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What is Outsider Satanism?

Outsider Satanism is a sect of modern Satanism. We are working to articulate a philosophy that refines what’s been laid before us by Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible, The Satanic Temple, and other satanic works.

Outsider Satanism is a natural evolution of those earlier concepts. With the advantage of hindsight and experience, we can look back at pre-existing satanic philosophies and build upon them in a way that creates a more rational, natural fit for the modern satanist. Gone are the days when one would be forced to choose between two opposing extremes who mirror the behavior of modern American political parties, whose goal is to be as contrary to one another as possible, while dumbing down the message in order to capture a larger audience. This dichotomy simply doesn’t work for the critical thinker.

Citing the Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple as primary sources of modern Satanic ideologies, we compare and contrast them, adding to and subtracting from them as needed. The end result is a Satanic philosophy that crosses boundaries of cultural identity, political party affiliation, and social stratum, leaving us with a well defined sect of modern Satanism for the mature, open-minded nonconformist.

How do I join?

Outsider Satanism isn’t something you can join. It’s a philosophy that defines a sect of modern Satanism. The ideas are here to inspire individuals and/or groups wherever they happen to be.

The birthplace of Outsider Satanism is Satanic Delco. This wonderful congregation welcomes members from anywhere in the world.

Do you worship Satan?

No. We don’t worship Satan because Satan isn’t real.

We don’t subscribe to the belief of Satan or any other supernatural beings. Religion can and should be separated from superstitious beliefs. To embody the name Satan means embracing rational inquiry without supernatural or outdated traditions. As Satanists, we should strive to sharpen our critical thinking skills and practice reasonable agnosticism in all things. Our beliefs are informed by the latest scientific understanding of the natural world, and never the other way around.

If you do not believe in the supernatural, how is it a religion?
To assume that religion solely belongs to those who believe in superstitions is narrow-minded, antiquated, and incorrect. The figurative representation of Satanism holds just as much meaning for us as the profound convictions we actively advocate for. Should we really believe that those who submit themselves to an intangible, otherworldly deity hold their principles more strongly than we do? Must we accept that only those who are superstitious have the right to religious equality and privilege?
Satanism offers all of the valuable components of a religion without requiring adherence to untenable articles of faith-based belief. It presents a framework for interpreting our existence and actions, as well as a set of symbolic elements and religious customs. This includes a sense of community, shared values, identity, and culture.