Palmer spoke to about how Satanism affects his daily life, and why a Satanist's favourite holiday is their birthday.
How old are you, where are you based, and what is your role in the Church of Satan?
Picture a Satanist, and you might imagine someone dressed in a black cloak and mask engaging in bizarre violent rituals involving the blood of dead animals and an inverted pentagram etched onto the ground in chalk.
At some point in this vision, Satan might even burst through the floor in a flurry of fire and bring an end to the world.
Since that date, the Church of Satan and Anton La Vey have become household name, at times through mis-informed or outright libelous claims, but often through respect and admiration from those who have come to admire his rational philosophy.
Dispite our long, successful, and well documented history, there are often questions and confusion spurred by misinformtion.
Satanism is an understudied New Religious Movement (NRM) and little is understood about its core tenets and practices.
This paper uses content analysis of to understand how La Vey originally presents the workings of Satanic magic to his Western audience.
Someone in attendance at one of these meetings suggested that La Vey form a church.
Palmer, a reverend of the Church of Satan, wants to debunk.
Satanists may not sound like the friendliest types, but the 31-year-old who lives on the south-east coast of England with his wife and baby daughter is happy to explain why his religion is misunderstood.
Conclusions refer to the import of magic to the La Veyan-Satanist Ideal Type, an ideal type described throughout the text.
The text reveals that for the La Veyan-Satanist Ideal Type, (1) Satanic magical practice requires Satanic belief, (2) doing Satanic magic provides the practitioner with meaning, and (3) that such meaning is experienced even with non-ritual magic.