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5.0 von 5 Sternen A dangerously clever book by a dangerously clever man
The Satanic Bible doesn't read like religious text. It might as well be called The Satanic Brainstorm. Although I don't agree with everything in it, this book makes more sense than anything I've ever read. By the end of it, the reader is left wanting to read everything LaVey's ever written. The one and only criticism I have is the constant restatement and emphasis on...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Philosphy, but hardly a masterpiece
Before getting on with my criticisms, I would like to say that I actually like most of the philosophy (not the religion) in this book -- which really is too say little more than that I had come to similar conclusions myself. (A statement I've also made of Stephen Mitchell's "Tao Te Ching" -- a book LeVay would probably not have cared for.) LeVay sometimes...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A dangerously clever book by a dangerously clever man, 4. November 1999
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The Satanic Bible doesn't read like religious text. It might as well be called The Satanic Brainstorm. Although I don't agree with everything in it, this book makes more sense than anything I've ever read. By the end of it, the reader is left wanting to read everything LaVey's ever written. The one and only criticism I have is the constant restatement and emphasis on the hypocracy of Judeo-Christian ethics. To even understand this book, one most likely is already aware of these contradictions. Make that two criticisms; LaVey has his own occasional hypocracy, although it's very hard to pinpoint or even realize. Because so much of this book is shrouded with sarcasm, these seemingly hypocritical ideas may be intentional. All in all, this is the finest philosophical work I could have ever imagined. It puts all of your own ideas, that you were too blind or scared to realize, down on paper in a clear and frighteningly clever way. This book is the bible for the thinking man. Young impressionable teenagers shouldn't read it. I know a 16 year old who read it and got the totally wrong idea. One needs to already have a mature idea of what one believes before reading this. The sarcasm needs to be recognized for what it is.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Philosphy, but hardly a masterpiece, 17. Mai 2000
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Before getting on with my criticisms, I would like to say that I actually like most of the philosophy (not the religion) in this book -- which really is too say little more than that I had come to similar conclusions myself. (A statement I've also made of Stephen Mitchell's "Tao Te Ching" -- a book LeVay would probably not have cared for.) LeVay sometimes takes things litte too far, but only a little.

Having said that, I might note that, when it comes to logic, LeVay is not as faultless as he is often creditted with. He is only slightly more logical than good Christian, Pagan, and Eastern theologian. Often, there are (il)logical jumps, inconsistancies, rhetorical word-games, and babbling circumlocution. Also, he makes some techinical errors is the trivial he uses to eximplify his view: e.g., the English "Devil" is derived from the French "Diable," which comes from the Latin "Diablus," and ultimately the Greek "Diabolos," and is not related to the Hindi "devi" as LeVay states. On factual maters, I would guess LeVay to be 60-70% correct. All this is still at least as good (probably better) than most religious works, however.

LeVay's biggest short comings are in (1) justifying a Satanic religion, and (2) characterize human nature to narrowly and inflexibly. On the first mater, LeVay does try to answer the question of why he proposses a Satanic religion rather than just practical materialism, but his justification is basically a lot of babblement and he talks around himself. (As an atheist, I see no reason for having religion, and LeVay's answer was hardly satifying, let alone convincing.) On the second mater, LeVay barrows a lot of (now held doubtful) Freudian doctrine, and further assumes that there is a very large, encompassing human nature, which is virtually invariant. This second problem, the failiure to fully realize human bio-cognitive diversity leads to a fair amount of judgementallity. LeVay assumes any who don't fit his mold are "repressed" and dishonest, and holds open contempt for such as "liars." I have found that most Satanists I've talked to are terribly self-righteous and judgemental (in there own way), and this may be the root of it all. (This is not to say all Satanists are so narrow -- but this seems common, and makes sence if LeVay himself encoded it.)

Finally, I want to note, since its is frequently claimed, that Satanism is not a from a Christianity! (Nor is it Pagan.) It is obviously a religious movement unto itself, and not part of Christianity anymore than Christianity and Islam are part of Judaism (or Judaism part of ancient Paganism). This "Satanism=Christianity" rhetoric may be a fun way for Pagans to slam both opponents at once by comparing each to there own worst enemy -- but an objective reading of The Satanic Bible shows that Satanism (for better or worse) is something unto itself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pop Culture Satanists and Marilyn Manson fans, Beware!, 15. September 1998
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Hmm...basically I think this is a good book because it summarizes all the beliefs of the Church of Satan--not intended to be a word-for-word guide to living, but a book that allows *individuals* to realize that they are not necessarily alone.
I, as many others, feel that there are some flaws to this philosophy, but it does have a strong immediate effect upon many people. Also, like others, the first time I read it I thought to myself, "I agree with a lot of these statements..."
To be a Satanist under the Church of Satan I do not think it is necessary to subscribe to all the statements put forth by LaVey, because it is an philosophy for *individuals*.
The first time I read this book it opened my mind even more to all types of religion/philosophy. I recommend this as good reading for *any* person questioning their own beliefs, or the beliefs of others...
The only main problem, I think, is the influence it has on pop culture Satanists--namely, those who listen to what they consider "evil" music. *Many* people seeking purpose, and therefore, rebellious "evil" in their young lives will try to attach theirselves to Satanism...
Church of Satan's form of Satanism is an *individual* philosophy for *strong-minded* *self-thinking* individuals, *not* those who wish to appear sinister or follow the others--such people are only following the herd mentality which is in complete opposition to Satanic beliefs!
In fact, much of what the Manson crew, and historically, most people claiming allegiance with Satan, do, is quite misleading from what the Church Of Satan believes in.
If you are one of these people, go ahead and buy the book if thou wilt, but realize no matter how much you try you will not become Satanic by the nature of your appearance, but only by your behavior and achievements.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good guide to self-directed pyschodramatic therapy, 10. Februar 2000
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Regardless of whether or not you are religiously inclined, or do or do not believe in the literal existence of Satan, if you are an intelligent person you will almost certainly believe that most of "The Black Pope's" philosophical arguments make perfect sense once you read this most entertaining book. As for the rituals, there is very little herein that one can not find in any treatise on the Gardnerian variety of witchcraft (known as Wicca to us moderns). My biggest problem with LaVey is that he attacks the Wiccans for being "white light" and Christian influenced when he himself can not break free of the Judeo-Christian traditions he claims to despise: why not call Pan by his own name instead of Satan's? Why drag in a lot of biblical devil names when the list of indiginous European deity names serve the purpose so much better? Was LaVey a true pagan or just a rebellious Christian? Makes me wonder... The rituals do not differ that much from the standard Wiccan rites (sword, chalice, altar, pentacle, candles, the quarters and elements, the eight standard witchcraft holidays on which to preform rites, invocations, lust/destruction/compassion visualizations, burning messages to be sent into the aether, etc.). I must admit, I could do without all of the Enochian Key nonsense. If you are into ceremonial magic and mind-cleansing psychodrama, AND REALLY FEEL THE NEED TO BUG YOUR PIOUS CHRISTIAN FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND FAMILY, then buy this book and take it to heart. If the first two of these apply to you (and not the third), then just buy this book for entertainment and knowledge. I suppose the rituals in the SB are a good way to relieve stress and to motivate yourself to action, if you're comfortable with (and entertained by) all of the satanic imagery. Otherwise, look into Wicca.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haven't read it yet, but I've a comment about Satanism, 16. Mai 1999
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I was raised as a Catholic by my family, which I love alot, and as all good Catholic education, I was thought what is good and what is evil (According to the Catholic persepective) So, I grew up believing that Satanism was "evil". Later on, I discovered the wonders of logical reasoning(Sagan, Asimov, Paine, Huxley, etc) and turned from a single Catholic(despite I'm already conffirmed), into a half Deist (A person who believes in God, but not the way the Bible or Church teaches) half Agnostic guy. So, you now most imagine that I have been called a heretic many times! You should have been there when I stated that Easter had pagan origins and that the anti-christian movement of the book of Revelations was nothing but the works of the religious crazes of the Roman Empire (i.e. the events of Revelations are all based on the events that took place during the early years of Christianity, in other words, there was nothing divine in there. The book of Revelations is just a comfort, a promise of an apparent comming Kingdom.) So, I learned exactly what Satanism is about. All religions are good and bad at times. Stanism is far away of being the perfect religion, along with Catholicism, Hinduism, etc.But still is a good one, as long as it makes you a better being. I learned the difference between Satanism, the real religion, and Satanic sects and cults so mentioned on T.V. La Vey was right. We most enjoy our life because we only live once. Even if the promises of Christianity are true, we don't know for sure. So, instead of bashing around Satanism, only because it "has an ugly name and the figure of an evil being" people should learn how to think critically about things and look at themselves in the mirror before talking. I want to remind people, that Catholicism has done more things to really be enbarrassed, such as the Inquisition, an alliance with the Maffia and some other darker truths. Life is a bitter sweet sinphony! Enjoy it!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, to a point, 27. Juni 2000
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Well, I basically agree with nightferret's review and criticisms. However, I am not an atheist and I do believe in the need for spirituality, and I certainly don't think that all religions are bad. But I do, however agree with LaVeys' scathing social criticism. If nothing else, "The Satanic Bible" offers insight into our culture's hypocrisy. LaVeys' use of Freudianism, however,is questionable. Reading a lot of books on a subject doesn't make you a psychologist. LaVey was, perhaps, a very intelligent, articulate man, but he cannot honestly make to grandiose claim of knowing what "human nature" is. This book is a good observational view of society, often darkly humorous, but shouldn't really be taken as the cornerstone of a relgious movement.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wahrer Satanismus?, 30. März 2000
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Nachdem ich dieses Buch das erste mal las, war ich etwas enttäuscht. Es schien mir nicht besonders satanistisch, eher normal-philosophisch, denn diese Gedanken hatte ich auch schon vorher. Und Ritualanleitungen findet man darin auch kaum. Inzwischen finde ich es aber sehr gut. Endlich wird einmal klargestellt, daß Satanismus nicht immer nur mit Blutopfern usw. zusammenhängt. Gerade Christen würde ich dieses Buch empfehlen, damit sie mal sehen, daß auch wir tatsächlich denken können! Die satanische Bibel gibt einen tiefen Einblick in die Gedankenwelt der Satanisten. Sehr empfehlenswert! Es ist nur traurig, daß LaVey schon gestorben ist, wir hätten noch viel von ihm lernen können...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Satan: The Rebel, 5. Dezember 1999
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Its understandable how this book can upset people. Either Christians, pagans, occultists or whomever. However, regardless of the word Satan, I found this to be a good base to start out for anyone looking to understand ourselves in a new way. You could probably go over the book and replace the word Satan with God, or even with Your Own Name and the results will be similar (if not more profound). From what I can tell, LaVey is not presuming Satan to be a mythical figure from the Bible. Although he trashes Christianity, I believe he does this because Christians have a human conception of God, so therefore Satan must be human, which LaVey is showing you how to change your perception of what Satan means. The book, to me, is about questioning authority. To not let otehrs decide your fate or likes or dislikes, but for your self to determine what makes you happy. Furthermore, to question yourself as an authority. Who controls your thoughts, what controls your thoughts and how did they get there? Control them! The book has a masterialistic ring to it all, but I think the essence is in questioning what authorities are controlling your life and to be released from it. I think its irrelevant that he may have 'stole' rituals from older Orders (as other reviewers yelled about). Crowley has done that, Regardie and so many others have used rituals from the past and revised them to their liking. Picasso said "Good artists copy, great ones steal." Its up to you to determine the level of ingenuity LaVey has. The Satanic Bible offers some good advice, but can misconstrued as evil (easily so) if not taken lightly and religiously. I enjoyed the book and the message LaVey sends, for I dont see it as Satanic in the childish perspective, but as a means to get the neurons firing and the blood pumping and to stretch those muscles at the corners of your mouth upwards.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen LAVEY's Ideas are all stolen from other sources!, 25. November 1999
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I picked this book up a few years back, it was the first book on magick, satanism, or whatever you want to call it, that i had ever read. Its been about three years now and ive learned a few things about satanism, and religion in general. This book, first of all, is an ignorantly written USURP from earlier pagan religions, and its Ritualistic section was stolen from a system of magick known as ENOCHIAn, which is not satanic at ALL! After La vey's attempt to destroy ones sense of illusion which is inherant in the occult, such as the astral plane and spiritualness, he takes from there ideas and alters them slightly to suit his Supposed satanic ideas. Shemhamforash is his Ignorat version of the Kabbalists Shem (Name) Ha(of) Mephorash (Extension). Shem Ha'Mephorash means "The name of extension". A Name of God YHVH, the jehovah that he earlier cracked open his skull, remember? Replaceing SHIATAN for AIDA in the Enochian Keys was even more stupid, for the SHIATAN is not even an ENOCHIAN word. HE MADE IT UP! IADA- means the most high, or GOD, in ENOCHIAN. If he doesnt belive in spiritual planes and the such why does he use a language which was derived through skrying experements, and he claims that they are the reason that all magick works. WRONG AGIN MR> LAVEY! In any event, he did point out that the Idea of HELL is a misconception of the hebrew SHEOL-GRAVE, and the greek Gehenah-garbage dump, tartarus-the earthly status of fallen angles, and HADES-greek equivelant of hebrew SHEOL-GRAVE.Though he tries to equate SATAN with the pagan God pan, which is an insult to the new and old religions of paganism. They had no satan, niether do they now, he even points that out, but contradicts himself by later saying that Pan and satan are the same. His useing the bible to build his philosophy is a weak attempt to promote satan. The bible uses the word satan many times to mean simplt OPPOSITION. The angle that stood in front of SAUL was SATAN, or OPPOSING him. And that is the way it is written in the origional language. the Idea of an all powerfull dark force is an ignorant one indeed, for the mystery schools of old pointed out, there are no good or evil, but a balance in all things. THERE IS NO SATAN, nor will this book help you find anything but lies and misconceptions of the author about what HE thinks the world is all about.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Give the Devil his Due (Review!), 11. März 1998
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This book is unexpectedly thought provoking and suprisingly good -- "suprising" to anyone coming to the topic with no prior knowledge of the subject. First point to be made to those wanting to get a preview of the book: This has nothing to do with "worshiping" or some malicious little man in a red suit with horns and a tail; nor is it about "being bad".
La Vey's message is rational and compelling. And, to those who would argue that it isn't 'real Satanism' or that he is some kind of phoney because he doesn't advocate killing virgins or molesting children, I would suggest that you have problems more immediate than religious/philosophical concerns you need to deal with before concerning yourself with any of this.
'Satan' is a concept of Judaeo/Christianity symbolizing it's 'Evil' (That Good and Evil are relative terms is the fundamental underlying concept). Therefore REAL Satanism is NOT about absolute contrariness, performing anti-social acts, gratuitous harm inflicting -- and all for absolutely no purpose other than "to be 'Evil'". That is not Satanism -- that is Moron-ism. That is performing actions for no reason which is the the definition of irrational behavior.
As Judao/Christianity is itself an eclectic and often contradictory meandering hodge-podge, with a LONG and winding history (both in its ideological development and in its institutions) -- and as its concept of 'Evil', 'the Devil' etc. is at LEAST as ecclectic, meanderind and complex as it itself -- it is only fitting that LaVey's Satanism takes on the freedom to empoly this ecclecticism in organizing and defining itself. This does not make it "phoney" -- on the contrary, it adds to its legitimacy.
Satanism as the book illustrates, brings religion out of the realm of power-wielding authoritarian institutions, corruption, politics, un-human & un-natural codes of behavior, hypocracy, and in general being a totalitarian-minded BURDEN upon the individual -- to its proper function: being an agent of FULFILLMENT TO THE INDIVIDUAL! Satanism as the LeVey suggests, is all about freedom. Freedom of the individual, and breaking off the chains of an oppressive, and not on the whole beneficial or 'Good' established religious establishment in our society.
As you can see, I was impressed with the book and would recommend it. It takes what is seemingly a non-topic and very compellingly and rationally brings it to life!
If you are a druggie kid who's into killing cats or wants to see what stabbing a person is like and is looking for a book that glorifies his idiocy and pointless behavior, you are not a Satanist: You are a Butt-Head-ist, and you have serious emotional problems. This book will not provide any cofort to you. Similarly if your idea is to "sell your immortal soul" to some little ill-tempered goat-boy with a pitchfork for whatever reason -- you are just wacky.
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