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Devil's Party Satanism in Modernity

ISBN-10: 0199779244

ISBN-13: 9780199779246

Edition: 2013

Authors: Per Faxneld, Jesper Aa. Petersen

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Recent years have seen a significant shift in the study of new religious movements. In Satanism studies, interest has moved to anthropological and historical work on groups and inviduals. Self-declared Satanism, especially as a religion with cultural production and consumption, history, and organization, has largely been neglected by academia. This volume, focused on modern Satanism as a practiced religion of life-style, attempts to reverse that trend with 12 cutting-edge essays from the emerging field of Satanism studies. Topics covered range from early literary Satanists like Blake and Shelley, to the Californian Church of Satan of the 1960s, to the radical developments that have taken place in the Satanic milieu in recent decades. The contributors analyze such phenomena as conversion to Satanism, connections between Satanism and political violence, 19th-century decadent Satanism, transgression, conspiracy theory, and the construction of Satanic scripture. A wide array of methods are employed to shed light on the Devil's disciples: statistical surveys, anthropological field studies, philological examination ofThe Satanic Bible, contextual analysis of literary texts, careful scrutiny of obscure historical records, and close readings of key Satanic writings. The book will be an invaluable resource for everyone interested in Satanism as a philosophical or religious position of alterity rather than as an imagined other.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.10" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Contributors
Introduction: At the Devil's Crossroads
The Question of History: Precursors and Currents
'It Is Better to Believe in the Devil': Conceptions of Satanists and Sympathies for the Devil in Early Modern Sweden
Sex, Science, and Liberty: The Resurrection of Satan in Nineteenth-Century (Counter) Culture
Witches, Anarchism, and Evolutionism: Stanislaw Przybyszewski's fin-de-si�cle Satanism and the Demonic Feminine
The Black Pope and the Church of Satan
Categorizing Modern Satanism: An Analysis of LaVey's Early Writings
Sources, Sects, and Scripture: The Book of Satan in The Satanic Bible
Hidden Persuaders and Invisible Wars: Anton LaVey and Conspiracy Culture
The Legacy of Dr. LaVey: The Satanic Milieu Today
Conversion to Satanism: Constructing Diabolical Identities
The Carnival of Dr. LaVey: Articulations of Transgression in Modern Satanism
The Making of Satanic Collective Identities in Poland: From Mechanic to Organic Solidarity
Post-Satanism, Left-Hand Paths, and Beyond: Visiting the Margins
The Left-Hand Path and Post-Satanism: The Temple of Set and the Evolution of Satanism
Luciferian Witchcraft: At the Crossroads between Paganism and Satanism
Secret Identities in the Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism, and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles
Index