Satanism has, for years espoused Egoism as the basis for fundamental practice and ethics. The largest formations, Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, (which was just this side of a prank), and the Temple of Set, (a scarier group run by military psy-ops expert, Michael Aquino), are infused with extreme individualism.
Some practitioners, Boyd Rice for example, or Varg Vikernes, have infused their versions with white supremacy or heathenism. Satanism in these cases begins to shade into the espousal of outright Fascism, and the veneration of Hitler.
But at the end it’s pretty much the same. They are radical Social Darwinists. They see Christianity, and Judaism to some degree, as poisoning the well with egalitarianism and charity toward “the weak”.
But it looks like there is now a sort of Reformed Satanism in the works. They just had a bake sale in Minneapolis. Wish I had known, it would have been a hoot.
This group believes in Social Justice, a complete anathema to the unreconstructed Satanist. One of their tenets states: “People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused”, which sounds more like AA than it doses that Old Time Relgion.
It also probably goes without saying that they really don’t believe in Satan either. The Devil is a metaphor for…something.
I kind of get the metaphor thing when it’s explained by CoS types. But in this case they sound a bit more like liberal Christian types who espouse much the same ideas about Christ. Pretty much everything is a metaphor, and we should strive to be nice to each other.
I find this hilarious. I’m thinking that a group of folks wanted to jump onto the whole Satanist thing, but didn’t particularly care for the logical conclusions of its ethics. And so created their own version.
I foresee a Fundamentalist/ Modernist divide, with each side anathematizing the other. There could be an entire industry in Satanic Apologetics; conferences; convocations, wherein what constitutes “True” Satanism would be defined and defended on both sides.
In the meantime, I’m keeping my eyes open for the next Satanic Bake Sale. I have a wicked recipe for devil’s food cake.