Originally Posted By: DynamicImplement
"Lastly, I would refrain from referring to Doktor LaVey as simply "Anton"."

This is unfortunately a perfect example of what Anton warned his adherents of for many years.

No it isn't; not by far. You're confusing independent thought with carelessly ignoring common etiquette in writing and courtesy. Imagine if you were reading a secondary source on the author Mark Twain. Surely, you can appreciate how ludicrous and unprofessional it would look if the writer of the article began with a sentence such as "In his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark uses the following metaphors...."

As for an in person encounter, let's say you were going to meet a university professor for the first time whom you admired and hoped to win his favor: To be sure, most of us wouldn't prance into his office and playfully call him by his first name as if he were a buddy we played video games with online. No, (most of us) would address him by his title followed by his last name. Clearly, that would have nothing to do with hero worship or "kissing ass". That would just be an example of mature, adult interpersonal skills, or as we say in the CoS, Lesser Magic.

If you mean changes to the core philosophy, The Satanic Bible will not be changed b/c it would a very cruel joke to attempt that.

Of course I meant the core philosophy! I can't fathom what else you could have possibly thought I meant based on my last response. You basically just repeated what I stated.

That being said, I think you vastly underestimate the Priesthood. Millions of people everyday use the phrase "nothing to lose." They usually learn very fast. Operating a corporate entity that is unaffected by financial highs and lows does not except you from that.

On the contrary I am quite confident in the abilities of the CoS Priesthood of Mendes. I have attended two conclaves and a Devil's Reign art exhibition all organized, managed, and run by members of the CoS hierarchy. Further, I am familiar with the books, artwork, and real world achievements of quite a few members of the Priesthood. Your claim that I underestimate the Priesthood is ill founded, based on absolutely nothing I have said or nothing you could possibly know about me.

What do you mean in the last two sentences of your last post? Are you saying that the Church of Satan as an organization is unaffected by financial highs and lows??? If so, then you are obviously unaware that the CoS pays taxes and has indeed had ups and downs in its history.

"The difference between the man or woman who's a practicing Satanist, from an identity Satanist is that the practicing Satanist looks at the picture, while the identity Satanist studies the frame."
-- Anton Szandor LaVey

"Anyone without a sense of humor is too pretentious to be a good magician."
-- Anton Szandor LaVey

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