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Differences between Atheism and Satanism. #503799
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I am an Atheist and see very little difference between Atheism and Satanism.

A couple of differences that I see are that Satanism has tenets, sins, and some guidelines or "rules" to live by.

For example, not giving advice unless asked.

Kind of a weird rule I thought.

Are there any other differences that I am missing?


Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Wecx] #503815
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Yes.

Many differences.

You might consider reading my short essay on this topic here:

http://www.churchofsatan.com/simplifying-satanic-atheism.php

Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Nemo] #503819
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Interesting, your essay really just brings up more questions.

"The kind of atheism we espouse relates to the idea of a PERSON who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere at once"

This is the most confusing thing I have ever read.

Atheism is the lack of belief in a God, but I see you are an Atheist because you don't believe in a God, but a "person."

I guess there needs to be a new word to describe a belief in an all-powerful person.

If my understanding of your essay is correct, the belief of an all powerful person would indeed make Satanism a religion and not a form of Atheism. You can be an Atheist and Satanist because from what I understand there is no belief in a God, but a person.

Is my understanding correct?

Thank you for your time.

Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Wecx] #503828
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Sadly, your question is also confusing.

Can you try to be more specific?

Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Nemo] #503844
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I'm trying to understand this:

"The kind of atheism we espouse relates to the idea of a PERSON who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere at once"

Thank you for your time.

Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Wecx] #503846
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Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Wecx] #503853
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I would suggest just taking that sentence in the context of the rest of the essay to make sense of it.

Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Wecx] #503890
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Originally Posted By: Wecx
I am an Atheist and see very little difference between Atheism and Satanism.

This is like saying "I see little difference between a flower and a tulip". The difference is very simple. There's no need to over-complicate it.

The word atheism means not believing in a deity (a + theos + ism = "without" "deity" "belief"). That's ALL the term means. Period. If you don't believe in an deities, then you are an atheist. Satanism is a non-theistic religion, and one that explicitly asserts that deities are the invention of the human imagination. Therefore, Satanists are atheists too.

Perhaps you've been duped into letting Christianity define "religion" for you, erroneously thinking that "atheism" means "no religion" (it doesn't), or believing that theism is a necessary component for religion (it's not). There are already plenty of atheists who practice some sort non-theistic religion: Theravada Buddhism, Taoism, Raelianism, Church of Scientology, Unitarian churches who include atheists, and so on.

"Atheism" is not a religion for the same reason that "theism", "monotheism", "polytheism", and "deism" aren't: these words only describe ones stance regarding the existence of deities. Merely saying "I am an atheist" doesn't tell you anything about that person's philosophical views or convictions. Needless to say, you can be an atheist and not a Satanist, just as you can be an atheist and none of the non-theistic religions I listed.


Originally Posted By: Wecx
If my understanding of your essay is correct, the belief of an all powerful person would indeed make Satanism a religion and not a form of Atheism.


No, what makes Satanism a religion is the fact that it includes the main components of a religion: philosophy, ethics code, dogma, ceremony, symbolism, and so on. Once again, theism is not a necessary component. The fact that we take a symbolic view in being "our own gods" (read: still not theism) is beside the point.


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Re: Differences between Atheism and Satanism. [Re: Mannyowar] #503900
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Originally Posted By: Mannyowar

Has the requirement that only members of the Priesthood can reply to questions here been dropped? If it hasn't someone feel free to delete this, and apologies.


The forum description hasn't changed. So, no. The requirement hasn't been dropped.


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