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For Theistic Satanists from hardcore Christian backgrounds:
How do we differ from other Satanists?

by Diane Vera

Copyright © 2003 by Diane Vera. All rights reserved.

As noted on the index page of this section, it seems to me so far that the majority of Satanists, including the majority of theistic Satanists, are not from hardcore Christian backgrounds. Most are from only moderately Christian backgrounds, and some are from non-Christian backgrounds.

I suspect that Satanists from hardcore Christian backgrounds would likely have a somewhat different-from-the-usual perspective on Satanism. After all, we were exposed, much more intensively than most people are, to the Christian idea of Satan.

But HOW does this affect our perspective on Satanism? I hesitate to generalize at this point, because I don't yet know a lot of theistic Satanists from hardcore Christian backgrounds.

Nevertheless, I will go ahead and make some educated guesses. Bear in mind that the following are only guesses, not based yet on anything resembling a statistical sample.

First, here are some points on which I do not expect us to differ from the mainstream of Satanism (or, at least, American Satanism), but rather to be even more solidly in the mainstream:

Now for some points on which I do expect us to differ from many of the more vocal public Satanists (of both the theistic and symbolic kinds):

Are my guesses correct? If you're a theistic Satanist from a hardcore Christian background, I'd be very interested to hear what you think, either way, about the above issues. Please join the email group Theistic-Satanists-ex-hard-Xian and let me know what you think. Or you may email me privately, if you prefer.

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