The Age of Satan

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247765
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932883 | DOI:
The Age of Satan

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This chapter explores the rise of modern Satanism and the transformation of the Satanic fantasy of the Black Mass from a terrifying Christian nightmare into a practical reality beginning in the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses on the work and thoughts of Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey, who called for the rejection of all religious fictions and the complete affirmation of the individual human self. The chapter discusses Satanism in light of the debates surrounding sex and the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and argues that LaVey reflected both the larger preoccupation with sexual liberation during this period and the tendency of sexual liberation to be co-opted by the forces of consumerism and commercialization.

Keywords: Satanism; Black Mass; Anton Szandor LaVey; Church of Satan; religious fictions; sex; countercultural revolution; sexual liberation; consumerism; commercialization

Chapter.  12831 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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