The Satanics of Roller Skating II: Getting Over Your Self Out on the Floor

Whether in the predominantly white all-female revival world of roller derby or the predominantly African-American revival world of “urban” “adult-night” skating in neighborhood rinks, another inherently Satanic aspect to the world of roller skating in general is both the flamboyance and the purely recreational aspect of identity construction. In roller derby, this play with identity … Continue reading The Satanics of Roller Skating II: Getting Over Your Self Out on the Floor

The Unexpected Satanic Gift of Skating

My wife’s off-the-cuff decision to purchase a pair of roller skates for our oldest daughter as a Christmas present nearly broke my arm. It also caused me to stumble, both literally and figuratively, over a set of realities that proved unexpected both in their continued existence and their incidentally Satanic nature. Here’s how it all … Continue reading The Unexpected Satanic Gift of Skating

Across the (A)Theistic Divide: Consubstantiality in the Unholy Trinity of Theology, Diabology, and Anthropology

I mean this essay as an addendum to my recent discussion of the theism/atheism debate within modern Satanism. In the comments on that piece, the original author of a blog I briefly mentioned in my somewhat tiresome disquisition noted that the very terms of the debate—theism, atheism—are slightly ambiguous and require some clarification to ensure … Continue reading Across the (A)Theistic Divide: Consubstantiality in the Unholy Trinity of Theology, Diabology, and Anthropology

On Externalization and the Theistic/Atheistic Divide within Satanism

Recently, the blog of a French colleague dropped The Devil’s Fane’s name as an example of the atheistic path within a modern religion characterized at least since 1975 by a presumptive split between those who view Satan as primarily symbol/inspiration/metaphor and those who imbue the figure with a more concrete external reality. I have little … Continue reading On Externalization and the Theistic/Atheistic Divide within Satanism

Externalization, Satanic Uniqueness, and the Theistic/Atheistic Debate

I haven’t discussed the ideas contained in this essay much on the site mainly because I was saving them for what has turned out to be one of the several books I’m supposedly working on writing (but shhh!—I shouldn’t discuss that goal publicly, for reasons that will become apparent at the end). However, I feel … Continue reading Externalization, Satanic Uniqueness, and the Theistic/Atheistic Debate

Celebrating Frustration near the New Year: A Festivus Story

In this addendum to my recent Not Today Santa holiday post, I revisit the discussion of third-century CE Latin Church Father Tertullian’s defense of the Bible by recourse to a principle of truth being stranger than fiction lifted from the arguments of Aristotle in Rhetoric. A pre-Christmas coffee with an intelligent and learned friend put … Continue reading Celebrating Frustration near the New Year: A Festivus Story

Fiction, Reality, and Minimal Counterintuitiveness: The Truth of Festivus

In my recent piece on Santa, belief, and the violation of “slow epistemology” in traditional religion, I briefly discussed how, in his work De Carne Christi or On the Flesh of Christ, third-century CE Christian Church Father Tertullian sought to defend the Bible against claims mounted by Greek philosophers of his day that it propagated … Continue reading Fiction, Reality, and Minimal Counterintuitiveness: The Truth of Festivus