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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EVANGELICAL CRITIQUE OF THE OCCULT, INCLUDING THE HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
First of all, be aware that the authors of this book are evangelical Christians: Phil Phillips is an evangelist who is also author of books such as Turmoil in the Toy Box; Joan Hake Robie is President of an evangelical publishing house. Satan, Satanism, and "Satanic Control" are real factors, in their view. Their intended audience is essentially their fellow...
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1.0 out of 5 stars DISGUSTING!!!
Ignorance is a man's worst enemy. I have been brought up with no particular religion (therefore my opinion is unbiased), - AND I HAVE DONE MY RESEARCH in this area. Halloween (Samhain) does stem from pre-Christian pagan beliefs and it is meant to be a very spiritual, compassionate and loving holiday, where the dead are honoured and remembered and the new is welcome:...
Published on October 20, 1999


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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DISGUSTING!!!, October 20, 1999
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
Ignorance is a man's worst enemy. I have been brought up with no particular religion (therefore my opinion is unbiased), - AND I HAVE DONE MY RESEARCH in this area. Halloween (Samhain) does stem from pre-Christian pagan beliefs and it is meant to be a very spiritual, compassionate and loving holiday, where the dead are honoured and remembered and the new is welcome: death and renewal. Satan doesn't even existin Pagan beliefs - so I don't know where this info. was obtained. This Pagan festival is about sprites playing tricks on human kind in a playful kind of way. Oct. 31 is believed to be a time when boundaries dissolve and the worlds begin to merge between living and dead. This is also a Festival about the year's death & new year beginnning. Death in the Old Religion (Paganism) implied rebirth. This is a Festival of the Returning Dead & thus has its reputation for ghostly happenings. --ALL THIS FROM RESEARCHING THE SUBJECT - HMMM someone obviously hasn't done their homework and is trying to pull one over on unsuspecting victims. Who would do such a thing? This book is as revolting as the witch hunts of the 13th-17th centuries. Haven't we progressed any over the last 700 years? People need to research for themselves & learn more about our entire history and the truth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Misleading, August 20, 1999
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
Having read all of the reviews I must first of all say that Satanists don't worship the devil. That is called something else. Since you all have access to the internet why don't you look it up? Just a thought. Then at least you won't make ignorant suggestions. Now about the book. Halloween may be an old Pagan tradition but I would also like to say that Pagans don't worship the Satan either. In Pagan religions the devil doesn't exist. Satan was invented by Christianity. Basically then the book is about the evils of Halloween a harmless Pagan festival for the dead given a bad reputation by Christians who were the ones to invent the devil in the first place. I have a plea to all of you out there. Unless you know something about something don't write a book about it. Let your kids celebrate Halloween after all it is a harmless piece of fun. Kids have no idea what the signifigance is anyways.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a horrible book!, May 7, 1999
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
Talk about putting incorrect information in print! Apparently the author did no research and only consulted some fundamentalist religious fanatic. Halloween is rooted in ancient pre-christian pagan custom.. Not Satanism! Such ignorance always amazes me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hypocritical work, July 5, 2011
This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
I read this book over ten years ago and was no stranger to the theme of occult infiltration and controversial literature, thanks to many years of Chick Publications, including his published editions of Dr. Rebecca Brown's books. However this book did disgust me. First of all, whatever one's views are on Roman Catholicism, even Pope John Paul II admitted that the murderous practices of the Inquisition were wrong. The cold callousness of the authors toward the torture of unfortunate individuals netted by that campaign of greed, which the Inquisition primarily was, is sickening. Even to enforce the death penalty prescribed for witches in the Old Testament does not justify inhumane, unbearable torture. The practices described in that account from Prossneck, Germany make simple execution look like mercy killing. Notice the authors conveniently leave out any mention of the tortures inflicted on many victims where they were sexually violated, though this account is borderline at best in that it is very invasive of the woman's person as well. Today, it would qualify as sexual battery in any court of law.
Secondly, this book is full of crude illustrations that cannot possibly add to the informational content, but seem rather designed to shock the reader with fear, or even worse, to mesmerize them into further interest into the raw subject matter. As I said, I'd been accustomed to many years of reading similar works and observing their visual aids, but this book was full of deliberate negative psychological barbs. As Pastor John Hagee has said "...manipulation of emotion...is witchcraft." (Day of Deception, p. 201)
Well said! Who are the real 'witches' here?
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance, September 13, 1999
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
Amazing that freedom of speech allows for the perpetuation of ignorance. Is there a book by this author that says the haulocost never happened too? Who is the publisher? I know I won't be purchasing any of their publications from this day forth. Educate yourselves you web literates don't remain ignorant for the rest of your lives. Always remember, don't believe everthing you read. It's obvious christian propaganda.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a terrbible book!, June 11, 1999
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
I did not like this book because I hardly believe that going from door to door collecting candy is evil.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most dreadfully researched pieces of trash I've s, September 23, 1999
This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
This man obviously hasn't a clue as to the ancient practices of the Celts, now does he know how to go about researching them. But what can you expect from someone who considers the Care Bears Satanic. He spends WAY too much time pushing his own agenda and not nearly enough time doing legitimate scholarly research, if he even knows how, which I sincerely doubt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EVANGELICAL CRITIQUE OF THE OCCULT, INCLUDING THE HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION, October 3, 2013
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
First of all, be aware that the authors of this book are evangelical Christians: Phil Phillips is an evangelist who is also author of books such as Turmoil in the Toy Box; Joan Hake Robie is President of an evangelical publishing house. Satan, Satanism, and "Satanic Control" are real factors, in their view. Their intended audience is essentially their fellow CHRISTIANS (they wrote in the Introduction, "If you question how the 'innocent' celebration of Halloween can be coupled with Satanism, or you think these writers are unnecessarily alarmed, you need to read this book"). So don't expect an "unbaised" appraisal, any more than you would expect a "detached, objective" appraisal of evangelicalism from Pete Jennings [Pagan Paths], Starhawk [The Spiral Dance], or Z Budapest [The Goddess in the Office].

They wrote early in this 1987 book, "Did you know that Halloween is a day 'witches' celebrate above all other days? Witches have eight major festivals throughout the year. One at both solstices and equinoxes, and at four other times during the year: February---announcing Spring, April---welcoming Summer, August---heralding harvest (Fall), and October awaiting Winter. The major witchcraft festival is October 31 or Halloween." (Pg. 17)

They observe, "All Saints' Day (All Souls' Day), a day the seventh century church set aside in memory of early Christians who died for their beliefs, was first celebrated in the month of May. (By the year 900 the date had been changed to November 1.) Another name for All Saints' Day was All Hallows. October 31 was known as All Hallows' Eve, which was later shortened to Halloween." (Pg. 19) They add, "While All Hallows' Eve originally had been a strictly Christian holiday, the pagan influences from earlier traditions gradually crept in while the Catholic church's influence waned. Soon Halloween became a secular observance, and many customs and practices developed." (Pg. 21)

They suggest, "The earliest celebrations of Halloween began among the Celts... The ancient Druids... celebrated the Vigil of Samhain in honor of their god, Samhain, lord of the dead. Halloween acquired sinister significance with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about the land... Many of the Halloween legends and customs of today have come from the Celts." (Pg. 26-27)

They note, "Not all 'dressing up' on Halloween comes from pagan rituals. It also has its origins in the Roman Catholic Church, the main church of Ireland. On All Hallows, many churches staged plays called pageants... Each pageant participant dressed up as the PATRON SAINT of his special guardian. Those who did not play the part of a 'holy one' played the parts of devils... Soon, nearly all of Ireland thought of October 31 as a night for dressing up in costume... Gradually, Halloween costumes changed from the traditional horses, saints, and devils to witches, ghosts and goblins. To some, the costumes were believed to scare away the real demons. In time, the custom of dressing up in costume and the custom of going from house to house in search of 'treats' combined... Just as people once offered gifts of food to the spirits, people today offer treats to the children who represent them. In reality, the lighted Jack-O-Lanterns the children carry are really a symbol of the fires and torches of former Halloweens and of the ancient Samhain." (Pg. 36-37)

However, they also suggest, "You may ask the question, '... what do I do on October 31 when my children want to dress up in costume and scout the neighborhood in search of "treats"? There's got to be an alternative... what is it?' ... An alternative to a Halloween Party might be to have a 'Harvest Party.' Pastors, youth leaders or parents may plan this party where those who come might dress up like 'Bible characters' or some costume unrelated to the traditional Halloween... A great idea would be to have a 'Holy-ween' youth rally to bring other youths to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What could be a more crushing blow to Satan than to have others won to Jesus on Satan's holiday!" (Pg. 57-58)

This book packs information (admittedly, of a controversial nature, that Wiccans and other pagans would often dispute) into its pages, and will be of interest to Christians looking for critiques of the occult (Halloween is actually a rather minor part of its focus).
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignorant Christian Right Paranoid Spew, May 8, 1999
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
This novel is yet another example of authors exploiting the ignorance of many Christans. Halloween may be based on ancient Pagan holidays, but it is totally harmless. Don't let this tabloid trash get to your head, they are simply feeding on people's blind fear.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignorant approach to popular fears., May 7, 1998
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This review is from: Halloween and Satanism (Paperback)
All this book does is draw attention to long held fears that have been imposed on society since the inquisition. It saddens me to see people that still want to burn the witches because of ego driven rumors. The dark ages are over, or are they? I find the ignorance of these writing more disturbing than any devil. If truth be known, Cristian holidays are actually based on the old pegan calender. Halloween is no differant than Christmas, Easter or Valentine's Day. All of these times of celebration have been batardized by the white world in order to make long held festivals their own. Just because Halloween has pagen roots does not mean your children are going to start worshiping the devil. The author does nothing more than try to revive (and caitalize) fears based on ignorance. Lets get beyond the Salem witch trials and enter the twentieth century.
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