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Marilyn Manson, philosophy professor?

MTV films shock rocker giving lecture at Temple U
/ Source: The Associated Press

Marilyn Manson: shock rocker. Self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar.” Philosophy professor?

With an MTV film crew in tow, Manson surprised students in a Temple University Art and Society class Monday with an hourlong guest lecture.

He opened the class with a question: Could he share a bottle of red absinthe with the students?

The liqueur stayed on the desk as Manson — wearing an all-black suit with chrome-tipped platform shoes, dark lipstick and sunglasses — responded to questions about art, politics and religion.

“I’m not someone who doesn’t respect religion, but I don’t care for the way religion is used to manipulate people,” the 35-year-old singer said. “We create our own gods. We create our own devils.”

MTV’s college network, mtvU, filmed Manson’s classroom appearance for a segment of the “Stand In” series scheduled to air Dec. 6.