Ruben van Luijk, Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 632 pp. $ 39.95 Hardcover. ISBN 9780190275105.I should start by stating that, if not in a situation of conflict of interest, I find myself in a peculiar position in reviewing Ruben van Luijk’s monumental (632 pages) contribution to the growing field of Satanism studies. Van Luijk starts his book by stating that, without my 1997 French book Enquête sur le satanisme (Paris: Dervy), “I could not have written this study, or at least would have faced an immensely more daunting task” and that “Introvigne can be considered the sole conversation partner in this venture (…) the scholarly discussion in this book virtually amounts to a dialogue with Enquête sur le satanisme” (p. 11). I find this dialogue extremely productive and enriching, but at the same time paradoxical. Van Luijk lists several issues where he disagrees with my 1997 conclusions. He had already listed them in the privately published 2013 version of his thesis, Satan Rehabilitated? A Study into Satanism During the Nineteenth Century, which he kindly shared with me, and we debated these issues during a seminar held in June 2013 at the
Aries – Brill
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