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Author Laycock, Joseph, 1980-
Title Speak of the devil : how the Satanic Temple is changing the way we talk about religion / Joseph P. Laycock.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Author Laycock, Joseph, 1980-
Subject Satanic Temple.
Church of Satan.
Satanism -- United States.
Religious ethics -- United States.
Religion and politics -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 254 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 'Speak of the Devil' is a book-length study of The Satanic Temple. Joseph Laycock, a scholar of new religious movements, contends that the emergence of 'political Satanism' marks a significant moment in American religious history that will have a lasting impact on how Americans frame debates about religious freedom. Though the group gained attention for its strategic deployment of outrage, it claims to have developed beyond politics into a religious movement. Equal parts history and ethnography, Speak of the Devil demonstrates why religious Satanism is significant to larger conversations about the definition of religion, religious freedom, and religious tolerance.
In 2013, when the state of Oklahoma erected a statue of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol, a group calling themselves The Satanic Temple applied to erect a statue of Baphomet alongside the Judeo-Christian tablets. Since that time, The Satanic Temple has become a regular voice in national conversations about religious freedom, disestablishment, and government overreach. In addition to petitioning for Baphomet to appear alongside another monument of the Ten Commandments in Arkansas, the group has launched campaigns to include Satanic "nativity scenes" on government property in Florida, Michigan, and Indiana, offer Satanic prayers at a high school football game in Seattle, and create "After School Satan" programs in elementary schools that host Christian extracurricular programs. Since their 2012 founding, The Satanic Temple has established 19 chapters and now claims 100,000 supporters. Is this just a political group perpetuating a series of stunts? Or is it a sincere religious movement? Speak of the Devil is the first book-length study of The Satanic Temple. Joseph Laycock, a scholar of new religious movements, contends that the emergence of "political Satanism" marks a significant moment in American religious history that will have a lasting impact on how Americans frame debates about religious freedom. Though the group gained attention for its strategic deployment of outrage, it claims to have developed beyond politics into a genuine religious movement. Equal parts history and ethnography, Speak of the Devil is Laycock's attempt to take seriously The Satanic Temple's work to redefine religion, the nature of pluralism and religious tolerance, and what "religious freedom" means in America
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 02, 2020).
Contents Prologue -- 1. The Day Satan Came to Oklahoma -- 2. Origins and History of The Satanic Temple -- 3. Satanic Schisms -- 4. The Satanic Reformation: How TST Is Changing the Way We Talk About Satanism 5. Religion or Trolls?: How The Satanic Temple Is Changing the Way We Talk About Religion -- 6. Satanic Bake Sales: How The Satanic Temple Is Changing the Way We Talk About Evil -- 7. "Taking Equality Too Far": How the Satanic Temple Is Changing the Way We Talk About Pluralism -- 8. Conclusion: Speak of the Devil: The Satanic Temple as American Counter-Myth -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN 9780190948504 (electronic bk.)
0190948507 (electronic bk.)
9780190948511 (electronic bk.)
0190948515 (electronic bk.)
9780190948528 (electronic book)
0190948523 (electronic book)
9780190948498 (hardback)
0190948493 (hardback)
OCLC # 1135934567
Additional Format Print version: 0190948493 9780190948498 (OCoLC)1127859416



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