Paying Attention to What’s Behind the Conversion Curtain

Even in its most secular sectors, our modern society is somewhat conversion crazed. To begin with, there’s a veritable industry of documentary films designed to convert viewers to veganism. One of them—2011’s Vegucated—even centers around the filmmaker trying to convert three “meat-and-cheese-loving New Yorkers” right there on the screen before your very eyes. The film’s … Continue reading Paying Attention to What’s Behind the Conversion Curtain

A Come-to-Jesus Moment about Come-to-Jesus Moments

The phrase “a come-to-jesus moment” has in recent decades taken on something of a more figurative, secular meaning in the English language. It now indicates any time of realization of and rededication to a new and better path. The expression can even refer to the difficult conversation or confrontation—the “intervention,” if you will—needed in order … Continue reading A Come-to-Jesus Moment about Come-to-Jesus Moments

Addendum to “Demonization in the Time of COVID-19”

The previous essay entitled “Demonization in the Time of COVD-19” took a look at pandemic denialism among far-right religious and political leadership and laypeople alike, suggesting that much of it resulted from their peculiar form of demonization that doesn’t actually take demons all that seriously. This addendum returns to this material to take a brief … Continue reading Addendum to “Demonization in the Time of COVID-19”

Satanism: The Contra(ry)religion

In this long series of posts on Satanic religion as I see it, I’ve argued for Satanism as a kind of contrareligion (contrary religion?). Its principal aim: to unpack and dismantle sociologist Peter Berger’s “sacred canopy” and all similar neophobic, endocentric constructs of delayed-return worldview and religiosity.  I’ve argued that this essentially destructive enterprise is … Continue reading Satanism: The Contra(ry)religion