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A group of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen who follow the religion of The Satanic Temple recently announced in an email that “Satanic services” would soon be offered on the campus. After the email was leaked on a popular Instagram account, the Navy clarified that a group of midshipmen “with beliefs aligned with those practiced by The Satanic Temple” had requested a space for a “study group” to discuss their Satanic beliefs and not for holding Aatanic religious services. “The USNA Command Religious Program provides for the exercise of diverse beliefs,” a spokesman for the Naval Academy said. “Arrangements were being made to provide the Midshipmen with a designated place to assemble as chaplains facilitate for the beliefs of all service members.”
This news, as well as other acts by Satanist groups, has sparked renewed interest and concern about this religion. Here are nine things you should know about the religious beliefs of modern Satanism.
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1. Modern Satanism refers to the religious, philosophical, and ideological movements that self-identify using the term “Satan” or “Satanism” and associate themselves with Satan, whether as metaphor, a dark force, or an individual entity. The beginning of modern Satanism is generally attributed to the late-1960s. The three major trends within the movement are theistic or religious Satanism, atheistic or philosophical Satanism, and reactive or adolescent Satanism.
2. Theistic Satanists believe Satan is one of a group of supra-personal “dark forces” capable of having some control or influence over human beings, and who venerate, worship, or align with him. A prime example is the Order of Nine Angels, an occult group created in the 1960s in the UK, whose members strive to become “one” with Satan and other “dark forces” and seek “to create new, more highly evolved individuals.” Even within occultism, theistic Satanists are extremely rare. Researchers estimate their...
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