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NCJ Number: 117758 Find in a Library
Title: Satan Wants You: The Cult of Devil Worship in America
Author(s): A Lyons
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 192
Sponsoring Agency: Mysterious Press
New York, NY 10019
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89296-217-8
Sale Source: Mysterious Press
129 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the nature and role of Satanic cults in the United States in recent years explores its origins and history, the reasons for its public emergence in recent years, and its current characteristics.
Abstract: Satanism has a variety of connotations: the renunciation and denial of a Christian God, the ascendence of evil over good, the forces of darkness, the use of ritual evocations of demons in rooms lit only by black candles, and sacrifices and sexual orgies. Satanic religions are as old as monotheism and have their origins in Persia of the sixth century. However, Satanism is not a worldwide conspiracy. Instead, like other occult and magical belief systems, it is a response to social tensions and has emerged during time social fragmentation. The vast majority of Satanists belong to the neo-Satanic churches and represent no threat to society. Satanic and non-Satanic religious cults that advocate and practice violence should be watched by authorities, but care must be taken to assure that innocent religious groups are not persecuted simply for having unorthodox beliefs. We must also recognize that many theories, like that of a child-molesting conspiracy of Satanists, are not supported by any evidence but are the product of a sensationalist media. Case examples, index, and 82 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): Peer influences on behavior; Religious freedom; Victimization
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