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  1. This is not a religion at all, but a countercultural phenomenon that can only exist in the territory where Christianity dominates. There is no Satanism in Islamic and Buddhist countries. Satanism can be understood as one of the following phenomena::

    1) anti-Christian direction of neo-paganism;

    2) devil worship as a subculture within heavy music fans (back in the 90s);

    3) shocking individual groups of non-theists (remember the story of the statue of Baphomet in Detroit?; sometimes this can be seasoned with the most basic knowledge of the occult, as in the case of LaVey's “Church of Satan”);

    4) individual groups of followers of the occult by Aleister Crowley.

    One way or another, Satanism has no creed of its own (there is only an ideology), it is forced to borrow everything either from neo-paganism or from occultism. Believers tell different stories about him, but this is rarely true. In general, rumors about the existence of some large groups of Satanists in Russia are just rumors, mostly individual activists.

  2. No. Nominally.

    Satanism was created to oppose the rigid dogmas of Christianity. Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible isn't as scary as everyone thinks. It does not promote sacrifice, calls for murder and molestation of people, but there are postulates that you have the right to severely teach a person a lesson if he spoils the life of you or other people. The proverb that best fits the Satanic Bible is: “I haven't read it, but I condemn it.”

    Frankly, if you remove the words “Satanism” from this book, you will even like it and there will be simple and even fair rules.

    But this ideology is too blackened and many of its followers are far from good-natured people.

  3. Yes, and even more. Satanism is always terrible! When a person is a Satanist, then of course he has renounced God and after death he will be in hell if he does not repent and return to God.

  4. Satanism itself is a New Age religion, with its own set of symbols and meanings.

    It, like any religion and ideology, can have radicals (what is the difference between the sacrifice of Satanism and the sacrifice in Eid al-Adha? – nothing, in fact).

    It causes irritation among believers of other religions, especially Christianity, largely due to the fact that it is built on the basis of opposition to basic memes – what is declared bad by some religions, it uses as an object of worship. Typical guerrilla marketing is parasitic on the underlying brand. Something like abibas fashion.

    This is such a subtle game of reason – the mass buys abibas (without paying attention to the brand) and does not care about the difference, the advanced mass criticizes abibas and buys the original brand (the Abrahamic religion), intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals protest or find something ironic in abibas.

    However, in an environment where most of the classical literature in Europe is based on the traditions of the Abrahamic religions, and the society still has many fanatics, Satanism is really very dangerous. Mostly for the Satanists themselves.

    Conceptually, anyone interested in Satanism should read the history of Nestorianism. Everything is much more interesting implemented there.

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