The Church of Satan attracted a great deal of publicity.
One notable example is the formation of the Temple of Set in 1975 by former Church of Satan member Michael Aquino, who cites disagreement over La Vey's atheism.
Aquino believed in a living deity, whom he called Set.
Satan is seen as synonymous with the nature and even, metaphorically, with certain conceptions of a supreme deity or God.
In his most important essay, "Satanism: The Feared Religion", the Church of Satan's current leader Peter H.
Template: Satanism La Veyan Satanism was founded in 1966 by Anton La Vey.