Satan as "the All" or as a cosmic force or principle

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Pantheism is the belief that the universe itself ("the All") is God. Pantheists tend to regard all the gods whom people worship as facets of the One.

A pantheistic Satanist is one who regards Satan as an especially fitting god-form to represent "the All," or who reveres Satan as a "Dark Force" which permeates the All.


Why is Satan an especially fitting god-form to represent the All? In the New Testament, Satan is referred to as "God of this world," and "Prince of this world," which can be taken as meaning that Satan is the one true God and that Christians are in denial, in flight from the realities of this world and even from their very own flesh.
Satan can be seen as "the Adversary" in the sense that reality is the adversary of dogma and defies our attempts to conceptualize it. Under one possible pantheistic interpretation, Satan simply represents the realities of this world.
Under other pantheistic interpretations, Satan is a cosmic force or principle of some kind, such as "the principle of division in the universe."

In traditional pantheisms, e.g. Hinduism and Taoism, there is no such thing as a cosmic "principle of Evil" or a cosmic "principle of Good." Instead, these traditions believe in various other pairs of opposite cosmic principles (e.g. Yin and Yang) in which the opposites are thought to complement and balance each other -- not war with each other. Likewise, the more philosophically sophisticated pantheistic Satanists reject the notions of "cosmic Good" and "cosmic Evil" as nothing but human value judgments writ large. Instead, they typically equate Satan with some other kind of cosmic force or principle, such as a "principle of division," a "principle of individuation," a "principle of change," or "being and becoming."

As long as Satan is not equated with something so human-centric as an alleged cosmic "principle of Evil" (or a "principle of Good," for that matter), pantheistic Satanism does tend to be compatible with Post-Copernican natural theology -- more so than most other modern Western pantheisms. For example, pantheistic Satanism tends to regard the universe as essentially amoral and not human-centered -- in contrast to, say, Wiccans, who believe that the cosmos has a built-in, automatic mechanism of human-centered justice (the "Three-fold Law").
However, many Satanists have experienced Satan in a personal or quasi-personal sort of way. And it is unlikely that "the All" (or any alleged cosmic principle) has any interest in interacting with humans in a personal way. (See Post-Copernican natural theology.)

Hence the Church of Azazel regards Satan as a distinct entity, not simply as "the All" or as a cosmic force or principle. But some of our members may also believe in an underlying pantheism, with "the All" conceived in a Satan-like way.

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