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

You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

A good long while ago, I read author Peggy Orenstein’s wonderful book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape all about the weird hangups and pathologies surrounding female sexuality from which we suffer signally in this country. An important moment in the book for me came when the author was discussing the concept of … Continue reading You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

“The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website

In case you missed the memo, the phrase “the devil’s fane” is kind of important around here at—well—The Devil’s Fane. I all but fetishize these words because they encapsulate the heart of Satanic religion for me. Yet the true nature of this connection should be pretty non-obvious to those unfamiliar with the character of much … Continue reading “The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website

Pirates, Satanists, and the New Horizon of Human Groupishness

You may have noticed lately I’ve been squabbling with another bunch of Satanists. It’s ok: as a Satanist myself, I’m not above being bitchy and getting in a good row. Plus, there may just be something in human nature that actually enjoys violence and a nice, dirty fight every now and then. At least it … Continue reading Pirates, Satanists, and the New Horizon of Human Groupishness

When Art Isn’t Just for Art’s Sake: The Uses of an Ugly Aesthetic in Satanism

Confession Satanists tend to be proud sinners, so they probably shouldn’t have much in the way of confessions to make. For the most part, that’s true of me as well, but I do have one small one to get off my chest. I really don’t care for death metal or extreme metal or black metal … Continue reading When Art Isn’t Just for Art’s Sake: The Uses of an Ugly Aesthetic in Satanism