Date: Mon Oct 25 2004 - 08:46:07 EDT
Colleagues may wish to look at a story in today's "Guardian" about a sailor in the British Navy who has asked for permission to worship the devil on board his ship (permission has been granted). The most interesting point about this story is the description of Satanism provided in the paper (colleagues may wish to check if Satanist websites confirm this interpretation): "Proponents say there is no one Satanic doctrine, rather a variety of beliefs that centre on the tenets that there are no gods, that materialism and self-indulgence are good, and stupidity is very, very bad. "Satanists do not view Satan as a deity or 'a big red bloke with horns'. He is seen to embody characteristics that Satanists say are in keeping with human nature, such as pride, individuality, indulgence, ambition, carnal desire and self-interest. While other religions see these traits as sinful, Satanism acknowledges them as human'." ---Isn't it interesting how Satanism seems to accept all the principles of neoclassical economics - rationality, self-interest, non-satiation, etc, and they also claim that these are ahistorical human traits. Curious, isn't it? alfredo.
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