Become a Satanic Scholar

When The Satanic Temple launched the Online Ordination Program in 2020, we were flooded with requests from members who were either not eligible for or not interested in becoming ordained ministers of Satan, but who nonetheless wanted access to the learning material from the program so that they could deepen their knowledge and understanding of Satanism and The Satanic Temple. We created the Non-Ordination (Coursework Only) version of the program so that all of our members have an opportunity to benefit from the Satanic curriculum we developed for our ministry.

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This program is composed of lessons and quizzes from the Ordination Program, followed by a final exam. If you achieve a score of 80% correct or higher on each quiz and on the final exam, you will receive a digital Certificate of Satanic Scholarship to recognize your outstanding achievement.

Completion of this program will not result in you becoming an ordained Minister of Satan with The Satanic Temple. However, you can use it to "jump start" your future ordination!

Once you have successfully completed this program, you have twelve months (counting from the day you pass your final exam) during which you may register for the Online Ordination Program (assuming you are eligible) as an upgrade. Registering as an "upgrade" means that you will only be required to complete the non-coursework components of the program (i.e. the ministerial development essay, the background check, and the letter of approval) and will only have to pay the difference ($50) in registration fees.

Still have questions? Make sure you have read through our Program Eligibility and Ordination Standards pages. You can also search for the answers to specific questions you might have on our Ordination FAQ page. Below is an outline of the lessons from the Online Ordination Program that have been included in the non-ordination version of the program.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Preface

    • From the Director of Ministry
  • 2

    Lesson 1: What is Satanism

    • Abstract
    • 1.1: Overview
    • 1.2: Enlightenment
    • 1.3: The Journey
    • Lesson 1 Quiz
  • 3

    Lesson 2: Heretics, Outgroups, and Witch Hunts

    • Abstract
    • 2.1: Early Religious Persecution
    • 2.2: Hunting Witches
    • 2.3: Modern Conspiracy Theory
    • Lesson 2 Quiz
  • 4

    Lesson 3: Enlightenment, Science, and Democracy

    • Abstract
    • 3.1: The Scientific Revolution
    • 3.2: Philosophy of Science
    • 3.3: Democracy and Science
    • Lesson 3 Quiz
  • 5

    Lesson 4: The Life of Satan

    • Abstract
    • 4.1: Mythological Satan
    • 4.2: Literary Satan
    • 4.3: Revolt of the Angels
    • Lesson 4 Quiz
  • 6

    Lesson 6: Modern Satanism

    • Abstract
    • 6.1: Proto-Satanism
    • 6.2: Classical Satanism
    • 6.3: Contemporary Satanism
    • Lesson 6 Quiz
  • 7

    Lesson 7: Culture War, Violence, and the Undoing

    • Abstract
    • 7.1: "Progress"
    • 7.2: The Evangelical Movement
    • 7.3: Culture War
    • Lesson 7 Quiz
  • 8

    Lesson 8: The Satanic Panic

    • Abstract
    • 8.1: Overview
    • 8.2: Case Studies
    • 8.3: ISSTD and MPD
    • Lesson 8 Quiz
  • 9

    Lesson 10: Satanic Ministry

    • Abstract
    • 10.1: The Roles of the Minister
    • 10.2: Rituals and Ceremonies
    • 10.3: Creating Community
    • Lesson 10 Quiz
  • 10

    Final Exam

    • How To Prepare
    • Exam