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Modern Satanism: Anatomy of a Radical Subculture

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In 1966, Anton LaVey introduced to the world the Church of Satan, an atheistic religion devoted to the philosophy of individualism and pitilessness often associated with Satan. Modern Satanism offers a comprehensive survey and analysis of the church that LaVey built. Satanism has been an open religion for forty years now and operates successfully in its self-created ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Praeger (first published 2009)
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Matthew W
Oct 30, 2009 Matthew W rated it liked it
This book is written by your typical liberal university instructor (which the author is). An individual that DOES NOT understand culture and biology but ONLY the social contract (AKA irrational human abstraction that always prove to be based on logical fallacies). The author no doubt has studied the main texts of LaVeyan Satanism as well as associated text, yet the author still does not understand the texts. He merely looks at the texts through a flimsy academic liberal lens and regurgitates the ...more
Riley
Aug 18, 2013 Riley rated it did not like it
Worthless trash.

At first I thought this was an attempt at an evenhanded review of the subject, although superficial since it uses only secondary sources, But around pages 188-119 it became obvious the author either has an axe to grind or completely misunderstands the views of Anton LaVey. The author promotes the slander that LaVey's Satanism is pro-EVIL, which could not be farther from the truth. Mathews condemns LaVey for the supposed contradiction of being materialistic and atheistic, yet sti
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Dec 25, 2014 Moria rated it liked it
Raised my hopes at the beginning, but the blaming tone in the final parts was a disappointment. The parts about Lovecraft and the heavy metal scene were too general and pretty much superficial. Nevertheless, taking into account the previous "researches" about Satanism I've read, the book was totally unprejudiced and accurate. A good beginning for anyone who wants to get to know something about modern Satanism.
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