Reactions to Satanism: A Field Guide

I’ve been a Satanist long enough now to notice some patterns in how people react to the news that I’m a Satanist.

What I find most fascinating about these reactions is how inflexible they are. They seem to be manifestations of buried beliefs that are incredibly resistant to change. With very rare exceptions, I haven’t seen any of these attitudes shift in response to new information or perspectives.

Without further ado, here is my field guide to reactions to Satanism.

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Sacred Tension: Life and Times in Satanic America | Jack Matirko

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by Satanic columnist Jack Matirko to discuss his new book Needs Must: Life and Times in Satanic America 2017-2021. We discuss the highlights of recent Satanic history, his religious upbringing, and his investigations into Christian theocrats.

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Sacred Tension: Satanists in Uniform | Minister James Payne

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Minister James Payne about The Satanic Temple’s Uniformed Coalition Campaign. We also discuss his activism for religious minorities within the military, his journey to Satanism, and the tensions within our religious community over military and police.

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Sacred Tension: The Reconciliation of Christ and Satan with Lucien Greaves

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined once again by Lucien Greaves, founder and spokesperson of The Satanic Temple. We discuss the philosophical underpinnings of TST, the influence of The Process Church of the Final Judgement on the development of TST, his recent appearance on Tucker Carlson, and much more. 

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Sacred Tension: Psychopathy and Compassion with Minister Dex Desjardins

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with my friend and colleague Dex Desjardins about his recent diagnosis of Antisocial Personal Disorder. We discuss how he experiences the world, the difference between compassion and empathy, his work in The Satanic Temple, and much more.

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Sacred Tension: Compassionate Satanism with Lilith Starr

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Lilith Starr about her new book Compassionate Satanism. We discuss her path to The Satanic Temple from LaVeyan Satanism, how Satanism helped her get sober, her experience as a homeless person, and much more. Visit Lilith Starr’s website here and buy her book here.

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