Satanism would probably best be termed a philosophy rather than a
religion. Most Satanists worship nothing beyond the self. Satanism is such a broad...wide open term...it would seem impossible to correctly state the exact meaning. However if we stay within basic concepts...it is somewhat possible to avoid most tribulations and provide some relatively common definition.
I personally like to call Satanism a philosophy/religion because there are Traditional Satanist's that do acknowledge a conjured deity(s) although usually it / they have little or nothing to do with the biblical "Devil". Some worship...others merely call upon these entities. And that Satanism could certainly be considered a religion not only by it's sustained drive to end fundamental hypocrisy but also by one of religions very definitions. "A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion."
Satanism incorporates the use of logical deduction and self-responcibility
as a way of life opposed to concepts of praying and forgiving which only serves to lead the way for further blunder...botches and maggoty. Moral dogma etched in stone by senile fanaticism that came rolling down a rock and obvious fairy-tales. Not meaning Satanists don't believe in morals. But certainly not ones inspired by oppressed slaves appearing as a GOD to destroy the Roman Empire from the inside-out . Many Satanists believe in a Secular Morals System with *self-preservation* and a *quality of life* serving as the foundation. As killing is wrong because that opens the door for others to kill you...etc. Natural Morals backed by law. Minus the profitable "Gods" of self-interest...deceit and confusion that have become a popular pestilence from pages painted long ago.
There was no "Great Fall" of humankind causing us to live in shame. Many would like to think of themselves as above the common beasts of the field as they strip and rape the planet but are they? Or are they merely *human* animals with natural instincts using fairy-tales to paint a completely different picture as excuses? We have all the right in the world to conduct ourselves with PRIDE for exactly WHAT we are minus babbling fairy-tales. And Satanist's believe the hidden things lie within if one elevates themself above the chaotic....distracting masses and detest these mere human animals. PRIDE OVER SHAME...rising above today's human absurdity. "New ears for new music...new eyes for things most distant".
Prayer anticipates hope... and hope is only as strong as ones imagination. Truly powerless in a world of reality. Faith...hope and prayer are without a doubt weak links in any chain...with forgiveness running a close second. Imposing the belief that blunder is totally acceptable and causing counter-productivity within society. Botches should be seen as such...rectified and not nourished. There is far too much finger pointing with regards to individuals as well as assembled groups which should be obvious to people of intellect. WAKE UP!!! The Devil didn't make you do it. What a sham of a scapegoat for "fully grown"...questionable "adults". You clowns live with Mother Goose and The Three Little Pigs on your shoulder. Orthodox religion does not provide truth...it provides comfort.
As it would be a falsehood to say the roots of Satanism originated within the walls of the church. It would be correct to say the term Satanism was derived because of the unnatural religionists. A specialized group of Pagans realized the insanity and aggressiveness of unnatural concepts and were later distended forward to become the "opposite"...the "rebel"...the "accuser" while still holding on to their ancient Pagan past which we now call Satanism. Many standard issue Pagans choose not to see the negative influences and threat of the pious. Choosing to "sleep" with adversaries. Possibly because of an inability to see the forest for the trees. When in fact the mission of the Fundamental Religionists' sword is to remain forever wet.
Satanism offers the unprecarious means of arriving at virtuous wisdom and overwhelming personal freedom. It would appear many organized groups rant and rave this is this and that is that...dictating preset idealism. However it is our mission to help saturate the student with many different angles of observation from many different sources. Leaving them through time to formulate their own conclusions. That is Satanism. Forming your own ideas!
However the SOE's official stance in regards to Satanic perception is not one reflected by mere individualism or the celebration of ones natural instincts. Nor the mere understanding that Satan leads to a higher evolved individual through "his" very nature but a combination of both.
And SOE Initiates understand this combination. Much joy can be achieved through individualism and the acknowledgment of natural instincts. However wo/man is not chained to these instincts as the other beasts of the field and has the gift of rapid evolution through the one and only GOD Satan.
Satan is not merely a term representing self. But a complicated array of circumstances binding individuals together in a manner to better secure an abundance of higher individuals to help continue our existence through mental evolution...magickal expansion and the acceptance of pure reality.
Let it also be known Satanism is marching forward without shackles or boundaries. We are not concerned with worshippers and followers. We are seeking self-motivated individuals that want to pick up the sword of relentless truth...lead...grow...and progress along with us. That which refuses to grow...diminishes. Thus...the term ~Progressive Satanism~ was established by this organization. (April MMI)