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“Satanism as Weltanschauung”, the philosophy of the Church of Satan

Underworld Amusements is pleased to release the video of a lecture given on March 1st of this year when Kevin I. Slaughter was invited to speak on the topic of Satanism for a class at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Filmed in HD and edited to include quite a few graphics not presented in the original lecture, we hope that for those already familiar with Satanism there is enough to still keep you interested and possibly entertained, and those who aren’t familiar with the subject will be informed.

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The lecture is roughly one hour long. We recommend you view in full screen and HD.

Below are two parts of the Q&A session that followed:

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Satanism as Weltanschauung

Ch. 1 “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself…”

Rev. Kevin I. Slaughter introduces himself and gives a short biographical background to establish his long-held interest in Satanism explicitly, but also the occult or hidden aspects of culture.

Ch. 2 “A Brief Overview of Satanism”

Rev. Slaughter gives a very brief overview of Satanism, what a Satanist is, and how it is viewed by society.

Ch. 3 “The Satanic Bible”

Rev. Slaughter discusses the first High Priest of the Church of Satan’s book “The Satanic Bible”. He reads “The Nine Satanic Statements” and other pertinent selections from it.

Ch. 4 “The Satanic Scriptures”

Rev. Slaughter discusses the current High Priest of the Church of Satan’s book “The Satanic Scriptures”. He reads pertinent selections from it.

Ch. 5 “Egalité vs. Hierarchy”

The natural world is stratified, the weak, slow and stupid tend to be worse for wear. The smart, quick and strong tend to have a better time of it. In the animal kingdom, the world that we exist in, it is eat or be eaten.

Rev. Slaughter makes reference to Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, and reads an excerpt from Theodore Dalrymple’s book “Life at the Bottom”.

Ch. 6 “Lex Satanicus”

Satanism takes few overtly political positions, and there is absolutely no affiliation between the Church any political party. The Satanic philosophy positions itself as a third side, rejecting the simplistic dichotomies of good vs. evil, republican vs. democrat, liberal and conservative. The one position most clearly associated with politics is Lex Talionis.

Ch. 7 “Magic”

Magic, in the Satanic sense, is not about shooting fireballs or riding on broomsticks, we do not have “spells” that guarantee sex or death – the two things people always seem to want a spell for. When the Satanist performs greater magic, it is an emotional psychodrama, intended to charge the participant with a specific feeling or to put him in a specific emotional state. It’s made clear in the writings that Greater Magic is an emotional working as opposed to intellectual. Like the power of a masterfully written book or piece of music has, this productive fiction is useful and possibly necessary to the human animal.

Ch. 8 “A Few Unkind Words…”

In this part of the lecture Kevin discusses Christian Child Abuse, a blog that collects stories about pedophile priests. He discusses religiously motivated atrocities committed by Islam and Judaism in the name of their religion and accepted by their communities.

The website is found at

Ch. 9 “Love”

Satanism isn’t merely a reactionary stance, it is about knowing ones self and building real relationships with worthy people. Rev. Slaughter recites a poem titled “Love” that was written by freethinker Robert Greene Ingersoll, to illustrate this and other points in the Satanic worldview.

Kevin has participated in two oratory contests where contestants read their choice of Ingersoll’s work, and won first place in 2010. The video can be seen here:

Rev. Slaughter is an official representative of the Church of Satan. More information can be found on the website

Filmed and edited by Kevin I. Slaughter for Underworld Amusements:

Music composed and performed by Michaelanthony Mitchell


  1. I must say even though I don’t belong to the Church Of Satan nor do I consider myself a Satanist I agree with everything  Kevin I. Slaughter presented in his lecture.

    Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Thanks Maurice. Satanic principals are those of the “is” and not “ought” variety. There is something there for anyone who sees the world unvarnished, instead of grafting their hopes of what should be upon it.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  3. paistemage wrote:

    I feel this was a well thought out presentation.  You spoke well of a philosophy I hold dear.

    Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 4:29 am | Permalink
  4. Nikolay wrote:

    Without a doubt one of the best lectures I’ve evr heard,,, realy speaks out to my character and beliefs. Thanks very much,, Ive only been studying satanism for a few days, mostly through the website sources and info..,  this speech presentation has helped me understand and learn a lot more bout you guys and your community. Hell im considering to join :)

    Ps loved the 8th chapter.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink
  5. TheCreep wrote:

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink
  6. louis rex wrote:


    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  7. Affiliation:

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
  8. Victor V. wrote:

    Loved this. Very – well – realistic. Makes sense. Very much agree with 98.6% of this!
    Nice job presenting this stuff too, fastest hour in my life.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink
  9. Rockincasanova wrote:

    I agree with much of what the church of Satan has to say, but the Rev here is just a terrible speaker. Why doesn’t he just talk normal and maybe these folks with “get it” he’s making satanist sound like babbling idiots. Anton Levey is was wonderful at this.

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  10. That is the first time anyone has states that I’m making Satanism look bad with my lecture, or that I’m a bad speaker. Rather curious, actually.

    Is there something concrete about the presentation that you think is confusing or poorly presented?

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

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