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Re: Is Jacques Vallee A Satanist?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:56:10 -0500
Archived: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:02:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Jacques Vallee A Satanist?


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:58:22 -0500
>Subject: Re: Is Jacques Vallee A Satanist?

>>From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:06:56 -0400 (EDT)
>>Subject: Is Jacques Vallee A Satanist?

>>I'm just now reading The Satanic Bible. I wanted to read it back
>>in the early 90s but I guess the fear factor prevented me. So
>>I'm reading it now and the newer editions have an intro by the
>>current high priest of the Church of Satan, Peter Gilmore.

>>In the intro Gilmore states that Ufologist Jacques Vallee was a
>>close associate of LaVey. So is Vallee a Satanist?


>Jason,

>This is, to put it mildly, an unwarranted and irresponsible
>accusation, I'm shocked to see it here.

>LaVey, from all accounts a great character and an urbane,
>sophisticated man, knew a great many people. My late friend the
>sociologist of science Marcello Truzzi considered him a good
>friend. (No, Marcello was not a Satanist. As an agnostic, he
>did not even accept the existence of the devil.) Moreover,
>LaVey's variety of Satanism focused on a material view of life
>and an enjoyment of its pleasures It was not about the sort of
>lurid nonsense of cheezy horror movies and paperback thrillers.


Religious-studies scholar James R. Lewis (not, I suppose I have
to state here, a Satanist) writes in his Satanism Today: An
Encyclopedia of Religion, Folklore, and Popular Culture (ABC
CLIO, 2001):

"A new form of Satanism was initiated with the founding of the
Church of Satan by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966... [It]
originated from an attempt to create a carnal religion --
consciously opposed to the spiritual nature of most other
existing religions -- which melded elements of Western
ceremonial magic and occultism with various materialistic
philosophies under the aegis of the archetype of Satan, the
symbol of the one who opposes and questions the status quo. The
church advocates a philosophy of individual pragmatism and
hedonism, rather than emphasizing the worship of Satan. It
promotes the development of strong individuals who seek
gratification out of life, and who practice the selfish virtues
as long as they do not harm others."

By the way, I doubt that Vallee's relationship with LaVey had
anything to do with his silly conspiracy theory book Messengers
of Deception. (Vallee has written some good and important books;
Messengers is not one of them.) As an intellectual Vallee has a
wide range of interests, one of them occultism. LaVey is someone
he would be expected to encounter. As noted, LaVey had many
friends, few of whom would identify themselves as Satanists even
by his anodyne definition.


Jerry Clark





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