The New Church of Satan
We believe Christianity is in the final period of it's decline, and that Satanism (whether called by that name or not) is leading the way into the next age. Consequently, we take it upon ourselves to lend a hand to those struggling to overcome religious upbringings, which we see as a severe hurdle to emotional well-being and success in the modern world. This can be the case even if a specific religious component is absent in the household, as it has been built into many components of our society. To further this goal we offer a broad educational curriculum covering Satanism in particular and the occult in general, something which is completely lacking in public education. Through this course of study the evolution of occult thought is clarified and the student comes to see the natural progression before and after Christianity (and the other Abrahamic religions), and realizes that it was only a step in a much greater chain of events. It is NOT incontestable or absolute. It is, in fact, a bad plagiarism and mashup of previous cults and religions. And by embracing the opposite, even if only in principle or experiment, one overcomes the past orthodoxy of religious inculcation, and the end result is freedom.
As Andre Breton wrote, "The mere word 'freedom' is the only one that still excites me. I deem it capable of indefinitely sustaining that old human fanaticism. It doubtless satisfies my only legitimate aspiration. Among the many misfortunes to which we are heir, it is only fair to admit that we are allowed the greatest degree of freedom of thought. It is up to us not to misuse it. To reduce the imagination to a state of slavery - even though it would mean the elimination of what is commonly called happiness - is to betray all sense of absolute justice within oneself." That is an apt description of the end result of religious inculcation: it reduces the imagination to a state of slavery. One is made to feel guilty for nearly every thought and action. Is it really any wonder that someone in that predicament is unhappy?
While we acknowledge the original Church of Satan and LaVey's work, and agree with all of his tenets, we do not believe the church has made an effort to undertake the steps outlined herein. "Satanism demands study, not worship." wrote LaVey. And yet that study is entirely absent from the old church. Additionally, the old church takes a fairly strict atheist stance, but we accept and encourage all branches of Satanism, whether theistic, atheistic, or agnostic.
It is in the study of philosophy and the occult that we begin to free our mind. Hegel, for example, believed that all things owe their existence to their opposites and that all opposites are actually identical. Seen through Hegel's eyes, the absolute dualism of Christianity unwinds itself, and we come to realize that God and Satan are not so different afterall. You cannot have one without the other. By embracing the opposite of Christianity (or even just giving it a fair examination), great strides can be made towards undoing the damage done by a religious upbringing.
We live in a society that is obsessed with division and duality. We see this as a natural result of the dualism around us: day and night, light and dark, sun and moon, male and female. As a result of this "natural" dualism, we have developed dualistic philosophies: good and evil, God and Satan, Heaven and Hell, love and hate, salvation and damnation. But people are starting to wake up and realize that there are no absolute dualisms. There ARE shades of grey. It is not always day or night, sometimes it is afternoon. Sometimes there is not a strict demarcation between male and female. sometimes the line between good and evil is blurry. Likewise, the clearcut separation some would draw between God and Satan is not as clear as they might make it out to be. The two are perhaps only reverse sides of the same coin.
Schopenhauer wrote that the strength of Christianity lay in it's pessimism and conquest of individual will. Thus to overcome it, we must put behind us the baggage that gives rise to this pessimism and reclaim our will. Only then can we be happy and free. You cannot call it YOUR will until it is a free will.
August Comte believed that the lowest stage of thought was theological, while the highest was positive. Consequently, our aim is to provide a roadmap from the theological (inculcated and unhappy) to the positive (Satanic, or free from religion). Comte wrote:
"In the final, the positive state. the mind has given over the vain search after Absolute notions, the origin and destination of the universe, and the causes of phenomena, and applies itself to the study of their laws, that is, their invariable relations of succession and resemblance."
So it is with theology, revolving like a wheel. While Christianity had it's day, that day is passed, and it is time for Satanism to take it's place. But this time, we will not repeat the mistakes of the past, replacing one sun cult with another. We will not carry over the same set of beliefs that have been there through the reign of Christianity, Druidism, Mithraism, etc. We will finally free the will, and with it usher in a new era of freedom and happiness.
"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." -Denis Diderot
Rank 0, Novice
This initial rank is granted after a few simple steps. Complete the online application to the best of your ability, pay the $100 membership fee, and pass a background check. Following this, you will receive your introductory membership package and id card in the mail.
The membership fee pays the costs of a membership card and copy of our manifesto, along with the costs of running the operation. Any remainder goes towards renovations and construction of our physical church.
Rank 1, Initiate
To become an active member means to do just that: get active. Post, reply and otherwise participate in the forums. Attend our weekly meetings. Write a blog entry. Most importantly, read and thoroughly study The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, and The Satanic Witch to prepare for the test that will elevate you to rank 2. Ask questions.
Rank 2, Witch/Warlock
This rank is awarded upon passing three tests; one on The Satanic Bible, one on The Satanic Rituals, and one on The Satanic Witch, hence proving your knowledge. The tests are open book, but don't let that fool you. You need to have a thorough understanding of both.
Rank 3, Priest/Priestess
This rank requires a broad study of the occult and official ordainment. There will be a wide range of required reading and testing. A full course plan will be provided and a timeline for completing it worked out on an individual basis. Be prepared for a lot of reading and studying.
Rank 4, Magister/Magistra
For this rank, the study gets more in-depth and the testing more difficult. A course plan will be worked out on an individual basis, and a thesis will be required. Think of this as something like a doctorate in occult studies.
Rank 5, Maga/Magus
This rank is by invite only, and is reserved for truly outstanding members.
Rank 6, Inner Council
Also by invite only. This is not a rank per se, but more the core group that runs the church.
The Symbol of the New Church
It was from Druidism and the cult of Mithras that Christianity borrowed many of it's tenets. The seven points on the outside of our symbol represent the seven rungs of the ladder used in the initiation of Mithras, which was in turn modeled after the seven known planets. This same ladder was later used in Masonic rights, hence the second series of seven points on the inside, symbolising the fact that all religions throughout history, but Christianity in particular, borrowed heavily from whatever came before them (it can also be seen as the seven blossoms in the apartment of the statue of Balder the Beautiful, or the 6 Syzgies and Eternal One of Gnosticism, or the seven gates of Hades in the myth if Ishtar, or the 7 divine truths, or the seven ages of man, etc.). And yet, those things that came before also came to be regarded as evil, black and Satanic, when divorced from Christianity. In the center of all that is the pentagram sliced through by a bolt of lightning, symbolizing both man and Satan, and the enlightenment brought by him. On the outside, the number 7, representative historically of God. On the inside, the symbol of man and Satan. This completes the cycle of opposites that Hegel wrote about. Taken together, 7 and 5 add to twelve, the number of signs in the current zodiac.
Politically we do not endorse any particular party. That is an individual choice. We do, however, see some stances as perhaps more Satanic than others. By and large, we are pro-choice, pro-separation of church and state, and pro-gun; we support the decriminalization of drugs and we stand opposed to the high incarceration rates the drug war has resulted in. We believe in the right to die. In short, we support freedom of choice in all cases where said choice does not result in harm to others. These stances are simply what we see as the most Satanic, and we do not require them of our members, who we encourage to think critically and form their own opinions.
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