Edgy window-dressing and the 60's "voice" aside, there are a number of completely reasonable ideas in this book (bear in mind that Lavey was intentionally being as edgy as possible, this was back in an era just as society was still crumbling i.e. not completely down yet, so there was actually something to push against:)
- it's better to be strong than not, - it's better to be smart than not, - there is (almost?) nothing admirable in weakness (which Christianity celebrates), and - humans tend to want some ritual and window dressing around their most important values, so that's exactly what we (the satanists) going to provide, for emotional color.
I'm not a satanist but I find these all (personally) to be perfectly agreeable starting ideas (how to build a cult: start with ideas that are a mixture of actually being correct, and sound good, for your opening pitch. Then over time, test newcomers by introducing the bullshit... and if they pass, they will be happy to stay because they're part of a group with shared values now, which humans love love love...) I suspect that I find the above so reasonable because, as Jack Donovan once observed (my paraphrase): "satanists tend to be white middle class atheists".
Of course, Christianity has been such a soft target for so long that it's no longer edgy or interesting to oppose it. Once someone actually starts ideologically opposing Islam and living to tell about it, then I'll be impressed. Maybe Russia is stepping up, now.
>>7328417 >Yes, some of them. There are also very intelligent Christians and many retarded Atheists. I'd say intelligent Christians are more of exception these days than intelligent non-theists though.
>Bad is completely subjective. Plenty of reasons to find Yahweh distasteful. Yes, but they don't choose to flaunt their satanism because it's their subjective preference, they do it precisely because they know it's edgy.
>>7328448 >they don't choose to flaunt their satanism because it's their subjective preference, they do it precisely because they know it's edgy That is your opinion and it's kind of a poor excuse to easily dismiss any validity to the concept. I'm sure that applies to some Satanists but not all of them.
>>7329101 I'm not saying we should believe one thing or the other because of le current year, just that pretending to be religious (which is pretty much any so called religious person from a first world country) is silly and annoying.
People who claim to be Christians these days are simply lying to themselves and others and attempting to hold on to something they now is dead.
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