Lure of the Sinister: The Unnatural History of Satanism

Lure of the Sinister: The Unnatural History of Satanism

Gareth Medway / Dec 10, 2019

Lure of the Sinister The Unnatural History of Satanism Rumors of Devil worship or Satanism have circulated for centuries Tales of Black Masses demonic possession mysterious nighttime ceremonies and human sacrifices have captured the popular conscious

  • Title: Lure of the Sinister: The Unnatural History of Satanism
  • Author: Gareth Medway
  • ISBN: 9780814756454
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rumors of Devil worship, or Satanism, have circulated for centuries Tales of Black Masses, demonic possession, mysterious nighttime ceremonies, and human sacrifices have captured the popular consciousness, prompting the Christian Church to move aggressively to root out Satanism and its practioners through often extraordinarily brutal means of detection and interrogation.URumors of Devil worship, or Satanism, have circulated for centuries Tales of Black Masses, demonic possession, mysterious nighttime ceremonies, and human sacrifices have captured the popular consciousness, prompting the Christian Church to move aggressively to root out Satanism and its practioners through often extraordinarily brutal means of detection and interrogation.Until recently the stuff of myths and stories, allegations of occult worship have of late taken the form of police investigations concerning ritual child abuse, teens involved in Satanic cults, and serial killings Unsubstantiated rumors have found their way into the popular and serious press and have been reported as fact, often with little or no verification Obsessive anti Satanists find evidence of Satanic lyrics in rock music from Led Zeppelin s Stairway to Heaven to Live Aid s We are the World, while the numbers 666 are found in barcodes in supermarkets.The Lure of the Sinister draws on a remarkable range of sources, from newspapers and pulp literature to early modern works on demonology to explore the entire history of Satanism from the origins of the Devil in pre Christian theology through the Inquisition to the life and times of Aleister Crowley, the wickedest man in the world The book also investigates modern charges of Satanism, the psychology of the people who make the allegations, and the legal and religious contexts in which they arise, showing how rumors of Devil worship come to take on a life of their own Lively and wittily written, The Lure of the Sinister reveals a strange tapestry of dark and fearful beliefs which have haunted our imagination for centuries.

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    1. Copious anecdotes about Satanism, and the author has clearly spent many hours working through archives to collect the juiciest accounts. Well presented and lightly written, the author rarely tells us what he thinks and relies upon the presented evidence to speak for itself. In this regard, the book is a success.My problem is that after 400 pages I have a pretty good idea of what Satanism is not but no clear idea of what it is. The opening chapters in the book, "What is a Satanist?" and "Why wor [...]


    2. I'll start MY review with a quote from an idiotic review from amazon:"Medway retells stories of supposed possessions, satanic activity, and other "evil" occurrences, and discounts the authenticity of these accounts. Even though he is biased in his presentation of some of the facts, his wit, and sense-of-humor emerges throughout the book. The title is misleading though because Medway does not really deal with the history of Satanism, instead with the hysteria surrounding it."w THAT is amusing. Th [...]


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