It would seem at odds with morality, with aesthetics, with simple good taste to attempt a reification of such an inchoate idea as Satanism. Indeed, it would seem to this observer that most of the men and women of quality who were once involved in giving form to a new Satanic age have moved on to one of the many outgrowths of this once vital—if confused and anarchic—force unleashed by the power of a certain archetypal figure.
As a child, upon discovering the adults were fools, I found it unacceptable to imagine also that the world of religion and superstition was also entirely untrue, that there were no magical powers or hidden mysteries, that everything was more or less revealed and known, reducible to dull educational soundbites.
Much seems to be made these days amongst those who call themselves Satanists of the apparently very important distinction between atheistic and theistic Satanism. The acceptance of Christian dogma in general, with the caveat that one sides with the Devil, we categorize simply as Devil Worship and a form of Christian delusion that results from its tendency toward literalism.
Invariably the conversation quickly turns to the question of why “Satanism.” They will point out that the word is “poorly-defined” because there are many different (and sometimes contradictory) definitions floating around, and insist that I’m taking on cultural baggage I don’t need.
Discordianism is not technically a religion in an academic sense, but rather a social and political movement that encourages the adoption of many different points of view, but total investment in none of them. In both his fiction and non-fiction works, Wilson talked a fair amount about “reality tunnels.”
The belief common among “Satanists” that simply identifying as such makes one a superior being is not true. While believing it might help with a sense of confidence in a world where being unusual seems like a weakness, it's not true that Satanists are any more successful at life than the general public.
Christianity would have you believe that it is the religion of love. Love thy neighbor. Love thy brother. Love everyone. Love freely and without reservation. Love even when it is not deserved or given in return. That kind of love is small. It is something that has no value, no depth, something indiscriminate and diluted.