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  • 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 (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,568 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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LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1966.


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The Satanic Bible certainly makes for an entertaining read. If nothing else, LaVey was an intelligent and highly talented author and humorist. He also sets forth a reasonably compelling argument for a life of pure egoistic hedonism. And let's be honest: from a contemporary scientific standpoint, it is very difficult to mount any rational counter argument as to why we should not live our lives in this way.

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.
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I recently decided to finally read this book for myself after encountering some of the philosophy of its author, Anton LaVay, online and being somewhat intrigued. From what I could tell, LaVey seemed to be quite knowledgeable about human psychology, with a good understanding of man's innate desire to "belong", and I was hoping to find in `The Satanic Bible' a secular tome that cuts the babble and gets straight to the point on human nature. While this book does do that, to a certain degree, it would seem that LaVey's purported "genius" is something of an understatement. Rather than secular pearls of wisdom, `The Satanic Bible' presents a lot of what most of us now know to be common sense, presented in a veil of occultism and hyperbolic language.

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.
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Anton certainly had a gift - not only for clarity of thought and purpose, but also for writing. His style is impeccable and makes the words a joy to read, even if you find the content abhorrent. The philosophy contained within was vastly ahead of its time - and is still to this day. The aesthetics do not appeal to me, but there is much and more to be learned from this book about others, and about yourself. It is the sort of book which will reflect back at you exactly the kind of person you are. For many this will be decidedly unpleasant. For a few it will be like coming home.
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Anton Szander Lavey created a brilliant masterpiece when he wrote The Satanic Bible. Before the time of this books initial publication (1966), few people had ever touched on the subject of Satanism as a full-fledged religion. Of course, there was Crowley, but this wasn't exactly Satanism - it was mereley a misunderstood concept called Satanic by the masses. However, The Satanic Bible touches on the TRUE issues of Satanism and sheds light on the REAL subculture, not the assinine people slaughtering animals, each other and desecrating gravesites. Once you read this book, you will discover a new meaning behind the title "Satanist" and it will forever change your outlook on what the term means. I have been a Satanist for more than 12 years, and have reffered hundreds of people to Anton's literature.
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After recently discovering that Satanism is a huge misconception, and studying various sources on what it actually is, I decided to buy this book to verify all the details which turned out to be accurate. I wont go into detail as to what it actually is, but I will simply state as to what it isn't, and it isn't the belief in Satan, or more in the Christian version of Satan who actually derives from pagan origins, as Laveyan Satanism is mostly atheistic, but differs very little from theistic, which simply involves more spirituality and the amount of magic you insert into your beliefs. It's not at all an evil religion or a religion who thrives on evil attributes, more of a philosophy with Gothic theatrical fun which is carried out in control and in safety of ones self and of others, not that it actually involves any obscene and ridicules scenes Hollywood has painted in your head. The book may seem a little weird at first, but it certainly is clarifying, and there is no objection to be made as it represents no actual harm or evil to society, other than the panic attack the religious have over the name of this religion.
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