on-religion

When I made the first version with only Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple people asked where all the other groups were. To be honest, there’s a shit ton of Satanic and Luciferian groups/religions and some are Satanists but don’t want to be called that and yada yada.

Notes:
While many Satanic groups claim to be Atheist, The Satanic Temple are the only people who don’t believe in any sort of magic. They call themselves a religion for those who have no supernatural believes but still have a right to the benefits that comes with belonging to a religion in America.

Temple of Set aren’t keen on being called Satanists, but they are an offshoot of Church of Satan, use the inverted pentagram, and they worship Set whom they believe is an older version of Satan.

Order of Nine Angles is the most secretive of all the Satanic groups, was probably founded by a neo-Nazi (though he denies being the founder), is partly rooted in some of the Thule Society beliefs, and the only Satanic groups who advocates human sacrifice. There’s a rumor going around that to be able to kill humans legally some members become soldiers and police officers.

The Neo-Luciferian Church is based in Denmark, and when I looked up the founder’s facebook page I noticed we have a lot of the same friends. Color me surprised that I’m this close to Satanists.

thepoodlepack  asked:

What do you think about the gods of ancient/other religions not actually being gods, but other, immortal beings? They'd all be the same race as the people who primarily practiced each religion, so I thought it would be okay, but I still wanted a second opinion.

Changing Gods of Ancient Religions into other Immortal Beings

There are a couple of religions where this would be incredibly inappropriate.

Sure, you can make Zeus a Greek guy if you want (I mean, he liked to walk around as a Greek guy, so I don’t think that’s an issue)… but some religions, this would just not work on any level. Religions are like cultures - you can’t just make things “fair” by making a blanket statement about all religions or treating them all as if they’re interchangeable.

–Stella

However, considering this is actually the tradition in many cultures, I’d say it’s 100% fine/would be inaccurate to not go this route for some. It’s just a case of knowing which ones you can go this route for.

You can also run into some implications you don’t realize, depending on the religion. Make sure to really dig down beyond basic overviews of deities and understand them in the full cultural context.

~ Mod Lesya

Please leave us Jewish people (and I suspect Muslims might feel the same way) out of a story like this.

–Shira

Christian Fundamentalists

by Samsaran 

“Gimmie that old time religion it’s good enough for me” so that old revivalist song goes. Except for one thing. That “old time religion” is not old; moreover, it was not being “revived” in those revivals but created out of whole cloth in response to scientific advancement and more importantly the treatment of scripture just as any ancient text would be treated. In short, evangelicalism was a direct reaction to progress and enlightenment. It was a CONSCIOUS CHOICE to remain in the darkness. 

Christian Fundamentalist Beliefs

Anytime a people choose to remain shrouded in ignorance evil will surely come of it as, indeed it has, in the American South. Also known as “Evangelicalism” among its tenets are the infallibility and literal interpretation of the Bible. This movement started as a response in the 1920s s to combat modernist or liberal theology in mainline Protestant churches. That is to use modern techniques and philosophy to interpret scripture. The problem with the fundamentalist view that scripture is literally true is that no two fundamentalist preachers can seem to agree as to what it means.

They are famous for taking a line of the Bible entirely out of its context to twist to their own purposes and declaring “God says this!”. Of course, this would be considered blasphemy in most churches but these people get away with it time and time again. Mostly because their followers have not actually studied the Bible in any sort of rational manner. Moreover, the Bible contradicts itself in several hundred places. It is clearly written by men for other men but bible literalism treats it as if it were literally dictated by God to a secretary. 

Today there are dozens of fundamentalist evangelical sects, Many do not even recognize each other as legitimate. It is “believe exactly as I do or burn in hell”. One very puzzling thing is the universal absence of a loving inclusive forgiving Christ. As a lover of the wisdom and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, this is heartbreakingly sad to me.

Out of the lead gray mist surrounding us, a voice sounds, a voice out of our primeval past:

“All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, ‘See, this is new’? It has been already in the ages before us. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.”