- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Avon; New edition edition (30 April 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380015390
- ISBN-13: 978-0380015399
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One might expect The Satanic Bible at least to offer a few prancing demons or a virgin sacrifice, but if you're looking for a tour of the house of horrors, this is the wrong book. Far from a manual for conquering the realms of earth, air, fire and water, The Satanic Bible is Anton LaVey's manifesto of a new religion separate from the "traditional" Judeo-Christian definitions of Satanism. While LaVey rails against the deceit of the Christian church and white magicians, he busily weaves his own deceptions.
The Satanic Bible claims the heritage of a horde of evil deities--Bile', Dagon, Moloch, and Yao Tzin to name a few--but these ancient gods have no coherent connection between each other or to Satanism, except that all have been categorised by Christianity as "evil". Calling on these ancient names like a magician shouting, "Abracadabra", LaVey attempts to shatter the classical depiction of Satanism as a cult of black mass and child sacrifice. As the smoke clears, he leads us through a surprisingly logical argument in favour of a life focused on self-indulgence. The Satanic Bible is less bible and more philosophy (with a few rituals thrown in to keep us entertained), but this philosophy is the backbone of a religion that, until LaVey entered the scene, was merely a myth of the Christian church. It took LaVey, and The Satanic Bible, to turn this myth into a legitimate public religion.--Brian Patterson, Amazon.com
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However, LaVey combines this position with a number of magical rituals. And while there are times when he speaks of these rituals simply as psychodrama, there are also times when he speaks quite clearly of them as having real, physical effects. This is where things get tricky.
If you believe that we are just animals in a universe that is pretty much the one described by modern science, then the idea that magical rituals actually work is self evidently absurd. On the other hand, if you believe that magical rituals work, then there is clearly far more to the universe than is even dreamed of by our science. If that is the case, then the scorn that LaVey unceasingly pours on any kind of spiritual approach to life becomes far more open to question.
Of course, the idea that "there are more things in Heaven and Earth" does not necessarily imply that any of the mainstream religions are actually right. But it does at least open up the door to the possibility that values like forgiveness and self sacrifice may not be pure hokum. LaVey simply ignores this rather obvious line of reasoning.
On that basis I am inclined to see Satanism, or at least the form of it expounded in this book, as ultimately a matter of faith. As much as LaVey or any other religious leader may ridicule the views of the competition, at the bedrock all we are left with is raw assertion.Read more ›
Perhaps, in 1960s America, the contents of this book were somewhat controversial, but here and now, if you take away the "Satanic" language, I'd be surprised if anybody under the age of 60 would find any of it especially shocking. The philosophy LaVey espouses is one of pure hedonism, with Satan being a fitting archetype for our animal natures, and the Abrahamic God representing repression and rigid conformity. In this book he "prophesises" an "age of Satan", where people will reject mainstream religion and embrace hedonism. If you substitute the flowery language, you'll find that this is pretty much exactly what's going on in the world today, and the reasons for his sensationalistic hatred of mainstream religion (particularly Christianity) are pretty much the norm among secularists, with the views of Dawkins, Hitchens et al being far more inflammatory about religion than LaVey is here.Read more ›
LaVey is wise in his quick effort to point out that Satanism is hugely against pretty much everything that it is generally said to believe. At times it seemed like it was reading my life, and exactly the way that I do things, with emotional-attachment to the situation as well. There was one unnerving bit when he refers to the destructive side of Satanism, but I won't spoil.
When you -first- venture into the mind of LaVey, you begin to see such elegant levels of logic unfold. When I received it, I was delighted to learn that it was actually a fairly lengthy book (see pictures attached to the image-thumbnail at top), and not some rip-off that would give only a few paragraphs of useful information.
This book is the opposite. Worth the money, and it -is- a value-changer. It is pointed out that this book has changed lives before from the pure truth and philosophy in it. Naturally, I was a bit sceptical of this; however after reading the full book, I can say for a fact that I do look at things differently.
It does not teach what you would think 'Satanism' would be about from how Christianity has defined it over the years. To be completely honest- For the most part of the book, you could just hide the cover of the book, and it'd just be a pure book of brilliant observations based on the human way of living.
My only criticisms for this book would be regarding the content about 60% of the way through.Read more ›
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A word of caution. Don't read it if you are simply looking for something to justify and validate your dark sides. Read morePublished 27 days ago by A G JEMMETT
Brilliant book. Especially when you look at the point of view on spirit from a different perspective. The title does not do it justice. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Top banana
Despite problems with Royal Mail, my book finally got here, it's a very good read.Published 1 month ago by suzanne
Praise Satan brothers and sisters of the fallen one. What enlightenment these scriptures hath given me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't quite finished the book yet but I have been thoroughly enjoying it for what it is. Anton LaVey was a gifted writer obviously and his clarity makes reading the Satanic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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