Satanism Today

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ABC-CLIO Incorporated, 2001 - Religion - 371 pages
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This nonsensationalist encyclopedia examines contemporary images of the devil and sorts out the many different forms these images take. Although much of the myths relating to Satan derive directly or indirectly from the Christian tradition, the key sources of diabolical images today are horror movies, heavy metal music, and conservative Christian literature.

This encyclopedia gives a brief overview depicting the history and transformation of the meaning of the Prince of Darkness, and 300 entries cover subjects like the angel of death, backward masking (messages revealed when songs are played backward), neopagan witchcraft, UFOs, and The Satanic Bible. Extensive appendixes include the l992 FBI study of satanic ritual abuse, the most influential document ever written on the subject, as well as sample satanic scriptures and a satanic wedding ceremony. "Satanism Today" also includes a chronology, bibliographies, and references.

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A really nice and informative encyclopedia around the subject. What I really liked about it is that it tried to remain as neutral and matter-of-fact as it can be. From A to Z this book goes over a verity of topics often linked to Satanism one way or another. Read full review

Satanism today: an encyclopedia of religion, folklore, and popular culture

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The author or editor of numerous reference works on popular and fringe religions (e.g., The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions) as well as UFOs, Theosophy, dreams, and witchcraft, Lewis ... Read full review


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Lewis teaches religious studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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