PATHEOS LIBRARY OF

World Faiths & Religions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Pagans worship Satan?

The simple answer is "no."  "Satan" is considered a Jewish and/or Christian figure by most Pagans worldwide, and as such has no relationship to the practice of Paganism.  Two factors complicate this answer, however.  First, from a conservative Christian standpoint, anyone who is not worshipping God is participating in the worship of Satan; from this perspective, Pagans are often accused of Satan worship by default.  Second, whether or not practitioners in Anton LaVey's Church of Satan should be considered "Pagans" is an oft-debated question.  Although understanding the Church of Satan as simply "worship of the devil" would be completely missing the point of the tradition, the association of anything including reference to Satan with the term "Pagan" is a stretch, for some.  The vast majority of Pagans do not associate their religion with anything Satanic, symbolically or otherwise.