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Satanic Bible

Satanic Bible

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by Anton La Vey
     
 

Called "The Black Pope" by many of his followers, Anton La Vey began the road to High Priesthood of the Church of Satan when he was only 16 years old and an organ player in a carnival:

"On Saturday night I would see men lusting after halfnaked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at

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Called "The Black Pope" by many of his followers, Anton La Vey began the road to High Priesthood of the Church of Satan when he was only 16 years old and an organ player in a carnival:

"On Saturday night I would see men lusting after halfnaked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday night they'd be back at The carnival or some other place of indulgence.

"I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man's carnal nature will out!"

From that time early in his life his path was clear. Finally, on the last night of April, 1966—Walpurgisnacht, the most important festival of the believers in witchcraft—LaVey shaved his head in the tradition of Ancient executioners and announced the formation of The Church Of Satan. He had seen the need for a church that would recapture man's body and his carnal desires as objects of celebration. "Since worship of fleshly things produces pleasure," he said, "there would then be a temple of glorious indulgence . . ."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380015399
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/1976
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
25,680
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.68(d)

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Chapter One

THE BOOK OF SATAN

  1. In this and wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you my hear. To the Fast and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong!
  2. Open your eyes that you may see, Oh in= of miIdewedminds, and listen to me ye bewildered millions!
  3. For I stand forth to challenge the wisdom of the world;to interrogate the "Iaws" of man and of "God"
  4. I request reasons for your golden rule and ask the whyand wherefore of your ten command&
  5. Before none of your printed idols do I bend in arquiescence, and he who saith "thou shalt" to me is my mortal foe!
  6. I dip my forefinger in the watery blood of your impotent mad redeemer, and write over his thorn-torn brow: The Tama prince of evil — the ling of the slaves!
  7. No hoary falsehood shall be a truth to me; no stiflingdogma shall encramp my pen!
  8. I break away from all conventions that do not lead tomy earthly success and happiness.
  9. I raise UP in stem invasion the standard of the strong!
  10. I gaze into the glassy eye of your fearsome Jehovah, and pluck him by the beard; I uplift a broad-axe, and split open his worm-eaten, skull!
  11. I blast out die ghastly contents of philosophically whitedsepulchers and laugh with sardonic wrath!

II

  1. Behold the crucifix; what does it symbolize? Pallid incompetence hanging on a tree
  2. I question all things. As I stand before the festering and varnished facades of your haughtiest moral dogmas, I write thereon in letters of blazing Korn! Lo and behold" all this isfraud!
  3. Gather around me, OM ye death-defiant, and the earth itself shall be thine, to have and to hold!
  4. Too long the dead hand has be- Permitted to sterilize living thought!
  5. Too long right and wrong, good and evil have been inverted by false prophets!
  6. No aced mug be accepted upon authority of a "devine" nature. Religions must be put to the question. No moral dogma must be taken for granted — no standard of measurement deified. There is nothing inherently sacred about moral codes. Like the wooden idols of long ago, they are the work of human hands, and what man has made, man can destroy!
  7. He that is slow to believe anything great understanding, for belief in one false principle is the beginning of all wisdom.
  8. The chief duty of ,cry new age is to upraise nm men to determine its liberties, to lead it towards material success — to rend the rusty padlocks and chains of dead custom that always prevent healthy expansion. Theories and ideas that may have meant life and hope and (-edfor on, ancestors my now mean destruction, slavery) and dishonor to us!
  9. As environments change, no human ideal standeth sure!
  10. Whenever, therefore, a lie has built unto itself a throne, let it be assailed without pity and without regret, for under the domination of an inconvenient falsehood, no one cart prosper.
  11. Let established sophisms be dethroned, rooted out, burnt and destroyed, for they are a standing menace to all true nobility of thought and action!
  12. Whatever alleged "truth" is proven by results to be but an empty fiction, let it be unceremoniously flung into the outer darkness, among the dead gods, dead empires, dead philosophies, and other useless lumber and wreckage!
  13. The most dangerous of all enthroned lies is the holy, the sanctified, the privileged lie — the lie everyone believes to be a model truth. It is the fruitful mother of all other popular errors and delusions. It is a hydra-headed tree of unreason with a thousand roots. It is a social cancer!
  14. The lie that is known to be a lie is half eradicated, but the lie that even intelligent persons accept as fact-the lie that has been inculcated in a little child at its mother's kneeis more dangerous to contend against than a creeping Pestilence!
  15. Popular lies have ever been the most potent enemies of personal liberty. There is only one way to deal with them: Cut them out, to the very core, just as cancers. Exterminate them root and branch. Annihilate them, or they will us!

III

  1. "Love one another" it has been said is the supreme law, but what power made it so? Upon what rational authority does the gospel of love rest? Why should I not hate mine enemies — if I "Love?' them does that not place me at their mercy?
  2. Is it natural for enemies to do good unto each other — and WHAT IS GOOD?
  3. Can the torn and bloody victim "love!' the blood-splashed jaws that rend him limb from limb?
  4. Are we not all predatory animals by instinct? If humans ceased wholly from preying upon each other, could they continue to exist?
  5. Is not "lust and carnal desire" 2 more truthful term to describe "love" when applied to the continuance of the race? Is not the "love" of the fawning scriptures simply a euphemism for sexual activity, or was the "great teacher" a glorifier of eunuchs?
  6. Love your enemies and do good to them that hate and use you — is this not the despicable philosophy of the spaniel that rolls upon its back when kicked?
  7. Hate your enemies with a whole heart, and if a man smite you on, one cheek, SMASH him on the other!; smite him hip and thigh, for self-preservation is the highest law!
  8. He who turns the other cheek is a cowardly dog!
  9. Give blow for blow, scorn for scorn, doom for doom — with compound interest liberally...

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Guest More than 1 year ago
There are basically FOUR kinds of Satanists in the world. I'll delineate them for you, so you'll know the truth. 1) LaVeyan Satanists who are for the most part, atheistic/humanistic who regard Satan as symbolic, a heroic archetype of freethought and independence. 2) Theistic Satanists who regard Satan as a real god of evil and worship the same. 3) Theistic Satanists who believe real good and evil, real god and the devil have been reversed, and the guy masquerading as the Creator is the true source of evil, while Satan is actually a good and noble being of light! [Since #s two and three are based more or less on Xian mythology, and Xianity is the world's most idiotic religion, we can dispense with 2 and 3 as valid attempts to display reality. That leaves 4, the Satanism of Heavy Metal groups [totally ostentatious showmanship of little or no merit] and the stupid teenagers, many of them drug-crazed and emotionally disturbed, who sometimes actually perform some really sick and twisted acts, based on the idiotic 'rites' of Satanism invented by the RC church during the middleages and total hogwash. As we can see, Satanism variety 2, 3 and 4 are bogus, that leaves LaVeyan Satanism as the only credible and sane form of Satanism. I believe the future generations will hold Anton LaVey [who died in '93]in as much esteem as we hold geniuses of the past like Beethoven, Mozart, Shakespeare. Anton LaVey's no BS philosophy is far superior to any of the famous philosophers of yesteryear like Kant, Mill, Russell, Nietzsche. However, Nietzsche's philosphy, you might say, is a foundation for LaVey's philosophy. Without spoiling the fun of reading this jewel of jewels of books ever written by humanoids, let us say, there is only one sin in Satanism and that is Stupidity, since it spawns all the other sins that are REAL, not imaginary like consumerism, herd mentality, conformism, and the slave virtues of obedience, humility, forgiveness etc. etc. I sometimes wonder why we needed LaVey to tell us that valuing virtues like Courage, Intelligence, Fortitude, Independence, Strength, Beauty, Majesty and Power would lead to a better world. Thanks mostly to Jesus Christ, who is one thing, and his moronic followers, for whose idiocies even Jesus cannot totally be blamed, the slave virtues have been incorporated in the legal and cultural systems of almost every society on Earth. Mankind was not meant to live in chains. LaVey is like the great atheistic anarchist Bakunin, an atom bomb of truth dropped on the stupidities and hypocrisy of modern societies. There is only one sin in Satanism and that is stupidity, and frankly the bulk of humanity are chattel, idiots and fools, worthy of extermination like the vermin they are. Stephen King in his commentary to The Stand said 'We are a species ripe for thinning'. Would to God, I mean Satan, that 99.99% of humanity perished in some plague, so the rest could experience for the first time in 2000 years, some peace, quiet and freedom. I myself am not some teenage Heavy Metal enthusiast---although I love Marilyn Manson, a legit Satanist, and honorary high priest of the COS---I am 45 years old, and I was a Satanist before I even knew what the word meant. At any rate, you might be surprised that Anton LaVey in his masterpiece does not advocate rape, human sacrifice, cannibalism, torture of animals or any of the myths that fundamentalists like to propagate in their churches. True some idiots actually do these things, but LaVeyan Satanists, while not 'harmless', are for the most part law-abiding citizens, except for such laws that were created by idiots and violate human freedom and dignity. They need to be broken by all of us, like the widespread and almost total disregard of anti-alcohol laws during the Prohibition era. Why has America gone through such periods? It is because the balance of power has shifted from the young, the intelligent and the educated, but to geriatric feeble old ladies, or senile old men
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anton S. LaVey is an amazing author, I enjoyed this book greatly. This gives a totally different perspective on the world than most people have, and answers a lot of questions about Satanism. I loved this book.
King_Xerxes More than 1 year ago
I was just curious and wanted to see through another prospective of my everyday living. It was not what i expected (fear) and i definately didn't become a "devil Worshipper" because i read it. But it will make you question quite a few things that we as people do daily without conscious thought or without question. It is tactfully written and insightful to this world. Labels are meant for people with closed minds and have no curiousity to feed their minds. So, if you are curious give it a shot its really short and you won't get possessed. booohahaha....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so I saw in some of the reviews people saying that this book proves revelations 20-10? If you actually READ this book it proves why right hand religions are wrong. Also that this is about atheism rather than satanism. Again if you READ this book you will see that it is all about satanism and what satanists believe. This book was incredibly useful for me. I learned SO much in a short period of time. This is not like the holy bible at all. It is easy to follow easy to understand and easy to read. I would recommend this book to ANYONE that wishes to delve into satanism and what satanists believe.
TheProdigy More than 1 year ago
After reading this book 45 times over the last 6 years, I can only say one thing. READ IT!!! Read it thoroughly. I have tried and tried to find contradictions, but I can find none. To completely understand everything that the author states in this book, you must have first studied other religions. He is absolutely correct.
He say's everything that I thought, but could never find the words to say it. He says it so eloquently, at that. Have an open mind and remember that this was written in 1967. Think about the mindset of society at that time. This man had huge balls and conviction because it is truth.
I didn't need to read it to believe it. It reinforced what I already believed to be true.
If you are religious, it will plant the seed of doubt in your mind. That seed of doubt will sprout and grow to maturity. The fruit it will bare is "TRUTH."
As LaVey said, "The truth alone has never set anyone free. Only doubt will bring mental emancipation. Without the wonderful element of doubt, the window through which truth passes would be imperviously shut to the most strenuous poundings of a thousand lucifers."
He also said, "He that is slow to believe anything and everything is of great understanding. For the belief in one false principle, is the beginning of all un-wisdom."
ENJOY--ENJOY--ENJOY!!!!!!!!
Adeon_Blackheart More than 1 year ago
my brother bought this book and at first i thought it would be a little weird and hard to read. but my brother read it and then i read it. i like how it explains the opinions really good. the thing with the regular bible and churches is that they don't really explain their opinions very well. they just basically expect you to believe it. with this book they opinions are explained very thoroughly. the only problem i had with this book was i had problems understanding it at times most likely because I'm 12 but other than that it was a very good book especially if you want to know more about satanism. this book gives you the facts and doesn't use stereotypes that you might read on the internet.
Mictian More than 1 year ago
An extremely Humanist view on life. It is easy to tell how Anton Lavey was inspired by Nietzsche and Sartre. This book is an extremely good read, and will open your eyes to the reality of Satanism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always like reading about different beliefs b/c i have no religion but me and my friends found out that most of the stuff we believe went with this book..its not about believing in satan its about being who you want to be!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am Catholic, but I still enjoyed the book. I thought the overall quality of the book was alright, but I've seen better. The book does explain LaVey's religion, and he explained how great his religion is, just as any other religion does. It was pretty interesting just seeing how Satanists worship. I can't say I really liked his ideas on religion, but I respect them as a tolerant American should, so I'm going to rate the book putting all religious ideas aside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has really opened my eyes to the truth about satanism oposed to what others tell you. I am a strong beliver in the satanist religion and its mainly because the satanic bible tought me about the religion and its belifes.I strongly recomend you checking this book out, you really might learn somthing from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, only bad thing about is was the looks I got from buying/reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a religious studies major, I obviously partake in the academic study of religion. I wanted to write about satanism in a specific course, therefore I needed the book. It's a good and entertaining read, and the philosophy is pleasantly simple. It also functions as a legitimate primary source! Also, thanks to the B&N employees for the great customer service!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was repulsed by all religions until I found LaVeyan Satanism, because it is more than simply a religion: it's a philosophy that I have agreed with for most of my life but have never ran into any similar embodiment of my ideology until encountering this. Do not assume the false pretensions that satanists are "devil worshippers" or "evil," or you will be sadly mistaken. Read this and/or the wikipedia page on LaVeyan Satanism/The Satanic Bible and see for yourself!
Mogui More than 1 year ago
Years of bein' a Roman Catholic theologian and left the faith, readin' this book was a complete turn around in my life. This book opened my eyes to what I believe is fact , I finally say this is who I'am ; Incredible book, I highly recommend this book to others without any type of forced participation or in an evangical point of view.
Maximilian208 More than 1 year ago
Throughout my whole life I've been an on and off victim of the christian church. When I was born I was baptized in a catholic church, I went through everything a "normal" civilian would, like communion and all that stuff, I've been to "born again" christian churches, and I've read the overrated Holy Bible many times. But as I grew older I started getting rebellious, throughout my teen years I started listening to "rebellious" music. I was invited to go to a penecostal church, where I was satisfied that "God" is nothing more but unnecessary commitment, rules that just complicate your life, and true meaning of hypocrisy. Not saying that I'm Anton LaVey, but my life went on a similar path. I had cut off from many churches, disatisfied with what pastors were saying, sometimes I would feel good going because their tactics of brainwashing worked, they make you feel "guilty", the whole "tomorrow isn't promised", these so called "men of God" really knew how to hussle you out of you're hard earned money for their needs to build "God's church." I learned that the church tries to make you a more perfect person, like not lusting, and devotion to loved ones, but I began to realize that is impossible, I've seen a person who tried to convert me a "man of God" that told me to go to church, break the rules, and as time went on I despised christianity. One night I went out to a club in Ft. Lauderdale, a hooka bar, and I opened my eyes, beautiful women dressed prostitute-like offering me jello shots, people dancing, having fun, living their lives carefree. I wanted to be normal. I began to dwell into science more after I completely broke away from the churches. Realizing that science disproves religion so much, and the fact religion itself depends on technology, a form of science. I started believing and still believe that us human beings ARE the highest power, due to the fact that we have invented everything. What turned me onto satanism was satan himself. I wanted to know why christianity used this "evil" thing to scare people into loving a complicated "God". I come to find out that this "666", "possesing of evil" that the christians use as a bad image, really isn't that at all. In fact Satan is indeed your friend, he represents everything us humans really are, our fetishes, sexual fantasies, all those things that christians portray as "sins" are normal to our nature. Were only intelligent animals, so in that case like animals, we reproduce, eat, and all that. We feel love, and we have things that we like as humans, things that christians tell you is wrong, so ask yourself this question, what is the real evil? Read the holy bible, it says "thou shalt kill" yet everything that catholics and christians have done throughout history was contrary to the holy bible, the crusades, killing in the name of a religion that says "thou shalt not kill". That is the definition of true blasphemy, yet they use satan as the evil doer. People have their beliefs, whatever makes you feel good about yourself, by all means dwell in it. This book is the most positive book I probably ever read. Believe, it doesn't teach you to go ahead and rape people, do home invasions in the name of the devil, burn an upsidedown cross in your head, and summon evil to possess you, that is the rubbish that christianity portrays satanism
seekerofnewinfo More than 1 year ago
Couldn't help but notice the book bashing of Mr. LaVey's "satanic bible", (i always read those to see how small minded people can be). But my question to "Hynus9's" comment is.....If your a christian or whatever you claim to be (i assumed it since you felt the need to egg it in Gods name),...why did you purchase & read a satanic bible? It doesn't say much about your God if you felt the need to read a bible that goes against all the you are "suppose to" believe in. I read Mr. LaVey's book many years ago(at about 14)& thought it was very easy to read & truly made me more inquisitive about the whole religion thing(not to mention not afraid to ask questions of pastors or priests...which usually go unanswered, besides"we are not to question God")...what kind of bull is that?It was a good book & I'd personally like to thank Mr.LaVey because that 1st book on the occult I read made me follow the path that I was MEANT to follow & have been a very "happy witch" ever since..(& I'm now 41).To Mr."hypnus9", thank u too...its christians like u that keep me faithful in my path...think its time to give it another read......dark blessings to u.(thats a good thing..not evil.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book even if you arent a satanist it helps you understand satanism better
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitive in the field of Satanism today. It is not influenced by any other religious belief system. Dr. LaVey, in founding the Church of Satan, and writing the Bible used by the Church, started a Satanic revolution that spread worldwide in a matter of a few years. This title started the whole thing. It will open the eyes of anyone with an open mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Satanic bible is a very eye opening book that i think all people should read.This book gave a name to the religion i have been following all of my life.I recommendthis book for anyone who has not been able to find the right religion because chances are if you read it,it will work for you.It is just about being human and not being constricted into someone you aren't by nature.
Jordan Pentecost More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up out of curiosity after seeing that the Satanic Church had turned the "religious rights" movement upside down. I was pleasantly shocked to find that not only had I misunderstood Satanism and it's core beliefs, but there was a man who formed a church on beliefs that I had held for most of my life! It was as if someone had written down my own ideas without ever knowing me. I never expected to find faith in Satanism! Shaking off the misconceptions of Satanism being devil worship, I found that there are other people out there who value themselves and their own potential more than any deity conceived by mankind. While this bible is the written words of a human man, LaVey is brilliant. He is unafraid of what society might have to say about shrugging off the idea and confinements of modern religion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, fantastic (read it before)! The B&N in~store shopping experience for it was, well, not surprising & definitive of how many have never read this & tumble headfirst into the abyss of assumption. After looking in every category in which I could imagine finding it shelved, such as "religion", "philosophy", "bibles", "new age" (mind you, I have to use a cane to walk & stand), I headed to the "Help Desk" & was instructed, by a B&N employee with a suddenly slightly unnerved expression, this particular title is "kept behind the front counter", she then graciously pointed the way with her arm. Laughing/sighing under my breath, I hiked to the front counter & experienced much the same reaction by the cashier. When I asked why it's kept there, I was given a beyond vague answer of "various reasons'. After completing payment (humorous to watch, as the cashier barely wanted to touch the book), I asked again, commenting, since I have now purchased it, perhaps I could be let in on the secret? No such luck, only received the exact same, now scripted sounding reply, "for various reasons". Honestly, I was a bit surprised I wasn't asked to sign a release of some sort. I cannot help but think, is it shelved back there with Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses & perhaps Ayn Rand's writings as well? B&N had plenty of books about Atheism, Christianity & witchcraft readily available, out in the open, on customer accessible shelves. A bookstore I used to work in shelved the Satanic Bible in the "religions" section, openly available to all, as with any other religion or philosophy title we stocked. Maybe the B&N employees I encountered will now be curious enough to actually give it a read. Ooh, is that the sound of another mind opening? Yay!
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