Certainly there can be some lively debating about the legacy of Anton LaVey – the seriousness of his founding and promoting the Church of Satan, the degree of opportunism that might have been involved. But it’s impossible to deny that he was one of the great popularizers of non-Abrahamic religions in the West and the Church of Satan would spawn many spin-offs and while some of them were a conscious reaction against Lavey’s theories and practices it’s unlikely that they would have arisen otherwise.
Here’s an interesting post from the Oxford University Press site by Ruben van Luijk focusing on Lavey’s musical thaumaturgy. Luijk’s book Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism is part of the Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism book series.
Read the post here: