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Author Topic: Neo-Pagan Unity: Does it Exist, Should it Exist?  (Read 14660 times)
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« Reply #17: January 26, 2008, 06:10:27 am »


Quote from: Bonewits, see link above
“Satanism” as an organized concept (an “-ism”) was created by the Roman Catholic Church as an inverted version of itself, with a little help from leftover Gnostic heretics (see Jeffrey Burton Russell’s A History of Witchcraft, for details), in the process of justifying the European Crusades against the Albigensians and Cathars, and later the Witchhunts. It was the Roman Catholic Christians who defined the symbols and beliefs of Satanism in the first place, and who invented rituals for them to be supposedly performing, based on the ancient urban rumours mentioned earlier. Christian ceremonial magicians then elaborated these into actual rituals, mostly for the purpose of entertaining wealthy and jaded nobility with “depraved Satanic orgies,” rather like people today who run “S&M supper clubs.” The writings of modern Satanists have merely given a “blackwash” to the fundamentally Christian worldview involved — they are still allowing the most repressive forms of Christianity to define the universe of discourse!
He has good arguments to call them a part of Christianity, but I find his argumentation that they are a dualistic faith much better. Wouldn't it be easier to shun them out, as he wishes, by that category? Are there any Pagans who seperate the world into good and evil?

Just calling them Christians seems unnecessary polemic and is countered so easily as neither Christians nor Satanists would accept that. (And don't you have to believe in Jesus of Nazareth as the saviour to be a Christian???)

Or maybe Satanism is an own religion in the JCI-tradition, for which dividing the universe into god & evil is a major characteristic? If that doesn't apply to any Pagan religion, I see a good point in defining Satanists out of Paganism.
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