The philosophical school founded in the late fourth century BCE by the iconoclastic empiricist Epicurus was quite unlike its other major Hellenistic rival, Stoicism, despite the fact that the two shared a commitment to a physical or materialist view of the world, even up to and including the human soul. The Stoics, however, argued that … Continue reading Satanism, Epicureanism, and the Unbinding of Religio
When actress Minnie Driver’s character Debi Newberry utters the words that form the title of this essay in the 1997 movie Grosse Pointe Blank, her concern is entirely personal. She wonders where the good men are out in the world and why the ones she feels attracted to, like “the man who vanished” Martin Blank … Continue reading Entremets: Where are all the good men dead? In the heart or in the head?
In order to begin attempting the Gordian knot of how my conception of Satanism, so keen on unknotting many of the ties that bind our delayed-return societies together in impersonal and abusive dependencies, might nonetheless comprise a kind of religiosity, we must first visit the issue of how religion came conceptually to involve the tying … Continue reading The Questionable Merit of Tying Knots: How Religio has Us All Bound Up in Them
When European explorers invaded far-flung areas of the non-European world (or let’s just call it the world, shall we?), they quickly discovered that the terms and concepts of religion, so familiar and dear to themselves, constituted their own kind of terra incognita when compared to the lifeways and spiritual practices of the peoples they encountered. … Continue reading Satanism and Religion: Difficult Stretch or Easy Fit?
When you try to pin it down as far as meaning is concerned, the term religion often seems something of a chimera or even cypher, telling you more about the proclivities and concerns of the would-be definers than about any supposedly objective state of affairs in the external world. If we adopt the traditional so-called … Continue reading What Counts as Religion and How is Satanism One?