The Satanic Bible LaVey, Anton Szandor Avon (December 1, 1976)

“The Satanic Bible” is not in any way a religious text advocating the worship of a literal Satan. Instead, it is an intelligent and sometimes tongue-in-cheek criticism of Christianity and spiritual religions. Within its pages, the virtues of skepticism, rationality, and individual thought are championed, while herd conformity and martyrdom are identified as the “sins” they really are. Also of interest is the notion that ritual and symbols can be powerful motivating factors in our lives, and that it is possible to safely engage in some theatrical hocus-pocus without abandoning one’s commitment to reason and intellectual honesty.

For those interested in a deep philosophical discussion, this book may leave you wanting a bit more. There is not a lot of new philosophy here; it is essentially a hybrid of sorts between Nietzsche and Rand, injected with the author’s own views of course. If that’s not your cup of tea, then you probably won’t like this book. If, however, you are intrigued by what I’ve written here, then I highly recommend The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey.

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