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Sunday, November 14, 2004

What about this?

The Consequences of De-Christianization
LONDON, NOV. 13, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Britain's Royal Navy stirred the waves last month when, for the first time, it gave official recognition to the practice of Satanism. According to an Oct. 24 report in the Telegraph, Chris Cranmer, a naval technician serving on the frigate Cumberland, is now allowed to perform Satanic rituals on board ship. He would also be able to have a funeral carried out by the Church of Satan if he were to be killed in action.
Call me crazy....but don't you have to be Christian to worship the Anti-Christ?

3 Comments:

  • At 11/14/2004 02:06:00 PM, Blogger JohnFen said…

    Re: Satanism and Christianity... as it happens, I just finished up a research project involving this subject. Here's what I learned:

    It entirely depends on what flavor of Satanist you are. The Church of Satan folks are not Christians. They worship "Satan" in the same way that we Discordians worship "Eris" -- both the "worship" and the object of the worship are symbolic, not to be taken in traditional terms.

    The CoS folks do not believe in Satan as an entity, nor do they believe in Jesus as an entity. They tend to be closer to athiests or agnostics, really. The whole Satan thing is symbolic as a repudiation of mainstream religious thought in general.

    There are other Satanists who do worship Satan as an entity. This belief does come from New Testament scripture (since that's the only place where Satan, as such, appears in religious literature), however not all of these are Christian either (like Jews, some say Jesus historically existed, but was not the messiah).

    The non-Christian variety of Satanist tends to think that there was a coup in heaven, and the Bad Guys won it and tossed Good Guys out and took their place. In this view, Satan is really the Good God and has been unfairly besmirched by the propaganda of the Bible.

     
  • At 11/14/2004 05:02:00 PM, Blogger dawn said…

    Thanks, John. Religious views fascinate me, I think I'll do some searching on that topic myself.

    By the way, is there a subject that you don't know something (of substance) about? Maybe we should have a contest.

     
  • At 11/14/2004 07:15:00 PM, Blogger JohnFen said…

    Haha! I daresay that I am criminally ignorant on most subjects. I just make an effort to only comment on those things that I know a little about (and do so verbosely), so as to perpetuate the illusion of massive intellect.

    Now you know my secret. Shhhhh...

    "Some men are discovered, others are found out."

     

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