You’re a Satanist and don’t know it, yet.





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Hail Satan?

I’m middle child of 4 sisters – the only son. That said, it’s no surprise I empathize with the misunderstood ruler of hell. Having grown up in the catholic church, I was taught to reject Satan and that rock n’ roll and hip-hop were the devil’s music. Loving both, I figured I needed to hear both sides of the story. Fortunately, there were others who felt similarly.

Our Approach


Phase 1) Historical & Cultural Deep Dive
  ︎We explored common themes throughout history which painted Satan as the purveyor of evil. We then identified authors who helped reshape the narrative, casting him as the adversary.
  ︎To understand how Satanism has taken form, we sought to understand the differences and similarities behind the two schools of thought: Church of Satan (CoS) v.s. The Satanic Temple (TST).

Phase 2) Undercover Satanist
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We attended weekly TST meetings and joined several satanic Facebook groups where we interacted with Satanists.
  ︎We then interviewed a handful of Satanists from both schools of thought, keeping their identities anonymous by their request.


Team
︎ John Simons, Strategist
︎ Josh Zinger, Strategist
︎ Annie Balint, Strategist
︎ Patrick Dunegan, Strategist


Brief History

Up until the 17th century, Satan has been framed as the “embodiment of all evil.” The Catholic Church would cast Satan as the scapegoat for their pillaging, claiming they were purifying the land of his evil.

Later that century, John Milton published Paradise Lost, imagining Satan as the adversary — a rebel. This gave religious outcasts someone to look up to.

Satan, cast as an evil force, remains common belief today.



Satanic Influencers


   



Anton LaVey: in 1966, LaVey observed church-going men lusting after young women at the carnival he worked at. The following morning, they would repent their sins at church. Upset, LaVey launched The Church of Satan, authored The Satanic Bible and adopted pagan symbols often associated with Satan to push back against the Catholic Church.






Lucien Greaves: in 2013, Greaves sought to reject superstitious supernaturalism with the latest Satanic installment of The Satanic Temple. Notably, TST fought the state of Arkansas by placing a statue of Baphomet next to the state capitol’s 10 Commandments.

Hypothesis

We wanted to know why people follow Satan if the consequence is immortal damnation. Why follow in the footsteps of evil? So, we became of members of The Satanic Temple and various Satanic Facebook groups to find out.  



Why Satanism?


    ︎It gets the conversation started! It explicitly pushes back against organized religion.

    ︎Many Satanists are people that have felt like outsiders their entire lives, finding the Satanist community through counter-cultures like Metal, Punk, and Anarchism.


    ︎ “As someone that was into horror movies, D&D, punk music, and black clothes, I was already labeled a Satanist anyway. At a certain point it was kind of like ‘Alright, Hail Satan I guess…’ I was always an outsider by accident, and it made me proud to adopt Satanism as a badge that said, ‘Yes, I am an outsider.’”

What Satanism really is, from a Satanist


  ︎Individuality & Self-Determination
        “The sovereignty of the individual is the metric by which you have to judge your actions. You can indulge yourself up to the point that you impact the sovereignty of others.”

  ︎Action over Appearance
        “It matters how you live on the ground — whether you’re kind, compassionate, moral. It’s not just about whether you accept Jesus and go to church at the end of the week.”

  ︎Realism and Rationality
        “Do unto others as they do unto you.”


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