Satanism and Ritual Abuse

Philip Jenkins

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Satanism and Ritual Abuse

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Although the Satanism scare of the late 1980s and early 1990s did not involve an empirically existing new religion, it shared many themes with the cult controversy. Anti-cultists jumped on the Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) bandwagon as a way of promoting their own agenda, and new religious movement scholars spearheaded the academic analysis of the scare. This article presents a systematic survey of this phenomenon. It analyzes the traditional folklore and literary sources for the SRA stereotype of a secretive network of diabolical Satanists.

Keywords: Satanic Ritual Abuse; cult controversy; Satanism; diabolical Satanists

Article.  9917 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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