I am 36 years old, about to be married and hopefully soon after have a child. I was raised in the Roman Catholic church. I was always the kid questioning things and getting sent to talk out of religion class to the priest at the church next door to elementary school. My mother's father was the dean of philosophy at a very prominent university for 30 years and was disappointed to say the least at my parent's decision to send me to a Catholic school. I shed organized religion and simply began calling myself an atheist or agnostic in my 20s. After reading several times "The Satanic Scripture" and "The Satanic Bible" I find myself very much feeling as though becoming a member of the Church of Satan would be a good fit for myself and my family. The mental abuses that the Catholic Church inflicts on children especially is something I would never do to my own child. I've discussed this thoroughly with my fiance and I just thought I would post here to see some recommendations as to some other good literature to soak up before becoming a member. Our beliefs seem to align themselves very much to everything we've read. We do not believe in any deity, and very much believe that making ourselves happy doing whatever we please so long as it hurts no other person, is definitely the best approach to a happy and productive life. We are animals with needs and instincts, and denying those to ourselves because some magical sky deity says it's wrong is ridiculous. We have a very diverse group of friends and to think that people look down upon them or us for our choice of lifestyle is egotistical and appalling. It's very nice to see a group of like minded people (we hope). Are we in the right place?

Thanks very much for taking the time to read this and have a nice week.