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A critical assessment of Anton Szandor LaVeys Philosophy of Indulgence as a dogma based assault on Scripture

Simon Muwowo, Johan Buitendag
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 31, No 1 | a428 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.428 | © 2010 Simon Muwowo, Johan Buitendag | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 August 2010 | Published: 08 December 2010

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Simon Muwowo, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Johan Buitendag, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The aim of this article has been to critically assess and unmask Anton Szandor LaVey’s Philosophy of Indulgence reflected in The Satanic Bible (1969) as a dogma based assault on Scripture. The main task of this article has been to expose some contemporary ethical and dogmatic utterances used to express disagreements which LaVey alludes to in The Satanic Bible against Scripture. The debate in which these disagreements are expressed is their interminable character of the concept of what defines human morality. The philosophy under review has been assessed according to its effects on humanity. Does it create a just world and a set of values in the same way Scripture does or does it create unity of purpose or divergent views that put the world and the church on crossroads? The conclusion of this work posits a challenge towards evaluating the theology of nature, which now appears to be the main theological framework of the 21st century debate.


philosophy; indulgence; moral agency; theology of nature


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