The Birth of a Satanist by The Optimist

By Opto 2001

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My views on religion and life in general developed long before I first encountered Satanism.

I would have probably never discovered how much my views have in common with this religion, had it not been for a bit of fun at school. During my later years at school my anti-religious views were well known to my friends and peers and I had been dubbed a 'Satanist'. People joked about it and it was all very funny, and we all laughed a lot. We joked about the sacrifices I would perform, the evil ends I would have to endure, and such nonsense.

During one holiday I saw a book on Satanism in a discount book store. I saw it as additional material for humour at school and purchased it.

The book was a biography of the founder of the Church Of Satan (COS), Anton LaVey. It gave a basic introduction to Satanism and had a list of laws, statements and sins at the back. What started off as a joke became more serious; I read the book and thought that all these things seemed reasonable. I began to seriously consider the validity of the COS; their ideals were realistic and the entire religion was based around fact rather than a god I had never seen.

I call myself a Satanist because the religion coincided with what I have always known. i have had little need to learn from satanic literature, and I wouldn't even consider changing myself to fit in with the religion.

I am me first, a Satanist second. The way I believe all things in life should be approached.

2001 Nov 09
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Parent page: The Description, Philosophies and Justification of Satanism

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LaVey, Anton. (1930-1997) Founder of the Church of Satan.
(1969) The Satanic Bible. Paperback book. Published by Avon Books Inc, New York, USA. Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1966..

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