Satanism is undoubtedly a complex phenomenon and has been the subject of different definitions that highlight its different aspects and orientations. From a historical-sociological point of view, Satanism can be defined as the adoration or veneration, by organized groups, through repeated cultural or liturgical practices, of the character called Satan or devil in the Bible, whether this is understood as a person or a mere symbol. Instead, from a theological point of view (and one that embraces wider realities), one could speak of Satanism even by failing to explicitly worship the devil or even denying its existence, maintaining hatred of God and putting into practice those magical and occult practices, most often immoral and violent, which would allow a man to become like God.
Satanist is a broad and varied category: Some are theistic and believe in the existence of a literal Satan, while others use Lucifer as the original symbol of resistance and bringer of enlightenment to humankind. Much like any religion or worldview, there’s a huge variety in what Satanists believe.
This book aims to be a great start to understand the many aspects of Satanism and the devil.