Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media: Satanism, New Religions and the Media

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  • Title: Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media: Satanism, New Religions and the Media
  • Author: Bill Ellis
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  • Page: 190
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Raising the Devil reveals how the Christian Pentecostal movement, right wing conspiracy theories, and an opportunistic media turned grassroots folk traditions into the Satanism scare of the 1980s During the mid twentieth century, devil worship was seen as merely an isolated practice of medieval times But by the early 1980s, many influential experts in clinical medicine aRaising the Devil reveals how the Christian Pentecostal movement, right wing conspiracy theories, and an opportunistic media turned grassroots folk traditions into the Satanism scare of the 1980s During the mid twentieth century, devil worship was seen as merely an isolated practice of medieval times But by the early 1980s, many influential experts in clinical medicine and in law enforcement were proclaiming that satanic cults were widespread and dangerous By examining the broader context for alleged cult activity, Bill Ellis demonstrates how the image of contemporary Satanism emerged during the 1970s Blaming a wide range of mental and physical illnesses on in dwelling demons, a faction of the Pentecostal movement became convinced that their gifts of the spirit were being opposed by satanic activities They attributed these activities to a cult that was the evil twin of true Christianity In some of the cases Ellis considers, common folk beliefs and rituals were misunderstood as evidence of devil worship In others, narratives and rituals themselves were used to combat satanic forces As the media found such stories and attractive, any activity with even remotely occult overtones was demonized in order to fit a model of absolute good confronting evil Ellis s wide ranging investigation covers ouija boards, cattle mutilation, graveyard desecration, and diabolical medicine the psychiatric community s version of exorcism He offers a balanced view of contentious issues such as demonic possession, satanic ritual abuse, and the testimonies of confessing ex Satanists A trained folklorist, Ellis seeks to navigate a middle road in this dialog, and his insights into informal religious traditions clarify how the image of Satanism both explained and created deviant behavior.

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