Satanism and Religion: Difficult Stretch or Easy Fit?

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?

Nothing new under the sun, eh? How ‘bout among what lurks in the darkness, then?

Back in my days as a Classicist, I specialized somewhat in Hellenistic poets and poetry, as well as in the Roman expression of those same novel Hellenistic artistic sympathies in the so-called neoteric school, so dubbed after the Greek word for “newer.” So when I read modernist poet Ezra Pound enjoining his colleagues and posterity … Continue reading Nothing new under the sun, eh? How ‘bout among what lurks in the darkness, then?

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

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

Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh

Now that Thanksgiving’s past and Christmas fast on its way (yes—I was raised WASPy), our family has once again embarked on annual holiday movie viewing, and my thoughts naturally turn to the cultural stories I inhabit and that, in turn, inhabit—nay, have colonized—me. Our cultural narratives give us roles to play, ready-made perspectives to take … Continue reading Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh