Satanism as Weltanschauung, a lecture in 9 parts (plus Q&A bonus)

I’m pleased to release the video of a lecture given on March 1st of this year when I 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, I’m pleased with the outcome and hope that for those already familiar with Satanism there is enough to still keep you interested and possibly entertained.

Embedded below is a playlist of all 9 videos, to play without interruption.

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 http://christianchildabuse.blogspot.com

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8UPNFcnYIM

Rev. Slaughter is an official representative of the Church of Satan. More information can be found on the website http://www.churchofsatan.com

Filmed and edited by Kevin I. Slaughter for Underworld Amusements: http://www.underworldamusements.com

Music composed and performed by Michaelanthony Mitchell

I (nerd) Podcasts – Spring 2010

I still love podcasts… I listen to at least 2 a day, minimum. I make a podcast, and have been a guest host of others and had one that stopped shortly after it started. I’m thinking about doing a second podcast, but probably won’t.

They’re so much better than anything I’ve heard on the radio, I can listen to full shows at will when where and how I want. I use my 120 gig ipod classic, sync via itunes. I’ve got more music than space, but I hardly ever listen to music.

I’m going to be getting a smartphone pretty soon, I’ve set a difficult goal for myself before I allow myself to get a new phone – but I won’t get into that. I’ll be interested in seeing how things change when I have more access to listening to audio on demand.

Blah blah blah, all that is unnecessary lead-in to the list of my current favorites. I linked to the websites of the blogs instead of providing an iTunes link or feed link. The latter might be easier for you, but it’d be a lot harder for me to track all that down. Ya get what you pay for, quitcherbitchen.

Using the famous ALPHA-BETA system of ranking:

AltRight Radio – especially now that Richard is recording himself better. He had a terrible mic and had a hell of a time with his plosives in the first few episodes… damn near unlistenable.

Amateur Scientist Podcast – consistently funny. I made two comedic phone call contributions around episodes 93 and 94 (I’ll try to check).

American Conservative University – they aggregate Mises, Medved, Prager, Stossel and some misc. conservative radio or audio ripped from video. Some Christian garbage… okay, a lot – but some good stuff.

Cato Institute Event Podcast – Mixed bag, there’ve been some really good talks on topics I would have never considered exploring. Libertarian/free market (would a reader of my blog not know Cato?)

Radio Derb on National Review Online – Weekly news commentary from John Derbyshire. I like Derb alot, and his weekly podcast seems to touch on so many of the news items that interested me over the previous week and more. He’s got a great British sense of humor. You can listen to my interview with him on my podcast.

For Good Reason – Former host of CFI’s Point of Inquiry podcast. He’s one of my favorite hosts… quick witted and really able to discuss a range of topics. Challenges guests when he sees a hole in their argument, but never unreasonably or in a mean spirited way.

Groks Science Show – Nerdy science fun. Host needs to figure out a different word than “fascinating” to describe every book by every author he interviews.

Huffduffer: KevinISlaughter – I love this service, plugged it before. Set up an account and if you run across an mp3 file, just use a quicklink or the website to create your own podcast feed to listen to it later. There’s a social aspect to the site as well, so if you set up an account, lemme know ’cause I’d like to see what you’re finding. MY STREAM is not a “recommended for others” per se.. they’re things I want to listen to, and certainly may not end up being any good.

The Nerdist – this seems to be a comedy podcast for people who are into comedy… not like “I like to laugh”, but “I’m interested in the process”. Mythbuster’s Adam Savage did his first stand-up set for a live show and was great. I’ve enjoyed the other episodes so far, but it’s a bit too “in the biz”.

Onion Radio News – come the fuck on! How have they not run out of material?

peikoff.com Q&A on Ayn Rand – Leonard Peikoff answers listeners questions, about 10% of them are about masturbation, another 10% prostitution. The rest are okay too. (But seriously, he gets a LOT of sex questions).

Point of Inquiry – Now with three hosts instead of one, not as good as DJ Grothe. It might be bias against the new, so I won’t be too harsh. Some interesting stuff so far.

PRI’s The World in Words – Very Public Radio/NPR in themes, tone, etc., but still interesting linguistic news and topics. Well produced…

Reason.tv – Augh, video podcast… iTunes sucks for video, I’m rarely in a position to watch video on my iPod, so I end up just listening to the audio while the video plays. The video is produced really well, though.

Reasonable Doubts – Solid atheist/skeptic/counter-apologetics. They know what they’re talking about in that area.

Skepticality – a must.

Skeptoid – I’m Brian Dunning, and you must subscribe to this podcast.

Superego – funniest podcast ever. Listen to all of them.

Terror Transmission – I was never a big horror movie nerd, but this is a fun podcast. I’m pals with Matt too, so I’m biased.

This Week In Google – Nerd it up!

This Week In Tech – Ditto Dorko!