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

An Abundance of Meaning from a relative Paucity of Symbols

For the month of November, posts here will all center around the general theme of abundance. I get the cornucopia started here with a post that deals with great abundance of the potential for meaning in appropriating historical words and symbols and imbuing them with new and different meaning in an effort to make them … Continue reading An Abundance of Meaning from a relative Paucity of Symbols

How Traditional Religions Ensure Their Tradition of Dominance over Individuals

One Sunday last August, my nuclear family decided to attend what was billed as a mindful parenting and meditation class at the local brick and mortar location of the international Brahma Kumaris (BK) religious movement. I had driven past the location every day for more than a year on my way to drop my oldest … Continue reading How Traditional Religions Ensure Their Tradition of Dominance over Individuals

To Tinkerers, Everything Looks like an Artifact

The very religious also tend to be strangely solipsistic, which is an odd combination of traits to possess. Traditionally religious people often have a fairly negative view of the capabilities and worth of human beings vis-à-vis those of the powerful creator gods they worship. Yet, at the same time, traditional religious thinkers and theologians posit … Continue reading To Tinkerers, Everything Looks like an Artifact

Seeking Superiority Over Others Doesn’t Make You Exceptional; It Makes You Common

It sure is awkward when a conservative, right-wing Christian Dominionist ends up echoing the Church of Satan's and modern Luciferian arguments against the very concept of equality. In this case, the Devil and the Church seem best friends because they're both advancing the same line of argumentation: we're special; others are not; therefore, equality is … Continue reading Seeking Superiority Over Others Doesn’t Make You Exceptional; It Makes You Common