The Church Of Satan is a religious organisation dedicated to the religion of LaVeyan Satanism as per the Satanic Bible. I didn’t know this originally but Satanism has different competing denominations. For example, the Satanic Temple is unrelated to the Church Of Satan, although both fall under the general Satanic umbrella.
Anton LaVey lived between 1930—1997 and founded the Church of Satan in 1966. Actually, Anton LaVey wasn’t his real name. He was born Howard Levey (Jewish heritage, interestingly) and later changed it to Anton LaVey.
He was a musical entertainer, a writer and actor. And he was a complete oddball, evidently.
Apparently, the purpose of the religion was (is) to promote Satan, not as an actual theistic being, but as a symbol of personal freedom and individualism. In other words, Satan is a concept; a placeholder for a set of ideas.
I’m not convinced.
Particularly because, if that were true, then there’d be no need for all the symbolism and rituals.
What do they believe?
The official website has a pile of answers to popular questions related to sacrifice, child trafficking, rituals, Christianity and more. It’s certainly interesting and worth reading.
I spoke to David Harris, a magister in the Church Of Satan. A magister is really just a medieval word to describe a master or a teacher. I suppose it would be more or less equivalent to a deacon (or an elder) in a Christian church.
While I am not persuaded by his arguments for Satanism (and his lifestyle), I do agree with the celebration of the individual. Collectivism (communism and technocracy) and centralisation are globalist goals to which I am opposed. I strongly reject the illegitimate authority of the state and other public-private partners.