeyan=] Satanism do not literally believe that Satan exists, but rather use Satan to represent tenants of individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. However, [=LaVey=] termed his brand of Satanism as a religion because of the use of rituals, symbolism, etc. The argument [=LaVey=] makes in ''The Satanic Bible'' was that some people may feel the need for such activity, and thus the Church of Satan is offered as an alternative to individualistic atheists who none the less feel the need for the gratification provided by participation in some form of ritual, freely admitting that the rituals practiced by [=LaVeyan=] Satanists have only symbolic meaning and have no supernatural presence whatsoever. [=LaVeyan=] Satanism rejects the idea of prayer, offering instead that [=LaVeyan=] Satanists should accomplish something by their own means, rather than praying for a deity to do something for them.

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[=LaVeyan=] Satanism have has sometimes been deemed Satanism to be a philosophy rather than a religion, due to its atheistic nature, as nature. Because followers of [=LaVeyan=] Satanism do not literally believe that Satan exists, but rather use Satan to represent tenants of individualism, free will, wisdom wisdom, and enlightenment. However, [=LaVey=] termed his brand of Satanism as a religion because of the use of rituals, symbolism, etc. The argument [=LaVey=] makes in ''The Satanic Bible'' was that some people may feel the need for such activity, and thus the Church of Satan is offered as an alternative to individualistic atheists who none the less feel the need for the gratification provided by participation in some form of ritual, freely admitting that the rituals practiced by [=LaVeyan=] Satanists have only symbolic meaning and have no supernatural presence whatsoever. [=LaVeyan=] Satanism rejects the idea of prayer, offering instead that [=LaVeyan=] Satanists should accomplish something by their own means, rather than praying for a deity to do something for them.


The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of McMartin Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.

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The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of McMartin [=McMartin=] Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.


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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanic_ritual_abuse Wikipedia article about the hysteria surrounding Satanic Ritual Abuse]]


The public perception of Satanism is often a mischaracterization of LaVeyan or Theistic Satanism as being little more than [[Main/TheThemeParkVersion a shadowy of cabal of evil lunatics worshiping Satan for personal gain.]] This image of Satanism largely emerged during what is known as the "Satanic Panic" of Main/TheEighties and Main/TheNineties. More specifically, there was widespread belief that Satanic cults operated in the United States and were responsible for the ritual abduction and sacrifice of children. Little to no evidence of this existed, but never the less a mass hysteria accumulated, particularly among Christian groups (for obvious reasons).

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The public perception of Satanism is often a mischaracterization of LaVeyan [=LaVeyan=] or Theistic Satanism as being little more than [[Main/TheThemeParkVersion a shadowy of cabal of evil lunatics worshiping Satan for personal gain.]] This image of Satanism largely emerged during what is known as the "Satanic Panic" of Main/TheEighties and Main/TheNineties. More specifically, there was widespread belief that Satanic cults operated in the United States and were responsible for the ritual abduction and sacrifice of children. Little to no evidence of this existed, but never the less a mass hysteria accumulated, particularly among Christian groups (for obvious reasons).


[=LaVeyan=] Satanism and atheistic Satanism in general have no relationship with theistic Satanism, but the two are often confused by writers of many fictional films, books, etc. which use imagery derived from the Church of Satan in conjunction with theistic Satan worship, which is not what the Church of Satan stands for.

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The public perception of Satanism is often a mischaracterization of LaVeyan or Theistic Satanism as being little more than [[Main/TheThemeParkVersion a shadowy of cabal of evil lunatics worshiping Satan for personal gain.]] This image of Satanism largely emerged during what is known as the "Satanic Panic" of Main/TheEighties and Main/TheNineties. More specifically, there was widespread belief that Satanic cults operated in the United States and were responsible for the ritual abduction and sacrifice of children. Little to no evidence of this existed, but never the less a mass hysteria accumulated, particularly among Christian groups (for obvious reasons).

The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of McMartin Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.

While the Satanic Panic has largely subsided, the image of Satanism, while not immaculate to begin with, was really dragged through the mud. Even today, there is little understanding as to what Satanism actually ''is'', and the mental image of gibbering lunatics sacrificing children over blood pentagrams is still popular, even if a little tongue-and-cheek.
[=LaVeyan=] Satanism and atheistic Satanism in general have no relationship with theistic Satanism, but the two are often confused by writers of many fictional films, books, etc. which use imagery derived from the Church of Satan in conjunction with theistic Satan worship, which is not what the Church of Satan stands for.
for. Part of this confusion probably results for the [=CoS=] heavy use of rituals, despite being atheistic.

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!Literature about Satanism

*''Contemporary religious satanism: A critical anthology''; Jesper Aagaard Petersen
*''The Devil's party: Satanism in modernity''; Per Faxneld and Jesper Aagaard Petersen
*''The invention of satanism''; Asbjorn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen
*''Children of Lucifer: The origins of modern religious satanism''; Ruben van Luijk
*''Satanism: A social history''; Massimo Introvigne

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