I love you pianocraft!
In reply to:
Adam: My only question is whether rejecting Christianity is inherantly evil or as you say - aligned with the devil - from anything other than a Christian sense.
I'd say that's a pretty accurate description of the mindset of the average Christian literalist. But it has no standing outside the fundamentalist Christian paradigm. If it weren't for our social conditioning, all philosophies would seem more or less on an equal playing field for posession of our hearts and minds. There's an excellent episode of the original Twilight Zone series, in which a biologic-male human in a soldier's uniform suddenly finds eirself inside a large, white cylinder, with several other people who are all strangely dressed: there is a person in a clown's suit, for instance. The soldier has no prior memories to being inside the cylinder, and upon questioning the others, ey finds out that they have no prior memories either and just "appeared" there one day. They had seemingly been there for ages and had never found a way out.
At the end of the episode, a hand reaches inside the cylinder and pulls the soldier into the wider world. As it turns out, they are all toys inside a charity bin on a street corner. That is the perfect description of life. We have no prior knowledge of anything before our manifestation in physical form, and we have no idea what, if anything, existed before our universe (white cylinder) appeared. One of the most simultaneously frightening and liberating realizations that one can have is that all of this is pure conjecture. Though, I'm a huge Jesus "fan."
In reply to:
riley: isn't it cheating to go from one religion to the other like a spoilt child?.
I woldn't say so. The search for meaning is inherently selfish, and whom does it primarily serve other than the searcher? Dogmatic systems compete memetically by trying to convince that they are the only viable system. If you decide that you want to try other things, or incorporate parts of systems to create your own, that's only as positive or negative as you decide it is.
I am curious about Bowie's use of the term Satanism, though. If I had to guess, I'd imagine that ey is referring eir interest in Crowleyism and Thelema, which are often referred to as being "Satanic" but most would probably disagree with that. I'm sure most people within the Church of Satan and Temple of Set type groups would disagree.
Then of course there's the Process Church of the Final Judgement that teaches that God, Jesus, and Satan are equal co-creaters.
But I have no idea what Bowie is talking about.
It's a campaign: it has nothing to do with art