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The Invention of Satanism

Asbjorn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis, and Jesper Aa. Petersen


The book gives an introduction to the history and sociology of Satanism. The first part shows briefly how Satanism, a term of accusation, came to be a term of positive, self-designated religious identity. It follows the oppositional readings and gradual dislodging of “Satan” from established Christian ideas through to the first forms of organized use of Satan in Western esotericism and self-religion. It then centers on the establishment of organized Satanism in the form of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, recounting some elements of its founding and the ideas presented at the early stage through ... More

Keywords: Satanism, new religious movements, self-religion, Satanism scare, The Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey, satanic milieu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asbjorn Dyrendal, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

James R. Lewis, author
Professor of Religious Studies, University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway

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