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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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