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The Invention of Satanism

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Satanism is a complex phenomenon that has often been the source of controversy across social and rhetorical contexts. Some consider it the root of all evil. Others see it as a childish form of rebellion or as a misapplication of serious esoteric beliefs and practices. Still others consider it a specific religion or philosophy that serves as a form of personal and collectiv ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 27th 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 1st 2015)
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Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, thorough, and refreshingly objective study. The research and survey presentation in the final chapters may read a little dry to some, but still a great read.
Stephen Buchanan
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
A fascinating historical look at Satanism, both as it was defined by Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible as well as the satanic panic of the 80s. The book also delves into the literary and philosophical influences of LaVey's Satanism as well as the personal history of the internal author.

The latter portion is a bit more dry, presenting the results of surveys and data collected to gain a better understanding of current satanists. There are interesting data points but overall the read became more acad
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“Satanism is to be understood primarily as post-Christian and as part of the Left-Hand Path traditions, not as mere reaction to Christianity.” 0 likes
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