About Vexen Crabtree, Aggressive Liberal

1. Academic Credentials

I have contributed chapters to multiple books on Satanism and religious studies, and have otherwise contributed to and been referenced in over 38 books on various subjects pertaining to religion and society and included as Recommended Reading for UK A-level students. I have appeared on various TV and radio programs debating religious philosophy and representing alternative religions and lifestyles.


Computers / Information Technology:

4 A-levels: Maths(C), Biology(C), Physics(D), General Studies (C) (early 1990s).

9 GCSEs: Including maths(A), physics(A) & biology(B). Total grades: AABBBCCCC (early 1990s).

GNVQ level 2: Safety, Security and Loss Prevention (2004).

2. Basic Biographical Details

I am British and I live and work in the UK, although I've spent 4 years working in Germany and 13 months working in Afghanistan. I now live in the South-West of England. I've worked as a web developer and webserver programmer for a few years, but mostly (and still do) work in IT infrastructure. I've been a member of the Church of Satan for 15 years (since 1999), and ran the London Satanists for several years until I moved away.

NameVexen Crabtree
LocationLondon, UK, is home although I work in Salisbury
ReligionSatanist (Church of Satan)
Aim in LifeTo teach the truth
OtherYear of the Rabbit
Aquarius (water)
The Hermit (Akron/Giger Tarot)

I am fit, articulate, motivated, conscientious, fiercely independent and responsible, mature and upstanding. I'm not inclined towards the "easy life" at all. I don't like messing around, slack, stupidity, whinging or weakness. On the outside I am stoic and independent, but also fair, noticeably good-natured and dependable. On the inside I am moody, impatient but rather caring. A regular humanitarian but still a misanthrope with little genuine enjoyment of people. I live to better myself and better others through the preaching of truth and philosophy. I am an elitist in theory, if not in practice!

3. My Websites

I launched my initial site in July 1998CE after purchasing "HTML 4 for Dummies" (IDG books) and "Instant JavaScript" (Wrox Press). HTML authoring turned out to be something I naturally loved. I used the simplest and most powerful editing tool: notepad.exe. From 2008 or so, I wrote my own database-driven content-management program called Ziggy. Ziggy does the bibliographies, subscript indexing, site structures, file management, notes, encryption, and many other bits and bobs.

Many parts of my websites are old and embarrassing and I am always on a constant mission to improve bad bits them with new, professional pages. It is a long journey.

My writings frequently verge on subjects and topics that are provocative and taboo. One main aim of my websites is to challenge and smash taboos, to make people think things they've not thought before.

- { [ ( Ego proinde fateor me ex eorum numero esse conari, qui proficiendo scribunt, et scribendo proficiunt ) ] } -3

I do it because I am impatient with those who set humanity back intellectually and therefore technologically. The medical sciences, astrosciences and biological sciences such as psychology and neurology all have immense scope to improve the lives, and lifespans, of human beings, but countless religion-inspired and stupidity-inspired obstacles sit in their paths. So I battle against the worst of human nature, and I expect no rewards except to have lived a powerful life doing what I want to do.

Some people write for fifteen years with no success and then decide to quit. Don't look for success and don't quit. If you want to write, write under all circumstances. Success will or will not come, in this lifetime or the next. Success is none of our business. It comes from outside. Our job is to write, to not look up from our notebook and wonder how much money Norman Mailer earns.

"The Long Quiet Highway" by Natalie Goldberg

- { [ ( nulla dies sine linea ) ] } -

4. My Philosophies and Beliefs

Philosophers strive to clarify their own thinking and to help others do likewise.

"Animal Minds" by Donald R. Griffin (1992)4

In common with most English people I wasn't exposed to religion so remained an implicit atheist until my late teens. This means I didn't believe in God, because, I had never heard of the idea of God. In my late teens when I came across the concept, I found it ridiculous and without basis in reality, at which point I became an explicit atheist and a Humanist. I am still a Humanist.

To embrace hard science is to accept the reductionist, realistic and skeptical type of worldview. The acceptance of science that seems inhuman - such as: we evolved in the same way as other animals, we have only existed for a tiny fraction of the lifespan of the Earth, we are insignificant in the grand universe, that our thoughts and feelings are biochemical in nature, not spiritual and our existence is a series of determined states over which we have no genuine control (i.e., there is no free will). The cold truth of reality humbles humanity, yet Human pride often makes us think we are important in the universe, or that a God cares deeply about whether we're nice to people or not, or whether we believe in religious myths or not. Our primitive egos once compelled us to make ourselves feel important in the universe and in our lives. This has adversely affected science. The solution is to actively embrace science that seems to belittle us. It requires honesty and humility.

5. Inspirations

ArtistsH.R. Giger www.hrgiger.com (from Switzerland)
Escher (from Holland)
Gustav Doré (France)
IdealsAccuracy, caution, temperancy, minimalism, intelligence, productivity
NightclubSlimelight, the London Alternative Night Club
PhilosophersAnton LaVey - founder of the Church of Satan.
Friedrich Nietzsche - German philosopher, self development, anti-religious.

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By Vexen Crabtree 2011 Jan 15
(Last Modified: 2014 Jul 25)
Originally published 2001
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Griffin, Donald R.
(1992) Animal Minds. The University of Chicago Press.


  1. Open University, UK. www.open.ac.uk.^
  2. Bournemouth University. www.bournemouth.ac.uk.^
  3. Epistulae ('letters') of Augustine (circa 386-430CE) 143.2.^
  4. Griffin (1992) p12.^

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