Satanism, Epicureanism, and the Unbinding of Religio

The philosophical school founded in the late fourth century BCE by the iconoclastic empiricist Epicurus was quite unlike its other major Hellenistic rival, Stoicism, despite the fact that the two shared a commitment to a physical or materialist view of the world, even up to and including the human soul. The Stoics, however, argued that [...]

The Questionable Merit of Tying Knots: How Religio has Us All Bound Up in Them

In order to begin attempting the Gordian knot of how my conception of Satanism, so keen on unknotting many of the ties that bind our delayed-return societies together in impersonal and abusive dependencies, might nonetheless comprise a kind of religiosity, we must first visit the issue of how religion came conceptually to involve the tying [...]

What Counts as Religion and How is Satanism One?

When you try to pin it down as far as meaning is concerned, the term religion often seems something of a chimera or even cypher, telling you more about the proclivities and concerns of the would-be definers than about any supposedly objective state of affairs in the external world. If we adopt the traditional so-called [...]

Fiction, Reality, and Minimal Counterintuitiveness: The Truth of Festivus

In my recent piece on Santa, belief, and the violation of “slow epistemology” in traditional religion, I briefly discussed how, in his work De Carne Christi or On the Flesh of Christ, third-century CE Christian Church Father Tertullian sought to defend the Bible against claims mounted by Greek philosophers of his day that it propagated [...]

The Quixotic Nature of Faith

“I talk with Jesus everyday, just like this.” “You mean physically? Like you’re talking to me now?” “Yes, just like we’re talking now.” “So...you see Jesus sitting there with you, just like you see and hear me here, now?” “Yes, I do.” This was a conversation I had as an undergraduate with a pretty, wholesome girl [...]

Not Today, Santa: I Have Seen the Father of Lies, and He is Us

“You sit on a throne of lies.” —Buddy the “Elf” It being the Christmas season and all, this past Friday Family Movie Night found my little nuclear family all huddled in obeisance before the flat-screened iconostasis, watching the 2003 Will Ferrell flick Elf.  Part of what makes the movie so brilliant to me is its [...]

“The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website

In case you missed the memo, the phrase “the devil’s fane” is kind of important around here at—well—The Devil’s Fane. I all but fetishize these words because they encapsulate the heart of Satanic religion for me. Yet the true nature of this connection should be pretty non-obvious to those unfamiliar with the character of much [...]

“New Year—New You” and the Inherent Unfairness of Our Quest for a “Just World”

Confession It’s a new year, and I am currently fatter than I’d like to be. I may not match your idea of what fat is or isn’t, but the calculus behind my statement is an entirely internal one. I am fatter than I would like to be. The simple task of putting on my shoes [...]