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Satanism (Zondervan Guide To Cults & Religious Movements Series)

Bob PassantinoGretchen Passantino
Satanism (Zondervan Guide To Cults & Religious Movements Series)
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Satanism (Zondervan Guide To Cults & Religious Movements Series)

Bob PassantinoGretchen Passantino

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Bob and Gretchen PassantinoA look into the dark world of satanic ritual and devil worship that thrives in enlightened Western societies.
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1. Introduction 2. History 3. Misconceptions About Satanism 4. Theology 5. Witnessing Tips 6. Selected Bibliography 7. Parallel Comparison Chart 8. Glossary 96 Pages
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Satanism Copyright 1995 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino, dba, G. P. Publisher Services Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan Publishing House Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Passantino, Robert. Satanism / Bob and Gretchen Passantino. p. cm. - (Zondervan guide to cults and religious movements) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN: 0-310-70451-0 (softcover) 1. Satanism-Controversial literature. 2. Satanism-United States- Controversial literature. I. Passantino, Gretchen. II. Title. III. Series. BF1548.P37 1995 133.4'22-dc20 95- 8262 CIP All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Edited by James E. Ruark Interior design by Art Jacobs Printed in the United States of America 95 96 97 98 99 00 / ?DP/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To Dr. Walter R. Martin (1928-1989) A personal friend, teacher, and mentor who wrote the first Zondervan series on cults (1950s). He taught us never to give up and to contend earnestly for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3) . Satanism Copyright Bob and Gretchen Passantino, dba, G. P. Publisher Services Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Passantino, Robert Satanism / Bob and Gretchen Passantino, authors p. cm. - (Zondervan guide to cults and religious movements) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-10: 0-310-70451-0 (softcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-70451-5 (softcover) 1. Satanism - Controversial literature. 1. Satanism - United States - Controversial literature I. Passantino, Gretchen. II. Title. III. Series. BF1548.P37 1995 133.4'22 - dc20 95-8262 CIP All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Edited by Patti Picardi Interior design by Art Jacobs Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 / ? / 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 How to Use This Book The Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements comprises sixteen volumes, treating many of the most important groups and belief systems confronting the Christian church today. This series distills the most important facts about each and presents a well-reasoned, cogent Christian response. The authors in this series are highly qualified, well-respected professional Christian apologists with considerable expertise on their topics. We have designed the structure and layout to help you find the information you need as quickly as possible. All the volumes are written in outline form, which allows us to pack substantial content into a short book. With some exceptions, each book contains, first, an introduction to the cult, movement, or belief system. The introduction gives a brief history of the group,
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Belief in Satan worship is often viewed as an embarrassing throwback to the superstitions of another time. And 'selling your soul to the Devil'? Nothing more than an overworked theme in literature and opera. To the contrary, Bob and Gretchen Passantino show how, in the midst of prevailing attitudes of skepticism and disbelief, Satanism has made unprecedented inroads into our society.
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Meet the Authors

Bob Passantino

Bob and Gretchen Passantino are the directors of Answers in Action, an organization dedicated to Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview. They have worked in cult apologetics for more than twenty years and are the authors of several books.

Gretchen Passantino

Bob and Gretchen Passantino are the directors of Answers in Action, an organization dedicated to Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview. They have worked in cult apologetics for more than twenty years and are the authors of several books.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • How To Use This Book 6
  • I. Introduction 7
  • Ii. History 13
  • Iii. Misconceptions About Satanism 45
  • Iv. Theology 63
  • V. Witnessing Tips 79
  • Vi. Selected Bibliography 81
  • Vii. Parallel Comparison Chart 85
  • Viii. Glossary 89

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How to Use This Book The Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements comprises sixteen volumes, treating many of the most important groups and belief systems confronting the Christian church today. This series distills the most important facts about each and presents a well-reasoned, cogent Christian response. The authors in this series are highly qualified, well-respected professional Christian apologists with considerable expertise on their topics. We have designed the structure and layout to help you find the information you need as quickly as possible. All the volumes are written in outline form, which allows us to pack substantial content into a short book. With some exceptions, each book contains, first, an introduction to the cult, movement, or belief system. The introduction gives a brief history of the group, its organizational structure, and vital statistics such as membership. Second, the theology section is arranged by doctrinal topic, such as God, Christ, sin, and salvation. The movement's position is set forth objectively, primarily from its own official writings. The group's teachings are then refuted point by point, followed by an affirmative presentation of what the Bible says about the doctrine. The third section is a discussion of witnessing tips. While each witnessing encounter must be handled individually and sensitively, this section provides some helpful general guidelines, including both dos and don'ts. The fourth section contains annotated bibliographies, listing works by the groups themselves and books written by Christians in response. Fifth, each book has a parallel comparison chart, with direct quotations from the cultic literature in the left column and the biblical refutation on the right. Some of the books conclude with a glossary. One potential problem with a detailed outline is that it is easy to lose one's place in the overall structure. Therefore, we have provided graphical 'signposts' at the top of the odd numbered pages. Functioning like a 'you are here' map in a shopping mall, these graphics show your place in the outline, including the sections that come before and after your current position. (Those familiar with modern computer software will note immediately the resemblance to a 'drop-down' menu bar, where the second-level choices vary depending on the currently selected main menu item.) In the theology section we have also used 'icons' in the margins to make clear at a glance whether the material is being presented from the cultic or Christian viewpoint. For example, in the Mormonism volume the sections presenting the Mormon position are indicated with a picture resembling the angel Moroni in the margin; the biblical view is shown by a drawing of the Bible. We hope you will find these books useful as you seek 'to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have' (1 Peter 3:15). ---Alan W. Gomes, Ph.D. Series Editor Part I: Introduction A glow of new light is borne out of the night and Lucifer is risen, once more to proclaim: 'This is the age of Satan! Satan Rules the Earth!' (Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible, 23). [God] having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (The Holy Bible, Col. 2:15). I. What Is Satanism? A. The Difficulty of Classifying Satanists 1. Contemporary satanists defy easy classification. This is partly because of the independent nature of satanism and partly because of satanists' desire for secrecy. 2. If satanists could be characterized in one term, it would be 'self-serving.' That is, one's own needs, desires, beliefs, and goals are supreme. Consequently, it is to be expected that satanism could have almost as many definitions as practitioners. B. The Worship of 'Satan' the Common Factor 1. 'Contemporary satanism is a form of religious belief and expression holding to the worship of Satan, whether Satan is defined as a supernatural person, a deity, a devil, a supernatural force, a natural force, an innate human force, or, most commonly, the self.'1 2. Most satanists, such as Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey, are strict materialistic iconoclasts who worship themselves2 and use the term 'Satan' to symbolize their rejection of Christianity, which they define as self-sacrificing, self-debasing, self-denying, oppressive, and powerless. These satanists do not believe in the existence of any spiritual being, Satan or God; they believe in the power of the self. 3. Some satanists (usually self-styled teenage satanists who make up their own system) are not sure whether either God or Satan exists, but they practice their system as though Satan were a powerful spirit being who can give the worshiper power for self-indulgence. These satanists would agree that 'Whatever the truth is, this works.' 4. Some satanists believe that spiritual power exists, but this power is not directed by any personal entities, spirit or material. This power is available to anyone who learns how to harness it. These satanists practice using this power for self-advancement, not for selfless acts of goodness toward others. 5. Some satanists believe that competing, equal spiritual forces exist (whether personal---God and Satan, or impersonal---good and bad), either of which can be used by humans to achieve power goals. This religious view is known as a form of dualism. These satanists have chosen to use the negative, destructive, or self-indulgent spiritual force. 6. A few satanists (usually self-styled teenage satanists or mentally aberrant adults) believe what the Bible says about God and Satan, but have chosen allegiance to Satan in this life even though they believe that thereby they may be condemned to eternal punishment after death. C. Satan as Defined in the Bible 1. The Hebrew word from which we get the English term Satan comes from a root that means one who opposes or accuses.3 While the Greek sometimes transliterates the Hebrew term, forming satanas (Mark 1:13; Luke 22:3), the corresponding Greek term is diabolos (John 6:70; 8:44), and the English term is devil.4 2. In addition to being used as the name of the chief fallen angel (Luke 10:18), the Hebrew term is used in the Bible to refer (a) to a human opponent, as in 2 Samuel 19:22; (b) as one sent by God to block one's way, as in Numbers 22:22; and (c) as an evil adversary, as in Zechariah 3:1--2. 3. Demon, from the Greek daimon, or 'spiritual power,' is often popularly synonymous with devil (Greek version of Isa. 65:11; Matt. 8:31). 4. Other less frequently used terms include Beelzebul5 (Matt. 10:25), 'the evil one' (Matt. 5:37), and one of the evil or unclean spirits (Matt. 12:45; Mark 6:7)

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  • Catalogue Code 70951
  • Product Code 0310704510
  • EAN 9780310704515
  • UPC 025986704513
  • Pages 96
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Occult
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Apr 1995
  • Sales Rank #22741
  • Dimensions 219 x 139 x 6 mm
  • Weight 0.117kg

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