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Violence and New Religious Movements$
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James R. Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.001.0001

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“Smite Him Hip and Thigh”

“Smite Him Hip and Thigh”

Satanism, Violence, and Transgression

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Violence and New Religious Movements

Jesper Aagaard Petersen (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter approaches the issues of Satanism and violence by elaborating on his earlier classification of modern Satanism—rationalist, esoteric, and reactive—in a “satanic milieu.” By analyzing various discourses on Satanism and violence, the chapter expands on the trait of antinomianism or nonconformity through the concept of transgression. The important point is how to discern the actual violence of serial killers, neofascists, and marginalized teens who use Satanism as a defense or an excuse (a demonological use of violence and transgression that in essence confirms social mores) from the “symbolic violence,” “aesthetic terrorism,” or “transformational psychodrama” that satanic groups and individuals use to challenge the self-evident and decondition the self.

Keywords:   Satanism, transgression, antinomianism, nonconformity, sanitization, ostension, mimetic violence, aesthetic violence

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