Contemporary Religious Satanism
A Critical Anthology
Edited By Jesper Aagaard Petersen
Retail price $62.95!!!
The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his hands, Satan became a provocative symbol for indulgence, vital existence, natural wisdom and the human being's true animal nature. At present, religious Satanism exists primarily as a decentralized subculture with a strong internet presence within a larger Satanic milieu in Western culture. Though most are inspired by LaVey, the majority of contemporary Satanists are not members of the Church of Satan. The various expressions of modern Satanism all navigate in today's detraditionalized religious market through the creative appropriation of popular culture, philosophy, literature and religion. The concrete solutions are varied; but they all understand the power of transgression allying oneself with a most powerful symbol of resistance, namely Satan. Thus, contemporary religious Satanism could be understood as a complex negotiation of atheism, secularism, esotericism and self: A "self-religion" in the modern age. Despite the fascinating nature of religious Satanism, it has attracted little scholarship until relatively recently. This book brings together a group of international scholars to produce the first serious book-length study of religious Satanism, presenting a collection that will have wide appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike. The first part contains broader studies of influential groups and important aspects of the Satanic milieu, especially regarding historical developments, the construction of tradition and issues of legitimacy. The second part narrows the view to regional variations, especially with studies on Northern and Eastern Europe. The third part consists of primary documents selected for their representational and informational value.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: embracing Satan, Jesper Aagaard Petersen
Part I Broader Studies: History, Tradition, Legitimacy: Satanism: performing alterity and othering, Graham Harvey
Infernal legitimacy, James R. Lewis
Darkness within: Satanism as a self-religion, AsbjÃ¸rn Dyrendal
Self-conscious routinization and the post-charismatic fate of the church of Satan from 1997 to the present, Maxwell Davies
Embracing others: the multiple Princes of Darkness in the left hand path milieu, Kenneth Granholm
The devil's down in Dixie: studying Satanism in south Georgia, Kathleen Lowney. Part II Regional Studies: The peculiarities of Lithuanian Satanism: between crime and atheism in cyberspace, Milda Alisauskiene
Satanism in Estonia, Ringo Ringvee
Cyber-Satanism and imagined Satanism: dark symptoms of late modernity, Rafal Smoczynski; Social democratic Satanism? Some examples of Satanism in Scandinavia, Didrik Soderlind and Asbjorn Dyrendal
With my art I am the fist in the face of God': on old-school black metal, Gry Mork
Italian martyrs of 'Satanism': Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and Father Giorgio Govoni, Andrea Menegotto
Speculating on the point 003 percent? Some remarks on the chaotic Satanic minorities in the UK, Dave Evans. Part III Primary Documents: Reflections on Satanism, Vexen Crabtree
Excerpt from Lords of the Left Hand Path: a history of spiritual dissent, Stephen E. Flowers; Dark doctrines: 2 examples, Tani Jantsang; The Satanic politic, Nathan Wardinski
The culture cult, Ole Wolf; Index.
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