Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious by Ruben van Luijk

By Ruben van Luijk

If we're to think sensationalist media assurance, Satanism is, at its such a lot 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 have interaction 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 via exploring the old origins of recent Satanism. Ruben van Luijk strains the movement's improvement from an idea invented by means of a Christian church desirous to demonize its inner and exterior opponents to a good (anti-)religious identification embraced via numerous teams within the sleek West.

Van Luijk deals a accomplished highbrow historical past of this lengthy and unpredictable trajectory. This tale consists of 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 truly is greater than a suite of colourful characters and not likely historic episodes. The emergence of recent attitudes towards devil proves to be in detail associated with the ideological fight for emancipation that reworked the West and is epitomized via the yankee and French Revolutions. it's also heavily attached to secularization, that different remarkable historic technique which observed Western tradition spontaneously surrender its conventional gods and input right into a self-imposed country of spiritual indecision.

Children of Lucifer makes the case that the emergence of Satanism offers a shadow historical past of the evolution of contemporary civilization as we all know it. providing the main entire account of this background but written, van Luijk proves that, in relation to Satanism, the evidence are even more attention-grabbing than the fiction.

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