Well, we are not saying something altogether different, but maybe with a different emphasis. There was an esoteric tradition that I call Satanism and certainly individuals who identified that way pre-LaVey — but Anton codified Satanism into a congregational order. That said, no one owns the intellectual real estate of using a term to describe a thought movement (e.g., there are different forms of socialism). I’m friendly toward CoS and admiring of Anton but, yes, they are officially atheistic and would not share my conception of personified energies. There are CoS members, some of whom I count as close friends, who are open to a metaphysical point of view, or who have one themselves. Like any congregation there is a range of opinion within the ranks. Cheers. M

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