Thought I'd throw the dust off this topic in hopes of a more direct response to this issue.
I understand that in relation to the ToV it does advertise itself as a "secret society", so I won't get too pedantic in my queries.
Nemo, your answers regarding the question seemed to relate to the immediate differentiation on a person's beliefs in accordance with the Church of Satan
. More so that, from what I understand... When a person stops adhearing to the philosophy of Satanism, they cease to be one.
However this does not explain the connection so many people on this message board have between the Church of Satan
and the Vampire Temple. Namely, and by the defining points in this topic, it's been established that one cannot be a member of both by the definition of each organisation's philosophies.
Please understand I don't want to start a shit storm over the issue, I'm simply curious... esspecially since the Vampire Temple parades around the concept of "Undead Gods". Because last time I checked, Satanism wasn't theistic.
P.S. I understand I may get a few people fueled up about this, but consider this... The pursuit of knowledge in all forms is a core belief in Satanism, for me to not attempt the understanding of this issue, is in my opinion a sin. The ability to gain information from the Temple of the Vampire regarding this issue holds merit of attracting bias, and I would prefer to use an open forum to see ranges of opinions/beliefs. If the ToV had a public forum I would of course use that aswell.