Ole Wolf - The Emperor’s New Religion
The Church of Satan has caused outrage and extensive media attention since its inception as the boldest champion of Satan in the “occult explosion” peaking in the 1960es, and for better or for worse has become synonymous with modern Satanism. It asserts that Satanism is a unique philosophy distinctly tailored to man’s life on Earth which, if followed, has the potential to increase the follower’s earthly success. This paper investigates the Church of Satan, its ideology, and its practices, and observes that the Church of Satan includes the same dynamics as can be observed in many other religions. In addition, the Church of Satan appears to deliberately mislead its members via conflicting policy statements and communication.