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By Ruben van Luijk

If we're to think sensationalist media assurance, Satanism is, at its so much benign, the purview of people that gown in black, enhance themselves with cranium and pentagram paraphernalia, and hear heavy steel. At its so much sinister, its adherents are worshippers of evil incarnate and interact in violent and perverse mystery rituals, the main points of which mainstream society imagines with a fascination verging at the obscene. Children of Lucifer debunks those facile characterizations by way of exploring the ancient origins of recent Satanism. Ruben van Luijk strains the movement's improvement from an idea invented via a Christian church wanting to demonize its inner and exterior rivals to a favorable (anti-)religious identification embraced via quite a few teams within the glossy West.

Van Luijk deals a finished highbrow background of this lengthy and unpredictable trajectory. This tale includes Romantic poets, radical anarchists, eccentric esotericists, Decadent writers, and schismatic exorcists, between others, and culminates within the institution of the Church of devil via carnival entertainer Anton Szandor LaVey. but it really is greater than a suite of colourful characters and not going historic episodes. The emergence of latest attitudes towards devil proves to be in detail associated with the ideological fight for emancipation that remodeled the West and is epitomized by way of the yank and French Revolutions. it's also heavily hooked up to secularization, that different unprecedented historic strategy which observed Western tradition spontaneously resign its conventional gods and input right into a self-imposed kingdom of spiritual indecision.

Children of Lucifer makes the case that the emergence of Satanism offers a shadow heritage of the evolution of recent civilization as we all know it. delivering the main entire account of this heritage but written, van Luijk proves that, with regards to Satanism, the evidence are even more fascinating than the fiction.

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What made them stand out was both the universal scope and the exclusivist character of their claims. Every person, regardless of ethnicity, social class, or gender, could become a Christian. Or, rather, everyone should become a Christian, because only Christ could bring true deliverance from evil. On the other side of the mirror, as we have seen, the malevolent beings that made mankind miserable were also considered to belong to one, universal antagonistic force. Whereas local The Christian Invention of Satanism j 23 specialists could offer limited succor against local malign entities, Christianity claimed to award immunity against both these local demons and the greater evil behind them all.

30 Justin, Origen, and other early theologians also tried to fill in the gaps in the devil’s biography that had been left open by canonical scripture, particularly with regard to his origins (and thus, ultimately, the origin of evil), often basing their speculations on mythical accounts that eventually would not be admitted into the biblical canon. One of these mythical accounts was that of the Watcher Angels. In the biblical book of Genesis, a remarkable passage told how the “sons of God” had observed the beauty of the “daughters of men” and “took wives for themselves” from among them.

Misfortune is attributed either to human infringements of Yahweh’s prescriptions or to the inscrutable divine will itself. This is the theme of many of the Psalms and also, eventually, of the book of Job, which after the prologue is completely devoted to poetical disputations about the righteousness of Yahweh’s distribution of fortune and misfortune, while the accuser angel is never mentioned again. 18 As an illustration of this tendency, a fourth Bible passage where a satan appears is often mentioned, namely, 1 Chronicles 21:1.

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