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  • The Nine Satanic Statements Created: Thursday, October 09, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
    These statements are the opening words of the Satanic Bible, published in 1969 and written by Anton LaVey. They are basic principles guiding LaVeyan Satanists.
  • The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth Created: Monday, October 13, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
    Anton LaVey compiled the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth in 1967, two years before the publication of the Satanic Bible. It was originally meant for circulation only among members of the Church ...
  • Eye of Horus - Ancient Egyptian Symbol Created: Monday, August 27, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
    The Eye of Horus symbol originates in Egypt but appears in a variety of more modern contexts, particularly within neopagan, new age, and occult circles.
  • What Is a Cult? Created: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Use of the term cult can be highly complicated and problematic. Dictionary.com, for example, gives eight definitions of cult used as a noun." itemprop="description" Wednesday, January 06, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Deism is not a specific religion but rather a particular perspective on the nature of God. Deists believe that a creator god does exist, but that after the motions of the universe were set in plac...
  • Zoroastrian Funerals Created: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Zoroastrians strive for purity in their lives, and death is considered the one of the ultimate corrupting influences." itemprop="description">> Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Gnosticism refers to a very wide range of beliefs that is more a collection of beliefs than a relgion. There are two basic components, gnosis and dualism." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
  • The Nine Satanic Sins Created: Thursday, October 09, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    While the Church of Satan encourages individuality and the gratification of desires, it does not suggest that all actions are acceptable. The Nine Satanic Sins, published by Anton LaVey in 1987, t...
  • Cult Suicides Created: Monday, April 09, 2012 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    The reality of mass suicide pacts within a small number of religious groups is the source of perhaps the greatest stigma facing new religions. The reality is terrifying, even though they are exceedingly rare. Why would any group think suicide to be the ultimate expression of faith?
  • Rastafari Created: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    An introduction to Rastafari, including basic beliefs and practices." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    One of the central complaints of Scientology critics is the vast amount of money required for auditing procedures. How much money is really on the line, and is it money well spent?"
  • Satanic Infernal Names of Biblical and Hebraic Origin Created: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    The Satanic Bible published a lengthy list of "Satanic Infernal Names" for use in magical ritual. These names come from a variety of historical sources, many of them being pagan gods and goddesses...
  • Tell Us About Your Favorite Religious Blogs Created: Saturday, May 08, 2010 Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
    Tell us about your favorite blogs dealing with alternative religions.
  • Tell Us About Your Favorite Religious Blogs Created: Saturday, May 08, 2010 Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
    Tell us about your favorite blogs dealing with alternative religions.
  • Rastafari Book Recommendations and Reviews Created: Friday, December 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
    Are you familiar with books connected with the Rastafari Movement? Your reviews and opinions are valued by other readers! Please submit your recommendations and reviews, positive or negative, here.
  • What is Your Alternative Religion? Created: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
    Readers share their own personal experiences in the world of "alternative religion," following faiths often unknown or misunderstood by the common public.
  • What's your Favorite Religious Symbol? Created: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
    Readers discuss their own favorite religious symbols and why thee symbols appeal so much to them personally.
  • Rastafari Texts Created: Friday, December 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
    While Rastafari is heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian beliefs, it developed largely as a racial movement among the blacks of Jamaica which looked to Africa and Ethiopia as the Promised Land. As...
  • Hoaxes and Fallacies Created: Saturday, November 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013
    Hoaxes and fallacies are common in the study of alternative religions. Read about some of the more wide-reaching ones.
  • Navjote or Sudre-Pooshi in Zoroastrianism Created: Saturday, November 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013
    The navjote is the initiation ceremony for Zoroastrian children that welcomes them into the community.
  • Apocalyptic Religions Created: Saturday, November 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013
    Apocalyptic religions emphasize their end of the world beliefs as central to their practices.
  • Is My Child Involved in the Occult/Satanism? Created: Monday, November 18, 2013 Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013
    Don't let fearmongering distract you from common sense. While parents should always be wary of what their children are studying, those pursing occult practices that include dangerous behavior and/or illegal and immoral things practically don't exist.
  • Sir Isaac Newton Created: Monday, November 18, 2013 Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013
    Sir Isaac Newton was an unconventional man in many ways. Besides being a science pioneer, he also embraced a variety of alternative beliefs such as alchemy and non-trinitarianism.
  • UFO Religions Created: Monday, November 18, 2013 Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013
    Just people in previous times have colored their religious beliefs with their general understanding of the world, today we find modern concepts like aliens in modern religions.
  • Scientology Controversies And Misconceptions Created: Monday, November 11, 2013 Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013
    A list of common controversies and misconceptions that have plagued the Church of Scientology for decades, including Fair Game, Snow White, and the Fishman Affidavit.
  • Fishman Affidavit Created: Monday, November 11, 2013 Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013
    The Fishman Affidavit is a legal document that includes information on Scientology teachings that the Church of Scientology attempted to keep suppressed through legal means.
  • Lucifer of the Luciferians Created: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Luciferianism is a very individualistic approach to religion. Here are examples of two individual Luciferians' beliefs concerning Lucifer.
  • Raeling Cloning Beliefs Created: Friday, March 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Raelians accept extra-terrestrial cloning technology to be a reality. It is a central part of both their life-after-death beliefs as well as their vision of the original creation of human life on ...
  • When It is Hard to Take a Religion Seriously Created: Sunday, October 27, 2013 Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013
    Some religions sound silly at first glance, but we must get past such reactions if we wish to understand them. Learn about religions such as Jediism, Discordianism, the Rastafari Movement and more.
  • Death and Halloween Created: Saturday, October 20, 2012 Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013
    Today, Halloween is a good-natured holiday that makes light of death, as well as any number of spooky and scary entities. There are other holidays, however, occurring around the same time that are...
  • Is Halloween Christian, Pagan, or Secular? Created: Friday, October 16, 2009 Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013
    A variety of faiths claim Halloween (or at least the end of October) as their own or else blame the celebration on someone else. From where does Halloween really come?
  • Non-Trinitarianism - Views of God that Reject the Trinity Created: Monday, October 21, 2013 Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013
    Non-trinitarianism is a Christian belief in which God is indivisible, rather than being comprised of the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Non-trinitarians believe in an omnipotent, omniprese...

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