Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

7 Who Serves Satan?

Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

James R. Lewis [+-]
Wuhan University
James R. Lewis is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University. He is well-published in the field of new religious movements. His publications and edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Controversial New Religions (with Jesper Petersen), Scientology, Children of Jesus and Mary (with Nicholas Levine), and, most recently, Violence and New Religious Movements.

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With the exception of a certain subgenre of professional literature that focuses on the “problem” of adolescent Satanism, there have been no systematic analyses of how people become Satanists. Chapter Seven brings data from questionnaire research to bear on this issue, and draws on discussions of conversion to other alternative religions – particularly to contemporary Paganism – as lenses through which to interpret conversion to Satanism. The chapter’s conclusion also raises the question of whether declaring oneself to be a member of an anarchistic Internet religion should properly be considered “conversion” or whether it would be more appropriate to regard the adoption of the label “Satanist” as being a form of identity construction.

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Lewis, James. 7 Who Serves Satan?. Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 111-129 Nov 2014. ISBN 9781781791080. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24754. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24754. Nov 2014

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