The Satanic Temple

Secularist Activism and Occulture in the American Political Landscape

Authors

  • Manon Hedenborg White Södertörn University
  • Fredrik Gregorius Linköping University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/ijsnr.38954

Keywords:

Satanism, The Satanic Temple, occulture, American religion

Abstract

This article explores the development and ideology of The Satanic Temple,against the background of current American politics. The Satanic Temple isa recent addition to the Satanic milieu, and is positioned here as a form of"rationalist" Satanism that draws on the figure of Satan as a symbol of rebellion.The discussion follows the emergence of The Satanic Temple and itsintroduction to the mainstream media around 2012, the influences of esoteric,feminist, and secularist ideas on the group, and its present manifestationas a politically engaged "occulture."

Author Biographies

Manon Hedenborg White, Södertörn University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Religious Studies.

Fredrik Gregorius, Linköping University

Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies.

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Published

2020-02-20

How to Cite

Hedenborg White, M., & Gregorius, F. (2020). The Satanic Temple: Secularist Activism and Occulture in the American Political Landscape. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 10(1), 89–110. https://doi.org/10.1558/ijsnr.38954

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