The Devils Party: Satanism in Modernity

Paperback | November 7, 2012

byPer Faxneld, Jesper A. 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, andorganization, 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 Blakeand 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'sdisciples: statistical surveys, anthropological field studies, philological examination of The 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 everyoneinterested in Satanism as a philosophical or religious position of alterity rather than as an imagined other.

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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, andorganization, has largely been neglected by ac...

Per Faxneld is a research fellow at the department of the History of Religions at Stockholm University, Sweden. He has written several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Satanism and Western Esotericism, co-edited Forborgade Tecken ("Hidden Signs" H:Stroms, 2010) - a book on Esotericism in literature - and is the author of Mor...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199779244

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Per Faxneld and Jesper Aa. Petersen: Introduction: At the Devil's CrossroadsThe Question of History: Precursors and Currents1. Mikael Hall: "It is better to believe in the Devil": Conceptions of Satanists and Sympathies for the Devil in Early Modern Sweden2. Ruben van Luijk: Sex, Science and Liberty: The Resurrection of Satan in 19th Century (Counter) Culture3. Per Faxneld: Witches, Anarchism and Evolutionism: Stanislaw Przybyszewski's fin-de-siScle Satanism and the Demonic FeminineThe Black Pope and the Church of Satan4. Amina O. Lap: Categorizing Modern Satanism: An Analysis of Anton LaVey's Early Writings5. Eugene V. Gallagher: Sources, Sects, and Scripture: The Book of Satan in The Satanic Bible6. Asbjorn Dyrendal: Hidden Persuaders and Invisible Wars: Anton LaVey and Conspiracy CultureThe Legacy of Dr. LaVey: The Satanic Milieu Today7. James R. Lewis: Conversion to Satanism: Constructing Diabolical Identities8. Jesper Aa. Petersen: The Carnival of Dr. LaVey: Articulations of Transgression in Modern Satanism9. Rafal Smoczynski: The Making of Satanic Collective Identities in Poland: From Mechanic to Organic SolidarityPost-Satanism, Left-Hand Paths and Beyond: Visiting the Margins10. Kennet Granholm: The Left-Hand Path and Post-Satanism: The Temple of Set and the Evolution of Satanism11. Fredrik Gregorius: Luciferian Witchcraft: At the Crossroads between Paganism and Satanism12. Jacob C. Senholt: Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles