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Hold the world's wisdom in the palm of your hand with the ISTA Flash 9.0. The most comprehensive collection of books on religion, mythology, folklore, and the esoteric ever assembled. An incredible value, with over 1700 sacred books, many of which are rare and hard to find.


It was as if Satan was walking the streets of New York… — New York Firefighter, regarding 9/11/2001 Evil is, on one level, a cultural construct. The Easter Islanders believed that stealing, if successful, was virtuous. This was probably a social mechanism for redistributing scarce items on a small island. However some evils–war, genocide, and terrorism to name a few–are instantly recognizable as such. The issue of why an omniscient, all-powerful God would permit such horrors is one of the most difficult (and obvious) religious questions. This section of sacred-texts deals with this thorny issue.

Note that there aren’t any sacred texts of Satanism per se at this site. Satanism as an organized religion is a very recent phenomena, and books about it are a long way from entering the public domain. Besides, to put a fine point on it, actual Satanists insist that they aren’t evil.

 The History of the Devil by Paul Carus [1900]
A comprehensive account of the history of evil, in particular as symbolized by the Christian devil, but also including a wide-ranging survey of other religions. Extensively illustrated.

 The Evil Eye by Frederick Thomas Elworthy [1895]
A comprehensive exploration of a somewhat different, and probably more ancient theory of evil, and the ways to ward it off using talismans and gestures. Likewise extensively illustrated.

 Devil Worship in France by Arthur Edward Waite [1896]
A.E. Waite debunks false accusations that Freemasons worship the Devil.

 The Devils of Loudun by Edmund Goldsmid [1887]
A translation of the primary source on the 1634 mass possession of the nuns of Loudun.