“Smite Him Hip and Thigh”

Jesper Aagaard Petersen

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735631
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894512 | DOI:
“Smite Him Hip and Thigh”

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This chapter approaches the issues of Satanism and violence by elaborating on his earlier classification of modern Satanism—rationalist, esoteric, and reactive—in a “satanic milieu.” By analyzing various discourses on Satanism and violence, the chapter expands on the trait of antinomianism or nonconformity through the concept of transgression. The important point is how to discern the actual violence of serial killers, neofascists, and marginalized teens who use Satanism as a defense or an excuse (a demonological use of violence and transgression that in essence confirms social mores) from the “symbolic violence,” “aesthetic terrorism,” or “transformational psychodrama” that satanic groups and individuals use to challenge the self-evident and decondition the self.

Keywords: Satanism; transgression; antinomianism; nonconformity; sanitization; ostension; mimetic violence; aesthetic violence

Chapter.  12098 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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