52 Books a Year: #21 - Satanism: The Seduction of America's Youth

Posted by Brian Wed, 25 Nov 2009 18:33:04 GMT

Satanism: The Seduction of America’s Youth
By Bob Larson

0/5 for content
5/5 for unintentional comedy

Satanism is basically a Jack Chick comic stretched out to fill an entire book. According to Bob Larson I am a disturbed satanist because I enjoy heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons. You are also a satanist if you give the peace sign or practice Wicca. If somebody actually tried to use the arguments in this book on me in person, I would be too dumbfounded to form a coherent thought.

I don’t even know where to start with the inaccuracies this book portrays. He claims Metallica’s Creeping Death to be a satanist song, but the lyrics are actually a straightforward telling of the plagues upon the Egyptians from the point of view of the Angel of Death. How he portrayed a song describing a biblical story as satanist is mind-boggling. I was keeping a list of inaccuracies, but gave up shortly into the book because of the sheer number.

The bigger problem though is that he never questions the stories of callers to his radio show, most of most of which sound fabricated by some kid having some fun with the Christian talk show guy. I used to be a radio DJ and it is usually quite easy to tell who the pranksters are. You would think a talk radio host would make some effort to separate out the bullshit.

Unfortunately Larson is still around performing exorcisms, talk radio, and writing books. He may mean well, but his efforts are very misguided. If you want to stop back into the paranoia of rock music in the 80’s though, pick up Satanism for a good laugh.


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