Since the rise of the Satanic movement in modern America in the mid 20th century, much controversy has haunted its members and status. Though most Satanist would laugh and laud at the credit given to them, what is there to uncover in the day-to-day lived experience of these Satanists? Not just Temple of Set or Church of Satan, but also the interjection of The Satanic Temple has brought Satanism to a new credence for the world to see. Pair this with shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, serious analysis of the lives of contemporary Satanist has entered into the consciousness of western society--thus meriting publication in the 21st century. It is the aim of the this collection--by Faustus Blackbook--to collect earlier, rather than later, the diversity and experience represented in the contemporary 21st century Satanic Community.
If we are to believe sensationalist media coverage, Satanism is, at its most benign, the purview of people who dress in black, adorn themselves with skull and pentagram paraphernalia, and listen to heavy metal. At its most sinister, its adherents are worshippers of evil incarnate and engage in violent and perverse secret rituals, the details of which mainstream society imagines with a fascination verging on the obscene. Children of Lucifer debunks these facile characterizations by exploring the historical origins of modern Satanism. Ruben van Luijk traces the movement's development from a concept invented by a Christian church eager to demonize its internal and external competitors to a positive (anti-)religious identity embraced by various groups in the modern West. Van Luijk offers a comprehensive intellectual history of this long and unpredictable trajectory. This story involves Romantic poets, radical anarchists, eccentric esotericists, Decadent writers, and schismatic exorcists, among others, and culminates in the establishment of the Church of Satan by carnival entertainer Anton Szandor LaVey. Yet it is more than a collection of colorful characters and unlikely historical episodes. The emergence of new attitudes toward Satan proves to be intimately linked to the ideological struggle for emancipation that transformed the West and is epitomized by the American and French Revolutions. It is also closely connected to secularization, that other exceptional historical process which saw Western culture spontaneously renounce its traditional gods and enter into a self-imposed state of religious indecision. Children of Lucifer makes the case that the emergence of Satanism presents a shadow history of the evolution of modern civilization as we know it. Offering the most comprehensive account of this history yet written, van Luijk proves that, in the case of Satanism, the facts are much more interesting than the fiction.
Release on 2001 | by Debbie Nathan,Michael Snedeker
Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt
Author: Debbie Nathan,Michael Snedeker
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s and early 1990s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence, that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.
What is spiritual warfare? Who is Satan? How can I resist temptation and walk in the Spirit? In 101 Answers to Questions About Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare, bestselling author Mark Hitchcock will take you to the ultimate resource for guidance—God’s Word. There, you’ll find clarity and wisdom in response to questions such as... Where did Satan and demons come from? What tactics does Satan use to weaken or deceive us? How can we use the whole armor of God to protect ourselves from spiritual attack? What are the keys to overcoming temptation and walking in the Spirit? Can a believer be demon possessed? You’ll find this book filled with encouragement and hope—it affirms God’s full power over Satan, and provides you with everything you need to know to experience victory in spiritual warfare.
Release on 2013-06-28 | by Professor Douglas J. Davies
Atonement, Evil and the Mormon Vision
Author: Professor Douglas J. Davies
Pubpsher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
This book explores Mormon theology in new ways from a scholarly non-Mormon perspective. Bringing Jesus and Satan into relationship with Joseph Smith the founding prophet, Douglas Davies shows how the Mormon 'Plan of Salvation' can be equated with mainstream Christianity's doctrine of the Trinity as a driving force of the faith. Exploring how Jesus has been understood by Mormons, his many Mormon identities are described in this book: he is the Jehovah of the Bible, our Elder Brother and Father, probably also a husband, he visited the dead and is also the antagonist of Satan-Lucifer. This book offers a way into the Mormon 'problem of evil' understood as apostasy, from pre-mortal times to today. Three images reveal the wider problem of evil in Mormonism: Jesus' pre-mortal encounter with Lucifer in a heavenly council deciding on the Plan of Salvation, Jesus Christ's great suffering-engagement with evil in Gethsemane, and Joseph Smith's First Vision of the divine when he was almost destroyed by an evil force. Douglas Davies, well-known for his previous accounts of Mormon life and thought, shows how renewed Mormon interest in theological questions of belief can be understood against the background of Mormon church-organization and its growing presence on the world-stage of Christianity.
This book provides an enlightening, representative account of how rappers talk about God in their lyrics—and why a sense of religion plays an intrinsic role within hip hop culture. • A bibliography of cited sources on rap music and hip hop culture • An index of key terms and artists • A discography of rap songs with religious themes