Can you be religious and an atheist? Can you disbelieve in spirits while also defending your religious freedom? We live in a culture that has hard boundaries between these territories, and they are enforced by all sides, atheists and religious alike. The assumption that religion = theism is deeply imbedded in our culture, but it might be blocking progress to a more rational, reasonable, and humane religion.
Greg Stevens of the Satanic Temple joins me to discuss non-theistic religion, the activism of The Satanic Temple, the importance of religion for atheists, and to answer questions from my listeners about The Satanic Temple.
Among the questions asked are:
- Why Satan? Why, of all the deities to worship, do you choose Satan?
- Why degrade Christian symbols that so many Christians deem holy? Isn’t that counter-productive?
- How has the election of Donald Trump effected the Temple?
- Is Satanism purely reactionary to Christianity? What would Satanism look like in other cultures?