The tradition of Satan worship, especially of the Black mass which is a Satanical version of the Christian liturgy. is generally little known in contrast to the tradition of witchcraft. In consequence there is a paucity of writing on a subject which is a concern of both religious and cultural history, and a direct antithesis to the Christian cult. The author treats the subject with great objectivity. The main part of his book presents numerous important sources which are interpreted under various aspects of the phenomenology of religion. In addition the book considers the historical, sociological and psychopathological aspects of Satan Worship. In general the author comprehends Satanism and Satan Worship, including the Black Mass, as compensation of the pre-eminently spiritual tradition of Christianity and its exclusive emphasis on the good. The last part of the book treats the problem of how a total religious experience may be regained within Christian culture. Reproduction of many rare illustrations, difficult of access, is a further enrichment of a book of wide interest and appeal both to specialists and the general reader. Illustrated with 13 line drawings and 5 plates.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110041330080