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Satanic Scriptures, The [Paperback]

Blanche Barton , Peter H Gilmore , Peggy Nadramia , Timothy Patrick Butler
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8 Jan 2009
A fascinating look at Satanism from the diabolical perspective of the Church of Satan's High Priest, Magus Peter H. Gilmore. These essays, articles and diatribes have been collected from over 20 years of the High Priest's writings for his infernal cabal, some first issued in the pages of publications available only to insiders. This is a highly private look into the world of satanists as seen through Magus Gilmore's frank discussion of forbidden rites never before disclosed outside of the Church of Satan's Hellish Hierarchy.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SCB DISTRIBUTED PUBLISHERS; OCCU edition (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976403595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976403593
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening book. 11 May 2008
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When Anton LaVey,founder of the Church of Satan,passed away he left some very large shoes to fill. But having read this book I can definitely say that Peter H. Gilmore is doing a wonderful job of leading the Church of Satan so far.
For anyone considering becoming a satanist, or anyone who just wants to learn what satanism is all about, this book and "The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey are the the best places to start. I would strongly recommend reading "The satanic Bible" first as it will help you to understand the essays within this book a lot easier.
Mr Gilmore writes several essays in which he expands upon and explains in depth the teachings and philosophy of LaVey as well as writing several essays based upon his own observations of society. In this book he explains the satanists opinion on topics such as terrorism, gay marrige and the Columbine school massacre.
The second half of the book contains the rites to a number of satanic rituals, including the satanic wedding and the satanic funeral, which have never before been released to the public. All in all it is a very enlightening read and a great book which I give my highest recommendation. But I am sure even the author himself would admit that it isn't for everyone, just "a few outstanding individuals".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show! 5 Jun 2014
By Alex
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Thanks for posting me 'The Satanic Scriptures' by Peter H Gilmore. I'm giving you five out of five. I am going to enjoy reading it since I am a Satanist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for any satanist 21 Sep 2012
By luisa
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this book is nice and thick it goes through a tremendous amount of info and is a brilliant follow up after the other statanic books
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3.0 out of 5 stars The new High Priest speaks and...(shrug) 27 July 2008
By Patrick A. Bonner - Published on
First I want to say that I didn't particularly like this book, but I gave it three stars anyway for a couple reasons:

1. It is an incredible piece of publishing. The book is beautiful, and of truly superior quality. In this regard alone it lives up to its satanic idealism.

2. The Satanic Wedding is included in the book. This is a piece of work that I've long been interested in reading. It stood out in its absence in the "Satanic Rituals," so I'm glad to have finally had an opportunity to read it.

3. It isn't terrible. In fact, if I hadn't read Lavey, I'd probably think more highly of this work.

But now for the negatives:

1. Editing. I was very disappointed to find typos and spelling errors in this book. It really detracted from the value of the book as a piece of art. This may sound nit-picky, but Satanists pride themselves on the superior quality of their work, and in this respect the High Priest failed to live up to the ideals of his Church.

2. Content. I understand that satanists don't like the rest of the world in general, but come on, the High Priest is the highest ranking official in the Church, and it seems to me, for an individualist, a self-proclaimed egoist, he spends far too long complaining about the stupidity of other people. All of the pieces did not re-hash this tired subject, but unfortunately, most of them did.

3. Content. In the second respect, I found it surprising that so much of the book was spent defining what a satanist "is," or believes. Satanists are individuals, why do they need another book telling them what they are? I understand the necessity of Lavey's codification of satanism because he was the first to do it, the original black-pope, and so he had to bring satanism to the awareness of the world at large in order to reach those select few he desired to welcome into his life and his Church. But those books have been written, and I don't see that the new High Priest really added much of value to Lavey's work. This in itself would not be a bad thing, except I continually felt like I was reading someone who was trying to fill Lavey's shoes rather than making his own mark on the Church and it's literature.

Having said that, however, there were some pieces that stood out, pieces that really did make an impression. These were the instances where Mr. Gilmore was being Mr. Gilmore. When he wrote about things he loved, and about issues that did need and up-to-date comment from the High Priest of the Church of Satan. In these instances, Gilmore shined. But sadly they were few and far between.

But I believe that the work deserves it's three stars, even if there were typos (shame on you Mr. Gilmore). And I don't have a more beautiful book on my shelves, I can assure you of that.
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2.0 out of 5 stars True Pseudo Satanism at its finest, but not a complete failure. 12 July 2013
By Robert L. Macneil - Published on
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I bought this book a few years back hoping to get a feel for the new head of the Church of Satan. I was thoroughly impressed by its art work and cover design and the added rituals it contained. And it is for these later things that the book still finds a home on my alter and is still used for the occasional reference material by myself or my wife.

However, I found my self rather unimpressed with Gilmore personally. And yes I have told him this to his face before, as I have had the displeasure of meeting the man. LaVey's original guidelines for Satanism enabled people to mold the religion to what they felt was right for them, Gilmore is not like that. He is a hardliner who has turned the Church of Satan into little more than a chest thumping fan club for himself and touts about the image of LaVey simply for publicity purposes. His writing is unemotional and forced, much like how the Churches Rituals are any more. I was at the 6-6-06 High Mass, and to be honest, the only time I wasn't bored out of my mind was when Diabolis Rex Church took the stage.

Gilmore pretty much copied and pasted most of his originally articles to make this book. with only a few new added in parts. For the most part I found much of Gilmore's writings to be a slap in the face to LaVey original concepts, and was very self merchandising.

But the book is not a total loss. There is four excellent rituals listed that include parts missing from the Satanic bible. Gilmore Does also help to clarify some of the more misunderstood notions floating around out there about Satanism, and he does all of this most unintentionally with out a single bit of wit or humor.

Would I recommend buying this book? Well if you're expecting wisdom on some profound level, sorry look elsewhere. Gilmore tends to let his ego and militant mindset get in the way of his intelligence most days. But if you want a few hard to find rituals and the random burst of thought provoking concepts, then yes definitely get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and Sophisticated 14 July 2009
By Cheryablinsk70 - Published on
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I recently purchased a copy of this book along with a couple of items by Anton LaVey in an effort to find out more about LaVeyan Satanism, Satanic philosophy, and the Church of Satan than I could find on the internet. This book had been recommended to me by an acquaintance of mine, so I thought I'd buy it. I've seen a few video interviews with Gilmore and read a couple of his essays, and they seemed reasonable enough to me. I was expecting this book to rate a solid 3-4 stars, but honestly, it greatly exceeded my expectations.

I'd like to preface my next statement with a bit of a disclaimer: I've read a lot of LaVey's work and I find his ideas to be well thought-out, intelligent, and frankly, pretty inspiring. However, despite all this, I found Gilmore's "The Satanic Scriptures" to be a more enjoyable read than most of what I've seen from LaVey. Gilmore writes in a style that is more to my personal taste, and he takes inspiration from LaVey's work and expresses his views and ideas very eloquently. I don't think it'd be far from the truth to say that Gilmore has a little more of a sophisticated style than LaVey, though whether that is better or not might just be a matter of taste.

All in all, I found this book informative and enlightening, and Gilmore's book has inspired me to further improve and refine my own ideas.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book 18 Jan 2008
By Belial - Published on
I stumbled upon this book by accident and it contains some of the most interesting essays that correctly portray the philosophy of Left-Hand Path Satanism, unlike the countless reactionary pseudo-Christian devil worship books out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as illuminating as other books on Satanism.. 23 Mar 2010
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The first half of this book is very good, but mostly due it being based on older writings that were previously published in various Church of Satan outlets. It slowly degenerates into things that most people have no concern about such as Gilmore's musical tastes and opinion and his doctrine of elitism. The ultimate mark of elitism is not having any need to identify yourself as such for your actions speak. I can't tell you of anything personally that Gilmore does other than run the CoS and write this book. Some of the text is outright militant towards you if you happen to favor a flavor of Satanism that doesn't meet his definition if your beliefs are deist, spiritual, or non-alien elitist. At best, one could view this as an attempt to copy "The Devils Notebook" or "Satan Speaks!" without the entertainment value.

You cannot be so naive as to believe that just because someone believes in some cosmic dark force that they aren't a Satanist as The Satanic Bible professes more of a life philosophy than a religion and the text therein is compatible with many Left Hand Path followers. It just doesn't address the issue other than to balk at herd conformity in other organizations which you don't need to participate in to have such beliefs. If a Satanist is just truly and atheist why waste your time with rituals and calling yourself Satanic? If you don't believe in the forces which you intend to utilize it really doesn't come off as being something worth your time and it seems more that you are running a Vampire: The Masquerade troop where people can wear fangs and look cool saying silly stuff like "Hail Satan!" I'm sure you guys could put on a fabulous rendition of The Rockey Horror picture show as well if that is what you really are into. I can shop at Hot Topic too!

Possibly the most retarded chapter in the book is "The Myth of "The Satanic Community"" where Gilmore spends an entire chapter railing people that don't agree personally with him and his definition of Satanism and that if anyone starts some "other" group then they couldn't possibly be genuine. History has told us that many new ways have been thinking have been built upon the ashes of preceding lines of thought, and old lines of thought have been summarily destroyed in the process. Anton's work in the late '60s and early '70s is simply the gold standard, but nothing else of note has risen from the Church of Satan since that time so I hardly feel you can do more than say that you are riding these coat tails very well. Other groups and individuals have sought to improve on Satanism and Left Hand Path lines of thought since that time so don't seem too shocked when they refuse to agree with you as they have been evolving their structure while your organization has been doing its best to remain stagnant.

I'm giving this book 3 stars mostly due to the fact of the first half, and the rituals are interesting. I'm not a member of any of these organizations, but I'm not afraid to disagree where required. Take my advice as coming from a true follower from the path who doesn't give a crap about the politics of these organizations who would like to steer his good friends in the right direction.
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