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Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism

Ruben van Luijk


Satanism adopts Satan, the Judeo-Christian representative of evil, as an object of veneration. This book explores the historical origins of this extraordinary “antireligion.” While the concept of people worshipping Satan was actually an invention of Christianity to demonize its internal and external competitors, this dark stereotype created by the Church eventually came to be embraced as a positive (anti)religious identity by some in the modern West. Children of Lucifer traces the long and tortuous trajectory to this unique occurrence, a story that involves Romantic poets, radical anarchists, ... More

Keywords: Satanism, Satan, evil, antireligion, Christianity, Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey, secularization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190275105
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruben van Luijk, author
Research Fellow, Radboud University Nijmegen