In Symbolic Satanism
See Also: LaVeyan Satanism
Symbolic Satanists conceive of Satan not as an actual being, but as a symbol or archetype, which represents freedom, indulgence, enlightenment, rebellion, opposition, and/or something similar.
In Theistic Satanism
See Also: Theistic Satanism
Theistic Satanists typically conceive of Satan as being one or multiple of the following:
- a god, if not the only god
- the highest demon
- the highest being
- the ruler of Hell, or the realm of demons, or some other realm
What all Theistic Satanist agree on however is that Satan is an actual being, instead of just a concept.
In Christian Satanism
see also: Christian Satanism
The term Christian Satanism describes Satanist religions that involve the Bible or general christian thought, oftentimes seeing the judeo-christian god as evil and Satan as good. Satan is thus viewed as either a fallen angel, or as the only true god, in which case the judeo-christian god is only an evil spirit that deceives large chunks of the population.
See Also: New-Theistic Satanism
Due to this categories vagueness, and inclusion of every religion or cult of new thought, it's impossible to pin anything down. Easier to determine is what New-Theistic Satanists do not believe in, that being for example:
- The Christian God
- Any Atheistic concept of Satan
- Any variations of Satan described in Traditional Satanism, Occultism, Demonology, etc.