The Origins of Satanism

Bitter Winter Magazine has begun publishing a series by noted esoteric author Massimo Introvigne, titled “Is Satanism Dangerous?”

The first article in the series begins:

Should Satanism be outlawed? Or does the general principle of freedom of religion or belief protect even the Satanists? Many who discuss the issue seems to be quite confused about what Satanism is really all about.

Satanism is often discussed by the media, but exaggerations and inflated statistics abound. This series of articles offers a definition of Satanism, and reconstructs its history through a pendulum model. When Satanism becomes visible, it generates a reaction in the shape of an anti-Satanism that easily falls into exaggerations and excesses, thus becoming discredited and opening the way to the birth of new Satanist groups. They will in turn generate new reactions, and so on.

This model is applied respectively to a proto-Satanism, born at the court of French King Louis XIV (1638-1715); to a “first Satanism,” of the 19th century; and to contemporary Satanism, inaugurated with the foundation of the Church of Satan in 1966 and currently divided into a number of sub-currents.

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