Is Satanism (by any name or label) a legitimate religious tradition?
I mean disagree with it but I guess we have to respect their right to their beliefs, so in that sense yes.
In order to believe in some forms of Satanism you have to believe in the Xian form of Satan. It’s really just sticking your middle finger at Xians. Most of the time, show me a satanist and I’ll show you someone who grew up in a Xian religious home.
The US government says it’s legitimate though so....it’s legitimate.
Unfortunately, it is. You must recognize the darkness of light is to succeed.
It’s not and it’s not pretending to be
Yes. Just because I disagree with it doesn’t make it illegitimate.
For Satanists it is. I don’t recommend interacting with those evil people and their demons.
Religion, noun, can mean, a system of faith, a pursuit or interesting which someone ascribes supreme importance, or a belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal god or gods...those are the google definitions of it fits any of those then yes it is a religion by definition.
I️ didn’t ask if it is a legitimate religion.
What’s the difference between a “religion” and a “religious tradition”?
As the OP said, a “religion” could be reduced to any sort of religious belief put into practice. There’s no regard for the sincerity or history of the believers. It’s basically the government standard for recognizing religion.
But a religious tradition is much larger than that, and is a more effective way of judging the validity or genuine nature of a religion as a whole. It involves the length of time a religion has been practiced, how wide spread it is, even within its own community or culture, how well established its traditions and practices are (were they just made up by one guy or did they develop over generations with input from faithful believers). It also addresses the sincerity of believers.
Pastafarianism, for example, fails every test as a legitimate religious tradition, but passes the government standard for religion.
Isn’t it anti-religious more than religious?
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Not in my eyes.