Satanic Readings : Theistic or Traditional Satanism
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The objective of this site is to provide information on Satanic religious beliefs and Satanic practices, for the benefit of anyone seriously interested in Satanism. It is a working environment. Pages consist of various comments made in regard to statements made on the Church of Azazel and the Black Goat Cabal websites. Please refer to these for background info, and for further explanations. Please also notice that I am not a member of the Church of Azazel. Views, ideas, articles of faith etc. presented on these pages are not necessarily shared by the Church. Comments by email are welcome. Please use email link at the bottom of the page.
|On this site.
>> The Buer Theology Project.
>> A note on copyright - Please read.
>> You say Satanism, I say Satanism.
>> Thou be cursed! A short list of people that I really really do not like.
>> What Satanism is not.
>> On the need for a Satanic creed.
>> A call for orthodoxy.
>> Satanism is a humanism.
>> Is Satanism anti-modern?
>> Now we live.
>> Desert places.
>> References to Azazel in Levictus, The Book of Enoch, and The Apocalypse of Abraham.
>> Some comments on Azazel and Lilith in Theology of the Church of Azazel.
>> A comment on biblical contradictions.
>> Why are Satanists so preoccupied with Christianity?
>> Why read the bible?
>> Why is Satanism evil?
>> On Satanism as a sub-culture phenomenon.
>> Site FAQ.
|What is Theistic Satanism?
Ever since Anton LaVey in 1966 founded the Church of Satan (CoS), the term Satanism has widely become almost synonymous with CoS' peculiar kind of ecclectic atheism, a sort of non-believers' religion. LaVeyans do not believe that Satan is a real entity, and they do not believe in demons. Consequently, the term traditional Satanism has been coined in order to denote actual religious Satanism, i.e. Satanism as a religious belief system, the Satanic rituals, practises, etc. Traditional Satanists do believe that Satan is real, just as Christians believe that Jesus Christ is real. Using the word cult in accordance with its proper meaning: The Satanic cult is a religious cult.
Theistic Satanism is the cultic adoration or worship of the entity Satan.
Satanism is cultic. The word cult comes from the Latin word cultio, to cultivate, ie. to help something grow. A religious cult is a group of people come together to cultivate their religious beliefs, ie. to help these beliefs grow, to strenghten their own beliefs, to explore the dephts of faith, and perhaps even to do missionary work. Irving Hexham's Concise Dictionary of Religion says: "In THEOLOGY the term "cult" has been used to refer to forms of WORSHIP and the RITUALS associated with them such as those at the JERUSALEM TEMPLE in ANCIENT JUDAISM. Sociologically, it refers to small religious groups which are in tension with established religious TRADITIONS and society generally." (See http://www.ucalgary.ca/%7enurelweb/concise/WORDS-C.html.) Sociologically we would not refer to Judaism as a cult, or Catholicism. We would refer to them as religions.
(Further reading: What is a cult? Various definitions.)
Satanism is the adoration or worship of an entity. Entity means being, or existence. HyperDictionary.com offers the following definition: "that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own physical existence (living or nonliving)" (See http://www.hyperdictionary.com/dictionary/entity.) Theistic or traditional Satanist believe that Satan is a real being, and they believe that he at least has the power to attain "own physical existence", ie. to manifest himself in a physical form.
Satanism is the adoration or worship of Satan. The word satan originates from the Hebrew, and it literally means adversary or accuser. In The Old Testament a satan is an adversary of men, and an accuser of men (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7). In The New Testament the name is used as interchangeable with Diabolos, or the devil. Easton Bible Dictionary says: "He is also called "the dragon," "the old serpent" (Rev. 12:9; 20:2); "the prince of this world" (John 12:31; 14:30); "the prince of the power of the air" (Eph. 2:2); "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4); "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2). The distinct personality of Satan and his activity among men are thus obviously recognized. He tempted our Lord in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). He is "Beelzebub, the prince of the devils" (12:24). He is "the constant enemy of God, of Christ, of the divine kingdom, of the followers of Christ, and of all truth; full of falsehood and all malice, and exciting and seducing to evil in every possible way." His power is very great in the world. He is a "roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet. 5:8). Men are said to be "taken captive by him" (2 Tim. 2:26). Christians are warned against his "devices" (2 Cor. 2:11), and called on to "resist" him (James 4:7). Christ redeems his people from "him that had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb. 2:14). Satan has the "power of death," not as lord, but simply as executioner." (See http://www.hyperdictionary.com/search.aspx?Dict=&define=satan.) In Patristic literature Satan is often identified with Lucifer, latin for light-bearer. (See http://innuendocornecopria.com/demonolanesia/lucifer.htm for further explanation.)
What is a cult? Various definitions.
Etymology: French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate.
1 : formal religious veneration (worship).
2 : a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents.
3 : a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents.
Wordsmyth Dictionary Thesaurus:
1 : the rituals and observances of a particular religion, esp. those pertaining to a single deity.
2 : a group joined by exceptional regard or devotion for a person, thing, or idea.
3: a religion that most members of a society believe to be false, faddish, or unworthy of respect.
4 : the members of a cult.
Cambridge Dictionary of American English:
cult : a system of religious belief, esp. one not recognized as an established religion, or the people who worship according to such a system of belief.
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition:
cult : ritual observances involved in worship of, or communication with, the supernatural or its symbolic representations. A cult includes the totality of ideas, activities, and practices associated with a given divinity or social group. It includes not only ritual activities but also the beliefs and myths centering on the rites. The objects of the cult are often things associated with the daily life of the celebrants. The English scholar Jane Harrison pointed out the importance of the cult in the development of religion. Sacred persons may have their own cults. The cult may be associated with a single person, place, or object or may have much broader associations. There may be officials entrusted with the rites, or anyone who belongs may be allowed to take part in them. The term cult is now often used to refer to contemporary religious groups whose beliefs and practices depart from the conventional norms of society. These groups vary widely in doctrine, leadership, and ritual, but most stress direct experience of the divine and duties to the cult community.
The literal and traditional meaning of the word cult, from the Latin cultus, meaning care or adoration, is "a system of religious belief or ritual; or: the body of adherents to same." In formal use, and in non-English European terms, the cognates of the English word "cult" are neutral, and refer mainly to divisions within a single faith, a purpose to which "sect" is put in English. Hence, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant are cults within Christianity.
The Bible (King James version) (Revised Standard Edition) (The Bible Gateway).
William Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (online version) (The William Blake Archive).
The Book of Enoch (online version) (online version).
The Sixth Book of Moses (online version).
The Seventh Book of Moses (online version).
The Corpus Hermeticum (online version).
Aleister Crowley: The Book of the Law (online version).
How to be a philosopher.
Ever wondered how all those (not so) philosophical dimwits on-line manage to come up with so much crap? Well, there's a guide. Go read How to be a philosopher.
Robert Hutchinson: Their Kingdom Come : Inside The Secret World of Opus Dei (amazon.com).
Gives an insight into the workings of one of the most powerful organizations within the modern Catholic church. Learn more about Opus Dei on ODAN - Opus Dei Awareness Network, and read articles Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe, Opus Dei: The Pope's Right Arm in Europe, 1997, Opus Dei In the United States by Jesuit James Martin, The Truth about Opus Dei - An Extremely Dangerous Sect, and Opus Dei on the Rise - Conservative Catholic Group Grows Quietly by David Ruppe, ABC News. Find more Opus Dei related links on Opposing Views.
Peter McKenzie: The Christians : Their Practises and Beliefs (amazon.com).
Very interesting account of Christianity as a religion, including chapters on holy objects (such as rocks, trees, and animals), holy numbers, sacrifices and purification, revelation, ecstasy, and more.
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>> The Bible Gateway
>> The Bible (King James' Version)
>> The Bible (Revised Standard Edition)
>> Catholic Encyclopedia
>> Catholic Information Network
>> Catholic Online Saints & Angels
>> Christian Classics Ethereal Library
>> Aleister Crowley - Extensive list of online works at occultresearch.org
>> Aleister Crowley - Thelemic Library
>> Aleister Crowley - The Complete Crowley E-Library
>> A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology
>> Early Christian Writings
>> Encyclopedia Mythica
>> A Gallery of Demons
>> The Gnosis Archive
>> Guide to Early Church Documents
>> Hermetic Library
>> Irving Hexham's Consice Dictionary of Religion
>> The Lilith Shrine
>> Occultopedia - An Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences and Knowledge
>> Online texts about cults and new religions
>> Orthodox Global Index
>> Orthodox Worldlinks
>> J.R. Ritman Library - Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
>> Western Esoterica - OnLine Library
>> Writings of the Church Fathers
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