In 1996 a Time Magazine cover pose the question: “Is God Dead?” A few months later, as if in answer, the Devil made front page news as the Church of Satan in San Francisco conducted its first Satanic wedding.
Though theologians today still debate whether or not God is dead, there can be little question that Satanism is alive and well and living among us. Increasingly frequent incidents of church desecrations and disinterments, the public emergence of more and more Satanic cults, and the growth of general interest in the occult, astrology, and witchcraft, are just a few evidence of a growing cultural climate.
From Sybil Leek to Rosemary’s Baby, from the Sharon Tate murders to the Rolling Stones albums Sympathy for the Devil, the signs are all around us. But what does this rise of Satanism mean and where are its roots? How can it have appeared so swiftly among us and where is this trend going ?
In a careful and fascinating analysis of Satanism from its origins in sixth century Persia until its manifestations in the present day. Arthur Lyons describes the currents and directions of a Satanic religion as old as the monotheism of Western man. He shows why Satanism is particularly appealing to many people today and suggests what is future effect may be. In examples as current as today’s newspaper, and in some cases examples which the newspapers did not dare carry, Arthur Lyons gives a startling picture of one of the most influential and misunderstood movements in America today.
Arthur Lyons knows the current Satanist scene intimately. He has studied it all over the world in spite of numerous threats against his life by cultists. As a precaution against retaliation for his writing THE SECOND COMING, he has compiled detailed lists of names and addresses which have been safely deposited in the event of his “accidental death.”