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
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”
We Satanists often get asked by folks whether we’re serious about Satan and our Satanism. Usually, these questions are rhetorical or satirical in nature, the interrogators already more than obviously assuming we must not be serious because no sane person would be about such a thing, right? Cut to the present coronavirus pandemic, and now … Continue reading Are You Serious?
To judge by the despondency of several of my friends and colleagues, some of whom claim to be caught in a state of “post Satanism,” there’s a great malaise plaguing modern Satanic religion. Most of it seems to stem from disillusionment over Satanic groups and leadership not turning out to be all they’re cracked up … Continue reading Something Hollow in the State of Satanism
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?
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?
In this addendum to the previous post on the (a)theistic divide within modern Satanism, I first take a brief look at some of the key verbiage involved for the purpose of clarifying terms and sharpening the outlines of the “debate.” Next, I move to a protracted examination of how concern for theology or, in the … Continue reading Addendum to the Theism/Atheism Debate
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
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
You’ve heard of Christmas in July. Well, how about a little July at Christmas time? This older essay migrated from Tumblr now that I’ve decided to shut my account there down in the wake of their war on carnality and sex continues the theme of urine from the previous post. It details an episode that … Continue reading Bathrooms, Freedom from Oppression, and the Yellow Flow