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
High in the mountains of Peru, I really had to pee. Luckily for me, someone was there to take advantage of that natural inclination for evangelization and catechism in the ways of “an ancient Inca ceremony” involving urine. Sound intriguing? It sure did to me way back when. So I went for it. What ensued … Continue reading Religion and the Piety of Pee in the Peruvian Andes
The 2003 Will Ferrell Christmas flick Elf is about nothing so much as conceptual frameworks and how cutting the cloth of the world to fit their patterns can and does do real violence to those “others” who lie at the edges where we make our dissection. When the movie turns to the old holiday saw … Continue reading Elf and the Real Spirit of Christmas Epistemology
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