Religious Satanism (or Satanism) involves:
- the recognition of the Christian devil, Satan in his original Pagan forms, or of the ancient Egyptian God Set, usually are as a principle rather than a deity.
- no worship of a recognized deity. Major emphasis is placed on the power and authority of the individual Satanist, rather than on a god.
- the belief that "no redeemer liveth" - that each person is their own redeemer.
- those Satanists who believe in Satan or Set as a living entity do not worship or demonstrate their faith in him (as, for example, Christians worship their God).
- the belief that one should live out their lusts and desires, explore the "seven deadly sins" with enthusiasm.
- many beliefs, practices and rules of behavior which are in conflict with traditional Christianity, and essentially all other religions.
- a Baphomet symbol, which is a goat's head, drawn within an inverted pentagram (5-pointed star with one point downward and two up). A circle often surrounds it.
- a second symbol which is an infinity sign (a figure 8 on its side). A Roman cross is placed on top with a second, longer cross piece added.
- two main Satanic denominations, many smaller traditions, and many solitary practitioners who are unaffiliated with a Satanic organization. They total perhaps 20,000 adult followers in North America.