"Satanic Panic" is a phenomenon that was born in the USA in the 1980'es, and which soon spread to Europe. It is a modern myth, that is, it is a myth that people believe in and act upon today.
Already in the Panic's first years, many sensible people recognized the Satanic Panic for what is it: a modern myth very similar to the Witch hunts.
More and more people spoke out against the misunderstandings, fantastic stories, and lies told by those who supported the myth as reality. And little by little, public attention shifted from the fantasy of subversive Satanic cults to the reality of abusive physiotherapy, religious fanatics, modern witch hunts, and criminal injustice. People realized that in an attempt to battle an imagined evil, real evil had been committed.
Today we have all the facts, but some “true believers” still hold on to the old stories and spread their misinformation. Some do it knowingly for profit; others do it for religious reasons or because they themselves have become caught in the web of lies.
Leading expert on religion James R. Lewis from the University of Wisconsin is conducting new research on contemporary Satanism. The current phase of his research builds on prior work that was published eight years ago as Who Serves Satan? This earlier article played an impotent role in the early research on contemporary Satanism and can be found at this webpage.
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Without real knowledge, misunderstandings and misinformation will prevail. Let your voice be heard today, and make your own unique contribution to a more accurate picture of contemporary Satanism. Read more about the survey.
Satanic Media Watch is very happy to announce and recommend this new book on contemporary religious Satanism, edited by leading expert on the subject Jesper Aagaard Petersen. The book represent the latest and most serious research on contemporary religious Satanism and is a most have for anyone with an interest in the subject.
From the publishers presentation:
"Despite the fascinating nature of religious Satanism, it has attracted little scholarship until relatively recently. This book brings together a group of international scholars to produce the first serious book-length study of religious Satanism, presenting a collection that will have wide appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike" Read more about the book.