The Invention of Satanism

Dyrendal, Asbjorn; Lewis, Professor James R.; Petersen, Dr Jesper Aagaard

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Written by three experts in the field, The Invention of Satanism examines contemporary religious Satanism as the product of historical, ideological, and social processes. Num Pages: 272 pages, 8 illustratons. BIC Classification: HRAX; HRQX9. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 235 x 156 x 23. . . 2015. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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 collective identity. In The Invention of Satanism, three experts explore Satanism as a contemporary movement that is in continuous dialogue with popular culture, and which provides a breeding ground for other new religious movements.

By shifting the focus from mythology to meaning-making, this book examines the invention of Satanism among self-declared religious Satanists. Like all ideologists and believers, Satanists incorporate, borrow, and modify elements from other traditions; the authors investigate how traditional folklore and prior strands of occultism were synthesized by Anton LaVey in his founding of the Church of Satan and creation of the Satanic Bible. Later chapters discuss contemporary Satanist subcultures, demonstrating how Satanism continues to reinvent itself despite its brief history as an organized phenomenon. There are now numerous forms of Satanism with distinctive interpretations of what being a Satanist entails, with some of these new versions deviating more from the historical "mainstream" than others. In this fascinating account of a seemingly arcane and often-feared movement, Dyrendal, Lewis, and Petersen demonstrate that the invention of Satanism is an ongoing, ever-evolving process.

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Asbjørn Dyrendal is Professor of Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

James R. Lewis is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø in Tromsø, Norway.

Jesper A. Petersen is Associate Professor at the Programme for Teacher Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

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