History UsefulNotes / Satanism

18th Jun '17 4:45:12 PM DoktorSoviet
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The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of McMartin Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.

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The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of McMartin [=McMartin=] Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.


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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanic_ritual_abuse Wikipedia article about the hysteria surrounding Satanic Ritual Abuse]]
18th Jun '17 4:42:59 PM DoktorSoviet
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The public perception of Satanism is often a mischaracterization of LaVeyan or Theistic Satanism as being little more than [[Main/TheThemeParkVersion a shadowy of cabal of evil lunatics worshiping Satan for personal gain.]] This image of Satanism largely emerged during what is known as the "Satanic Panic" of Main/TheEighties and Main/TheNineties. More specifically, there was widespread belief that Satanic cults operated in the United States and were responsible for the ritual abduction and sacrifice of children. Little to no evidence of this existed, but never the less a mass hysteria accumulated, particularly among Christian groups (for obvious reasons).

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The public perception of Satanism is often a mischaracterization of LaVeyan [=LaVeyan=] or Theistic Satanism as being little more than [[Main/TheThemeParkVersion a shadowy of cabal of evil lunatics worshiping Satan for personal gain.]] This image of Satanism largely emerged during what is known as the "Satanic Panic" of Main/TheEighties and Main/TheNineties. More specifically, there was widespread belief that Satanic cults operated in the United States and were responsible for the ritual abduction and sacrifice of children. Little to no evidence of this existed, but never the less a mass hysteria accumulated, particularly among Christian groups (for obvious reasons).
18th Jun '17 4:42:33 PM DoktorSoviet
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[=LaVeyan=] Satanism and atheistic Satanism in general have no relationship with theistic Satanism, but the two are often confused by writers of many fictional films, books, etc. which use imagery derived from the Church of Satan in conjunction with theistic Satan worship, which is not what the Church of Satan stands for.

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The public perception of Satanism is often a mischaracterization of LaVeyan or Theistic Satanism as being little more than [[Main/TheThemeParkVersion a shadowy of cabal of evil lunatics worshiping Satan for personal gain.]] This image of Satanism largely emerged during what is known as the "Satanic Panic" of Main/TheEighties and Main/TheNineties. More specifically, there was widespread belief that Satanic cults operated in the United States and were responsible for the ritual abduction and sacrifice of children. Little to no evidence of this existed, but never the less a mass hysteria accumulated, particularly among Christian groups (for obvious reasons).

The main reason this hysteria occurred was due to the book ''Michelle Remembers'', which was a collection of memoirs by psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder, who alleged that his patient Michelle had been abused in service to a Satanic ritual and later repressed the memories. Investigation showed that the book was almost entirely false, and [=LaVey=] threatened to sue Pazder for libel, as the book implicated the Church of Satan in the abuse. Despite all of this, the damage was done. Numerous allegations were leveled towards schools and day care centers about the Satanic abuse of children, the most famous of which being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial McMartin Preschool trial]]. Again, most of these allegations were spurious at best, and in the case of McMartin Preschool, no convictions were ever reached.

While the Satanic Panic has largely subsided, the image of Satanism, while not immaculate to begin with, was really dragged through the mud. Even today, there is little understanding as to what Satanism actually ''is'', and the mental image of gibbering lunatics sacrificing children over blood pentagrams is still popular, even if a little tongue-and-cheek.
[=LaVeyan=] Satanism and atheistic Satanism in general have no relationship with theistic Satanism, but the two are often confused by writers of many fictional films, books, etc. which use imagery derived from the Church of Satan in conjunction with theistic Satan worship, which is not what the Church of Satan stands for.
for. Part of this confusion probably results for the [=CoS=] heavy use of rituals, despite being atheistic.
26th Mar '17 3:04:07 PM MerryMikael
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!Literature about Satanism

*''Contemporary religious satanism: A critical anthology''; Jesper Aagaard Petersen
*''The Devil's party: Satanism in modernity''; Per Faxneld and Jesper Aagaard Petersen
*''The invention of satanism''; Asbjorn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen
*''Children of Lucifer: The origins of modern religious satanism''; Ruben van Luijk
*''Satanism: A social history''; Massimo Introvigne
20th Apr '16 9:32:02 AM MerryMikael
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Inspired by John Milton's ''Paradise Lost'', proponents of Romanticism adopted Satanism to representing a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. Such non-theistic Satanists also take inspiration from rare fictional works which depict Satan as a heroic figure, including categorizations by George Bernard Shaw, and Mark Twain.

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Inspired by John Milton's ''Paradise Lost'', proponents of Romanticism adopted Satanism to representing a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. Such non-theistic Satanists also take inspiration from rare fictional works which depict Satan as a heroic figure, including categorizations by George Bernard Shaw, Shaw and Mark Twain.



* [[http://theisticsatanism.com/ Theisticsatanism.com by Diane Vera; information on differences between branches of satanism, philosophy, rituals and more]]

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* [[http://theisticsatanism.com/ Theisticsatanism.com by Diane Vera; information on differences between branches of satanism, philosophy, rituals and more]]more]]
* [[http://listverse.com/2015/10/26/10-forms-of-satanism-that-exist-around-the-world/ Listverse's view; 10 forms of Satanism around the world]]
* [[http://greaterchurchoflucifer.org/luciferian-points-of-power/ Greater Church of Lucifer; 11 Luciferian points of power]]
27th Aug '15 9:48:48 AM MerryMikael
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It is difficult to determine if many people legitimately practice theistic Satanism, as this is often claimed as a form of rebellion or Shock Value, as with those who've appropriated images from [=LaVeyan=] Satanism.

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It is difficult to determine if many people legitimately practice theistic Satanism, as this is often claimed as a form of rebellion or Shock Value, as with those who've appropriated images from [=LaVeyan=] Satanism.Satanism.

!Satanism links

* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanism Wikipedia entries for satanism]] as well as more specifically for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanism LaVeyan]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theistic_Satanism theistic forms]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-hand_path_and_right-hand_path More general Wikipedia -information on left-hand and right-hand paths]]
* [[https://encyclopediasatanica.wordpress.com/ Encyclopedia Satanica]]
* [[http://theisticsatanism.com/ Theisticsatanism.com by Diane Vera; information on differences between branches of satanism, philosophy, rituals and more]]
11th May '14 11:56:01 AM MsChibi
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Many of the musicians who use imagery from [=LaVey's=] writings and the Church of Satan, for example, are not Satanists, but merely appropriating such imagery for Shock Value, although a few celebrities have advocated either the whole of or parts of [=LaVey's=] philosophy.

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Many of the musicians who use imagery from [=LaVey's=] writings and the Church of Satan, for example, are not Satanists, but merely appropriating such imagery for Shock Value, although a few celebrities have advocated either the whole of or parts of [=LaVey's=] philosophy. See also RockMeAsmodeus.
3rd Jan '13 7:00:37 PM HoriatioManBlower
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The Temple of Set has claimed to be the world's leading left-hand path religious organization. Established by Michael A. Aquino and former members of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, the Temple does not have an official position on whether Satan literally exists. Hence, why the atheist LaVey disavowed them. Though individualistic, the Temple of Set is often categorized as a theistic Satanic organization. Set is supposedly the Dark Lord behind the Hebrew entity Satan. "Set" is also the name of an Egyptian deity.

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The Temple of Set has claimed to be the world's leading left-hand path religious organization. Established by Michael A. Aquino and former members of Anton LaVey's [=LaVey's=] Church of Satan, the Temple does not have an official position on whether Satan literally exists. Hence, why the atheist LaVey [=LaVey=] disavowed them. Though individualistic, the Temple of Set is often categorized as a theistic Satanic organization. Set is supposedly the Dark Lord behind the Hebrew entity Satan. "Set" is also the name of an Egyptian deity.
3rd Jan '13 6:59:56 PM HoriatioManBlower
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Additionally, some other religious groups and other belief systems have been falsely described as being Satanic in nature; one of the most prevalent examples of such a misrepresentation includes numerous false claims of Freemasonry being Satan worship. This is incorrect, as the Freemasons are basically a fraternity with no connection to either theistic or atheistic Satanism. None the less, despite being discredited, claims imagined Freemasonic Satan-worship are prevalent among conspiracy theorists.

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Additionally, some other religious groups and other belief systems have been falsely described as being Satanic in nature; one of the most prevalent examples of such a misrepresentation includes numerous false claims of Freemasonry being Satan worship. This is incorrect, as the Freemasons are basically a fraternity with no connection to either theistic or atheistic Satanism. None the less, despite being discredited, claims of imagined Freemasonic Satan-worship are prevalent among conspiracy theorists.


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The Temple of Set has claimed to be the world's leading left-hand path religious organization. Established by Michael A. Aquino and former members of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, the Temple does not have an official position on whether Satan literally exists. Hence, why the atheist LaVey disavowed them. Though individualistic, the Temple of Set is often categorized as a theistic Satanic organization. Set is supposedly the Dark Lord behind the Hebrew entity Satan. "Set" is also the name of an Egyptian deity.
25th Dec '12 2:50:45 PM HoriatioManBlower
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Additionally, some other religious groups and other belief systems have been falsely described as being Satanic in nature; one of the most prevalent examples of such a misrepresentation includes numerous false claims of Freemasonry being Satan worship. This is incorrect, as the Freemasons are basically a fraternity with no connection to either theistic or atheistic Satanism. None the less, despite being discredited, claims imagined Freemasonic Satan-worship are prevalent among conspiracy theorists.




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!! Other non-theistic Satanic belief systems

Inspired by John Milton's ''Paradise Lost'', proponents of Romanticism adopted Satanism to representing a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. Such non-theistic Satanists also take inspiration from rare fictional works which depict Satan as a heroic figure, including categorizations by George Bernard Shaw, and Mark Twain.
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